This is Rosemary, she needs your help!
July 14, 2016
Who we are and what we do.
Friends For Life Humane Society is a private no kill rescue dedicated to saving lives of homeless dogs in need. Our adoption program has matched over 2000 pets with a loving family's and forever homes. Dogs come to us having been neglected or abused and some with such a deep-seated fear of humans they stay cowaring in a corner for days upon arriving at our shelter. We also get dogs from families that can no longer keep them for whatever reason. Every dog that comes to us deserves a second chance and we work tirelessly to provide that chance. We rescue dogs on a weekly basis from various kill shelters and provide shelter, food, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, micro-chipping, rehabilitation, socialization and any other medical care that arises. Every weekend we transport dogs to and from our adoption events (60 miles each way) until we find them a new forever home and those who are unable to go to a home stay with us at our sanctuary, we provide permanent housing, care and necessary medical monitoring for dogs who are highly unlikely to be placed in an adoptive home. Some of our residents are simply "hard to place" due to age, medical issues or behavioral issues but we don't give up on them and we keep on trying to find them loving homes. While at adoption events we educate the public of the importance of spaying/neutering and the importance of keeping the microchip contact information current with found animals microchip registry. We encourage meet and greets with the dogs and their potential owners and other pack members as well as encouraging training for both people and the dog so that they may have the best chances possible in staying in their new home for the rest of its life. Our lifesaving efforts depend entirely on the money raised through our adoption efforts, charity events and the generosity of our supporters.
How it all began
It takes passion and dedication to keep our facility running and Ron and Robert have nothing short of that. They live on site and care for the dogs 24/7, 365 days a year. As a matter of fact they have never even taken a vacation in over 13 years. It all began in early 2000's, Ron and Robert met while living on the streets in Vegas, in a field with a bush as their shelter to be exact, no food, no home, no family, living in the moment, trying to exist in the harsh world, (sounds similar to the life of the stray dogs we rescue) By the grace of God, they were invited into the Westminster Presbyterian Church and given a gift that would change their lives. Through members of the church, Lui and Sing (Sing later became founder of FFL) Ron & Robert were given the opportunity to work for room/board in a beat up trailer at a old, run down dog rescue site located in Pahrump. For years they worked on cleaning up and removing junk off the property, building kennels and taking care of the dogs that were rescued living on the property in addition to many other dogs that were rescued and given a new life through their efforts. In 2007, endless hours of back breaking work, a passion to help save animals and generous donations from supporters, Friends For Life Humane Society became a 501c3 non profit rescue. A lot of time, a lot of miles and a lot of love saved many lives through the years. Now 9 years later, Ron and Robert are still dedicated to saving lives of homeless dogs along with volunteers who unselfishly give up their time and who have the same passion for helping animals. Friends For Life has become one of the top 5 rescues in Las Vegas for saving the lives of homeless dogs and providing them with the best life possible until they can be adopted into a new loving home or live out their precious lives with us at the sanctuary.
How would we use the money raised by this challenge?
We would like to renovate a section of our sanctuary to be for puppies from rescued females. Puppies have fragile immune systems, they need to be housed and cared for around the clock in an environment away from the common illnesses that a shelter encounters when bringing in newly rescued dogs as often as we do. Many illnesses are life threatening for young pups and we need a special area to keep them safe and healthy until they are old enough to get their vaccinations and spayed/neutered, this means that socialization can begin at an early age and proper behavioral skills for a home environment can be taught early on so they are more adoptable and have a high probability of remaining in a permanent home as a valued family member.
~Mobile Adoption Trailer
We would like to expand our adoptions with a mobile adoption trailer so that we may attend various adoption events throughout the area. In order to do this we need to purchase an enclosed trailer to haul our supplies, kennels, shade tent, ect. We also need to have a trailer hitch mounted onto our van, in which we transport our furry friends to and from events. This trailer and hitch will allow FFL and its volunteers to expand to more communities and raise awareness of our rescue and the dogs we have available for adoption as well as continuing to educate the public on the importance of spay/neutering . These events allow us the chance to collaberate with other rescue groups for a greater impact and allow us to place more dogs with adoptive families which in turn allows us to rescue more from the shelters.
~Medical needs & veterinary care
We rescue many dogs with medical issues and disabilities. Unfortunately, these dogs are the least likely to be rescued due to the high cost of care and often surgery. So one of our goals for this fundraiser is reach out to everyone we can who believes that every dog has the potential to bring love and friendship to the adopter and who believe that even dogs who have medical conditions through no fault of their own deserve a chance to be adopted. The more money we raise enables us to rescue and support more dogs with veterinary needs.
~New Training Program
Many of our rescues are 1 to 3 yr old dogs that have not received obedience training in their former homes, typically, their owners do not recognize or choose to ignore continuous behavioral issues until they reach unbearable frustration and then resort to abuse, abandonment or return of the dog. This results in an older, confused dog that is in need of proper behavioral modification training and has a lower probability of adoption. While we encourage training for our adopters and the dogs many of owners do not follow through with our suggestions. So we want to begin a new training program that will allow FFL to proactively address behavioral issues . First by providing the dog with proper quality of training and then providing the adopters with the necessary knowledge, tools, skills and continuous support to achieve success with their new Friend for Life.
Please help us saving more lives of homeless dogs. Your donation make all the difference in the world to them ! No donation is too small. Thank you for your support !