WHAT IS AN INDEPENDENT RESCUER?
Updated: Jan 29, 2021
This unassuming and remarkable woman has a feeding route in one of Houston's toughest neighborhoods.
Not every animal rescuer has a fancy website or a cool logo. Meet Jane Ann Fornof-Wesson, a true hero who works quietly to help stray and abandoned animals in areas that need it most. Many of you don’t realize that in places like downtown Houston, strays roam freely, with little or no hope of being saved. A call to animal control results in almost certain death, as shelters are full and over population is a serious issue in this area.
Jane and her very understanding husband left a nice home in a beautiful neighborhood to live in this particular section of Houston, wanting to make a difference in the lives of these animals.
Jane's feeding route is in a rough part of downtown, and she routinely puts her own safety at risk to feed as many as she can, often seven days a week. She has been robbed, had her car stolen, and been threatened with bodily harm, but she keeps putting the needs of homeless animals ahead of her own. When asked about her sacrifice, Jane brushed it off, telling us that it was her pleasure to do what most others would not.
She leaves food for those dogs and cats that won’t allow her to come near them, applies flea remedies and prevention, and administers medications as she can, and when room is available, works to get these animals placed with local rescues. Jane gets as many animals to the vet as finances allow, and nurses them back to help at home when they are heartworm positive or have other medical issues.
Since Jane is an “independent rescuer” and doesn’t have a 501(c)3 organization, she can’t do charitable fundraising on social media. If you'd like to help, let us know.