Our Story

As a child I ran away from an abusive home and was helped by the kindness of strangers. As an adult I found myself in a position of being able to help foster children, so I began taking children into my home years ago to give back what was so freely given to me. It's my mission to give back as much as I can to the vulnerable among us. That's what drives Now I Am Known: to bring a message of hope to the hopeless, the same message I needed so badly to hear as a child. That is why we will be partnering with foster care agencies to give away a plush puppy with the message "Now I Am Known, Seen, and Heard" to at-risk children across the country.

I have never owned a pet, nor did I ever think I’d have one. Everything changed when I started fostering and I adopted my son. I started to see how kids would interact with pets. How a dog, especially, had a way of providing relief, comfort, and safety. I’ve never experienced any other kind of counseling or therapy more powerful. Our kids are often the victims of trauma. That trauma is something they live with and we work with daily. No amount of words that I could say could ever replace what a dog can do with no words, no pretense - just the unconditional love a dog feels for kids.




I am a single, black male, who is fostering and adopting. I never thought it was possible to make a difference in the world, but Now I Am Known is a beacon of light and hope that proves good things are possible.

I want to be a bridge for people who don’t think they can make a difference. Through compassion, connection, and authentic interactions, I’m doing my best to live out Now I Am Known’s twelve words of affirmation every day at home and in my community.

Here’s how:

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We're so glad you're here! If you haven't already, we invite you to read Peter's blog to hear more about the origins of Now I Am Known and his transformation from street kid to foster parent.


Maybe you have been affected by abandonment or rejection? Has the product made a difference in your life? Get in touch and let us know a little bit about your Now I Am Known story by connecting with us on Instagram! 


We've done everything we can to amplify a small act into big impact. While buying a Plush Simba Puppy is a small step, it's extremely impactful in easing the upheavals of foster care!

Meet Our Family

We feel it is such a privilege to be doing something like this together. While we're still figuring it all out, we hope to inspire you and also learn from YOU! 

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Peter Mutabazi


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Anthony Mutabazi


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The Dog

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The Dog

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