This isn’t your typical gala.
Start by doing what is necessary.
This year’s gala won’t include any fancy linens or an open bar. This year, we’re paying it forward to our community that desperately needs us.
On October 9, 2020, at Silver Street Studios we will be running a Drive-Thru Vet Clinic + Pet Food Bank for the public. We’ve vetted more than 1,530 animals brought to us by the public. For free. In a city of 4 million, we’re the only organization offering this free service.
We want you with us behind the scenes on October 9.
As our remote guest, you’ll have a behind-the-scenes pass to see Houston’s only free veterinary clinic in action. We’ll be live-streaming all 9 hours of it: bringing in special guests, sharing stories and introducing animals and the people who love them.
Your donation allows us to keep giving. We are also still doing what you’ve come to expect from Friends For Life—taking the hard cases and rehabilitating the “unadoptable.” In fact, we are year-to-date, 100 adoptions over last year’s total.
We understand it’s a big ask, considering how uncertain the world is today. We know that you will stand with us: to keep animals safe, families whole and communities healthy.
If I commit to a table, will I attend in-person?
While we want more than anything to have you with us, social distancing and protecting everyone’s health will still be a reality when October 9 comes around.
What kind of activities will there be virtually?
Here are just a few of the things we’re planning for October 9:
- Raffle items
- Celebrity appearances
- Live interviews
- Dogs! Cats!
- More to be announced soon!
What does the event timeline look like?
We are excited to share the full timeline with you soon; here’s a bit of a teaser to tide you over…
- 10AM × Kickoff
- 7:30PM × Sign-Off
All times and dates listed are Central Time (Houston).
Gala donation levels
and their life-saving power.
$20,000 × MAV Sponsor
Our MAV is an indispensable part of the free clinic. The 26’ mobile adoption vehicle serves as a treatment center, transport and safe exam room that we can set up in any neighborhood. The MAV is our hub of every operation in the community. Sponsoring this life-saving moving billboard is an extraordinary opportunity to update the vehicle and get your name in front of grateful Houstonians.
$10,000 × Crisis Responder
This level will fund an entire clinic day for 110 animals. This cost is possible because our veterinarians graciously donate their time. It includes an exam, vaccinations (DA2PP, bordetella, rabies, FVRCP), dewormer, flea preventative, heartworm preventative, heartworm blood test, feline leukemia/FIV blood test. This also includes access to the pet food bank and supply bank of leashes/collars/carriers/beds.
$2,500 × Change Agent
This level will fully vaccinate 277 animals. This keeps cats safe with FVRCP/rabies shots and dogs safe from parvo, distemper and rabies. Houston is a warm Petri dish for the growth of communicable disease and if shelters do not respond dramatically right now to fill the gap in vaccinations, we will all bear the weight of the outbreaks.
$15,000 × Clinic Sponsor
Heartworms are 100% fatal left untreated. Private veterinarians charge $100 for the test and $940 for treatment of a medium-size dog. This is impossible for many Houston families. Because we’re able to do things more economically than private clinics, this support level allows us to test AND provide life-saving treatment for 36 dogs.
$5,000 × Emergency Lifeline
Some animals who are seeing us are diagnosed with serious medical issues. Their families need special help. We have run senior blood panels and underwritten x-rays. We have treated parvo, kidney disease, mange, diabetes, broken bones and more. We continue to take tough medical cases into our program as well. This level helps us respond to animals in urgent medical need, both within the Friends For Life program and those in our clinics.
$1,000 × Good Neighbor
This level will spay 20 cats at a low-cost clinic. This spring, thousands of kittens have been born all across our city. We’ve been contacted by countless neighbors asking for help with rescuing kittens and free spay/neuter. Our Fix Houston™ program needs your support to help us continue our proactive work of TNR.