We were founded in 2013 to help create a more humane and sustainable world for all animals – including people – through education, advocacy, and promotion of respect and compassion. Audrey’s Rescue Angels believes in people coming together to help build a better pet community by donating their time and raising awareness for animal welfare.
MEET THE FOUNDER: BRITTANY BANG
I have always been an entrepreneur at heart. I opened my first business in the summer of 2010 called Audrey’s Pet Supply & Services with the support of my husband, Brad, and my parents Karen & Jens. Audrey’s goal was to cater to pet owners living in and around the heart of Boston with everyday items – food, treats, toys, even walks.
We were located on historic Newbury Street and within only two short years of opening, we were named one of the “Top Ten Businesses in Boston” by Boston Magazine. My time at Audrey’s was cut far too short when a real estate developer purchased the building we were in and increased our rent by an exorbitant amount. We were left with no choice but to close.
Though our customers encouraged us to opened another Audrey’s location, I began to reevaluate what really made me happy. From day one, Audrey’s tried to raise awareness for shelter pets and other animal-related causes that were near and dear to my heart.
For a small business we tried to make as big of an impact in our community as we possibly could with various fundraisers and sponsored charitable events. What I loved most about my store was having this local customer base who shared and promoted this vision of building a better pet community.
During the three years I owned Audrey’s, I learned more than most do in lifetime. With the stores closing I realized I wanted to preserve the relationships I had build. I believe in the power of small business and the idea that we can all make a big difference in our community. As Audrey Hepburn once said, “As we grow older we realize we have two hands, once for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
I am currently the President of Bang Enterprises, LLC and look forward to growing and developing my own company. My husband, Brad, is my biggest source of strength and stability as he puts up with my crazy dreams and ideas. We have a two-year-old son, Jackson, who has inspired me to do my part to make this world a better place. We live in the Back Bay of Boston along with our boxer Kendall, two cats, Yogi and Tess, and chinchilla, Bella.
MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER: LI WARD
Li Ward is a Boston-based wedding & pet photographer. After years of snapping photos of her two rescue cats, Bunny & VanBuren, Li started her business Fat Orange Cat Studio in 2009. Originally specializing in pet photography, she began photographing human weddings soon after.
Li named Fat Orange Cat Studio after her wonderful orange tabby VanBuren and all the many plump cats she has had throughout her life. Her pet images have been featured in the New York Times and Boston Magazine. She was awarded “Boston’s Best Calligrapher” by the Improper Bostonian in 2011, and named one of the “30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography” by Rangefinder Magazine in 2012. Her wedding work has been featured in Boston Weddings Magazine, The Knot Boston, and Style Me Pretty, to name a few.
She lives with her Husband, Dan, and their two cats, Bunny and Bingley, in Boston’s South End. You can see some of her dog client portraits at the pet-friendly South End Buttery Bakery & Café.