What Is It?
A no kill shelter and adoption agency that offers other services, including free spay/neuter services for animals in low-income communities, an animal food bank, and free behavioral services.
Care for cats and dogs, work at adoption centers, help with administration/reception, assist with “Fix Houston” programs in local communities. Please contact the agency for COVID-related updates.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
Flexible. Shifts can be scheduled anytime between 8 AM -7 PM, 7 days a week.
Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
Groups are normally welcome (with advance notice) but group volunteering is currently on hold due to COVID-19.
Attend volunteer orientation and training; additional training beyond initial orientation and training may be required for some volunteer opportunities. Applicants under 18 must submit a 300 word essay on the importance of the No Kill movement and complete an interview with the Volunteer Manager.
Support cats and dogs that live at the shelter, or at the agency’s Petsmart adoption center, by caring for their daily needs, socializing them, feeding, walking, providing enrichment, and maintaining their living spaces.
ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS / RECEPTION
Help with the general administrative tasks that help keep the shelter running every day, such as writing, data entry, filing and more. Volunteer at the front desk and be the friendly face of Friends For Life by greeting the public and helping answer phones.
Learn about animal behavior and work directly with behaviorists and trainers to rehabilitate animals at the shelter with behavior challenges.
MOBILE ADOPTION EVENT VOLUNTEERS
Work at 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.
“FIX HOUSTON” VOLUNTEERS
Help locate cat colonies by walking targeted neighborhoods and talking to residents. Set up traps and catch cats, transport them to be vaccinated and spayed/neutered, help them recover from surgery, and drive them back to their home territories. Help at Fix Houston events, which offer free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations to pets belonging to residents in underserved sections of Houston.
More information is available on the Friends for Life volunteer page.
FRIENDS FOR LIFE
Houston, Texas 77008
Houston, Texas 77008
Examples of past Scout projects
Eagle: James conducted a donation drive for pet food and FFL’s wish list items. (2018)
Silver Award: Morgan L., Kate D., and Alexa T. (Troop 21183) collected more than $2,500 worth of supplies, including pet food, pet toys, cleaning supplies, leashes, collars, and cat climbing towers for FFL. They operated a booth in from of PetSmart and distributed pamphlets they created to explain and promote their cause. (2017)