Who We Are

Jakie Hernandez, operations manager,

Jakie Hernandez - Best Friends Animal SocietyMy name is Jakie (like Jackie, without the “c”). I’m excited to be a part of the national shelter embed programs team as a manager of operations – embed project at Prattville/ Autauga Humane Society in Prattville, Alabama. 

A bit about me: I was born and raised in a small South Texas border town of Laredo, TX. I was quite literally born into rescue. My father rescued chihuahuas and ran an at-home, foster-based rescue throughout my childhood (who knew having a dozen rescue dogs running around your house wasn’t normal?). I have worked in animal shelters throughout Texas and some of Canada in my career. 

A little over 10 years ago, while working at one of the highest-kill shelters in South Texas (save rate of 8% at the time) I learned about Best Friends and their mission. From that moment, I knew I wanted to be part of the team that would make this nation no-kill. 

I love shelter medicine and have a true passion for keeping the community I grew up in engaged and educated by sharing resources/ information with them in Spanish and keeping people and pets together. 

I am fortunate to have a very understanding and equally passionate husband who is always willing to foster and/or volunteer his time and talent to whatever shelter we work with. We enjoy spending time with our children, Xitlali and Mateo, our five dogs and three cats and are always up for a new adventure. 

Un fuerte abrazo a todos!