Jay Garrett Jr. is the founder and current president of A Life to Live, a nonprofit animal welfare organization born from the passionate mission of bringing No Kill to the City of Baytown. Since the organization was established in August of 2014, A Life to Live has successfully implemented a local No Kill resolution and has been an integral part of increasing the municipal shelter's live release rate by 40 percent, saving thousands of shelter pets.
"When I established A Live to Live in 2014, the City of Baytown was euthanizing more than 80 percent of the animals that entered the animal control facility. It's been through the recruitment of like-minded, pet-loving, and passionate people that we've been able to implement programs that focus on lifesaving sustainable solutions for pets and people."
Jay is a graduate of the University of Houston where he studied business management, architecture, entrepreneurship, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. Jay worked in construction as a Project Manager, Project Engineer, and Superintendent for several years while also serving as the Executive Director for A Life to Live as a volunteer from 2014 to 2018.
Volunteerism and philanthropy have always been of great importance to Jay. In high school, Jay served as the Lieutenant Governor for Key Club for the Texas-Oklahoma District and was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award, signed by former President Barack Obama, for his contributions to the community through volunteerism throughout his high school education in various clubs and organizations. Jay now serves in local civic and professional organizations in Baytown and holds a position on the City of Baytown's Animal Control Advisory Committee where he is actively working to implement animal welfare legislation to benefit the lives of people and pets.
Jay was recently named a finalist for Citizen of the Year and was recognized as a top leader in the local 24 Under 40. In the summer of 2018, Jay's work in animal welfare, and his deep passion for saving lives, allowed him the opportunity to fulfill the role of Manager of Life-Saving Operations for Best Friends Animal Society. Jay is working within the largest shelters in the State of Texas to implement lifesaving solutions and No Kill programming in an effort to help lead the nation to No Kill by 2025.