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HELPING LAWYERS HELP ANIMALS
HYLA's Animal Welfare Committee and HBA's Animal Law Section will co-sponsor a CLE on Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at South Texas College of Law. "Making Money Practicing Animal Law" has been approved for 3.75 hours MCLE credit. Topics include: Practicing Equine Law; Creating Pet Trusts; Anatomy of Animal Law Practice; and Representing Rescues. Registration form is found on the HBA-Animal Law Section web page at http://www.hba.org/folder-sections/pdfs/animal2011.pdf. Pre-Paid Registration by Jan. 28th: $95 HBA-ALS Members; $125 for non-members; Free for Law Students. $125 for Registration at-door. Registration cost covers refreshments and course materials. For questions, contact Elizabeth Asher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To volunteer for the Animal Welfare Committee, please e-mail email@example.com.
Join Our Committee and Sign up for Our 2 E-Mail Lists
We have created e-mail listserves for AWC members and volunteers.
The "Official" listserve is only used by the Chairs to send official AWC annoucements. This is the way we communicate with the committee. To join AWC and receive our annoucements, click on this link: http://www.hylaawc.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/official. When you sign up, you will be asked whether you prefer to receive a daily digest version. If you select this version, you will receive at most one e-mail per day, but will not receive any e-mail attachments such a photos (bad).
The "Discussion" listserve allows members/volunteers to e-mail each other to discuss HYLA events, animal welfare/law events, animals needing homes, etc. To sign up for the list, click on this link: http://www.hylaawc.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/discussion.
What We Do
AWC's mission is to promote the welfare of animals through community service and pro bono legal advice and representation. Voting membership in AWC is restricted to members of HYLA, but AWC welcomes volunteers from all walks of life. AWC's community service activities include hosting four pet adoptions per year and participating in fundraisers and other projects for local animal welfare organizations. For example, AWC has hosted a garage sale for Mr. K's animal shelter, raising thousands of dollars, volunteered as a group at the HSPCA telethon, collected 1,000 pounds of dog food and over $800 to purchase dog houses for a local animal shelter, and gardened at the Houston Zoo, among many other projects.
In addition to its many public service projects, AWC members also use their specialized knowledge and skills as lawyers to provide pro bono legal advice and representation to organizations and individuals. AWC members have assisted area district attorneys with research on animal cruelty prosecutions, provided transactional advice to an organization that finds temporary homes for pets which must be left behind when members of the United States military are called to action, assisted with a lawsuit filed by an individual whose dog was unjustifiably killed by a local police department and represented an owner of Huskies who had been ordered euthanized by a local municipality, saving the dogs, who have now been adopted by loving, permanent homes.
Second Quarter Pet Adoption (2008) - Our Second Quarter Mobile Pet Adoption, which took place on June 13, 2008, was yet another success with the Houston Humane Society! Special thanks to our volunteers, including Katie Beth Higgins, Adam Higgins, Teresa Tien Lin, Chris Barnes, Melinda Pumpelly and Kelly Hartmann for taking the time to help out with this event.
First Quarter Pet Adoption (2008) - On March 28, 2008, the Humane Society brought another group of prospective adoptables to the Houston Shops and once again a number found lucky forever homes! Special thanks to Hillary Rolfes, Kartapurkh Khalsa, Colleen Higgins Schultz, Angela Mo, Wendy Miller, A'Lee Miller, Lindsay Garza, Katheryne MarDock, Katie Beth Higgins, Adam Higgins, Will Denham, Kelly Hartmann and Kindel Elam for volunteering. Thanks again to everyone for their time and support!
Holiday Pet Adoption (2007) - Our Holiday Season Mobile Pet Adoption took place on December 7, 2007. The Humane Society brought 8 dogs and 3 cats to the Houston Shops and all 8 dogs were adopted! Special thanks to Trina Baca, Erin McLarty, Rachel Jenny, Melinda Pumpelly, Ben Connelly, Melisa Moncure, Kelly Hartmann and Kindel Elam for volunteering their time to walk and play with the dogs. Thanks again to everyone for their help in making this Mobile Pet Adoption another huge success.
Third Quarter Pet Adoption (2007) - Our Third Quarter Mobile Pet Adoption was a huge success! The Humane Society brought 13 dogs to the Houston Shops on Friday, September 21, 2007 and 10 were adopted! Special thanks to Jennifer J. Stein, Lisa Massey, Chris Barnes, Teresa Tien-Lin, Melinda Pumpelly, Priscilla Bush Hackney, Adra Hooks, Daniel Leventhal, Colleen Higgins Schultz, Kelly Hartmann, Kindel Elam and Anne Sears for volunteering their time to walk and play with the dogs. Thanks again to everyone for their help in making this Mobile Pet Adoption another success.
Second Quarter Pet Adoption (2007) - On June 22, 2007, AWC and the Houston Humane Socierty held our second quarter mobile pet adoption at the Shops at Houston Center. We are pleased and excited to announce that all animals up for adoption that day were adopted!!! We would like to thank Jonathan Mishkin, Kelly Conklin, Jennifer Stein, Shannon Savage, Adra Hooks, and Reda M. Dennis for taking time out of their busy schedules to volunteer at the mobile pet adoption. We would like to send an extra special thanks to Lisa Massey. Without her help this adoption may never have happened.
Puppy Love Forever Supply Drive (June 4-9, 2007) - AWC and Rescue Bank, a new charitable organization in Houston, joined forces the second week in June 2007 for a supply and donation drive. Rescue Bank is a 501(c)3 organization established in August 2006 by Houston lawyer Elizabeth Asher and John Kane that operates as a food and supply bank for Greater Houston Area animal rescue groups. Activites during the week included donation drop-offs, table drives at local PetCo and Kroger locations, a happy hour at West Alabama Icehouse, an adoptable pet photo contest, and a sunny Saturday dog wash! Special thanks to our dedicated volunteers who spent time in the sun and on their feet throughout the week, including Jennifer Gresens, Robyn Russell, David Costello, Karina Sheeley, Leslie Jared, Carol Ina Cooper, Laura Boyd, Mary Reveles, Danielle Bourgeois, Kelly Hartmann, Cynthia Hartmann, Charlotte Marchesseau, Janice Blue, Shelley White, Cynthia Conner, Jessica Hickford, Joy Dortch, Micah Dortch, Niki Ensey, Angel Wesley, Jonna Flores, Marie Carlisle, Amanda Parker, Jennifer Mok, Kindel Elam, Sarah Frazier, Anne Sears, Rikki Howland, Colleen Higgins Schultz, Wendy Wright, Elizabeth Asher, John Kane, Colleen Elam, Hillary Rolfes, Natasha Chowdhury, Nick Slavin, Jonathan Mishkin, Lisa Massey, Rebecca Doublesin, and Rachel Doublesin. Our efforts brought in the following donations: 1,342.55 lbs dry dog food, 82.36 oz canned dog food, 303.15 lbs dry cat food, 72 oz canned cat food, over 25 dog and cat toys, 70.2 lbs dog treats, 15 metal bowls, 9 leashes, 12 collars, 17 bottles pet shampoo, 6 reams Xerox paper, 4 rolls trash bags, 99.4 lbs cat litter, over 50 towels, 6 bottles of bleach, 8 bottles liquid soap, 1 collapsible crate, 1 rug, some envelopes/stationary, 1 brush, 1 microwave and $2,305.97!!!!!! The monetary donations will be used to support Rescue Bank's spay and nueter grant program. We also washed over 20 "stinky" dogs on Saturday in Memorial Park. To donate to Rescue Bank, please visit http://www.rescuebank.org. Check out more photos from the dog wash below!
First Quarter Pet Adoption (2007) - AWC's first quarter Houston Center mall pet adoption took place on Friday, March 23rd with the Houston Humane Society. We had another hugely successful mobile adoption: all dogs and one cat were adopted! Thanks so much to our volunteers: Jennifer Stein, Robin Apostolakis, Christy Martin Liddle, Melinda Pumpelly, Kelly Hartmann, Jessica Hickford, Reda Dennis, and Kindel Elam. And thanks of course to Melanie and the Houston Humane Society as well. See new photos below!
MFAH Event - On Thursday, December 21, 2006, AWC members and their guests gathered at the Best in Show exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston with drinks following at The Black Labrador. AWC members who attended enjoyed the opportunity to mingle with fellow volunteers without a cold nose and soft eyes (rightfully!) demanding attention--we also walked through the "Cat's Meow" exhibit to please the "cat lovers" in the group! Special thanks to Wendy Miller for planning this event!!
2006 Fall Project: Dog Walk and Cat Socialization at Houston B.A.R.C. - On December 16, 2006, AWC members spent some time volunteering at Houston B.A.R.C. last Saturday. Volunteers walked the dogs and gave the cats some socialization attention as well. This was a great opportunity to help a different organization in Houston. Special thanks to Jennifer Ho, Mike McBride, Kelly and Cynthia Hartmann, Sarah Frazier and Jessica Hickford for taking time out of their Saturday to help!
2006 Holiday Pet Adoption - Congratulations!! We had a VERY successful pet adoption on riday, December 8th: TEN of the eleven adoptable pets found loving homes! These pet adoptions would not be so successful without the help of our wonderful volunteers. Special thanks to the following volunteers who were able to give some of their time on Friday: Jennifer Stein, Kaitlin Clark, Jonathan Mishkin, Mary Reveles, Gindi Eckel Vincent, Telma Henry, Amanda Stephens, Jenny Reitmeyer, Karla LaFitte, Stacy McCarty, Robin Apostolakis, Heather Kilby, Lynda Fohn, Kelly Hartmann, Sara Patterson, Anne Sears, Christina Lim, Brandie Jester, Anna Knull, Marie Carlisle, and Fernando De Leon.
Third Quarter Pet Adoption (2006) - On Friday, September 29th, AWC and the Houston Humane Society undertook their third quarter pet adoption at the Houston Center mall. We were in a new location for this event--and it worked wonderfully! Seven of the eight dogs (though, surprisingly, zero cats) were adopted. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers including: Jamie Collier, Morgan Barsi, Julie Hutchings, Nicole Rogers, Lesley Nichols, Anne Marie Greenwood, Kelly Conklin, Will Denham, Melinda Pumpelly, Erin Leeser, Traci Dvorak, Kelly Hartmann, Adra Hooks, Davida Green, Adam Rupp and Elisa Douglass Watts. Check out our pictures below!
Second Quarter Pet Adoption (2006) - AWC hosted its second quarter Houston Center mall pet adoption on Friday, June 23rd with the Houston Humane Society. One dog and four cats were adopted into loving homes. Thank you to all of our volunteers including: Mary Reveles, Gindi L. Eckel, Kelly Conklin, Jennifer Booth Cordova, Wendy Miller, Kindel Elam, Adra Hooks, Jonna Flores, Laura Rocha, Will Denham and Sara Longtain. New pictures below!
2006 Spring Project: Humane Society Dog Walk and Cat Socialization - On April 22nd, 2006, AWC, in conjunction with Phi Alpha Delta-Hickman chapter, hosted a dog walk and cat socialization event at the Houston Humane Society. 24 girls and their parents volunteered with us from a San Jacinto girl scout troop. This event celebrated National Youth Service Day. National Youth Service Day (April 21-23, 2006) is the largest service event in the world, engaging millions of young Americans and focusing national attention on the leadership of young people. PAD-Hickman received a $250 grant from PAD International-Public Service Center and donated Petco treats, leashes and collars. Petco 1960 West also applied a 10% discount to the purchase of the pet items. Thanks to our volunteers including: Wendy Miller (who organized the event), Kelly Conklin, Mary Reveles, Julie Merten, Kindel Elam and Laney Vazquez.
First Quarter Pet Adoption (2006) - AWC's first quarter Houston Center mall pet adoption took place on Friday, March 31st with the Houston Humane Society. Six dogs and three cats were adopted into loving homes. Thank you to all of our volunteers including: Mary Reveles, Gindi L. Eckel, Laney Vazquez, Angela Crider, Kelly Conklin, Kindel Elam, Melinda Pumpelly, Michelle Wan, Kathleen S. Kapetanovic, Adra Hooks and Laryssa Korduba.
2005 Holiday Pet Adoption - AWC's last Houston Center mall pet adoption for 2005 took place on Friday, December 2 with the Houston Humane Society. Seven dogs and two cats were adopted and over $200 was raised for the shelter. Thank you to all of our volunteers including: Sarah Frazier, Jennifer Gresens, Erin O'Driscoll, Melinda Pumpelly, Ann Stephens, Kelly Conklin, Jill Arntz, Lisa Ossey, Joan Gillham, Robyn Russell, Laura Carlock, Nicole Ensey and Cynthia Coffey. A special thanks to Laura Carlock for her fabulous recruiting efforts! See photos below!
2005 Fall Project: Dog Wash and Humane Society Orientation - On Saturday, October 22, 2005, volunteers (including Sarah Frazier, Laney Vazquez, Kindel Elam, Jonna Flores, Molly Lopez, David Lopez, Tonia Lindsey, Molly Blasingame and Shannon Savage) attended a private orientation at the Houston Humane Society, then washed and exercised (and generally loved on) over 25 adoptable dogs. We were exhausted, but the dogs felt and looked great! See photos below!
Katrina Rescuers Care Package (2005) - In October 2005, AWC learned that animal rescue workers with Pasado Safe Haven (http://www.pasadosafehaven.org/) were still rescuing abandoned, starving animals in New Orleans, even one month after Hurricane Katrina hit. These selfless rescuers hadn't had a day off in over a month. They had worked in 90-100 degree heat everyday and averaged just a few hours of sleep per night. They had slept on the floor, witnessed horrors no one could ever imagine, and yet they kept going and wouldn't give up. To show our gratitude and support, AWC collected care package items (6 whole boxes!) which were sent by overnight delivery to the tireless rescuers staged outside New Orleans.
Third Quarter Pet Adoption (2005) - AWC's September 2005 third quarter Houston Center mall pet adoption was a huge success. We saved many abandoned pets and raised close to $100 in donations for the Houston Humane Society! All dogs were adopted (except "Zach," who was adopted the next day!) and 6 cats were adopted. Thank you to all of our tireless volunteers including: Priya Coffey, Sarah Frazier, Larry Cerf, Diana Singson, Angela Crider, Kindel Elam, Summer Rohde, Joan Gillham, Anouchka Oppinger, Shannon Savage, Kelly Leediker, Ellie Portwood, Geoff Kirshbaum, Mariam Zarasvand and Laney Vazquez.
Second Quarter Pet Adoption (2005) - AWC's June 2005 second quarter Houston Center mall pet adoption was a great success. We saved 11 abandoned pets and raised over $200 in donations for the Houston Humane Society! Thank you to all of our fabulous volunteers including: Judge Reece Rondon, Gary Streeting, Mary Reveles, Gindi Eckel, Karen Cloud, Kelly Conklin, Kathleen S. Kapetanovic, Angela Crider, Summer Rohde, Adra Hooks, Laura Fowell, Courtney Palm, Jason L. Fowell and Laney Vazquez. Without you, those 11 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens would still be at the shelter waiting and hoping to find their forever homes!
Pet Adoption (2004) - On Friday, September 24, 2004, AWC hosted one of its quarterly pet adoptions with the Houston Humane Society. The adoption event was a huge success with 11 dogs and 6 cats finding permanent, loving homes thanks to the following volunteers: Siva Barnwell, Susanna Zwernemann, Mary Livingstone, Caroline Pace, Diana Singson, Kelly Conklin, Gerry Montalvo, Cindy Perini, Mary Reveles, Gary Streeting, Roshanda Cayette, David Sadegh, Lidia Pedraza, Crystal Pack, Katherine Howard, Brent Metcalf, Summer Rohde, Melinda Pumpelly, Laney Vazquez and George Tsioros.
HHS was so impressed and grateful for AWC's help. Here is what HHS volunteer coordinator, Jennifer Williams, had to say about AWC's volunteers: "..... I want to tell you that the support from HYLA is amazing. After the mobile adoption at the Houston Center, a number of HYLA members have come to HHS volunteer orientations and I've seen them working with the animals here at the shelter. It makes such a difference in our animals lives when they do this....We are very excited about HYLA participation with these mobile adoptions. The last one was such a success, and that is largely due to the fact that your members were so enthusiastic about the animals. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"
Fall Project (2004) - On Saturday, October 9, 2004, AWC volunteers served frozen margaritas, lemonade, beer, wine and soft drinks at the Bayou City Art Festival. Volunteers cheered for BIG TIPS which went straight to SNAP (Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, www.snapus.org). A portion of the drink sale proceeds was also donated to SNAP. Thanks to our hard-working Booth Captains: CJ Chambers, PJ Joneson, and Ilene Butler. And thanks to our volunteers: Angela Crider, Laney Vazquez, Lidia Pedraza, Franklin McMahan, Kelly Conklin, Kelly Setzer, Joan Gillham, Kristi Wohlfahrt, Anouchka Oppinger, Ashley Atwood, Cindy Perini, Johnny Hinojos, Gary Streeting, Kelly Herrera, Jennifer Nobley, Aimee McFerren, Summer Rohde, Diana Singson, Julie Redlinger, Tom Redlinger, Latasha McDade, Anuj Shah, Sarah Frazier, Beth Yusi, Trina Williquette, and Ruthee Rasberry.
Elizabeth Asher, co-founder of Rescue Bank, sorts donations delivered to the Puppy Love Forever Supply Drive dog wash on Saturday, June 9, 2007. Donations were distributed to animal rescue groups throughout the week as the supplies were received.
Kelly Hartmann and Kindel Elam join the fun washing some "stinky" little dogs with girl scout volunteers from Troop 16050.
Adoptable collies from Houston Collie Rescue wait patiently for their future owners to discover them at the dog wash.
These adoptable pups take a break from the heat at the June 9, 2007 dog wash.
Our fabulous, hard-working dog wash volunteers are still smiling after a long day. Thank you, thank you to everyone who helped out during the day!!
Melanie, our new HHS coordinator, speaks with a prospective adopter as Patches charms an on-looker at the March 2007 pet adoption.
Bazzle (left) and Tigi (right) wait not-so-patiently for their future familes to discover them at the March 2007 pet adoption!
AWC volunteer, Kindel Elam, receives some much-needed puppy love in the middle of the workday from Bruce (who receives a much-needed scratch behind the ears in return!) at the March 2007 pet adoption.
Gretchen (restrained by AWC volunteer Jessica) entices HHS volunteer Courtney (holding Linsey the kitten). Annie (black lab mix) is taking a brief siesta from the love and attention showered by volunteers and prospective adopters at the March 2007 pet adoption.
AWC volunteer, Kelly Hartmann gets a kiss from the charming adoptable Lou at the March 2007 pet adoption!
AWC volunteers show off two adoptable pets to passers-by in the Houston Park Shops at the December 2006 pet adoption.
AWC volunteers stand by as a prospective adopter completes the adoption questionnaire at the September 29, 2006 adoption day!
Jamie Collier quickly becomes friends with Talia at the September 29, 2006 adoption day!
New AWC volunteers Morgan Barsi and Julie Hutchings give an adoptable pet some much needed love and attention.
AWC volunteers, Kindel Elam and Erin Leeser, show off the precious Miss Diva, the long-haired chihuahua!
Talia, this beautiful chow mix, was adopted at the September 29, 2006 adoption day!
Gindi Eckel shows off an adoptable dog at the June 23, 2006 pet adoption!
|This beautiful Golden Retriever was adopted at the December 2, 2005 pet adoption!
|December 2, 2005 pet adoption
|Kelly Conklin shows a puppy at the December 2, 2005 pet adoption!
|This pitiful face succeeded in getting "Omer" adopted by a volunteer at the December 2, 2005 pet adoption! Omer's face will be pitiful no more!
|Melinda Pumpelly walks an adoptable at the December 2, 2005 pet adoption.
|Adorable puppies waiting to go home for the holidays (and forever) at the December 2, 2005 pet adoption.
|Sarah Frazier plays with the tiniest puppy at the December 2, 2005 pet adoption.
|The Golden patiently awaits his reward for sitting at the December 2, 2005 pet adoption.
|Volunteers get "oriented" at the Fall 2005 Dog Wash project. This is the last time you'll see them dry!
|Shannon Savage and Tonia Lindsey wash an adoptable puppy at the Fall 2005 Dog Wash.
|Kindel Elam, Shannon Savage and Jonna Flores volunteer at the Fall 2005 Dog Wash.
|The crew is wet and tired, but the dogs are gorgeous, after the Fall 2005 Dog Wash!
|One more shot of the crew!
|HYLA AWC sign welcomes visitors to a downtown pet adoption.
|A Jack Russell terrier patiently waits to be adopted while Jennifer, the HHS Volunteer Coordinator, gives a treat to another adoptable dog.
|Priya Coffey and Diana Singson volunteer at a pet adoption.
|The downtown pet adoption is full of folks looking to adopt!
|Joan Gillham gives a puppy some much-needed attention.
|Kindel Elam answers a prospective adopter's questions at a pet adoption.
|Zach was the only dog not adopted at the September 2005 pet adoption, but he was adopted the next day by a volunteer!
|Sarah Frazier prepares to walk a puppy at a pet adoption.
|Katrina Cassidy, Audrey Keim, Laney Vazquez, Melinda Dressler and spouses line up at 4:00 A.M.(!) to participate in The Woodlands bi-annual garage sale. All proceeds from our booth benefited Mr. K's pet shelter.
|Are we awake yet?
|Volunteers take a break from serving beverages at the Bayou City Art Festival. All of our booth's tips and a percentage of the sales benefited the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (www.snap-us.org).
|Volunteers Pattie Chapman and Patricia Lin take a break from serving frozen lemonade at the Bayou City Art Festival.
|Sarah Frazier serves beer at the Bayou City Art Festival.
|Laney Vazquez volunteers at a Shops at Houston Center downtown pet adoption.
|Gary Streeting walks dogs at a downtown pet adoption.
|Wendy Schneider of ExxonMobil makes a new friend at a downtown pet adoption.
|Melinda Dressler juggles puppies at a downtown pet adoption.
|Grace was found on the street shortly after having been burned down her back. AWC helps dogs like Grace by finding permanent, loving homes where they will no longer be abused.
AWC Volunteer Audrey Keim's husband found "Tarzan" in the summer of 2003 in a concrete recycling yard. Apparently, Tarzan had crawled into the concrete slabs to cool off in the shade. The concrete had been stripped off the highway with the asphalt still attached. Tarzan crawled in, probably went to sleep and as the day got hotter, the asphalt melted and started dripping. He was literally stuck in tar. A man heard a dog crying and barking and finally found him. He called Audrey Keim's husband who went out and began trying to free Tarzan. It took an hour and a half to cut Tarzan free from the tar. He was exhausted, had wounds from where he tried to free himself and was completely dehydrated.
Thanks in part to the networking capability of AWC and to the generous donations of AWC members and volunteers, Tarzan is now fully recovered and is living happily in a forever home.
|This is a photo of "Buffy" at Mr. K's pet shelter. Buffy and her mother were afflicted by a condition known as "entropion" in which the eyelids grow inward, cause painful eye irritation. In 2003, AWC members donated generously, allowing corrective surgery to be performed on both dogs.
Check back for more AWC photos to be posted soon!
To learn more about or to join AWC, please contact AWC's co-chairs at the email addresses listed below:
Fulbright & Jaworski
Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith