Our board puts in countless hours helping not only the dogs in our care but dogs in our community and in area shelters. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to save even half of the dogs we have. Whether it is emergency runs to our vets, helping a new foster with a litter, or even taking an extra dog into their houses at a moments notice, our Board does it all!
At the age of 4, Marie’s Mom brought home a Dachshund/Poodle mix (she was actually so ugly she was cute) from the SPCA in New Orleans. Over the next 14 years, Marie grew up with Princess by her side. The love, loyalty and joy that Princess brought to their family fostered Marie’s life-long love for animals.
Marie’s first rescue was a puppy that was going to be taken to a shelter. That soon followed with a few street cats and eventually another dog from a rescue organization. The family, now at 2 dogs and 2 cats, was forced to evacuate when Hurricane Katrina hit her hometown of Chalmette, Louisiana.
Marie and her husband, Sam, along with their fur babies, successfully relocated to Little Elm, Texas. Once settled, Marie was looking for a way to connect with her new community. After seeing a post about a local street dog rescue, Marie knew she had found the perfect way to combine her love of animals and community service.
Marie and Sam still have 4 fur-kids, but the mix has changed a little. They now have three dogs, Dinozzo, Susie and Honey as well as a cat named Violet. The fur-kids keep the house imbued with delightful chaos.
Marie enjoys watching LSU Tiger Football in the fall and loves browsing office supply stores.
Rescue has long been a part of my life since I was 9 years old. My first rescues were 2 male labs, Tom and Ball. I really didn’t know what to do with them, but I had to bring them home to keep them safe. The first thing I did was stuff them in my mailbox while I ran inside the house to ask my parents if we could keep them. The answer was no, but we did end up finding their family and I have been hooked ever since. I have always rescued dogs here and there, but it wasn’t until my daughter Sophia was born that I really got my feet wet. Sophia and I have been rescuing and fostering in full force since March of last year, we are a force to be reckoned with!
I also have 2 boys, Mathew and Josh that help with my fosters to help determine if they are kid safe. It truly is a family affair and I am so thankful to have a (somewhat) understanding husband that nurtures my passion to rescue, rehabilitate and foster.
The love for dogs runs deep with this one. Maria adopted her first pup in Germany and has been hooked ever since. Along her journey, she adopted Jack, who is now the senior top dog of the fur-pack (aka grumpy grandpa). He moved to Germany with the family and when his buddy passed, he invited in the police (Rusty the German Rottweiler, aka big daddy). When the pack returned to the US, she stumbled into rescue by picking up two strays from Wylie without rescue backup. This led to her reaching out to local rescues and successfully adopting out the two seniors. Having a big heart, Maria and her family couldn’t say no when the rescue asked if she can foster again. In the midst of the usual family craziness, the family added another youngster to the pack (Ike – aka little brother). The fur-trio is doing a fabulous job; Maria and her family couldn’t do it without them. Everybody has their role and the pack successfully helped a variety of furry characters. While she took a break to focus on her work career, Maria and her pack is back in full force getting those pups on their paws and into happy families.
Renee’s love for rescuing dogs started in 2013 when her youngest daughter wanted to volunteer at the local animal shelter. Of course since she was only 7 years old a parent had to volunteer with her. That’s where I came in. We would volunteer every weekend together and before we knew it my husband and oldest daughter were joining us.
There was a dog at the shelter named Lucy who quickly became our favorite. After spending 6 months at the shelter with no interest she was added to the euthanasia list. There was NO way we were going to let anything happen to our precious Lucy. Luckily we were able to hook up with a rescue and she became our first foster. Now 3 years later we have personally fostered almost 100 dogs.
Our passion for rescuing dogs has grown with every dog we save and has become a HUGE part of our lives! We are honored to be a part of such an amazing rescue and can’t wait for our next 100 fosters!
Viki grew up on a farm in Kansas (insert whatever Wizard of Oz jokes you have here) with multiple farm animals. There was a rotation of different pets growing up, but she counts her first pet, Duchess, as the one who started the spark for dumped and unloved animals.
She received a dual degree in Business Management and Music from Baker University, then moved to Arizona (highlights: adopting her first cat [Nala] as an adult, meeting her best friend, other lifelong friends and receiving her MBA), Nevada (highlights: awesome concerts and lifelong friends) and California (highlights: wine [duh], great church and lifelong friends), working for Ally Financial. When she was transferred to Texas (got here as quick as she could!), she decided to put down some roots and stay.
Viki got involved in rescue the way a lot of people do, by finding a dog. Hobo was found by the side of the railroad tracks, emaciated, in the rain, eating a dead armadillo, but still wagging her tail. Viki couldn’t say no, the spark in her heart blew up and she hasn’t looked back. Along the way she has found multiple new pets, fosters and a lot of new extended family members with the same love for rescued animals.
For fun (when she has two seconds to spare), she enjoys riding her Harley Davidson Dyna glide, driving her 1970 Chevelle, reading, walking, playing piano at church and volunteering with other civic groups.
Viki shares her home with her husband, Izzy (who is the most patient man on the entire planet and is loved dearly), Edelbrock (aka Eddie; found by Izzy’s shop), Hobo (Viki’s main girl and reminder that American Staffordshire Terriers [pit bulls] are a completely misunderstood breed), Belle (a foster fail rehomed to Viki at Christmas in 2014), Two Tons of Steel (aka Steele; a true cat with a cat’s attitude found at a Two Tons of Steel concert) and Jack Frost (found under the patio of a local restaurant; a dog cat, Viki’s best tester of dog temperament who hangs out on top of dog crates because he doesn’t know any better).
Thank you from the bottom of her heart for supporting rescue!