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.
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!
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?
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 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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
I adopted both of my cats from LifeLong Friends (it was Lago Vista Paws back then. After that I was a volunteer for 5 years until I had an injury. I am so grateful every time that I look at my babies that they weren't sent to a shelter put down before I found them. They do wonderful things there and I have personally been involved with cases that other shelters would have just put the animal down instead of trying to save their lives. I am currently fostering a kitty (Indigo) and have fostered several others in the past for the shelter. I can't say enough good things about Janet and Andrea. Wish there was more participation from the community.
I have been a long time supporter and admirer of this organization. Under the leadership of Andrea and Janet, many cats and dogs that otherwise would have been destroyed, have found loving homes. Not only does Janet guide her own organization, she reaches out within the community to other orgs and individuals and works to network for them in order to save even more animals by finding homes/resources for them also. When I think of a truly compassionate feline advocate, I always think of Janet Cain.
LifeLong Friends has been instrumental in reducing the number of stray and abandoned animals running the streets in Lago Vista and reducing the number of unwanted puppies and kittens by promoting spay/neuter.
I have been a volunteer with Lifelong Friends (also known as Lago Vista PAWS) since 1999. You will not find a more dedicated group of volunteers, and I'm proud to be associated with them. Our no-kill shelter focuses on saving the lives of stray and abandoned dogs and cats. For most of these animals, life at our shelter is the first time in their lives that they have felt safe, had plenty to eat, and experienced love. It is hard work and we face many challenges, but the rewards are endless.
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