Keeping pets with their families
We provide a unique Thinking Outside the Shelter program, offering support to owners so that they may keep their animals in their homes and out of the shelter system.
We introduced this program to Houston in 2008, and it has kept thousands of animals with their families. Keeping animals in good homes is a priority in building a No Kill community. We think it is also a priority in building the working partnership that has long been missing between shelters and the communities we serve.
A lost job, a death in the family or health issues can all lead to financial hardship. Feeding the family pet under these circumstances may be impossible. Friends For Life maintains a food bank of donated food, which we provide to pet owners on an interim basis while they are getting back on their feet.
We know that it happens every day in Houston: A senior will put their Meals on Wheels tray on the ground so that their animal companion can eat. That is not a choice anyone should have to make. We are proud to supply pet food to be distributed through aniMeals to make sure everybody has their own dinner!
Unwanted behavior is the most common reason animals are relinquished to shelters. Friends For Life provides free one-on-one behavior counseling and training, as well as online resources, handouts and referrals to help families work with their pets and resolve behavioral issues.
Veterinary services are out-of-reach for some families. We help by providing some services at Friends For Life and by connecting some families with veterinarians through micro grants.
Veterinary micro grants
We know that veterinary bills can shatter a family’s budget. Sadly, we have seen pets surrendered by a loving parent due to lack of funds for a vet treatment. Through our veterinary micro grant fund, we are able to help keep families together.
What a difference a fence makes
We were contacted by a family forced to give up their dog because he kept running at large. Friends For Life arranged for fencing materials to be donated, and our volunteers answered the call to build the family a fence that would keep “Rover” in his yard.
Courtesy internet postings
Sometimes a family simply must give up their pet. An overseas deployment, a move into a nursing home or some other life-changing event can make this decision unavoidable. Adoption websites are a primary medium for advertising animals looking for homes. Because private citizens do not have good options for getting their pets onto the major websites, Friends For Life offers courtesy postings on PetFinder and Adopt-A-Pet.
What you can do
Donate to our food bank
We are always in need of baby kitten formula (KMR) and dry cat and dog food. Donations can be dropped off or shipped to 107 E. 22nd Street, Houston, TX 77008.
Donate to our veterinary micro grant fund
$25 will buy a year’s supply of heartworm preventative for a dog
$400 will pay for a heartworm treatment for a dog
$65 will pay for a cat spay surgery
Help a neighbor
Know a neighbor who is having trouble walking their dog? Or needs help picking up food for their cat? Animals in need really bring neighbors together. You can make a huge difference in one animal’s life and make new friends.