Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter dedicated to preventing animal suffering, rescuing and caring for stray and abandoned dogs and cats and finding homes for these animals, educating the public about responsible pet ownership, and encouraging pet owners to spay and neuter their animals.
Impact StatementSince 1997, Lifelong Friends has been providing a safe haven for abandoned and abused animals. Over 2,000 animals have passed through our doors. Operated solely by volunteers, our by-laws instill the philosophy of the founders as a no-kill shelter. Volunteers work hard caring for the animals and are as dedicated to improving community awareness. Some of our rescued animals have gone on to become therapy, arson, and drug dogs. One of our senior cats was adopted by an Austin-based cat detective to help find other lost cats!
Other highlights of our organization include:
*due to the fact we are a no-kill organization, we have the luxury of being able to properly match our pets' personalities and needs with potential adopters
*our satisfied adopters often return to us when they are looking to adopt another pet
*we provide a space for low-cost mobile spay/neuter services at our shelter
*we work with breed rescues to transfer some pets to give them more exposure and a better chance of being adopted
*we work with trainers for different kinds of working dogs ex. therapy, arson, or drug detection
*we provide a "lost and found" services to try and reunite lost pets with their owners
*we provide an opportunity for community service workers to fulfill their court-appointed hours to avoid going to jail (both minors and adults)
*once a lifelong pet, always a lifelong pet. If for any reason, they cannot keep the pet they adopted from us we will take the pet back and place it up for adoption
Needs StatementCaring for 80-100 dogs and cats on a daily basis requires a lot of hard work and funds. Since we are privately operated, we do not receive funds from the city or state and rely 100% on donations and fundraisers to keep saving animals. In addition to the basic costs such as food, we also pay for vet care for all of our animals, which includes vaccinations, heartworm preventative, spaying or neutering, and microchipping. And that's only for the healthy animals! When a stray dog or cat comes to us sick or injured, the vet costs can add up very quickly. And if the animal is a senior they require additional vet care such as dentals and on-going joint supplements. In fact in 2016 our costs for food and vet care alone added up to $45,000 (37% of our overall budget).
We are a shelter, temporarily housing dogs and cats until they find their forever homes, which sometimes can take a long time. To maintain our facility requires constant repairs and upkeep. In 2016 13% of our budget ($15,000) went to operational costs such as heating, electricity, water, trash pick-up, etc. Our low adoption fees do not begin to cover the actual costs associated with housing and caring for an animal until it is adopted.
Most people who work at the shelter are volunteers, dedicating their time and sometimes their own funds to looking after these pets. Because we are located in a rural area, we find that resources such as volunteers and adopters are scarce.
Here is how you can help:
$25 = 2 pails of cat litter
$45 = Routine vaccinations for one animal
$60 = Spay surgery for one dog
$75 = Food for 30 dogs for one week
$165 = Care for one kitten (vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip)
$300 = teeth cleaning for one cat
Please donate on March 1-2 to help us continue our lifesaving work.
We adopted our first dog from this shelter about 11 years ago. She was a wonderful match for us. She was an older dog that gave us 8 years of love and companionship. After her death, we went back to the shelter. We adopted an abandoned puppy. He has been perfect since the day we brought him home. Then, we felt like he needed a companion. We were successfully matched with another wonderful dog by the employees of the shelter. I wouldn't go anywhere else to adopt an animal. ~Casey
Lifelong Friends has been instrumental in reducing the number of stray and abandoned animals running the streets in Lago Vista and reducing the number of unwanted puppies and kittens by promoting spay/neuter. ~blue-paws
If you would like to work with the cats that is about a 2 hour commitment that starts in the morning and involves scooping litterboxes, feeding, and cleaning up. If you would prefer working with dogs we have a morning shift starting at 7am or an evening shift starting around 4:30. The morning shift involves walking dogs, feeding and medicating, cleaning kennels, and general clean up. The afternoon shift is only a couple of hours and involves walking, feeding and light kennel cleaning. We also have dog-walking shifts at 7:00am, 11:00am and 5:00pm.
In addition to these we also do off site adoptions twice a month (you have to be able to come to the shelter to help transport the animals) and have lots of fundraisers throughout the year.