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Friends for Life

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Friends For Life No Kill Animal Shelter

Love animals?
Come join our energetic volunteer team!
Friends For Life has numerous volunteer
opportunities and we need your help!

Whether your interest is in adoption counseling, fundraising, computer issues, hands-on animal care, or animal rehab and training you'll find your niche with us!

Want to make a difference in the lives of Houston's homeless animals? Become a Friends For Life Volunteer! We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, and all of them make a true difference to the animals in our care. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and attend volunteer orientation and training.

Our Mission Statement

We save animals’ lives. We find creative ways to do it and are passionate about success at it. Animals are our primary clients and everything we do is based on what is in their best interest individually or as a group.

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Animal Care Volunteers

Provide direct care to animals by cleaning cages, socializing, and providing exercise, training and enrichment. Depending on the time of day, these volunteers also provide customer service to the public. Knowledge of cat and dog behavior is helpful but not required. This opportunity requires a moderate to high level of physical activity.

Adoption Counselors

Screen applicants for placement of animals into adoptive homes. Volunteers must attend additional training beyond the initial orientation and training. Volunteers must complete at least 21 hours in an animal care area prior to becoming a trained volunteer adoption counselor.

Mobile Adoption Event Volunteers

Work at our off-site mobile adoption locations and assist in setting up the mobile adoption area, caring for and handling the animals, and speaking to the public about Friends For Life's mission and programs. This opportunity requires a high level of physical activity. Volunteers must complete at least 21 hours in an animal care area to work at adoption events.

Behavior Volunteers

Work with our behaviorists and trainers to rehabilitate cats and dogs with behavioral issues at the shelter, as well as in our community. You may also assist with behavior evaluations on animals that are new to our program. There is no hour requirement to join the behavior team.


Friends For Life

Don Sanders Adoption Center

107 E. 22nd Street

Houston, TX 77008

Petsmart Offsite Cat Adoption Center

2902 S. Shepherd

Houston, TX 77098

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About Friends for Life


107 E. 22nd Street, United States, Houston, TX 77008, US

Mission Statement


We are the fastest growing No Kill animal adoption and rescue organization in Houston, dedicated to offering No Kill solutions to the animals of Houston and the people who want to help them. Our programs include rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, humane education and animal food/supply support. We are a dynamic non-profit made up of people of all backgrounds and professions including veterinarians, lawyers, business people, architects, physicians, educators and trained shelter staff committed to offering Houston a real alternative to shelters that kill homeless animals.

When There Was No Hope, We Found Homes.

Our goal is to create programs that make life an option for both owner surrendered and homeless animals. Our programs have evolved as we have made it a priority to listen to ways that you, our community, tell us we may be helpful to you. For example, the Pet Retention program was born of taking the time to learn that sometimes, keeping a pet is a matter of a training issue we can help address, a need for information on dealing with allergies or searching for pet-friendly rentals. Sometimes it is a need for assistance with food/supplies during a tough time. Taking an animal to a shelter (any shelter) is a permanent solution to what may be a temporary problem.


Friends For Life Programs

75% of the hundreds of animals we have placed were classified by other area shelters as "unadoptable." Reasons other shelters would have ended their lives included: weighing less than 2 lbs, being over 7 years old, being injured, having treatable medical conditions 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. Through our proactive placement programs, we redefine adoptable everyday.

Rescue and Rehabilitation
Friends For Life accepts animals of all breeds, all ages and in all health situations. No life is disposable. We routinely accept, rehabilitate, medically treat and adopt into loving homes, animals on whom other groups have given up. We have traveled to Louisiana and Mississippi where our rescue teams treated hundred of animals free of charge in Friends For Life mobile veterinary clinics.

Pet Retention
Keeping animals in good homes is a priority in building a no kill community. Friends For Life counselors provide advice on behavior, training and other concerns to help frustrated animal guardians change a difficult situation to make an animal a positive family member. In addition, we offer an animal food and supply bank to provide assistance to those who find themselves in temporarily difficult circumstances.
Often a little help for the animal guardian will prevent an animal f rom ending up in a shelter.


We'll work with your schedule.


107 E. 22nd StreetHouston, TX 77008



  • Office Reception
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Administrative Support
  • Donor Management
  • Customer Service
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • One shift a month

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