Don Sanders Adoption Center:

  • Only No Kill, LEED-certified shelter in Houston
  • Fastest-growing shelter in Houston
  • Adoption increase of 580% since 2008
  • 75% of the animals adopted through Friends For Life are deemed “unadoptable” at other shelters
  • Lifetime guarantee on all adoptions 
  • Cageless cat rooms with built-in climbers 
  • Real life dog room
  • 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 a 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 Friends For Life has provided 4,420 cat surgeries and prevented the births of more than 88,420 cats, creating 1,083 stable cat colonies.

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: 11 tons of food distributed annually
  • Free behavioral services
  • Micro grants for veterinary fees
  • Assistance with over the counter animal medical needs
  • Animal fosters completely supported by Friends For Life

Medical Clinic

(in planning)

Providing affordable veterinary services to the public:

  • We acquired the property adjacent to our shelter as a site for the clinic.
  • 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.