When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.
— A.D. Williams
Hello, my name is Janessa...
I moved to Roatan, Honduras in December 2018 with my husband, 2 pugs, and cat (who was rescued from Utila the year before). We had been coming down to the island for a few years and every time I’d do whatever I could to help the local animals, animal rescue organizations, and the community. After extensive planning and prayer, I knew that I was ready to take the leap and do more for this island.
I knew God saved me for a reason. Rewind to 2007. I was addicted to the pain medication that had originally been prescribed for my back surgeries. By the time I went to rehab, I was taking pain medication that is prescribed for people with stage 3 cancer. After living 7 years with my addiction, I admitted myself to rehab and completed intensive outpatient therapy and relapse prevention. In January 2019, I celebrated 5 years clean and I knew that I was ready to take on this new chapter of my life.
God placed it on my heart and mind to take the time to set up a non-profit organization focusing on my love of animals & kids. I was a nanny for many years and am a part of the Big Brother Big Sisters program and have always loved teaching kids, mentoring, etc. So when focusing on the core values for our non-profit, I knew it had to be helping the animals and the children of the island.
It's a lot of work! I am so blessed with a group of amazing friends and businesses who are donating their time to help with expense tracking, website building, fundraising, marketing, and everything else that it takes to run this! Additionally, God brought me to a group of amazing locals who are so hard-working and passionate about helping these animals.
This isn't a passion project, this is my life's purpose.