My name is Jeni Braziel. I attend the University of Houston-Downtown. I am majoring in Early Childhood-6th Grade Education and just finished up my second year on campus. I enjoy playing video games, reading and eating if we’re being completely honest. At UHD I take a minimum of 15 hours each semester and take summer classes in hopes of finishing my degree early. I’ve been a member of the Honors Program, Scholar’s Academy, the Animal Rescue club, and I am currently the President of our colony of Kappa Delta Chi.
In my spare time I also volunteer for Houston Pets Alive! I became involved with HPA! in the fall of 2015 when Travis, the ARC president at the time, put out a call to find a foster for a dog in need. I volunteered to rescue that dog who was scheduled to be euthanized at the Harris County Shelter. By the time my foster application was approved, he’d already been rescued, but they needed a foster for another chihuahua mix who I picked up the next day. We called her Daisy. Since Daisy I’ve fostered a total of 13 animals for various lengths of time. There’s been a mix of dogs and cats but my favorites are by far the cats. I’ve had three “foster fails”, one dog who is a chihuahua mix named Bowser and a brother-sister pair of kittens named Clover and Ravi.
Fostering is extremely rewarding. The bond that you develop with each animal is something that can’t be described. In all of my roles with HPA!, fostering is definitely my favorite. Most of the animals are very low maintenance and are very easy to welcome into your home. Cats typically only need a spare room or bathroom to crash in for a few weeks before getting moved into the cattery.
We’re always in need of volunteers to help in all areas of rescue. I personally work in the medical team, assist in the cattery, occasionally help with adoption events and foster. If you or anyone you know would be interested in helping save the lives of animals please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can get you set up to start saving lives!