Chairman of the Board, President & Treasurer
A Texas native who grew up in Corpus Christi and has lived in the Houston area since 1994, Stephanie Collins is a paralegal, stock plan administrator and bookkeeper by day, and an animal lover/rescue volunteer in her 'spare time'.
A prior 'mutt advocate' who adopted several from local shelters and has volunteered with a couple of rescue groups over the years, she had her first personal experience with a cocker spaniel at a ranch vacation in Colorado in September 2008. Shortly thereafter, Stephanie brought her first rescued cocker spaniel into her home ~ out of a hot garage where he'd been kept isolated for 2-3 years prior ~ and despite the many issues he had at the beginning (including fear-based aggression), immediately enrolled himin group training and watched him blossom into a dog ready for his Canine Good Citizen Test and Therapy Dog Certification. Unfortunately, after this 11 month period, she came home one day to find Hunter paralyzed, and due to an issue with at least 6-7 discs in his vertebrae, surgery was not an option. It was the loss of this dog who lit a fire under Stephanie to do more for this wonderful breed. Since then, she has welcomed two other rescued cocker spaniels into her home ~ Cooper and McDuff ~ and now is compelled to help all the others who are finding themselves homeless due to a variety of unfortunate circumstances.