We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikki Revils and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikki, how does your business help the community?
I’m not sure if there was really thought process behind starting Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue. Our former Director and I started out as two people with passion for animals, hers was cleft palate puppies and kittens and mine was blind cats and kittens. We saw a need for a special needs rescue and we took a chance. Its been quite a learning experience as neither of us had any real experience running a rescue. We’ve managed by trial and error and its been quite a ride.
Our special needs rescue has spread awareness regarding certain types of afflictions that affect animals. We have managed to shed light and educate those who were unaware that cleft palate animals could survive. We’ve managed to change the way of thinking of some breeders and its really saved a lot of animals.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue is a volunteer-powered 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to rescuing homeless, neglected, and abandoned animals from certain euthanasia and finding them loving forever homes. What sets us a part is that we specialize in rescuing cleft palate neonates, hydrocephalus, and other special needs babies in Texas and all of the surrounding states. Our main base is located Houston, Texas and we have a crew of people all over Texas. We are the only multi site rescue in Texas and we have a very high success rate with our special needs babies. Our entire mission is saving lives and spreading awareness.
I’m actually pretty proud at the growth that we’ve made since our creation in 2018. We started with two people running out of Houston and Kyle Texas and now we have full branches in the Houston/Central Texas and DFW Metroplex. I’ve mentioned that my team is amazing and they really make it happen. Don’t get me wrong. It hasn’t always been easy. We’ve had some growing pains and we’ve had to learn how to work together across three sites with some people that we have never met in person. We’ve had personality clashes and different ways of thinking but we’ve always been able to sit down and solve them. Another big challenge is the drama that surrounds animal rescue in general. Sadly there are always critics of rescue in general and always clashes on who does it better. Its taken a while but we’ve managed to keep ourselves out of it and focused on the animals. I would have to say that my biggest challenge has been returning to rescue after the death of my son in 2020. I wanted to hang it up and just be sad. My team would have let me too. They would have understood. They encouraged me daily. They held me up when I couldn’t get out of bed and in a way, getting back to focus on the rescue saved my life. Words can’t express how much that meant to me, particularly our DFW Director of Operations, Teresa Bell. She is amazing.
I want the world to know that rescue is hard. We don’t get to sit with puppies and kittens all day that have no health issues. We often have to hold animals as we ease them out of their misery because an owner or the public failed them. We have to say no sometimes in order to maintain our own sanity and it always haunts us. Every time we lose an animal, its absolutely gut wrenching. Our hearts are so full of bruises and wounds but every one on my team is always willing to try again. And thats what I love about them and why I continue to support them,.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh my gosh, this is a hard question. I’m just learning to love my city the way I should. I would definitely spend time in the EADO area. I love all the atmosphere. its so up and coming with little bars, like the Truckyard and Pitch 25. I would want them to come in April/May so we could catch a Dynamo game and an Astros game in the same week. We could also visit all the awesome art murals across the area. Of course if they came in May, our Star Wars Art Festival is phenomenal. Catching food in the Post and checking out the view from the top of the building is a must. I love to ride my bike and my husband and I do this occasionally to take in the pop up markets down town. Of course, my absolute favorite food places in town are Pepper Twins and Star Pizza! These are absolute musts for anyone I have coming into town.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost I would love to thank my team. We are an amazing group of volunteers who constantly support each other and are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Without them, Fuzzy Texan wouldn’t exist. I’d also like to give a huge shout out to my family. My husband is my number one supporter and he is always down for a late night rescue, a project for a specific animal or just listening to my dilemmas. He’s 100 percent my sounding board. My children have also learned to foster and tube feed and bottle feed and they never shy away from helping. I’m so happy to have such a great support team.
They all belong to Fuzzy Texan