Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions (formerly Lago Vista PAWS), a no-kill shelter for stray and abandoned dogs and cats, is in jeopardy of closing its doors.
This Texas shelter only has about a week’s worth of operating funds left to care for their almost 400 animals. This non-profit shelter has been providing a safe haven for abandoned and abused animals for 10 years.
Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions runs on donor donations, with about 10 percent of their budget coming from the city of Lago Vista.
Currently, there are about 300 cats and almost 100 dogs living at the facility. Many of these animals have lived at the shelter for several years, while they are waiting for a home.
The staff and volunteers of Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions have become close to all of the animals and consider all of them extended family. These cats and dogs are not simply numbers on a piece of paper to them.
Animal shelter employees said they need $40,000 to stay up and running to provide care for all of their animals.
UPDATE (8/23/07): The shelter has enough funds and donations to last for another two weeks. They have around $8,000 in vet bills and will use some of the donations towards those bills. They have volunteers working on garage sales and fundraisers. They say that they are still living day-by-day and just hope that they can make it through this crisis.
Pictured: Popcorn, one of the cats being cared for at Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions