Benny turned out to be the answer to their prayers.
As a senior (10+ years-old) who's highly reactive to other dogs, Benny wouldn't have been considered "adoptable" at most other shelters. What they see as insurmountable challenges we see as opportunities...we knew Benny could work through his behavior issues with the right training and care. We believed in him...and so did a group of local nuns.
When they saw Benny's profile on our webpage, they knew it was love at first sight. He was just the little heartthrob they were looking for!
"Here is picture of Benny. He is so lovable!
Thank you for making our home so awesome with Benny!"
Peggy Sue is living proof that age is just a number.
After 14+ years together, Peggy Sue's family abandoned her at the city pound and never looked back. Coupled with her "super senior" status, Peggy Sue also needed medication for her hyperthyroidism. Needless to say the odds were NOT in her favor at the notoriously "high kill" city pound...and we refused to stand idly by as this loving cat was put on death row.
Left to the antiquated standards of the city pound, her life would have ended abruptly after more than 14 years with a family she thought would love her forever...At FFL, we reject those "standards." We believe that all senior animals like Peggy Sue deserve the chance to find happiness - to know the love of a family, to find peace in a quiet home, and to feel safe and cared for during their elderly years.
So we rescued her, giving her a second chance at finding that perfect family. And after several months at the shelter, Peggy Sue met her soulmate. According to her adopter, Peggy Sue now "runs the roost" and gets along great with her other feline and canine companions!
Nelson makes a little girl’s dreams come true.
One blind eye + one crooked leg + heartworm+ = a deadly trifecta at most shelters. Not at FFL. Here, we see Nelson (FKA Aries) for who he really is - an adorably goofy dog with a zest for life! When he met his adopters, he immediately fell in love with his new sister. Over the past few months, they've become best friends - almost inseparable. In the words of the adopter's daughter, "Having Nelson as my dog is the best thing that ever happened to me. I had been dreaming of it for so long…At the beginning, he was scared of everything, but now, as soon as he sees us, he's so happy ! He follows me everywhere and never wants to be alone !! He is really my best friend...All of that happened thanks to Friends for Life and my teacher, Sandie who fosters for the dogs. Nelson is the nicest dog I will ever meet in my whole life. I love him so much. Adopting a dog at Friends for Life is saving a dog's life that started very roughly, offering him a better and happier life, and having ours even more beautiful."
Peanut Butter Pattie is a sweet treat in her mom’s life.
PBP's road to happiness wasn't without its fair share of speed bumps. A neonatal kitten without a mother, Miss PBP joined the FFL family as one of our bottle babies requiring around-the-clock care. Once she was old enough, PBP was adopted by a family she thought would love her forever. That is, until they returned her... Then another family took her home, only to end up returning her as well. Although we had no idea why PBP was struggling to find the purrrfect family, we were absolutely determined to give this little girl the happily ever after she deserves.
After her first two adoption attempts, PBP got sick – so sick that she almost lost her eyes. But thanks to Dr. Trevino and our amazing Wellness Dept., PBP’s eyes healed with only some damage in one eye. Yet again, PBP went up for adoption, and STILL no one picked her. It was just mind boggling...
Every day, she'd visit her former bottle foster at the shelter and make a face that said, “Why don’t you take me home? I’m your kitten. Remember me?” And her previous foster mom realized it was meant to be (because really, who could say no to that face?!).
You’d never know Tony’s huge heart was filled with heartworms when he came to FFL.
Before he came to FFL, Tony (FKA Hart) was biding his time at a local high kill shelter, certain that as a heartworm+ dog, his fate was sealed the day he passed through the front doors. One by one, he watched all of his buddies take the long, lonely walk to the back-of-the-house, wondering when it would be his turn. Thankfully, that day never came...
We pulled Tony off death row and welcomed him into the FFL program with open arms. He began his heartworm treatment while at the shelter and was quickly adopted by a wonderful family. They helped him recover and regain his strength, and now Tony is healthy, happy and officially heartworm negative!
"We adopted Tony almost a year ago. He was heartworm positive but a perfect candidate for the Inmiticide treatment. He had his six-month follow-up post-heartworm treatment and received his first heartworm negative result since we adopted him (YAY!) I was hesitant to adopt a heartworm positive dog initially, because I knew treatment would be hard on him. We worked with our vet to keep his health monitored, and when he was able to run and play again, he was like a different dog. He now has a clean bill of health and is incredibly spoiled and loved. My husband John and I can't imagine our lives without Tony. Thank you once again for showing compassion to all of the animals at your rescue. They are lucky dogs (and cats!)."
Sammy redefined what it meant to save the “long shots…”
In our 14 years, we have seen some long shots. But in all honesty, there was a pretty thin veil between this guy and whatever comes next for dogs. Full of heartworms, starving and biding his time on death row at a high kill shelter, Sammy was hovering on the brink. No one was betting on him.
Until we did.
After months of treatment and some TLC, Sammy is now happy, healthy and ready to be adopted!
Never has a name fit a dog more perfectly than it does with “Faith.”
When we first met Faith at a crowded county shelter, she was lying on the floor of her kennel. She didn't lift her head - she just slightly moved her defeated eyes to look up. Faith was past pleading at this point...and we yearned to prove to her there was reason to hope.
Between her broken vertebrae, a massive infected wound on her back leg, nerve damage that made it difficult to eliminate, a serious heartworm infestation and severe emaciation/dehydration, Faith faced more hardships in one month than most animals have to endure in a lifetime. But her determination to keep going and fight her way out of the woods helped write the perfect ending to this incredible story.
As of this week, Faith has been adopted by her forever family! She overcame so much to get to this point - it fills our hearts with joy to see Faith thriving in her new home.
No matter what he faced, NOTHING broke Conor’s spirit.
A badly burned puppy gets a second chance at Friends For Life.
Conor was rescued as a 3-month-old puppy roaming the streets of Houston. His face was covered in chemical burns to the extent that he couldn't open his mouth to eat or drink. Severely emaciated and dehydrated, it was apparent Conor had a long road of recovery ahead of him. But we knew we would do everything in our power to save this pup and give him a long and happy life.
Now, just over a year later, Conor is healthy and enjoying every minute in his forever home. With her permanent smile and gentle demeanor, he'll melt your heart in seconds!
Along with FFL, Eleanor defies the traditional “three strikes - you’re out” rule!
At most traditional shelters, Eleanor would never have made it out alive. She would have struck out without ever going up to bat...
Strike 1: Deaf cat
Strike 2: Blind cat
Strike 3: Senior cat
But not at Friends For Life. Here, she's one of our all-stars! After spending time as an office foster, Eleanor made her way to her current foster home where she's patiently waiting to find her forever home.
Tarleton had every reason in the world to give up and quit - but he didn’t.
When we first met this little guy, he was completely stuck in a bucket of molten roof tar. It took a few moments to realize what we were dealing with. The tar was covering one whole side of his body and his legs were buried in it. It was going to be a slow, painstaking process to free him from this grave. Through it all he just stared up at us with big, wide blue eyes.
Freeing him led us to learn that he had a badly broken leg (so badly, in fact, that it had to be amputated) and a broken pelvis. His skin was also burned from the chemicals in the tar. Angry, fiery red patches came up on his feet and underside where the fur and skin had been burned away. Tarleton was never cross with us or fractious. It was like he understood from the beginning that we were working hard to help him. His grace through that kind of pain was breathtaking.
After surgery and months of recovery and rehabilitation, we're thrilled to shout it from the rooftops that this incredible little guy has found his forever home!
According to his new parents, "We loved him the very first night :) He's a firecracker, that missing leg doesn't seem to slow him down at all!"
Jolene just can’t stop talking about her great, new family.
After spending the first 5 years of her life on the streets, Jolene was READY for snuggling, cuddling and loving when she came to FFL! This sweet, deaf kitty quickly stole the hearts of everyone at the shelter - she even became our office foster cat for a while. We're so happy knowing she's getting all the love and affection she deserves!
"I just wanted to give you guys an update on Jolene. She is an absolute doll and is so wonderful. We couldn't have hoped for a better cat to add to the family. She is so playful and loves to cuddle. We have found that she wants to always be near us, so we have a chair that she sits on if we are busy working at the desk. If we are on the couch though, we have to hold her or we will hear her complain about it (very loudly). She is very smart and we have already taught her a hand signal for come. Every time we use it, she comes running while making the cutest meowing noises. Thank you so much for helping us find this little perfect kitty. Even our dog likes her. She is everything we were looking for, plus some. I honestly don't think we could have found a better cat.
Lola is back in action!
Entering a traditional shelter as a 6-year-old, heartworm+ stray is typically an automatic death sentence. But thankfully Lola (FKA Bear) made her way to FFL instead. Though she was only with us for a little while, she enjoyed her time with her foster family as she started undergoing HW treatment. She was adopted in the fall by a wonderful couple who saw past her age and her current condition - they recognized her beautiful soul, her peaceful demeanor and her desire to be loved. And together they make the perfect family!
"We feel like we are the luckiest people in the world! Little Lola is the perfect pup, and we can't believe we ever lived without her. She had heartworms when we adopted her, but her foster graciously funded her treatment. Thanks to him and the wonderful FFL staff, Lola was able to get all of her shots last fall, and is now back in action. She loves our walks through quiet neighborhoods and parks, her stuffed duck, and hanging out on her bed with us. She has learned a few tricks, and we have learned that she will do almost anything for a treat! She is still a little scared of heavy traffic and thunderstorms, but thanks to some motivation from boiled chicken, she is starting to get a little calmer in these settings. She is very smart and was already well-trained, and she has fit in perfectly with our lifestyle. We love her so, so much, and still can't figure out how we got quite this lucky.
Thank you to everyone at Friends for Life! You are an amazing organization doing amazing things, and we are forever indebted to you for hooking us up with our little baby girl."
Nonny earns a Happy Birthday cookie and a place in mom’s heart!
Nonny was found in April 2011. Her rescuer fostered her for 6 months and ended up adopting her even though she was afraid of pit bulls when she found her. Nonny quickly taught her that every dog deserves a chance regardless of their breed or how they look. Her adopter shared her one year update with us:
"We LOVE her! She's spoiled rotten, too. It will be one year on Monday that I found her, and I already have a chicken liver Happy Birthday cookie waiting for her. Nonny has definitely settled in, and I can't believe I was afraid of her when I found her. She has subtly encouraged the breaking of previous household rules: no dogs on the couch and no dogs on the bed. But she has brought such an amazing amount of life to our house, that I've decided to look the other way. She has become best buddies with both of the other dogs (especially Miss Ruby), and her favorite activities are sitting in the sun and playing keep away and chase with Shadow and Ruby. And swimming!"
Ollie, the “skullcrusher”
Big, handsome, lovable Ollie has made quite an impression on his new family:
"I LOVE MY OLLIE SO MUCH! He's settled in quite nicely and I think he has accepted me as his new mom. Every time I hug him when he's lying down (I press my upper body against him), he's purring before I even make contact. He has such a wonderful personality and he's such a sweet boy. I call him Skullcrusher because he headbutts me in the face every chance he gets. He's going to give me a concussion one of these days, and I'm going to laugh... He seems very happy here. My girl cat, Miles, who is 9, is slowly learning to get along with him. He's been allowed to semi-snuggle with her twice, which is more than my Zeke was allowed to do in 9 years. He really is a wonderful cat. I can't thank you guys and his fosters enough. I'm extremely fortunate to have him in my family."
Kaia and Paco went home together!
Kaia and Paco's adopter went home with double the fun! They were adopted together over a year ago and their adopter's update says it all:
"Kaia and Paco are the most adorable, loving, and happy cats I've ever had. They make me smile even when I don't feel like it. Paco has grown to be the big boy we thought he would since his paws were huge when he was a kitten. Kaia is a dainty lady who loves her toy slipper. I CAN'T imagine my life without them! All of our lives improved when we found each other a little over a year ago! Paco is my big boy and Kaia is my little lady. We've had an amazing year together...they are healthy, full of personality, and love to cuddle. That, in my opinion, is a perfect cat! Thanks again for bringing these babies into my life!"
Brigit is now a Hoosier!
Brigit, a 5-year old Basset Hound, was VERY pregnant when she was found as a stray in October 2011. She was with her rescuer for three days before giving birth to 9 puppies! Her amazing rescuer fostered momma and all the puppies until they were adopted. Brigit held out a little longer until just the right person came along...from more than 1,000 miles away! Her adopter just happened to live in Indiana but when she read about Brigit and saw her picture, she just knew she had to add her to the family. Brigit now resides in a home with 4 other hound doggies and a cat. She got off the plane in Indiana and made herself right at home! Click the picture above to see Brigit with her new family. (Brigit is the 4th dog from the left.)