About Us

Protecting animals by empowering animal support organizations

Our mission

The mission of the Mary Jane Carvel Foundation is:

  • To provide animal cruelty awareness and
  • To give financial support 
to animal protection organizations that provide animal welfare services in Houston and its surrounding counties.
Mary Jane Carvel Foundation Staff Presenting Financial Aid to Houston Area Animal Protection Organization.
Picture of the founder of the Mary Jane Carvel Foundation, Mary Jane Carvel, surrounded by her beloved dogs

About our Founder

Mary Jane Welling was born on August 23, 1920. She was a colorful and vivacious personality and lived a long, exciting and consequential life.

She married Vincent Carvel in 1942. Unfortunately, Vincent died serving his country during WWII.

Mary Jane never remarried and never had children. However, she loved her dogs – or “poochies”, as she lovingly referred to them – and regarded them as her children.

She was also a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved as though they were her own children. To them, she was lovingly known as “Aunt Janie”.

Mary Jane was a Houston socialite and was frequently seen in the city’s social circle at the Shamrock – the place to be “seen” in Houston at that time.

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Mary Jane Carvel Foundation Staff Smiling at an Event

Board of Directors

Mary Jane Carvel Foundation Trustee, Sharon L. Michaels

Sharon L. Michaels


Sharon L. Michaels, attorney at law, owns her own law firm and…

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Ian White

Board President

Ian White is an Englishman who immigrated in 2005 after marrying a…

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Beverly Arnold

Board Secretary

Beverly Arnold has held a lifelong interest in animal welfare, regarding the…

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Patricia Arnold

Board Member

Patricia Arnold, the newest member of our board of directors, believes passionately…

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Cruelty prevention

Of the numerous animal support and rescue organizations in Harris County and beyond, many struggle for regular funding. The lack of financial resources restricts these organizations from assisting the multitude of abused and homeless animals in their charge.

The Mary Jane Carvel Foundation exists to conduct fundraising on their behalf and to provide financial aid to help their work caring for our furry friends.

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