“I always thought someone should do something about that…then I realized I am that someone.” ~ Lily Tomlin
There is nothing in the world I am more passionate about than animals. I am humbled to finally turn my passion into action and launch Love And Rescue; an organization built from my heart and soul.
For many years I volunteered at one of Houston’s most respected no kill animal shelters. It’s actually where I became a foster failure and adopted my furry baby, Jax (~2.14.09 - 6.16.17). During that time I came across a few emergency cases of dogs that needed to be taken off the streets immediately so I reached out via social media and was overwhelmed by the amount of people that wanted to help, but didn’t know how. I would ask for donations and they poured in, I’d ask for fosters, and although this was a bit more challenging, eventually someone would volunteer. Most importantly, it gave people the ability to donate knowing that 100% of it would go directly towards the animals in need.
This is how Love And Rescue was born. The idea came by realizing that everyone has a different way of helping and if you put those ways together, you can help save more lives and get more animals into permanent homes.
I have been humbled by the people who have donated blindly, offered up hours of their time, and opened the door to their homes. Love And Rescue isn’t just MY organization, it is ours. The abused, starved, neglected, and homeless animal population is a problem that will only be solved by coming together as a community.
An avid animal lover from practically birth, I spent my younger years getting lost chasing strays all over Houston. Little did I know that I’d still be chasing strays all over Houston in my adult years! At least now, I don’t get lost doing it. In fact, I’ve finally found my way into an organized rescue full of wonderful, generous, people who dedicate their time, money, and effort into saving animals and educating the masses about responsible pet ownership and practices. From being involved in LAR’s first rescue mission to becoming a foster failure of not one, but TWO, amazing rescue dogs through the dynamic duo program, I’ve truly felt proud to be a part of the success and growth of Love And Rescue since its inception. I am honored to be a part of an organization where I have forged true friendships through a shared passion of animals, and am able to fulfill my lifelong dream of helping animals in need.
Ever since I could remember, I have always loved animals. We had everything growing up cats, dogs, birds, one hamster and turtles. Growing up I shared this love of animals with my father, I told my father when I was little that I wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian. Sadly, I couldn’t … I say couldn’t because after I found out that I would have to put down an animal or be around their blood I knew I couldn’t. I am way to emotional to handle that and I praise the ones that can. Then one day I meet Arati Shah (The Founder) and she mentioned that she rescues. The day I found my first rescued dog Diamond (Dia) I found my calling for rescuing. Even though I wasn’t able to care for animals medically I found so many more rewards with rescuing. I’m so grateful to be apart of an amazing team!
New to LAR, but have been an animal lover all my life. Empty nester and wanted to find a way to help, especially for those that were unable to help themselves and LAR gave me that opportunity.
I have always loved animals and had dogs, cats, gerbils and even turtles growing up but didn’t realize the importance of rescue until later. Even though I had been fostering for a while it wasn’t until my friend dropped off a flea infested dog with a 20 minute warning that I knew this was what I wanted to be a part of for the rest of my life. He was my first foster fail and I haven’t looked back since. I am so excited to be with Love and Rescue as an Adoption Day Team Lead, to help other animals find their furever home.
I grew up as an animal lover in Atlanta, attended UT as an animal lover and live in Houston with my animal lover husband and two children. Our home is full of rescues including two dogs and three cats. I have been volunteering within the animal rescue community in some capacity since 2007. I enjoy shelter work, animal socialization, being a foster mom when I can and scheduling with Love And Rescue. I am proud to be a part of an organization that has nothing but love and passion for animals in need. I love that I get to pass our compassion onto the next generation and those around me.
Events Manager/ Photographer
My first experience with a rescue baby was when I was in 5th grade. My mom temporarily brought home a stray pup. My sister and I begged our mom to let us keep him. Despite how much our parents did not want a dog in the house, they couldn’t resist saying no to us! He became part of our family and lived a long and healthy life. In college, I volunteered my time at the local shelter. I joined a graduate project that was designed to help reduce the number of euthanized animals at the shelter. Our objective was to train dogs with basic manners in order to help them be adopted faster. Within a year of the program, we had made such a difference. The number of dogs euthanized was reduced significantly. With Love And Rescue, I’ve been given another opportunity to make a difference and give these suffering animals a second chance. With my photography skills, I hope to continue capturing their personalities and promote awareness.
Adoption Day Team Lead
I fell in love with rescue dogs back in 2010 where I got my own rescue Bella, now 10 years old. I enjoy being an adoption day lead with LAR. I believe playing with dogs is a great way to spend any Saturday morning. Witnessing the dogs open up to people after a lot of them have had a really rough life is really great to see.
Social Media Manager
As a lifelong animal advocate, I spent much of my youth volunteering to help others with their dogs and take in creatures found on my adventures near our home in Michigan. After starting my career in Northeast Florida, I moved to Houston in 2015 with my fiancé and shortly after adopted my only furbaby, Rory. Although I didn’t adopt Rory through Love and Rescue, adding her to our family opened my eyes to the stray animal epidemic in Houston. By chance, I met one of LAR’s case managers while at a dog park and signed up to foster right as I got back to my home! My passion for animals and their wellbeing grew exponentially in the year that I fostered for LAR which led me to joining the case management team. It has been a pleasure to watch this team leap through hoops to help the homeless animals of Houston and it broke my heart when I had to move away. I was honored and beyond excited when asked to help manage LAR’s social media accounts. I may not be able to help in-person but it’s a tremendous privilege to me to be trusted to share the stories of our rescue dogs, promote our team’s efforts, and connect people in a positive way.
Hi, my name is Grace Chen. As a kid, I grew up with all sorts of pets…dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, gerbils, and fish. I didn’t quite discover my love for them until I graduated from college. I wanted to continue volunteering, so I found myself at the Sugar Land Animal Service - picking shifts as a dog walker, kennel cleaner, cat playtimes. Not long after I started volunteering and fostering for a local Cocker Spaniel Rescue, and now, with an additional role with Love and Rescue. I find all my different roles satisfying and couldn’t imagine my life without volunteering with rescue/shelters.