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Lago Vista Pet Adoption And Welfare Service, Inc.

Rating: 4.71 stars   14 reviews 1,263

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

PO Box 4100 Lago Vista TX 78645 USA

Mission:

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.

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.

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Reviews for Lago Vista Pet Adoption And Welfare Service, Inc.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 2 stars  

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 Christmas and there was no hurry. I called again to schedule a time to come in and see the dog and turn in an application. I again spoke to the director. This time she said there was an application for the same dog. When I commented on this she indicated that she was concerned about our lack of a fence. This was a judgmental call with no basis. We have a large yard that is fenced on 3 sides but also have a dog yard within that space. My issue is I feel they are playing the "breast cancer" card with little or no attention to how this affects the public. People skills could be improved which might increase donations. Whether I adopted a dog from them I would gladly have donated because of the cancer connection. Now I'm not sure.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would try to make the contact with the public somewhat more professional. Snap judgments can cause issues that could easily have been taken care of early.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

petfinder.com

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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 themselves. But they never failed to assist and I always found groups that found placement through my contacts at LLF. I also adopted the best cat ever from them--healthy, well cared for, and exceptionally sweet and friendly! He was born/raised in the shelter, so they did a great job of socializing him to people, other cats and even dogs. Great resource!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my wonderful adopted kittie, Gherard.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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 supporting more cats than I would ever care to try to count despite no formal funding?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunter activity.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

donate 10 million dollars.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

talking to the cats.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

selfless and almost terminally dedicated to the animals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save every abused and abandoned animal around Lake Travis, and rescue the tens of thousands more animals that the city of Austin's Town Lake "shelter" will be killing every day into the foreseeable future.

Ways to make it better...

I had packed my car with food, snacks, and medical supplies for the animals.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

limited funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

LVPA&WS;proves that there is no justification whatsoever for any shelter to kill animals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

We adopted our first dog from this shelter about 11 years ago. She was a wonderful match for us. She was an older dog that gave us 8 years of love and companionship. After her death, we went back to the shelter. We adopted an abandoned puppy. He has been perfect since the day we brought him home. Then, we felt like he needed a companion. We were successfully matched with another wonderful dog by the employees of the shelter. I wouldn't go anywhere else to adopt an animal.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the successful adoption of three dogs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the careful matching of their animals to the right family.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to help homeless animals and expand its' goals of educating the community about spaying and neutering. They could bring in trainers to make the dog more adoptable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I found out about Lifelong Friends when I had some stray cats and kittens at my home. They helped me catch the cats and kittens and found homes for all of them. They are so helpful in the community - from tracking down wounded animals and nursing them back to health, to hosting low-cost spay & neuter clinics and vaccinations clinics. They have reunited countless families with their lost pets. I was so impressed with this group, that I started volunteering in 1997 and love every minute that I spent at the shelter.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

adopting 4 cats

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Getting to be involved in placing the shelter animals in their forever homes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Lifelong Friends in Lago Vista has taken a couple of stray and hungry dogs that showed up at our house that we were not able to care for. They have also helped us with a couple of cats that are now beautiful and healthy and ready for their forever homes. The employees and volunteers at this shelter are very loving and caring people and we are so grateful they are here to help us when we personally are unable help these animals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many satisfying ways. We have adopted two cats with Feline Leukemia and they reward us every day with their love.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

educated on the care and handling of the animals so their transition from being abandoned to living in a shelter would be as comfortable as possible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate the communtiy on pet care, what to do with an animal when you can no longer care for it and how to care or gain the trust of a stray cat or dog until the Shelter can step in to help you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Lifelong Friends Animal shelter rescued a badly injured little dog that had been hit by a truck and left for dead. The dog hobbled into a deep ravine in fear & pain at night, & after searching for the dog that same night with no luck finding her in the dense brush,the volunteer staff returned the next morning. They found "Lacy", took her to a vet for surgery, and have been nursing her back to health for months on a limited budget. Lacy is recovering beautifully,& is a sweet, adorable pet, soon to be adopted!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

donating money, dog & cat food, and cat litter, plus chew bones & a cat bed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

allow them to have more hours of being able to stay "open" to the public for adoptions & visitation.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the sense I feel from the loving staff about their determination to succeed, despite a limited budget.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

loving, caring, ladies and volunteers who become so aquainted with their animals, that they type vivid descriptions of each animal, to assist adopting public,allowing folks to select the best pet possible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so manymore animals and build a new facility!

Ways to make it better...

I could find time to volunteer,which I'm trying to do now!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

budget worries, and a town council who thinks the shelter is unnecessary.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the town council is totally wrong in this town! The ladies do a fantastic service, and would be sorely missed, if they had to close their doors!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Lifelong Friends is amazing. The truly do amazing work. I consider it a privilege to be able to work so closely with this group. It is very clear that the volunteers love what they do and love the dogs and cats in their care.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save the all the strays in the city! They already have the love. They already have the people who care. They already have the time and patience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I've not experienced an animal shelter like Lago Vista. I've been to many of the municipal shelters where cats are housed in individual cages and maybe two or three cats in one large cage, at most. At Lago Vista 100's of cats live in peaceful harmony, somewhat of a cat colony. And it works. I this place. I only volunteer my time to grassroots places with strong leadership and proven track record. Lago Vista is extremely grassroots but well-organized with the most dedicated, passionate people on the planet! The animals are highly loved and respected. This is an awesome place.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering at the animal shelter and adopting a cat from this shelter.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand and get them more money.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the hard work and interaction with animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very passionate about animals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be absolutely amazing but they don't need 100 million bucks in Lago Vista....one million would be awesome!

Ways to make it better...

there were more volunteers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funds and resources of all types - volunteers, food and utilities.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is a grassroot shelter operating on the backs of passionately dedicated volunteers and very, very small staff. It is the kind of organization that deserves support and it provides a highly valuable service to the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

When I found and rescued a mommy cat and her 6 kittens, Janet at Lifelong Friends help me with getting this little family in good health. Her friendly advice and financial help for neutering Lucy will never be forgotten. I would adopt from Lifelong friends without hesitation.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the caring advise and helpful attitude. Lifelong Friends deserve all the help they can get to carry on focusing on all the homeless animals. Their work is simply wonderful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make many dogs and cats more comfortable across Texas, educate pet owners to be more careful and neuter many animals. Maybe even open low cost mobile veterinarian hospitals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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