Texas No-Kill Dog And Cat Shelter Could Close


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.

Source: Keyetv.com

Pictured: Popcorn, one of the cats being cared for at Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions

(Thanks Sharon)

12 Responses to “Texas No-Kill Dog And Cat Shelter Could Close”

  1. Amanda says:

    I have posted a notice on my Myspace page so everyone on my group will see the article, shelters website and how to donate links. I will also be donating and selling some things to donate more money to them(unemployed.)

    I sure hope they make enough money to stay open, especially with the word out about them now!

  2. Sharon says:

    I sent this in because I’ve been following this shelter since March. Someone donated recalled pet food and it was fed to some of the animals by volunteers who didn’t know what was going on at the time. I believe they lost several cats and incurred over $20,000 in expenses caring for the damage done to the rest. I’m unemployed now as well so can’t contribute much myself except getting the word out. Based on the news I’ve read and seen these are good hearted people trying to do the best for these animals who will be euthanized for sure if they end up some place like the Town Lake Animal Shelter which kills thousands of animals every year and yet cannot get people around here to spay and neuter their pets.

  3. nora says:

    Yes. In 2006 Town Lake Animal Shelter euthanized 12,000 animals. It is a horrifying number. My best friend lives in the area (Round Rock just outside of Austin) and she does rescue and foster care for dogs (mainly German Shepherd rescue) who are on doggie death row. She fosters them and finds them a loving forever home under the condition that if the new pet parents at any time cannot keep the animal, it is returned to her. She also always keeps 3 German Shepherds of her own. The Austin and surrounding area has so many strayed and abandoned dogs and cats. The Williamson County shelter is also going through an extremely troubling time. They are killing dogs and cats who have only been there for 3 days and mistakenly killed a dog who’s owners were looking for her at that time. They are also under investigation for animal neglect. God help all the shelters. This is such a tragic situation.

  4. Janet Cain says:

    Thank you very much for all your help and support! We are very appreciative of the concern that so many people are expressing for our shelter family.

    We are saying our prayers and keeping our paws crossed that we can keep our dogs and cats safe with us so we may continue to look for loving, forever homes for them.

    Janet Cain
    Vice President
    Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions (formerly Lago Vista PAWS)

  5. 2CatMom says:

    Janet do you have a web site where donations can be made? If not, where can we send donations?

  6. Rose says:

    To donate on-line or get mailing address:


  7. Amanda says:

    I got an email from Janet today, she gave me some links to news stories. She said to be sure to watch the videos

    Video on lower half of page: http://www.news8austin.com/con.....rID=190595

    There are two video’s here: http://keyetv.com/video

  8. Buster says:

    TIME TO ACT! If everyone reading Itchmo would donate some amount, lives will be saved.

  9. Buster says:

    Also please note that this shelter incurred $20,000 of vet bills along with lost innocent lives due to the antics of MENU FOODS.

  10. Amanda says:

    I am selling things on ebay right now to help raise money for the shelter. All proceeds will be donated to them. Someone already bought something of mine today and because of my message in my ebay auction with the shelters name, she looked up the shelter and donated herself as well!

    The word is being spread, hopefully it will be enough :)

  11. Janet Cain says:

    Dear Pet Lovers,

    We have been greatly heartened by the wonderful response that our SOS Campaign has generated from all over the United States. I apologize that I have not done a good job keeping up with the posts on this site. Unfortunately, my real job keeps interfering with my volunteer work.

    Please feel free to e-mail me directly at info@lifelongfriends.org to check in on us at any time or if you have any questions.

    Thanks to the donations we received, we have paid off all the vets that we owed money to. We have gotten enough donations to help us stay afloat for a while and care for the almost 400 animals we have. We are applying for grant funds and waiting to hear if we will qualify. We are also looking for people who are interested in planning and coordinating fundraisers for our shelter. Please contact me if you are interested in doing this for us.

    On another note, we have applied for a grant to support our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program. This program helps low-income pet owners get their pets spayed/neutered for free. We did not get funding from the state this year. I know they have a lot of groups that apply, and they try to rotate who gets funding from year to year. I have requested $15,000 for the spay/neuter program from My Hometown Helper. Please see the info below to see how to show support for our grant proposal.

    This spay/neuter program helps our shelter by reducing the number of unwanted puppies and kittens that are born in our community. This will in turn reduce the number of stray and abandoned animals that come in our shelter through animal control. We have offered this program since 2000, and we have helped spay/neuter over 5,000 animals in our target area. That is an awesome track record!

    To show support for this very important program, please go to:
    Posting a comment is like casting a vote. We are competing with other organizations for these funds, so every comment counts.

    Please cross post!

    Janet Cain
    Lifelong Friends (formerly Lago Vista PAWS)

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