Being active in the community comes natural for Edith and Crisol Napoles. Their participation in student clubs and service organizations has kept them quite busy in recent years.
Volunteer activities have included picking up trash in Mont Belvieu, helping stuff athlete bags for a Memorial Hermann Ironman triathlon in Galveston, and even assisting at A Life to Live event in Baytown by keeping kittens entertained and bringing dogs outside for restroom breaks.
Next up for the Napoles sisters is making an impact in more formal roles as volunteers and fosters with A Life to Live. They joined people of all ages who attended our orientation sessions on April 23 at Baytown Community Center.
“We’ve always loved animals. We grew up with dogs, goats, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it. It was always like a mini-farm at our house,” said Crisol, 20, a sophomore at Lee College.
“We see a lot of strays, and we know there are too many animals that are losing their lives. So we want to be part of something to help make a positive change. One animal at a time, right?” said Edith, 18, a junior at Barbers Hill High School.
Edith and Crisol look forward to helping at future A Life to Live events and serving as fosters, providing a temporary home for dogs and cats prior to finding their permanent families.
The sisters discovered a lot about both opportunities during the orientations, which are held periodically as part of our community outreach and education efforts.
Attendees were introduced to the organization’s history, mission and goals, including our no kill philosophy. They learned about basic expectations for volunteers and fosters, had a chance to ask questions of leadership team members, and met other people who want to help save lives.
Deanna Domingue, who lived in Baytown for more than 25 years before moving to Pasadena, recently joined our growing team of fosters.
“I’ve been fostering for A Life to Live for about a month, but I’ve been doing it for 2½ years overall,” said Deanna, who previously fostered dogs for friends and a different rescue.
“I’ve been fostering a momma dog and her two puppies, and I recently got another dog. On top of those, I have my own dog and two cats.”
While Deanna is passionate about her role as a foster, she credits the dogs under her care for helping improve her own health situation.
“The fostering that I’ve done has helped save me from me. I used to be a couch potato. I weighed 240 pounds and had various health issues. But being more active, getting out there and walking the dogs, has been a real bonus for me,” she said. “Honestly, I think these animals are helping me as much or more than I’m helping them.”
Fosters help make our mission a reality, and we are always looking for more to join our team. To apply to become a foster, complete an application.
And there are numerous ways to get involved as a volunteer. Apply today.
Written by David Berkowitz, Public Relations Coordinator with A Life to Live.