Behind the Scenes
Your inside look at Friends For Life
Friends For Life saves animals who would not make it out of traditional shelters alive. Take a behind the scenes look at dramatic saves that you will not see anywhere else and grab a glimpse into the lives of the animals living at the shelter. This page will be your your front row seat, your candid window into the lives of the FFL animals.
One day, we'll find ourselves cutting a cat from a bucket of tar and the next we are bottle feeding tiny babies no bigger than the bottle from which they nurse. We have office cats who prowl around in costumes and supervise, and dogs who are delighted to learn to use the new giant dig box built just for them. From snuggle sessions among old friends in the cageless cat rooms, to meet & greets with new canine friends in the backyard, you'll see it all here. We go through 400 lbs of litter in a week, 90 cans of cat food and serve about 1200 meals a week. Our behavior team teaches old dogs new tricks and not to be outdone, the dogs teach us a few too! Adopters stop in and fall in love with animals that other shelters have long crossed off the "adoptable" list.
So take a seat and dive in to see what happens when Every Animal Matters. Check back weekly for new updates!
We weren’t kidding - it takes a village.
FFL staff and volunteers help pick fleas out of our hoarder rescue Mama dog and her 5 pups.
Roger Clemens stops by for a quick “hello!”
To help promote FFL in the Reliant Gives competition to win $100K, Roger Clemens stopped by the shelter to film a news spot.
Nothing can hold us down!
Not even a broken shoe can keep our Fix Houston Manager from block-walking to find cats to TNR. #cantstopwontstop
The MOST hair, don’t care!
Snorlax gets a good brushing from one of our awesome volunteers, Ryan.
Cava’s rockin’ this whole training thing!
Cava and Atalie (FFL Animal Care Specialist/Behaviorist) working on some training exercises in the backyard!
“Flawless - I woke up like this…”
Buddy being absolutely fabulous in his pretty pink dress. If we had a contest, he'd be FFL's top model - for sure!
“I got my shades on, top back…”
FFL adoptable George soaking up the summer sun in his trendy shades. #toocoolforschool
...that time you interrupt a serious cuddle sesh!
Three of our FeLV cats enjoyed an afternoon snuggle session together... and we weren't invited. Serious #fomo over here.
It’s a BIG day - Gus made a friend!!
More of a loner (AKA not a huge fan of other dogs), this was a HUGE moment for Gus and our Behavior/Training team!
FFL rocked out at Pride Houston 2016
FFL staff and volunteers had a blast marching in the 2016 Pride Houston parade with the MAV as our float!
“We all need somebody to lean on”
FFL adoptables Charlie Brown and Angel enjoying an afternoon snooze together. These two are the ultimate BF4Ls!
“Officially” joining the Chamber of Commerce
We enjoyed celebrating our ribbon cutting with so many local Heights businesses and neighbors!
Friends For Life turns 14 and celebrates in style!
A few FFL alums and adoptables helped us celebrate our birthday in style!
Haru thinks enrichment toys are for snuggling
Forget foraging - FFL adoptable Haru thinks these make better snuggle buddies than enrichment toys!
Two weenie dogs just trying to find a home!
FFL adoptables Aggie & Hopper reviewing their bucket list with our adoption manager, Gaby.
Mercedes lovin’ all the attention
FFL Adoptable Mercedes receives some love from a few volunteers at a local adoption event!
Bootsie gets his first bath with Atalie & Tammy!
After spending days stuck in a home with his deceased owner, Bootsie came to us a little nervous and full of fleas.