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PO Box 4100
Lago Vista
Texas 78645

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Programs: Lifelong Friends (formerly Lago Vista PAWS) was founded in March 1997 and is governed by a board of directors. Our shelter is a member of PetFinder.com and Pets 911, which are online organizations that promote animals that are available for adoption. We have a variety of on-going committees. In addition, a separate committee is formed for each fund-raising event. Committees consist of volunteers from the board and the general membership. When grant funds are available, we have a Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program for low-income pet owners in our target area, which spans from Cedar Park to Marble Falls (along FM 1431).Through our small shelter, thousands of animals have found loving, forever homes. Others have found permanent safe haven at our shelter. More dogs and cats come every day, many of them sick or injured. We are very different from most shelters, even those that call themselves ?no-kill.? Many of those facilities find ways around the no-kill philosophical mandate. To us, every life is a precious gift, and we do everything we can to save the animals that come to our facility.On January 27, 2001, Lago Vista PAWS was awarded a $10,000 grant by PetsMart Charities. From this grant, $5000 was for a low-cost spay/neuter program for pet owners in Lago Vista and surrounding communities. The other $5000 was for a microchip implant program, which allows us to microchip our shelter animals before they are adopted. On March 14, 2001, we were awarded an additional $1480.00 by the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) Employees? United Charities to support the low-cost spay/neuter program. This spring, the LCRA is awarding us an additional $1480 for our spay/neuter program.From March 2001 through August 2002, we worked with EmanciPet Mobile Clinic and Lago Vista Animal Clinic to provide low-cost spay/neuter services to the residents of Lago Vista and surrounding communities. As a result of our program, in slightly over one year, we had 409 animals sterilized, with pet owners from a total of 19 communities being served.In September 2002, we started participating in the Texas Animal Friendly Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program. A total of 870 cats and dogs were sterilized from September 2002 through August 2003, preventing the birth of countless unwanted puppies and kittens. In 2006-2007, the low-cost spay/neuter program continued to be very successful.

Lifelong Friends (formerly Lago Vista PAWS) is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter dedicated to preventing animal suffering, rescuing and caring for stray and abandoned dogs and cats and finding good homes for these animals, educating the public about responsible pet ownership, and encouraging pet owners to spay and neuter their animals.

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As a Breast Cancer survivor, I selected this agency as it just lost one of its members to breast cancer. We are looking for a dog and found one we were interested in. I called and got some information about the dog we were interested in. The director indicated that the dog would be there after ... more »
I worked with TNR with ferals in my region. I also often encountered strays. When I tried to place them using local groups, I had scant luck. But every time I contacted Lifelong Friends, they helped me find resources every time. I lived outside their venue, so they could not take the animals ... more »
How many shelters would take in a blind dog and care for her, and keep her indefinitely while trying to find her a home? Or rush out of their homes into the night and rain to try to find somewhere in the bushes and gullies a dog reported to have been struck by a car? And persist against all odds in ... more »
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