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Friends For Life --Revolutionary No Kill Shelter Brings a New Day to Houston!

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THE STORY:

Revolutionary Shelter

A newer and larger vision is needed, a vision in which shelters hold themselves accountable for meeting demanding performance standards that preserve life—not destroy it.  

Edward Duvin, Father of the No Kill Movement

Friends For Life: Changing Houston History Forever

Historically, Houston has killed more animals in our shelters than in almost any city in the U.S.The Houston shelter model had been unchanged since 1924.

If ever there was an unlikely and tough proving ground for this revolutionary, No Kill, LEED model of sheltering, it is Houston. Founded in 2002 with a vision of offering real, sustainable alternatives to killing homeless animals, Friends For Life has become the fastest-growing shelter in Houston. 

Our state of the art LEED facility has raised the bar for what shelters can and should be. Our unique programs raise the bar for the ways that a shelter can and should relate to the peopleof a community.

We are the shelter of the future.

It's About Strategy

Our programs combine to form a comprehensive approach to innovating to save lives. From blockwalking door to door to give away free spay/neuter services so far preventing 13,000 animals from being born, to creating the first Thinking Outside the Shelter program in Houston to support people in holding onto their animals in tough times, we are different.

Lasting change is about investing in the community. Simply shipping the animals off to another location after Houston citizens are frustrated and hopeless enough to take them to animal control is digging a hole in a bucket of water. But reach those citizens before that point and you have created a conversation and level of trust that is what will make lasting change in Houston.

Our job, as we see it, is to invest in Houston infrastructure as a shelter partner. We create a dialogue with neighborhoods in which a shelter becomes the first call they make for help—not a last ditch drop.

Houstonians need and want help with the animals in their homes and neighborhoods. People line up at 5am having sometimes walked more than a mile to get their animals spayed or neutered on our free surgery clinic days. 

We mentor 22 other shelters and have brought Houston a desperately needed, multi-faceted strategic No Kill program.

We have Redefined Adoptable

75% of the animals adopted into homes through Friends For Life would be on the “unadoptable” list at other area shelters.  We accept animals regardless of age, breed, medical need. Basically, we live our motto painted on our lobby wall in huge letters:

Every Animal Matters.

Fix Houston Initiative

Get Service to People. Invest in a Sustainable Approach.

We forged the first and only public/private partnership with the Houston city shelter in 91 years of shelters in Houston to bring free spay/neuter/wellness to the community. Through our Fix Houston program, we hold free surgery days and we fund cat surgeries and the city funds all dog surgeries. The sustainable answer to Houston’s stray problem is not to wait until the animals are born and citizens are frustrated enough to drop them at animal control and then step in to ship the animals out of state to uncertain futures. The sustainable, strategic answer is to get services to people before they get animals to us.

Since the Fix Houston program was launched in 2013, we have prevented over 13,000 cats from being born.

“I am especially proud of the first-ever public/private partnership in which Friends For Life and BARC have joined forces to offer free spay/neuter and wellness services. Since the beginning of the program in 2013 hundreds of surgeries have been performed.  Houston is a progressive city and these progressive programs are a part of that. “ ---Mayor Annise Parker

$825

MONEY RAISED
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  • Team 315

    $100

  • Steve & Joan Paine

    $100

  • Katy and Lilly

    $25

  • Hemi and Sweet Dee

    $50

  • Susan E

    $100

  • Pat Larson

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Bill Crawford

    $100

  • USB

    $50

  • Bill Crawford

    $100

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1% Raised of $150,000 Goal

The Team: $825 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Stephanie Kennedy

Amount Raised

$350

Fundraiser Title

FRIENDS FOR LIFE

Amount Raised

$200

 

0% Raised of $150,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Halina Dodd

Amount Raised

$100

 

10% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Pat Larson

Amount Raised

$100

Fundraiser Title

Lauren Meek

Amount Raised

$50

 

5% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Pamela Newton

Amount Raised

$25

Fundraiser Title

Karen Cavanagh

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Bill Crawford

Bill Crawford

DONATION: $100

Thank you Dr Kennedy... 2 years ago

USB

USB

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Bill Crawford

Bill Crawford

DONATION: $100

For the best vet I've ever known... 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Pat Larson

Pat Larson

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Susan E

Susan E

DONATION: $100

To all the dogs I've loved before... Pepper & Ginger, Lady Bug, Rusty and Marie 2 years ago

Hemi and Sweet Dee

Hemi and Sweet Dee

DONATION: $50

We are in our forever home thanks to FFL! 2 years ago

Katy and Lilly

Katy and Lilly

DONATION: $25

In honor of Pam - for knowing how to stuff a kong! 2 years ago

Steve & Joan Paine

Steve & Joan Paine

DONATION: $100

A tribute to all of FFL's people's efforts and perseverance! 2 years ago

Team 315

Team 315

DONATION: $100

Go Friends For Life! 2 years ago