220 Oak Hollow Dr, La Vernia, Texas 78121, United States


Cats and Dogs Forever Sanctuary

meet our board

Cheryl Smith




Cheryl dedicates her life rescuing abused and sick dogs. Cheryl takes in cat aggressive dogs that we can’t integrate into our sanctuary in La Vernia. Many times over Cheryl was the last hope for sick and injured dogs with behavioral issues, especially bully breeds, to have a safe and happy life. For over 15 years she is working with children with disabilities. Cheryl currently takes care of 10 dogs, she provides them all with the best medical care and a safe, loving forever home.

Jonathan Banz


Volunteer Coordinator.

Jonathan has Asperger Syndrome, which is a form of autism.  Friends call him our cat whisperer.  Jonathan is an amazing guardian. He  has a gentle, soft spoken demeanor.  He also works as a pet/house sitter. Jonathan always comes up with great ideas to enrich the lives of our cats and dogs. For instance  putting up ribbon tables for the cats and setting up a meows cat campsite inside the welded catio.

Tahirih Kennedy


Treasurer and Web designer

She is currently going to school to get her bachelor's in Math, History, and German education. She hopes to be a High school teacher someday. 

She and her husband have a much loved Chihuahua named Chewy.

Travis Banz



When the sanctuary lost their first home this man stepped up and moved all the animals, his mother and brother to a brand new home. He is a real savior of animals and human kind alike.

Gabi Sommer




Gabi is an animal lover. All her life she rescued animals of all kinds. She was a volunteer at the former Elgin Animal Shelter. For years she was involved in TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return). The injured and sick feral cats ended up at her home.

In 2014 she founded Cats and Dogs Forever Sanctuary, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Feral cats, special needs, and seniors are extra close to her heart.

Patty Moore