Aquilon’s Houston office is home to our sales, implementation, and customer success teams. They are known for being avid pet lovers as well as enthusiastic about spending time together working in the Houston community. When the opportunity arose for a chance to volunteer with loving pups who need a good home, everyone was on board.

The Aquilon team (left to right): Taylor Marberry, Adriana Byrum, Ana Santos, Paula Silverman, and Jack Sagehorn.

“Having the opportunity to be a part of saving dogs from abuse is so incredible, especially as a team,” said Taylor Marberry from Aquilon. “It is a fantastic feeling because we can make these animals lives better. HPA volunteers take time/money/resources out of their lives to help save dogs to find their fur-ever home.”

Not your average rescue shelter.

Houston Pets Alive! (HPA) is a non-profit organization founded by Andrea Birkelbach in 2014. They are comprised of animal loving volunteers and staff who never stop working to save the next life. HPA is committed to being a no-kill shelter and provides the resources, education, and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals.

HPA acts as a safety net to save the animals who have no other options and are committed to saving the lives that others won’t. They specifically take neonatal or “bottle baby” kittens, nursing moms, dogs and cats with illnesses or injuries, and those with behavior issues. Their goal is to make Houston the largest no-kill city in the country.

2018 HPA Impact

  • Over 2,700 animals adopted
  • Over 700 neonatal kittens saved
  • Nearly 100 dogs healed from distemper

Providing for the basic needs of pups.

While transitioning to a new location, HPA jumped at the chance to have the Aquilon team come out and assist with the basic needs of their pups. This included multiple walks to get them out for exercise, cleaning towels, and handing out tons of treats for all the good pups. The Aquilon team fell in love with all the dogs, but gained a special place in their hearts for lab mix Liza who has since been happily re-homed!

It was a learning experience to observe the behind-the-scenes activity at a rescue shelter. A tremendous amount of effort is involved in keeping the shelter running, and there is a dire need for more volunteers. In addition to making sure the shelter is properly run, HPA shared stories of how each pup arrived in the current shelter. Unfortunately, many are abandoned or left on the street, but it is because of organizations such as HPA that these dogs have a chance to be re-homed and have a happy life!

Volunteers are constantly needed at HPA, and the Houston team has committed to future service events with HPA. Coming up is the Strut Your Mutt on September 28th, and the grand opening of their new location is on October 2nd from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

To find out how you can get involved like the Houston Aquilon team, check out the HPA website!