Denise Bailey

Denise grew up on a farm in Iowa with animals in tow including raccoons, rabbits, 4-H calves, dogs and cats.  A chance encounter with an injured Chow Chow several years ago grew into a love affair with the breed. The dog, Ching, was rehabbed and adopted by Denise. During the process of helping Ching through physical therapy, she became fascinated with the breed and began to rescue Chow Chows. “The long overdue formation of a 501(c)3 in Houston enabled Houston Chow Chow Connection to bring the groups passion of Chow Chow education and rescue to life.”   

Krissey Vlantes

Krissey has been a resident of Texas for over 30 years and has always been very fond of the breed growing up with chows as a child.  After loosing her baby girl Sophie to cancer in 2009, she decided that she would get more involved with rescuing the breed.  Through Dianne Watson, Krissey met several wonderful people who not only were extremely passionate about rescue of all breeds but that also loved the Chow Chow as much as she does.  With the help of family and friends, she felt it was time to create an organization to support the Houston and surrounding areas in uniting chow chows in need with new forever homes. 


Krissey Vlantes - President

A co-founder of Houston Chow Chow Connection, Krissey has owned chows all of her life.  Krissey's current chows Lady, Bo, Kasey, & Elsa are brand ambassadors for Houston Chow Chow Connection, and often make appearances at our local events.  Krissey is excited for the continued growth of the rescue as the foster, volunteer and adopter network continues to expand.   

TBA - Vice President


Yana Carter - Treasurer

Yana grew up in Kazakhstan where chows were not a common breed at all. However, one of her neighbors had two, so Yana had always been fascinated with the breed. After moving to Houston in 2016 and getting married, Yana and her husband decided to expand their new family by adopting a dog. HCCC was hosting an event at the Petrol Station bar, and Yana and her husband happened to be there for lunch. They met Denise at that event, met a couple of HCCC alumni pups, and about a month later adopted their first dog, Mishka. Yana had always been passionate about animals of all breeds, but chows now hold a very special place in her heart because of Mishka.  


Kelly Hood - Secretary

 Kelly is from Lincoln, NE and grew up with a love of animals. She arrived in Texas in 2000. Shortly after, she received a blessing named Bear Bear.  He was Kelly’s constant companion for 14 years. He crossed over the rainbow bridge in March 2014. He is the reason she came to love the Chow Chow breed. 2 Months later another blessing arrived, a little Shepard Chow mix.  Kelly recently became a lifesaving foster for HCCC and decided to volunteer her time to our organization.  Kelly is a special Foster Mom, She takes in Seniors and Chows that don’t have too much time left.  


Janet Vrasic - Business Strategy & Marketing

Janet grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, and rescued her first dog, a chow mix puppy in 1997. Cinnamon became the first and original Spice Girl. Pepper, a husky mix and only non-chow, was rescued from West Virginia, then Ginger (New York), Nutmeg (Alabama via New York), and Mocha (Illinois). In 2016, she moved to Houston, where Yoshi and Pumpkin joined the family, both adopted from HCCC.  Excited to utilize her business strategy and operational expertise, Janet joined the board in 2017 to assist the group with sustainable growth and operational best practices. 


Jill Mason - Event Coordinator

Growing up in Maryland, Retrievers, Spaniels and Setters were the common dogs but Jill only had eyes for the Chow Chow.  After adopting her first chow mix Cheska from a shelter, she was impressed by his transformation - as he learned to relax and trust - he blossomed, winning the hearts of the people he met.  Jill decided to only adopt from shelters and rescues focusing on older chows ages 5-8.   After settling in Houston and adopting 2 chows from HCCC – getting involved was the next logical step.  Jill feels that she has become a better person by sharing her journey through life with all of her Chow companions:  Cheska, Darla, Shane, Roca, Charlie and Macy.  She is excited about helping rescue chows become Ambassadors of the Breed. 


Barbara Keith - Volunteer / Foster Coordinator

Barbara was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She rescued her first dog a chow Akita puppy mix, Bella and fell in love with the breed.  Her second rescue dog, Jake became Bella's best friend. Both dogs crossed the rainbow bridge within months of each other. A shy small scared dog came to her rescue, named Minnie. She became a foster failure not once, twice, but three times a charm. She is mom to Minnie, Baker, and Nikki from HCCC. She is also a mom of two school age children who love their dogs. She loves working with new volunteers.

Members at Large

South Texas

South Texas

South Texas

Tammy Hopwood - Houston, TX

Amelia Rush - Alvin, TX

Marianne Hudspeth  - Houston, TX

Annette VerHoeven - Houston, TX

Pam Bluestein - Sugarland, TX

Tommy Barrios - Houston, TX

Shea Bennett - Houston, TX

Debbie Grimm - Katy, TX

Becky Foreman-Goodman - Houston, TX

Kirsten Ochsner - Houston, TX

Donna Martin - Houston, TX

JoAnne Lambert - Kingwood, TX

Matt Carter - Houston, TX

Isaac Delcid - Houston, TX

Meaghan Roy-OReilly - Houston, TX

North Texas

South Texas

South Texas

Bethany England - Spring, TX

Andree Perque Ward - Spring, TX

Siobhan Robinson - Dallas, TX

Veronica Dunford - Keller, TX

Central Texas

Central Texas

Central Texas

Carol Swirczek - Austin, TX

Sarah & Jason Kee - Georgetown, TX

Caryn Cluiss - Round Rock, TX

Tammy Woods - Georgetown, TX

Christina Hoke - Austin, TX

Sandra  Lowe-Leseth - Austin, TX

Outside Texas

Central Texas

Central Texas

Becky Sawyer - Lafayette, LA

Paula Hamilton - Lincoln, NE

Ann Kitchen - Princeton, IA

Partner Locations

Austin Chow Chow Connection

Nebraska Chow Chow Connection

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Houston Chow Chow Connection

448 W 19th St, Box 553, Houston, Texas 77008, United States

Friends of Rescue

Katann Chow Rescue of South Minnesota

Katann Chow Rescue of South Minnesota

Katann Chow Rescue of South Minnesota

Deanna Fuller


phone: 507-283-4576

Luverne, MN

Joy Knox - State Farm

Katann Chow Rescue of South Minnesota

Katann Chow Rescue of South Minnesota

Joy Knox Insurance Agency Inc

1510 Eldridge Parkway, Ste 108

Houston, TX 77077

phone: 281-759-4300

Chow Chow Rescue Society

Katann Chow Rescue of South Minnesota

West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates

West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates

West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates

West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates

13560 Briar Forest

Houston, TX 77077


Stone Ridge Veterinary Family

West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates

Stone Ridge Veterinary Family

Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center-Willis, TX (936) 856-2927

Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center-Conroe, TX (936) 521-1789

The Pet Resort at Stone Ridge-Conroe, TX 

(936) 521-1777

Angel's Pet Hospital

West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates

Stone Ridge Veterinary Family

24734 Kuykendahl Rd

Tomball, TX 77375


(281) 290-0360