When you support pet owners, you save the lives of animals.
We began our unique Thinking Outside the Shelter program in 2008, offering support to pet owners so that they may keep their animals in their homes and out of the shelter system.
Since then, it has kept thousands of animals with their families. This is key to building a No Kill community. It’s also key to strengthening a bond that has long been missing between shelters and the communities we serve.
Houston should expect its shelters to do more than adoptions.
“We didn’t know where to go… we were terrified we weren’t going to be able to hold onto Drew.”Charles
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 pet 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 behavior counseling, as well as resources, handouts and referrals to help families work with their pets and resolve behavioral issues.
Need help with training? Reach out!
You can use this form to request a behavior consult from our team of trained, CPDT-KA trainers. We’ll check out what you’re dealing with and get back to you as soon as we can.
All of our trainers follow a “LIMA” (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) approach for training. That means we will never endorse the use of shock in training.
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.
Need basic wellness vaccinations/preventatives?
Fill out the form on our Pet Food Bank page to get access to our at-cost vaccines.
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.
And then some…
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.