RPOA Texas Outreach Chapters
RPOA Texas Outreach Chapters
Area: Thomas McIntire, Chairman
Area: George Armstrong, Chairman
Station Area: Teresa Shisk-Saling, Chairman
Christi Area: Barbara Beynon
Area: Martin Kralik, Chairman
Hunters Association of Texas (Statewide): Douglas Mason, Chairman
Paso Area: Roxanne Flores, Chairman
Worth Area: Jonathan Elledge, Chairman
Area: Co-Chairmen Sharon Steckler
Area: Co-Chairmen Cindy Griswold
Star Working Dog Association (Statewide): Jo Lynne Stark, Chairman
Area: Kathryn Beard, Chairman
Rio Grande Valley Area: Charles (Buster) Smith II, Chairman
Area: Anne Humphreys, Chairman
County only: Judy Sumpter (Gus’s Friends for Animal Welfare)
Braunfels/Seguin/San Marcos: Mary Ellen Najar, Chairman
Antonio Area: RPOA Board of Directors
Area: Micah Neal, Texas Diamond Kennels
Area (Waco/Temple/Killeen): Tina Patterson, Chairman
Area: Helen Thornton, Chairman
Area: Sheila Newland, Chairman
Falls Area: Charles Kernott, Chairman
[Seeking chairmen to start up these chapters: Amarillo; San Angelo;
Texas Outreach Chapters
is a big state!
chapters enable us to network statewide with our Pet Education,
Assistance, and Rescue (PEAR) Program, provided as a public service
since 1991 at no cost to the state or local communities.
mission is to be the leading provider of information and assistance
concerning animal welfare and related public health issues, taking
whatever steps necessary to preserve our historic relationship with
Texas Outreach is organized to promote social welfare within the
meaning of Section 501 (C) (4) Non Profit Organizations of the Internal
Revenue Code, which allows more lobbying activity, but (as an
organization) we cannot support candidates for elected offices. However
we can maintain and report voting records for all elected officials.
local Texas chapters are a very “informal” relationship with no
scheduled meetings, no minutes, no dues, and no financial activity. IRS
requires policies and procedures to be in place that the chapters follow
with oversight by RPOA to ensure operations are consistent with our
mission. Activities could affect our exempt status and reporting
requirements. All chapter memberships are at the discretion of the
local chapter chairmen!
These chapters will be RPOA “Watchdogs!
eyes and ears across Texas
RPOA informed of any anti-pet initiatives in their area:
Legislation, media articles, TV programs, etc.
OTHER LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES:
Be listed with RPOA’s statewide All Species Purebred Rescue Program,
only such program in the U.S. Contact
for more information.
Sign up new subscribers
to our low volume announcement-only Texas RPOA E-News to be informed
on all local, state and federal animal issues. Email
Provide a voice of reason
regarding Texas animal welfare issues at all levels of government.
AKC Canine Good Citizenship
and Certification, which strengthens the human/animal bond and
reduces the number of animals killed in shelters.
Support AKC Responsible Dog/Pet Ownership Days:
Many AKC clubs participate each year. AKC and RPOA have excellent
ESTABLISH RELATIONSHIPS WITH area elected officials,
who may someday move up to the state level.
local Animal Control Advisory Boards. If possible, find someone to
serve on them in order to have access to information and materials
for input before bad legislation is proposed.