Friends for Life Inc.
Home Page updated October 21st, 2014
Thank you for your interest in Friends for Life, Inc!
FFL is a no-kill, non-profit sanctuary for dogs and cats near Lewisburg (Greenbrier County) in southeastern West Virginia. FFL has been accepting abandoned and no-longer-wanted dogs and cats since 1996. We incorporated as Friends for Life in January 2000 and received non-profit, tax-exempt status (501c3) from the IRS in November 2007. Friends for Life, Inc. is not affiliated with any other organization or shelter, or any other Friends for Life organization. We receive NO local, state, or federal funding and rely COMPLETELY on contributions from individuals. We are a care-for-life, or no-kill, sanctuary; there is no time limit for any animal. Each animal that we accept is wormed, vaccinated, and neutered/spayed if unaltered. In addition, any needed veterinary care, including exams, tests, treatments, medications and/or surgery, is provided during the time the animal is with us. We are completely committed to each animal here for its entire lifetime, and many have been here their whole lives.
Currently, FFL cares for thirty-four dogs and seven cats. Only six of our dogs are between 1 1/2 and six years of age; the rest are twelve to seventeen years old. In May 2013, our youngest cats turned ten years old, making FFL's cat population 100% senior.
PLEASE HELP US HELP OUR SENIORS
We have always taken excellent care of our animals, and they are living a long time. We hope this is a testament to their care. However, with longevity also comes more problems that must be addressed, such as arthritis in the spine, hips, and neck; cancer and treatment (including tumor removal if appropriate; and medications- no heroics, only comfort measures); and occasional & sudden problems walking due to a disk problem or vestibular disease (Amy, 15 yrs old, has almost fully recovered from a problem with her neck. We did not have the money to take her to the vet and gave her a steroid and pain meds. Bucky, of unknown age, got "hit" with vestibular disease- it comes from nowhere- and he also wasn't able to be taken to the vet. We gave him a low-dose steroid for about 10 days. He is now "back to normal" and barking at Snoopy the Border Collie again, although he still loses his balance if he shakes his head....).
Our largest expense has been the treatment of arthritis. We have used injectable Adequan and somehow found the $1600 to treat 14 dogs for 4 weeks in July. Now Adequan has had to go further down the list because first comes food.
The veterinary hospital FFL uses was sold to a corporation in the fall of 2013. For the past 15 years or more, FFL has had unlimited credit- thanks to the generosity and patience of the veterinarians there- and paid the bill down as we could. That was the only way we were able to provide vet care when it was needed. Exams, tests, and surgeries were all done at the time they were needed. However, earlier this summer (2014), the decision was made to limit accounts receivable (credit) to $1000. We met that "goal" quickly but have not been able to pay down our standing bill of $1000 and no other credit is allowed, so we now must pay as we go, although the hospital manager has agreed that animals that need urgent or emergency care can be seen by a vet. (We had 3 dogs in August that needed urgent care: SheShe, Cooper, and Tracy. SheShe passed away on October 4th but Cooper and Tracy are on our Pets List.)
Animals that need to be seen are:
Pablo, a 10-year-old neutered male Lab/Shepherd mix- one of our younger dogs and also on our Pets List- has a large fatty tumor in an area that will cause problems with urination if it isn't removed. Estimate is $300-$400;
Peanut, a 15-yr-old small terrier mix female, has a loose front tooth and needs a dental. Estimate is $250;
CharChar, a solid black 14-yr-old Chow mix, needs a dental, and bloodwork to check liver & kidney function. Est: $350;
Raisin, a tri-color Chow mix 15 yrs old, also needs a dental with bloodwork, est. $350.
Lucy the Lionhearted, a Domestic Shorthair 13 years old, has lost weight and needs to see the vet to find out what's going on. Est. is $140 for exam and bloodwork.
Cooper, a 15-year-old, 7 lb Poodle mix, isn't eating well lately and also needs to be seen. Est. is $100 for an exam and in-house bloodwork.
We are desperate for funds for food. Many of our dogs are fed grain-free food due to their age, and/or skin and/or ear problems. NOTE: Corn and wheat are two big culprits for itchy skin, chronic ear infections, and bloating and gas. If your dog has any of these, please try weaning over to a good grain-free or at least try a brand that has NO corn, NO wheat, and NO soy (we use Diamond Adult Natural Chicken and Rice). You may be surprised at the results. Wean slowly and be patient. Sometimes it takes a good two-three months to get all those additives out of the animal's system and to see improvement.
Cold weather is here and we will start using the heaters in the kennel (we've already begun using the one where Stu, the Boxer, is since he's so short-haired). This will add a lot to the electric bill each month. Each space heater costs about $100 per month to use. The dogs are old and some are shorthaired and need a warmer environment during cold weather. We'll need help keeping up with the electric bill during the cold months of October through April.
FFL is a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit and can provide a tax receipt for any amount contributed. There are many compassionate people who care about senior animals and who appreciate that we care for so many.
We would be extremely grateful for your help. If you'd like to contribute, we have a Donate button below for your convenience, or please mail donations to Friends for Life, Inc. RR02 Box 271, Lewisburg, WV 24901. Also, please see the info below about our Sponsor Program. We are desperate for sponsors to help care for our aging companions. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
Currently, FFL sponsors contribute up to a total of $510 each month; however, it isn't nearly enough. Depending on the number of animals needing veterinary care, FFL needs $1000 to $2000 per month at this point, both for vet care and food. Individual sponsorship is $25 per month, or more if the individual chooses; business sponsorships are $250 per month (or more if desired). FFL has no business sponsors. Sponsor contributions may be paid monthly, quarterly, every six months, etc.- whatever is easiest for the sponsor. Please remember, though, that WE DEPEND ON YOUR SPONSORSHIP. An individual of course may make a one-time contribution of any amount at any time. A person may also sponsor more expensive procedures for a particular animal, such as a blood workup (to check liver, kidney, and thyroid function), dental, x-rays, ultrasound, laser treatments, surgery, medication, supplements, or special food. All donations are tax-deductible and FFL will send a tax receipt to the individual if requested. Monthly sponsors are desperately needed, and of course, FFL needs sponsors for Pablo's surgery, Peanut's dental, and CharChar's and Raisin's exams, bloodwork, and dentals.
THANK YOU, BISSELL FOUNDATION!
In December 2011 we received an overwhelming donation of 20 Kuranda beds- one for each dog in our kennel building, plus an 8-tier bed for the cats- from The Bissell Foundation, plus a soft, cozy fleece pad for each bed! (We need extra fleece pads, plus they're great to just use in crates and in the van for transports.) The foundation also donated several dozen interactive toys for dogs and cats, plus treats to fill them with. The dogs and cats love the beds, and the toys keep them busy! Parker, a large shorthaired brindle mix (see him on our list of available pets) is never without one of the barbells hanging from his mouth. He's hilarious!! And Maxx, a brindle Pit Bull, uses his Kuranda bed as a trampoline at meal time. That's a lotta bouncing twice a day, every day! Those beds are tough! Thank you, thank you, Bissell Foundation! And thanks to Kuranda for building such sturdy beds!
Click on the picture or link to go to our Wish List on the Kuranda website. We can always use another medium or large Kuranda bed, but especially need the Kuranda fleece pads (they're on our Wish List). Love 'em!!! You'll get a discount and the pad(s) will be shipped directly to Friends for Life. Kuranda will email FFL to let us know an item has been donated, who donated it, and when we can expect it to arrive. We need cat-sized fleece pads (price is $11.50 each), and medium and large fleece pads ($18 each). Thank you!
NEEDS and WISHES LIST
FAITHFUL SPONSORS or Generous One-Time Contributions- desperately needed!
WASHABLE DOG or CAT BEDS or OUTDOOR DOG BEDS- medium, large, extra large
KURANDA fleece pads- (please see the link above if you'd like to donate fleece pads. They range in price from $11.50 to about $18.00)
GIFT CERTIFICATES to Tractor Supply (we buy all of our dry dog and cat food there, and canned 4 Health dog and cat food),
WASHABLE KITTY BEDS
CARRIERS- small, medium, or large
ALUMINUM CANS- FFL recycles these for funds for animal care.
If you'd like to make a donation of anything from this list and you're local, please call for directions (304 667-1387) or we may be able to pick up. Thank you!
"I know there can no Heaven be if my pets aren't there to welcome me..." (Anonymous)
We sadly said goodbye to the following companions who have left us and taken a little bit of our hearts with them:
Jewel, Golden Retriever mix spayed female, 13 years, on January 5th. I miss your paw on my arm.
Candy, Chow mix spayed female, 15 years, on January 18th. Such a gentle girl.
Tigger Two, orange striped neutered male Domestic Shorthair cat, 8 years, on April 27th. You allowed us to live in the same house, but we couldn't touch you.
Boose-Boose, orange striped with white neutered male Domestic Shorthair cat, 8 years, on June 12th. We'll never forget finding your gauze "boots" here and there as you'd get them off!
Punkin, Jack Russel/Beagle mix spayed female, 15 years plus, on July 23rd. Former shotgun rider and "go to town" companion.
Brownie, Dachsie/Chihuahua mix spayed female, 14 years, on July 25th. You either loved or hated squirrels- we were never sure!
Marley, Aussie/Hound mix neutered male, 14 years, on August 8th. What an intelligent dog, and such a wonderful temperament!
Big Mac, the Halloween Cat, black male Domestic Shorthair, neutered male, 8 years plus, on August 8th. We'll never know what happened before you were rescued. You were scary to look at and liked to pretend you were a tiger....
Sara Beth, Black Lab mix spayed female, 16 years plus, on August 22nd. Such a gentle, gentle girl.
Eightball, Corgi mix spayed female, 12 years plus, on September 10th. You must've been overwhelmed being around so many other animals after your caregiver passed on, but you made a place for yourself and accepted your new life.
Sam(antha), Schnauzer mix spayed female, 14 years, on September 29th. We tried so hard to find out what was wrong, poor girl. The pictures of you as a puppy still make us laugh!
Sandy Sue, spayed female mix, 11 years, on November 3rd. So very sweet. We'll never know how you got that endearing "head tilt"!
Freckles, Walker hound spayed female mix, almost 15 years, on December 30th. You were the first to have been here from a puppy to a cranky "old lady"!
Keiffer, yellow Lab mix neutered male, 15 years plus, on January 5th. You had a rough start, but had a good life at FFL.
Jake, Spaniel/hound mix neutered male, 15 years, on January 25th. Gentle boy, and such a trooper.
Too Big, Chihuahua mix neutered male, 16 years, on February 4th. You had the cutest underbite!
Smokey, black Domestic Shorthair neutered male cat, 8 years, on April 10th. So sweet, but plagued with health problems.
Ebony, black Domestic Shorthair spayed female cat, 10 years, on June 1st. Our smallest cat ever. Another "tiger-pretender" but the easiest cat to treat.
Tux, Lab/Chow mix neutered male, 12 years, on July 2nd. Those black points on that beautiful honey-gold face were so pretty.
Maizie, Domestic Longhair Tortie spayed female cat, 9 years, on July 15th. Very gentle, and such unusual green eyes!
MowMow, black Domestic Shorthair neutered male cat, 10 years, on July 16th. A beautiful, sweet boy.
Rugby, our biggest boy, a neutered male Lab/Something Big mix, 8 1/2 years, on July 20th. What you went through before you were brought to FFL.... You were so good with puppies!
Sonja, a.k.a. "Sonie", Chow mix spayed female, 9-10 yrs, September 20th. What a sweet, gentle girl; you got along with everybody.
Buddy Bluetick, purebred neutered male Bluetick hound, appr. 10-12 years, September 23rd. We found you curled up in a roadside garbage dump and afraid of men, but you learned that not all humans are bad. A character- typical hound disposition!
Dolly, Chow/Shepherd mix sp female, 12 years, October 13th. You had the softest, most unusually-marked black and silver coat!
Sasha, black and tan spayed female Beagle mix, 17 years old, November 17th. You were still a young dog at dinner time!
Loki, our oldest black cat, neutered male almost 17 yrs. and with us since 1994, December 3rd. Such a sweet, gentle boy! Solid black except for a tiny white tip at the end of your tail.
Peach (who'd also been with us since a puppy in 1994, like Freckles) spayed female cream and "peach" Beagle mix, December 31st. One of the gentlest dogs we've ever had at FFL.
Siam, black and white Domestic Shorthair neutered male cat, 9 years old, January 5th. The prettiest black and white cat; your markings were practically symmetrical, and that solid black tail-- gorgeous!
Tex, orange Domestic Shorthair neutered male cat, 9 1/2 yrs. old, March 12th. A "Garfield" face- but not quite as round- and a sweetheart.
Violet, white with black Domestic Shorthair spayed female cat, 9 yrs. old, on March 25th. So shy, just like the flower you were named after.
Tipsy, Domestic Shorthair spayed female cat, mostly white with a few black patches (named after the "Tipsy" in The Cat Who books), @ 20 years old, March 25th. You used to lie on the takeout ledge at Krazy Kats restaurant before FFL was asked to take you!
Quixote, Malamute mix with 3 legs, 13-year-old neutered male, March 31st. Abandoned as a young dog, but wearing a collar with the owner's name and phone number.... Such a gentle, beautiful boy!
Crystal, gray and white 8 1/2-year-old Domestic Shorthair spayed female cat, April 6th. So sweet. You knew it was time to quit.
Bart, 10 lb. longhaired neutered male mix, 17 yrs. plus, June 8th. You spent the last 11 years as a paraplegic but kept your spunk and bright eyes.
Precious, a.k.a. Presh/Little Pair'p, 13 years plus spayed female Min Pin mix, June 22, very suddenly. Only ten pounds, but you sure let the world know you were here!
Paddy, a.k.a. Padre, 13 1/2 year old neutered male Beagle mix brought to FFL on St. Patrick's Day over 13 years ago, August 7th, also suddenly. Our Nurse Dog; tended to wounds, ears, eyes- you gave the other dogs extra TLC.
Tiffany, aka "Tiffy", 10 year old spayed female orange striped Domestic Shorthair cat (Smokey and Siam's littermate), August 10th. Sweet face, sweet "purrsonality"!
Balto, 13-year-old Old English Sheepdog spayed female mix, September 13th. Wonder if you remembered stealing the neighbors' Christmas lights when you were a pup?
Hunter, 9 year old black neutered male Domestic Longhair cat, September 21st. You would've been the county shelter's first admission 9 years ago!
Megs, 14-year-old spayed female Border Collie, September 30th. Focused! You were still ready to work, old girl.
Simba, 13-year-old Bluetick neutered male, October 31st. You were the "laid-backest", gentlest hound, who loved to ride "shotgun" and enjoyed stealing off the counter!
Cheyenne, 13-year-old Border Collie/Spaniel mix spayed female, January 19th. You brought a lot of smiles to the nursing home residents in your younger days. We're grateful we had you longer than we should have after you got sick.
Bocephus, 6 1/2 year old German Shepherd mix, neutered male, very suddenly, March 7th. You were a "talker", and always sat down and looked up expectantly for your petting. You left us way too early.
Black-Eyed Susie, 16-year-old Beagle mix sp female, May 13th. You had so many problems, but it was still so hard to let you go, sweet girl.
Kayla, 9-year-old black and white spayed female Domestic Shorthair cat, May 16th. Another very sweet little soul, with such pretty green eyes!
Prince, 15 year old German Shepherd/Chow mix neutered male, June 13th. Such a beauty in your prime. You're well now, big fella!
Patches, 17-year-old spayed female Domestic Shorthair calico cat, June 18th. Your personality matched your impish-looking face, but you loved attention when you reached your Golden Years. Lord help us all when you had to be given oral meds, though- and bless the company who developed the one-time Convenia shot!
Babs, 10-year-old spayed female Domestic Shorthair black cat, July 11. You refused to conform and stayed feral. You're free at last!
Figaro, 14-year-old Domestic Shorthair, black & white neutered male, August 31st. FFL's self-appointed "test cat". You definitely ruled! I still look for you sitting on the window ledge....
Corey, white Collie/Shepherd/Hound neutered male, 13 years, September 7th. Such a gentle dog; happy despite your long-term health problems. Your corner is an empty one now.
Courtney, 9 year-old Domestic Shorthair, black and white spayed female, September 9th. One of our smallest cats, very shy, and much more ill than what you let on.
Rissie, 13-year-old spayed female Domestic Shorthaired Tortie, November 9th. Another pretty pair of green eyes! You were such a "talker", still purring till the last heartbeat. It's so quiet without you.
Mr. Moofe (a.k.a. Moses), black Collie/Newfie mix neutered male, 14 yrs., January 16th. Age took your dignity, but you were a trooper, old boy; gentle to the end. It was the last kindest thing we could do for you.
Linus, Domestic Shorthair cat, neutered male, gray and white, 11 yrs., January 25th. Arrived when you were a week old. So very sweet! You curled up in my arms and left so peacefully. There was even a tear on the vet's cheek.
Chip, red with black neutered male Chow/Border Collie mix, 15 yrs. old, April. One of the best dogs ever at FFL, but you were so tired. You've left a big hole here.
Little Fair Daisy, sable (in your younger days) Beagle mix, spayed female, almost 17 years old, May 15th. You've been such a character, Li'l Daze- it will seem too quiet for awhile...
Hooberschnauzz (Hoober), black and cream spayed femaleTerrier/Whippet mix, 16.5 years old, May 22nd. You and two littermates arrived in a small box crisscrossed with electrical tape a few days before Christmas 1995. Such a long life! It was time to go on to where you can run and play again.
Emily Anne, solid black spayed female Labrador Retriever mix, 14 years, June 2nd. You spent the first half of your life hiding, but the second half was much better, Baby Girl. You're the last of The Big Five.
Sweetie, black spayed female Chow mix, 11 yrs. plus, August 26th. We'll never know how bad you must have felt, but you still had enough oomph to make "the little monsters" move!
Gumpy, "tootsie roll"-colored spayed female Dobie mix, 15 years, August 27th. Always the alpha girl and ready to stand up to ANY dog, but you loved your four little "proxy granddogs". They will miss cuddling with you for naps and at night.
Alf, black neutered male SharPei mix, 17-18 years old, January 8th. You lived a very long life, old boy- maybe it was all those Three Musketeers bars you got from your family before you arrived at FFL?
Juliet, spayed female Boxer/hound mix, 15 yrs., January 13th, very suddenly. Such a pretty face- and beautiful eyes, like you had eyeliner all around them!
Brownie, tri-color Beagle/Hound neutered male mix, 14 years old, January 24th, suddenly. The vet did all she could, but it must have been your Time to go on. You always let us know when it was feeding time, and weren't quiet till you got your bowl!
Holly, spayed female Chow/American Eskimo mix, 14 years, February 15th. You loved attention and were so pretty with those warm brown eyes (you got those from your mother, Emma) in that creamy face.
Regal, neutered male Boxer/Hound mix, 15 years, March 7th. You blossomed into a beautiful dog from the purposely-starved 6-month-old pup you were when you first arrived at FFL so many years ago.
Alison, spayed female cat, gray striped Domestic Shorthair, 13-14 yrs., March 21st. Such a sweet girl, very quiet.
Beanie, neutered male Spaniel mix, 16 years, April 19th. What a good, good dog you've been! Two major surgeries a year apart to remove that blasted tumor and it returned again. At least we got another year with you, sweet boy.
Kasey, sp.fem. Terrier mix, 17 1/2 years, May 25th. Such a long and happy life! You were always an "in your face" dog and loved attention. You passed almost a year to the day when your littermate, Hoober, left us.
William, neutered male orange striped domestic shorthaired cat, 14 years, June 8th. So very laid back! You've fought the good fight for three years now against something, and everything just seemed to quit at once. You were kneading to the last second, sweet boy.
Lucky, black Lab/Basset mix neutered male, 14 yrs plus, July16th. You went in for a routine dental and they found oral cancer. There was nothing that could be done. You started out such a stinker but ended up a good dog!
Emma, solid white American Eskimo spayed female, 16 yrs., August 5th. Happy and active, with the warmest brown eyes! I remember picking you and your four fuzzy little puppies up when you were maybe two years old or less.
Abby (a.k.a. Little Crab, Yabbers), Chihuahua/Boston Terrier spayed female mix, 18yrs, September 10th. We'd had you the longest, Little Crab. You kept us laughing with your unusual noises- and so affectionate!
P.Nut Cat, Domestic Shorthair neutered male, gray and white, 13 yrs., January 8th. You were Linus's littermate and also arrived when you were a week old. Your favorite place was on my left shoulder, even in the summer when I had on a lot less padding to absorb your "landing"! Ouch! :)
Roamie, red Boxer/Hound spayed female mix, 16 yrs, January 29th. You were very shy from Day One when you arrived at FFL at about 6 months of age and at least 30% underweight. You never liked being touched but otherwise appeared very happy. You were never "in anybody's face" but you've left a big hole in the kitchen, baby girl.
Wiggles, neutered male Beagle/Feist mix, 16 yrs, February 8th. You weren't the biggest, but you ruled those bigger!
Bobbie, 11 yr old spayed female, black and white Domestic Shorthair, April 12th. Our only "bobtail". What a time we had getting that left eye straightened up! But you're completely well now, sweet girl, all over.
Scooby, just turned 10 years old, neutered male yellow Lab mix, July 9th. What a water dog! You were hilarious when you dunked your head and made "blubbing" sounds till you came back up for air!
SheShe, 13-yr-old Aussie mix spayed female, a solid deep golden color, on October 4th. So bashful and so patient!
Shiloh, a large black and white hound/border collie mix, 16 yrs, on October 6th. You were a SHARP dog! You'd have made a wonderful family pet and herd dog.
You are all missed!
Adopting a friend
If you're interested in adopting one of our companions, please email us at the address at the bottom of this page, or call us at 304 667-1387.
Come Visit Us!
Friends for Life is located in Greenbrier County in southeastern WV. We are not a public shelter and welcome visits by appointment only. Interested persons may view dogs for adoption only AFTER being approved for adoption. This process includes a telephone interview, or possible home visit and interview if the interested party is close enough, and veterinary reference check. Please email us or call us at 304 667-1387 to inquire about adopting. FFL's mailing address is RR02 Box 271, Lewisburg, WV 24901.
Friends for Life Inc.
RR02 Box 271, Lewisburg, WV 24901
Phone: 304 667-1387
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