Don Sanders Adoption Center:

  • Only No Kill, LEED-certified shelter in Texas
  • Fastest-growing shelter in Houston
  • Adoption increase of 580% since 2008
  • 75% of the animals adopted through Friends ForLife are deemed “unadoptable” at other shelters
  • Lifetime guarantee on all adoptions 
  • Cageless cat rooms with built-in climbers 
  • Spacious dog rooms with sniff holes
  • Skylights for natural light 
  • 100% outside air turned over 15 times per hour

Fix Houston™

Providing free spay/neuter services to animals in
low-income communities:

  • This is the only proactive way to stop the waves of unwanted pets arriving at shelters
  • Cats are the animals most often killed in shelters
  • Created Houston’s first public/private partnership of its kind. BARC and Friends For Life work together to provide free spay/neuter services
  • Since 2013 we have completed 1,713 cat surgeries — and prevented the births of more than 34,000 cats.

Don Sanders Adoption Center
107 East 22nd Street
Houston, Texas 77008
713.863.9835 •

Thinking Outside the Shelter

Removing obstacles to allow people to keep their lifetime commitment to animals:

  • Food bank: 1 ton of food distributed annually
  • Free behavioral services
  • Micro grants for veterinary fees
  • Help with animal containment (such as repairing fences)

Medical Clinic

(in planning)

Providing affordable veterinary services to the public:

  • The mission is to provide affordable full-service veterinary care, spay/neuter of free-roaming cats and medical treatment for Friends For Life animals.
  • Gensler has created architectural plans for the 5,400-square-foot facility.
  • The cost of the project will be $2 million.
  • Naming opportunities are available.