“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 also came across a few emergency cases of dogs that needed to be taken off the streets immediately. 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, I gave people the ability to give money that would be used 100% directly towards the care of a particular animal; giving instant rewards to both parties.
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!
I relocated to Houston in 2015 and not long after, I rescued my own furbaby, Rory. I fell in love with her the moment that I saw her sleepy head. Like many of rescue babies, she was found under a factory loading zone with her two sisters. It may be naive but prior to moving to Houston, I thought that most rescues were just dogs that didn’t match with their supposed-furever family. It was a particularly special day when I met one of LAR’s alum, Polly. She had been in foster care for over 180 days and living at a local boarding facility. It’s difficult to explain but I truly felt for Polly and all she had gone through until this point. I began fostering with Love And Rescue after meeting one of LAR’s rescue pups at the dog park. Rory and I enjoy giving LAR’s furbabies a safe and loving place until they find their furever home. As a foster, I saw the passion, knowledge and generosity that the case managers put into each furbaby with their time and money. I knew that I had to do more so I also became a case manager, helping match our pups with their forever families. I am so honored to be a part of such an amazing organization. A dog’s love is unconditional so it’s our job to make sure we to place them in a furever home that will match their needs.
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.
From foster fail, to case manager, to adoption day team lead. I always wanted to do more to help the fur babies out there. When I finally found Love And Rescue. I started fostering fur babies, but as it turns out, my husband and I fell in love with our fosters, adopted them and decided if we continue to foster, we will end up with a pack. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to help whether it’s case managing or currently as the adoption day team lead. LAR is full of loving, kind and dedicated people and it is so rewarding every single time we help a fur baby find their forever home.
I grew up as an animal lover in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Texas to attend the University of Texas where I met my husband. We moved to Houston where we live with our two young children, our dog, Zoe, and cats, Boots, Tigger and Manny. I have been volunteering on and off with animal rescue since 2007. I enjoy shelter work, animal socialization, being a foster mom and scheduling with Love And Rescue. When I am not busy networking and volunteering within the animal rescue community, I enjoy good food, and spending time with my family and friends.
Digital Marketing Manager
I was once a normal human being. Then one cold Houston day I dragged a big head pitbull and her two rat looking babies home and my life was never the same again. I am always so grateful to be part of such an amazing organization. Managing social media for a rescue means that I have over 3k pictures of dogs on my phone at all times. It’s unquestionably everything I have ever wanted. Fostering dogs have taught me immeasurable patience, love for the environment, and to be thankful that such adorable creatures exist.
“I think I may have found a project I’d actually enjoy doing, helping these cats and dogs. They should be rewarded for not being people. I hate people.” – April Ludgate
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.
Adoption Day Team Lead
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.