Rene Vasquez has been the director of Fort Bend County Animal Services (FBCAS) in Rosenberg, Texas, since January of 2015. He has been with FBCAS for 26 years and has contributed to the care and well-being of animals in the community. When he became director, Rene inherited a less than 30% save rate for pets in the facility. Knowing that it was time to move the shelter toward becoming a lifesaving facility, he quickly began a series of initiatives that included a larger social media presence, more adoption events, a responsible pet ownership program geared toward schoolchildren and an outreach to national organizations at conferences. Over the last seven years through the implementation of programs like “Dogs Playing for Life” and especially the community cat program, the FBCAS save rate has steadily increased to where it has been 90% or more since August of 2018. Rene has also worked and trained with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to prevent the spread of rabies and prepare for natural disasters that could endanger animals.