Animal Advocate, Shelter Volunteer Amber Houck Dies; She Battled Cancer

She was honored by the Redlands Animal Shelter for her volunteer efforts in July 2011.

Amber Houck, an advocate for abandoned pets and a volunteer at Redlands Animal Shelter, has died after a battle with cancer, Redlands Friends of Shelter Animals announced.

"Amber Houck, our amazing animal rescuer, passed away this morning after her battle with cancer," the group said in a statement Monday. "She did so much for Redlands Animal Shelter. She saved so many and was loved by everyone. . . .

"Rest in Peace Amber ♥ Take care of all of the fur babies that have gone to Rainbow Bridge. You are their angel now ♥"

Houck was honored by the Redlands Animal Shelter for her volunteer efforts in July 2011, when she was named the shelter's first-ever Volunteer of the Month.

"Amber has been volunteering at the shelter for a little over a year," shelter officials said. "She spends 20 hours a week at the shelter, plus 10 hours working on promotional materials like posters, and additional time emailing, networking with rescues and adopters, and transporting animals."

Houck attended Redlands High School and Cal State San Bernardino. She is survived by her husband Gary Houck. Funeral arrangements were pending.

SBSWZ July 11, 2012 at 05:35 AM
thank you Amber for all you have done...your passion and love have impacted upon sooo many....again, thank you.
Lisa Marie Cross July 13, 2012 at 05:25 AM
I thank you too, Amber. Those of us that know of all you did for the animals are most grateful and sorrowed by your loss. May God reward you for the ultimate kindness you provided unto them. Please help Amber's family w/her medical bills ... join "For the Love of Amber" on Facebook ... maybe you can help lessen the suffering they have already endured. Thank you. Lisa Marie Cross
Greg Stone July 16, 2012 at 01:20 AM
The Stones Thank you Amber for being the one that made it possible for us to adopt our dog. We remember the day we came into PetSmart and you showed us "Nellie". You were so helpful with the adoption. Your love for animals was quite evident. Greg and Becky Stone


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