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We have a no-kill mission to save the lives of homeless cats and dogs abandoned and/or placed in kill shelters, while also providing life-saving programs and services to keep pets and their people together. Through outreach, education and service, we provide cats and dogs with an opportunity to live their full lives. 

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Who We Are

Who We are

Our leadership team features compassionate people who love animals and aspire to make a lifesaving impact within our community. We are a group of individuals who commit our time and skills toward creating a no-kill Baytown, where at least 90% of the pets within Baytown's local municipal shelter are saved from the risk of being euthanized. Keys to achieving this are: sustainable community-based programs and services, collaboration with a network of local and national animal welfare organizations, local legislation and political advocacy, and rallying the support of our community to create a city that caters to the needs of pets and people alike. 

Jay Garrett, Jr.

Founder & board member, volunteer

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Eric Harding

Board Member, volunteer

Eric retired in 2015 after working 33 years in the petrochemical industry for ExxonMobil. During his career he filled roles as Mechanical Engineer, Technical Leader and Supervisor locally and in world-wide support positions. Eric grew up in Baytown and lived most of his life here. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1981, he and his wife Aileen married and moved to Baytown and have lived here ever since. They have three grown children, Christopher, Danielle and David.  Pets have always been a big part of Eric's family life. His family had dogs during the majority of his years growing up. As an adult, dogs and cats have been a part of the family ever since Eric and Aileen bought their first house. In 2003, Eric and Aileen began fostering dogs in addition to having family dogs. They fondly remember each of the fosters that have passed through their home on the journey to their forever homes.

Jay Garrett

Board member, volunteer

DR. Adrian Knowles


Dr. Adrian Knowles is a new Houston resident. Originally from Tampa, Florida, she received her veterinary doctoral degree at the University of Florida. While there, her studies focused primarily on shelter medicine and animal cruelty. She was very involved in the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program where she also served as foster coordinator for two years. In addition, she had the pleasure of interning at various shelters and rescues, including the Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services and the ASPCA in New York City. She also participated in a monthly TNR program at the University of Florida. Since 2017, Dr. Knowles has operated as the head surgeon at the Houston branch of Emancipet, a nonprofit low cost veterinary clinic. Recently, she adopted one of her patients, a kitten named Russell, who is loving his new home. Dr. Knowles has enjoyed working with A Life to Live, and she looks forward to furthering A Life to Live's life-saving success by serving and supporting A Life to Live's efforts in any way possible. 

Peter Dayton

Board Member, volunteer

Jaclyn Lehman

Foster Coordinator, staff

Stacie Campbell

Adoption Team Lead, volunteer


FOOD BANK Team Lead, volunteer

"Serving pets and the community has been my passion for more than 6 years now, ever since I started a local nonprofit called Baytown Animal Food Pantry. For years, I've been committed to serving senior citizens that are a part of the Meals on Wheels program, most of which are on fixed incomes and homebound or disabled, and need our assistance with providing food to their furry friends. Seeing the smiles on the resident's face, knowing that their pets are going to be cared for in their home with a belly full of food for another month, and realizing the life-saving impact that we have on these families in need, is what drives me to do more. Through my involvement in animal welfare in Baytown, I came across A Life to Live and immediately resonated with one of their impact statements, "... life-saving programs that revolve around the goal of saving lives and keeping pets and their people together." For years, I've kept in contact with the team of leaders. Now, I'm one of those leaders. I had the opportunity to jump on board to run the Food Bank Program where I'll be able to significantly multiply the number of people and pets that we serve through monthly food disbursements to family's in need, ultimately saving the lives of hundreds of pets throughout our community and adding real value to people's lives, by keeping them and their pets together, for life."

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data Team Lead, volunteer

“I have had a love for animals for as long as I can remember. Growing up we had a Dachshund and she was the sweetest. I had a love for horses and riding growing up. Over the years we've had dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, fish, and an iguana. Most of my dogs and cats have been rescues. When Jay started A Life to Live in 2014, I became a supporter and started visiting most of the events. Two years ago, I lost two of my dogs within three months. Three days after the loss of the last one, the Baytown Animal Shelter was full and there was a little Chihuahua-mix that was going to be euthanized by the end of the day. It just so happened that it was birthday that day, so we went and picked him up. I feel very strongly that pets are a part of the family. They bring so much unconditional love. The bond with a pet is something special. A few months ago, I decided I wanted to be more involved with A Life to Live and the no-kill mission that I feel so strongly about. I began volunteering at events and then was offered and happily accepted a leadership position. I believe that through education and community involvement we can make Baytown no-kill by 2025. I am so excited to be a part of this organization. Saving lives runs in my family genes as my sister is a Humane Education Director and past Volunteer Coordinator in South Carolina. Together, we will make a difference and lives will be saved.”

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Sharon Harp

Foster & community cat Team Lead, volunteer

"I have always loved all animals. I was horrified as a child to learn that animal shelters didn't really mean that's where animals were sheltered. I adopted a dog from the shelter as an adult, but I still remember the one I liked but couldn't take. Years later, after I lost my old dog, I decided to stick to cats. The Baytown shelter had an adoption event and I saw a sweet, well-behaved brindle lab-mix named Precious. She was only 6 months old. It made me sad to see such a young dog owner surrendered, especially with that name. I was lobbying for a friend to take her, and considering adopting her myself as a backup plan. I'd been in contact with the shelter about her. But, due to an email mix up, she was put to sleep. I was horrified to learn that innocent soul was gone. The next time a rescue friend posted a dog whose time was up on Facebook, I drove to meet her. She went home with me soon after and she now adores my cats and helps socialize my foster kittens. After I retired, I saw a post on Facebook for A Life to Live and the need for kitten fosters. I didn't think I'd be able to foster, since one of my cats is FIV+, but I learned all that's needed is a spare room and time to love some extra kittens. I'm delighted to be able to work with a group that's making a difference in the lives of animals in Baytown."

Dottie Kerr

Community cat Team Lead, Volunteer

If you're interested in joining our team of volunteers, start by completing our volunteer application. We're always looking for passionate leaders within our community who are committed to our life-saving cause. The more people we can get to work toward a common goal, the more successful we'll be, and the more lives we'll save.

A Life to Live is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Baytown, Texas.  © 2019 A Life to Live. All rights reserved.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 873 Baytown, Texas 77522


Our lifesaving successes are made possible in part by our passionate partners: