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In November 2009, when the Friendswood Animal Advocates (FAA) was first founded, our mission was to provide the community and City of Friendswood with information about the need to plan and build a new animal shelter.  In December 2011, our efforts were rewarded as the new facility opened to the public.  FAA provided medical treatment for all animals in need at Friendswood Animal Control (FAC) and played a significant role in the implementation of best practice polices at FAC.  We continued supporting FAC for 5.5 years by working with the City and the community to make our town a safe place for animals. Due to new management and new policies instituted at FAC, we no longer had similar goals and therefore directed our resources in February 2015. We found a new need in our community to help animals by keeping them healthy and by uniting them with their families.  Our work with the community continues and also extends to support several area rescue organizations.  Our advocacy efforts are aimed at municipal leaders and policymakers as we seek to raise the standard of what is possible for companion animals in Friendswood.

FAA Board members are Pet CPR & First Aid trained(*).

2015 Board Members

Melanie Reyes(*)
Tina Wood(*)
Cathy Barido
Bob Selig
Karen Van Auken

Melanie Reyes - President


As far back as Melanie can recall, she has always had a pet in her home. Many of the pets were strays taken in by her parents. Melanie loved them all, but her fondest childhood memory was of her Standard Poodle named Charles Junior. Once out of her parent’s home and on her own, Melanie chose to rescue a stray cat to call her own. Over the years Melanie has rescued or adopted seven animals and regularly fosters animals. "I am certain that I will always have an animal in my home. Fostering animals has taught my two daughters how crucial it is for humans to take responsibility for their animals." Melanie hopes to one day be known for helping educate children in Friendswood and surrounding comminutes of the importance of having animals spayed or neutered.

Karen Van Auken - Vice President

A founding member of Friendswood Animal Advocates, Karen has been a dog lover since childhood. She developed a fondness for cats while a volunteer at animal control and enjoys fostering abandoned kittens, knowing that because of FAA they will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before going to loving “forever homes”.

Bob Selig - Treasurer


Bob Selig, Treasurer, has lived in Friendswood since 2011, having moved here from Houston with wife Susan and several dogs and cats.  He is the President of TACS, Inc., handling bookkeeping, financial statement preparation, tax preparation and financial planning for personal and business clients since 1987.    Bob is an Enrolled Agent, licensed by IRS and is specifically trained in federal tax planning, preparation and representation, requiring a minimum of 72 hours Continuing Professional Education every three years.  Bob is also an animal lover, and is presently assisted in his work not only by his beautiful wife Susan, but dogs Maverick and Cherokee and cats Duchess and Brazos.

Tara Tavarez - Secretary

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Tara has always loved animals and started volunteering for the Galveston Island Humane Society (GIHS) 5 years ago.  Little did she know how involved she would become.  She served on the Board of Directors of the GIHS for 1 year and is still currently volunteering and fostering at GIHS.  She volunteers for Friends Animal Control (FAC), and she became secretary for Freindswood Animals Advocates (FAA) in 2013 because it was hard not be apart of this wonderful organization.  She loves FAA so much she decided to stay on a secretary for another year.  

She is mom to a spoiled 3 year old dog name Bonnie, who was adopted from FAC 3 month ago, and a spoiled 9 month old cat named Bunny, who was a foster failure from GIHS.  Her passion in life is helping as many animals as she can.  

Vicky Glenn - Curator


Vicky is a very proud member of Friendswood Animal Advocates. She believes in the work that the group does and is so impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the volunteers. Of course, she loves animals! She currently has two cats and an Arabian horse. She likes to foster dogs and cats, and she also bottle feeds orphan kittens.

Friendswood Animal Advocates
P.O. Box 722, Friendswood, TX 77549
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