Friends for Life Inc.
Home Page updated April 22, 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 solely 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-eight 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 note: FFL is not able to accept any new animals at this time.
THE INEVITABLE HAS HAPPENED:
Last fall the veterinary hospital that FFL has used for over 15 years was sold to a company in CA. We have always been allowed credit because the vets who ran the practice knew that at least once a year our bill would be paid off (mostly thanks to our Angel Contributors, a couple who wishes to remain anonymous but who have been helping FFL keep our bill pared down since 2009) and that payments would be made whenever possible throughout the year. However, companies (as we all know) only look at numbers, and today I received news that Friends for Life can no longer receive credit. Our bill of $5500 must be paid in full, and after that, we will have a limit of $1000 credit. If you've had an animal to a veterinarian in the past few years, you know that after an exam plus any type of diagnostics such as bloodwork, x-rays, ultrasound, and then medications, the bill for just one animal could be getting close to $1000 when you walk out the door! Dentals, especially important for senior animals, are between $200-$500 depending on the condition of the teeth and how many have to be removed. We have several dogs who should have their teeth cleaned asap.
In the meantime, until our bill is paid, we must pay as we go, and that just isn't possible. There is $338.39 in the FFL checking account (we have no savings account) and we have food to purchase soon plus an electric bill for the kennel in the amount of $178.63. We need one-time sponsors and regular monthly sponsors- anything will help. We are a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit and can provide a tax receipt for any amount contributed. Please help us.
HELP is also needed in the form of financial contributions to provide food, medical care, medications and supplements, and electricity and heat for the kennel that houses 17 dogs.
There are many compassionate people who care about senior animals and who appreciate that we care for so many. We would be grateful for your help. With so many senior animals, our veterinary visits are more frequent and we use more medications and higher-quality food. We'll be happy to provide a tax receipt (the larger the donation, the better for the donor!) Thank you for your generosity!
FFL is grateful for our faithful sponsors, whose support literally keeps us going from month to month! Sponsorship is $25 per month and may be paid monthly, quarterly, every six months, etc.- whatever is easiest for the sponsor. Sponsors may contribute more per month if they wish at any time. Anyone who sponsors a particular animal will receive a picture of that animal. A person may also sponsor more expensive procedures for an 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. Sponsors are desperately needed.
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! Thank you, thank you, Bissell Foundation!
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
An heir or heiress who loves dogs and cats (well, it IS a Wish List!)
CANNED and DRY FOOD- FFL uses over 100 large cans of dog food each month- our favorites are GROUND DINNERS- Pedigree, 4-Health, Alpo, Cesar, Purina One, and Iams. Ground dinners are easier to mix with dry food, plus they make great "pill balls" when needed.
DRY FOOD- DOGS: We use DIAMOND ADULT NATURAL dry dog food- Chicken and Rice, Lamb and Rice, and Large Breed. We also use GRAIN FREE dry food for the small dogs and anybody with skin and/or ear problems. Food allergies cause chronic "stinky ears", hair loss and "stinky skin". NOTE: The two most common food allergies are corn and wheat, which are in many, many of the cheaper dry foods. If your dog has itchy skin or chronic stinky ear issues, check the label on the food you're feeding. If ground corn, whole corn, or cornmeal and/or wheat products are among the first few ingredients, try weaning over to a dry food with no corn, no wheat, and no soy (and NO ADDED COLOR) in it and see what happens over the next couple months! Research and Google for more information. You may not need to use meds again except for a summer or fall flare-up!
DRY FOOD- CATS: We use 4 Health (Indoor and Grain-Free) dry cat food and most CANNED cat foods.
Canned MACKEREL, TUNA, or SARDINES for the cats.
WASHABLE DOG BEDS- small, 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)
FORTIFLORA packets- for occasional diarrhea, and for boosting the feline immune system. Cooper gets fortiflora daily, and so does Melissa.
DONATIONS FOR JOINT SUPPLEMENT (Cosequin) for small to large dogs, and cats
GIFT CERTIFICATES to Wal-Mart, Tractor Supply (we buy all of our dry dog and cat food there, and canned 4 Health dog food), Lowe's, SJ Neathawk Lumber, 84 Lumber
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 sp. female, 13 years, on January 5th. I miss your paw on my arm.
Candy, Chow mix sp. female, 15 years, on January 18th. Such a gentle girl.
Tigger Two, orange striped nt. male DSH, 8 years, on April 27th. You allowed us to live in the same house, but we couldn't touch you.
Boose-Boose, orange-stripe-w/white nt. male DSH 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 sp. female, 15 years plus, on July 23rd. Former shotgun rider and "go to town" companion.
Brownie, Dachsie/Chihuahua mix sp. female, 14 years, on July 25th. You either loved or hated squirrels- we were never sure!
Marley, Aussie mix nt. male, 14 years, on August 8th. What an intelligent dog, and such a wonderful temperament!
Big Mac, the Halloween Cat, black male DSH, nt. 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 sp. female, 16 years plus, on August 22nd. Such a gentle, gentle girl.
Eightball, Corgi mix sp. 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 sp. 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, sp. female mix, 11 years, on November 3rd. So very sweet. We'll never know how you got that endearing "head tilt"!
Freckles, Walker hound sp. 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 nt. male, 15 years plus, on January 5th. You had a rough start, but had a good life at FFL.
Jake, Spaniel/hound mix nt. male, 15 years, on January 25th. Gentle boy, and such a trooper.
Too Big, Chihuahua mix nt. male, 16 years, on February 4th. You had the cutest underbite!
Smokey, black DSH nt. male cat, 8 years, on April 10th. So sweet, but plagued with health problems.
Ebony, black DSH sp. female cat, 10 years, on June 1st. Our smallest cat ever. Another "tiger-pretender" but the easiest cat to treat.
Tux, Lab/Chow mix nt. male, 12 years, on July 2nd. Those black points on that beautiful honey-gold face were so pretty.
Maizie, DLH Tortie sp. female cat, 9 years, on July 15th. Such unusual green eyes!
MowMow, black DSH nt. male cat, 10 years, on July 16th. A beautiful, sweet boy.
Rugby, our biggest boy, a nt. 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 sp. female, 9-10 yrs, September 20th. What a sweet, gentle girl.
Buddy Bluetick, purebred nt. 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 sp.fem. Beagle, 17 years old, November 17th. You were still a young dog at dinner time!
Loki, our oldest black cat, 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) sp. female cream and "peach" Beagle mix, December 31st. One of the gentlest dogs we've ever had at FFL.
Siam, black and white DSH nt. 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 DSH nt. male cat, 9 1/2 yrs. old, March 12th. A "Garfield" face- but not quite as round- and a sweetheart.
Violet, white with black DSH sp. female cat, 9 yrs. old, on March 25th. So shy, just like the flower you were named after.
Tipsy, DSH sp. 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 years old, 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 DSH sp female cat, April 6th. So sweet. You knew it was time to quit.
Bart, 10 lb. longhaired nt. 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 sp. 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 nt. 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 sp.female orange striped DSH cat (Smokey and Siam's littermate), August 10th. Sweet face, sweet "purrsonality"!
Balto, 13-year-old OE Sheepdog sp. female mix, September 13th. Wonder if you remembered stealing the neighbors' Christmas lights when you were a pup?
Hunter, 9 year old black nt. male DLH cat, September 21st. You would've been the county shelter's first admission 9 years ago!
Megs, 14-year-old sp female Border Collie, September 30th. Focused! You were still ready to work, old girl.
Simba, 13-year-old Bluetick nt. 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 sp 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 GSD mix, nt. male, 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 sp. female DSH cat, May 16th. Another very sweet little soul, with such pretty green eyes!
Prince, 15 year old GSD/Chow mix nt. male, June 13th. Such a beauty in your prime. You're well now, big fella!
Patches, 17-year-old sp. female DSH 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 sp. female DSH black cat, July 11. You refused to conform and stayed feral. You're free at last!
Figaro, 14-year-old DSH, black & white nt. 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 nt. 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 DSH, black and white sp. female, September 9th. One of our smallest cats, very shy, and much more ill than what you let on.
Rissie, 13-year-old DSH 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 nt. 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 I could do for you.
Linus, DSH cat, nt. 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 nt. 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, sp 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 Terrier/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 sp.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 sp.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 sp. 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 nt. 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, sp fem. 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 nt 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, sp. fem. 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, nt.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, sp.fem. cat, gray striped DSH, 13-14 yrs., March 21st. Such a sweet girl, very quiet.
Beanie, nt.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, nt. 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 nt. 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 sp fem., 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 sp fem. 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, DSH nt 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 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, nt male Beagle/Feist mix, 16 yrs, February 8th. You weren't the biggest, but you ruled those bigger!
Bobbie, 11 yr old sp 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.
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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