We are located in Houston and are the only LEED-certified green No Kill animal shelter in Texas. We incorporated as a 501(c)3 no kill organization in 2002. Friends For Life was started with the purpose of providing the animals of Houston and surrounding areas with immediate alternatives to the killing and a long term plan to change the direction of the sheltering community to a more compassionate future. Our ranks are made up of veterinarians, architects, business people, lawyers, physicians and animal care specialists all passionately dedicated to ending the killing of homeless animals.
We are located in the Historic Houston Heights. Our shelter looks more like a gallery than a shelter! Incredible photography is displayed in our lobby. Care has been taken with every detail of the building. We are bringing in 100% outside fresh air and turning over the air in each space completely 15 times an hour. We have made certain that sunlight reaches every animal (and staff) workspace and even engaged a professional acoustician from the beginning to ensure that we manage the sound for everyone's comfort. We have cageless cat rooms with 19-foot ceilings and climbers everywhere to keep the kitties happy and healthy. We have a 'real life' dog living area set up for the dogs. Our shelter is unlike any you've ever experienced! You have to see it to believe it!
Why Does Our Animal Community Need Friends For Life?
At 80,000 annually, Houston has the tragic distinction of being the city that kills the most animals in its shelters second only to San Antonio. Some of the reasons Houston shelters kill animals is that they are a certain breed (ie. pit bulls, rottweilers, chow chows), weigh under 2 lbs, sneeze on intake, are over 7 years old, are missing some hair or are pit bull puppies. 75% of the animals we adopt into loving homes have been previously rejected by other organizations as 'unadoptable.'Friends For Life is taking meaningful steps toward reversing this tragic situation by redefining 'adoptable' every day and finding homes for animals who otherwise have no hope. At Friends For Life, EVERY ANIMAL MATTERS.
Adopting a friend
EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL ADOPTION PROGRAM:
Limited only by space, we will accept any animal needing our assistance regardless of age, condition or breed. They include beautiful cats, dogs, puppies and kittens. All are fully vet-checked, tested and have received all age-appropriate vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery.
We have training consults and discounted training services available for all FFL animals.
Come Visit Us!
FRIENDS FOR LIFE THE DON SANDERS ADOPTION CENTER
107 E. 22nd Street
Houston, TX 77008
HOURS: Tues - Sat 12-6 PM
Sun 12-5 PM
OFFSITE CAT ADOPTION LOCATION: Petsmart Adoption Center
2902 S. Shepherd (at Alabama)
OFFSITE ADOPTION HOURS (CATS ONLY): 5-7PM Tuesday-Friday
12-5PM Saturday & Sunday
We need adoption counselors, docents and animal "smoochers" to keep everyone feeling loved. We also need, welcome and swoon over our foster parents!
Our volunteers and foster parents are like gold to us. Please consider joining this energetic and positive group! If you'd like to volunteer, please fill out a volunteer application at http://nokill1.org/how-to-help/volunteer. If you would like to become a foster parent, please fill out a foster care application at http://nokill1.org/how-to-help/foster .
Come by and visit! Even if you are not adopting an animal, we have well-trained staff to answer pet related questions, a wealth of training, medical and behavioral information and a fun atmosphere to just drop in and get your fix of animal love !
Friends For Life Animal Shelter & Sanctuary The Don Sanders Adoption Center
107 E. 22nd Street
Houston, TX 77008