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Adoption

We believe that one cannot overestimate the positive impact of having an animal in the family. Our goal is to make just the right human/animal match each time and get that forever fit. We take great care to listen to adopters to discern just what kind of animal they seek. We gather information on the individual personalities of each of our animals so we are better able to make that match. Our trained adoption counselors shepherd each adoption along and follow up with each adopter. Animals adopted through us are truly friends for life. We offer lifelong support to our adopters and if necessary, we always accept a Friends For Life animal back into the program if an adoption does not work out as we hope.

In 2017, we found loving forever homes for 459 cats and 408 dogs.

You can see all of our adoptable animals by clicking here.

Rescue and Rehabilitation

“Every Animal Matters” is not just our shelter slogan, it sums up our philosophy. We routinely accept, rehabilitate, medically treat and adopt into loving homes, animals on whom other groups have given up. Each animal has the right to be treated and evaluated as an individual and have decisions made on their behalf based on his/her best interest. Friends For Life accepts animals of all breeds, all ages and in all health situations. More than 75% of the animals adopted into homes through Friends For Life would be classified as “unadoptable” by other area shelters.

Reasons other shelters would have ended their lives include:

  • weighing less than 2 lbs,
  • being over 7 years old,
  • being injured,
  • having treatable medical conditions like mange, upper respiratory
  • or just being a member of certain breeds.

“Adoptable” is what we, as a community, say it is. We have the power to redefine adoptable right now. Friends For Life redefines “adoptable” every day through a no kill vision that affords compassion and second chances.

In 2017 we had 1,550 animals (792 cats and 758 dogs), many with their owners looking for help, come through our doors to receive services.

We save 100% of all treatable and saveable animals. At Friends For Life, euthanasia is only utilized within the definition of the No Kill model. More details on our policy can be found in our bylaws.

Thinking Outside the Shelter

We provide a unique Thinking Outside the Shelter program to offer support to owners so that they may keep their animals in their homes and out of the shelter system altogether. This program was introduced in 2008 and has kept thousands of animals out of the shelter system and in homes. Often a little help for the animal’s guardian will prevent an animal from ending up in a shelter.

Shelters will make humane education and seeking homes for animals a priority. It is time to move past the format of simply managing animal populations by killing. From board room to kennel, shelters will live up to their duty to be transformative beacons illuminating a future of kinship with all life.