CINDY HARRIS | DIRECTOR (RETIRED)
As a founding Director, Cindy served on the board from formation in 2014 through June 2023. She still provides insight and advice and has the best memory of anyone!
STEPHANIE MASHBURN | DIRECTOR
I cannot remember a time in my life that I didn’t love animals. But in hindsight, I did everything that would make a rescuer cringe. I had been rescuing and returning lost pets for years, keeping a few that when I couldn’t find their owners, but there is a distinct point when I truly became a rescuer.
I was walking my dog when I saw two young dogs on the main street near my home. I took my dog home, and jumped in my car to go catch these two dogs. My goal was to reunite them with their owners. With the help of another lady blocking traffic, we were able to get them in my car. Back at my house, I was able to get the Vet’s number off an old rabies tag. The Vet’s office called me back and was nice enough to give me the address. I loaded them in my car to take them home. I went up to the door and knocked; but the person that answered the door said they didn’t own any dogs. I saw a beware of dog sign on the fence, two water bowls inside the fence along with an old igloo dog house, but THEY DIDN’T OWN ANY PETS! I went back to my car where two dogs were happily wagging their tails until I started driving away with them still in the car. My blood boiled.
You see, before that incident I thought every dog had a home. I thought every stray got out of their yard and just needed a helping hand to find their way back home. I thought every owner loved their pets. I thought every owner would be frantically searching for their missing family member. In that one instant, I became a rescuer. I began my rescue journey volunteering with one specific rescue, while still working with lost dogs. Forming Honoring Hope and Faith Rescue, Inc. (HHFR) became the next step in my journey as a dog rescuer.
HHFR has an excellent team and I have high expectations for our future! Thank you for reading about our journey and consider joining the battle to erase the homeless dog epidemic in the Houston area.
MELODY HAEFFNER | DIRECTOR
I was born and raised in southern Missouri and grew up with land and always had livestock. I found my first dog, Anberlin when I was 17 years old. Having her, opened me up to the world of rescue. She had several medical conditions. Being her momma taught me so much that I use every day in the rescue world. I loved animals but didn’t understand the need or importance of rescue until 2012.
I started fostering for a local rescue. In the beginning, I fostered bottle babies and over the years slowly transitioned and evolved into being a whelping, special needs, and sometimes hospice foster. I am a mom to an amazing little girl. My daughter, Harmony is probably the coolest kid you will ever meet! She is my partner in crime and fosters right along with me. I have taught her the importance of rescue and she has the most compassionate heart.
As a Director, I have found my place in rescue, and I am excited to continue saving dogs and educating the community.