Easy to be hard. Easy to say no.

Friends For Life

Update on Aggie and Hopper, Seniors

"I'm not sure if/who reads these emails but I felt compelled to send a note on our precious senior babies. Maybe this will impact someone coming in the door looking for that "perfect" pet as a reminder that many times the imperfects are the greatest blessing. 

Abby (I think she was Aggie there :) ) and Hopper were adopted as older seniors. Abby has one eye and Hopper is blind. We still cannot understand how someone can give up a pet after having them more than 14 years but that is what it is - we are the beneficiaries of whatever motivated that decision. They are here with us - forever - and they are loved deeply. You've done an update of Abby and Hopper, I think it was around January. Since then they have aged of course, but are doing well and they are happy. 

My Wife Knew It

They were perhaps initially considered difficult to adopt, but when my wife first saw their picture on your website, she knew they belonged with us. I say this because perhaps many people may come in to look at the younger dogs and cats and overlook the older or impaired pets sitting quietly waiting for that new life. 

We are imperfect as people, yet we often expect perfection from things around us.

We are imperfect as people, yet we often expect perfection from things around us that does not answer any calling within us. I urge anyone to move out of their comfort zone and make that effort to extend themselves into care for the quiet ones that have limited choices. They will find that not only do they grow spiritually, but the blessing and unfailing love they receive from those babies far outweigh any extra care they may be worried about. Our lives are not just about ourselves, they include stopping and going back for those that cannot help themselves. Abby and Hopper will be together in our home for the rest of their lives and we at grateful for every day with them. 

We could not imagine being without these two characters and the devoted love they give back. And our thanks to you for taking them in the first place when it would have been easy to say no." 

--Nick Vonas

The Friends For Life Way

The irony is that for people wired like we are in the FFL ARMY, saying no would be unimaginably hard. The answer that reverberates through every fiber of our being here is, "YES! We'll find a way!"

We will make it work, blockwalk door-to-door, forge a new partnership, create a new protocol, try something new, shatter breed prejudice, spend more time with the broken and frightened, come earlier, stay later, listen harder and brainstorm a way. Every day. 

This commitment to finding life-saving solutions is how we brought the no kill model to Houston in the most progressive shelter in Houston history.  It is how we triaged 671 animals in the first 24 hours after Hurricane Harvey to create a new national model to shelter evacuees with their pets. 

It is how, post-Harvey, we are managing the greatest number of animals we have ever managed. But even with the volume as high as it is, we never lose sight of our True North: Every Animal Matters. 

Does this resonate with you? Do you want to be a part of the FFL ARMY? 

Would you consider a senior? Someone with special needs?

Meet Millie: Senior doxie ready for love. Like medium walks on short legs and is a fan of no kill shelters. 

Meet Earl: A senior guy with a resume full of experience in being a great cat. Give him a look.

Meet Gus: A kissable, very smart guy who loves to play and go on car rides. Gus does find that some parts of being a dog make him anxious. Are you the person who will work through that with him?

Meet Nene: With more than 18 years in the cat  business, Nene is an expert at being your cat. He'd love to sit on the front porch with you and scream at kids to get off the lawn. 

To adopt a dog: http://form.jotform.com/form/10590153844

To adopt a cat: https://www.jotform.com/form/10780257851

To donate to support the animals as they seek their match: http://www.friends4life.org/how-to-help/donate/

We need you.