Friends For Life

Volunteer Opportunities

Whether your interest is in adoption counseling, fundraising, hands-on animal care, or animal rehab and training you'll find your niche with us!

Want to make a difference in the lives of Houston's homeless animals? Become a Friends For Life Volunteer! We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, and all of them make a true difference to the animals in our care. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and attend volunteer orientation and training.

Animal Care Volunteers

Provide direct care to animals by cleaning cages, socializing, and providing exercise, training and enrichment. Depending on the time of day, these volunteers also provide customer service to the public. Knowledge of cat and dog behavior is helpful but not required. This opportunity requires a moderate to high level of physical activity.

Adoption Counselors

Screen applicants for placement of animals into adoptive homes. Volunteers must attend additional training beyond the initial orientation and training. Volunteers must complete at least 20 hours in an animal care area prior to becoming a trained volunteer adoption counselor.

Mobile Adoption Event Volunteers

Work at our off-site mobile adoption locations and assist in setting up the mobile adoption area, caring for and handling the animals, and speaking to the public about Friends For Life's mission and programs. This opportunity requires a high level of physical activity. Volunteers must complete at least 12 hours in an animal care area to work at adoption events.

Behavior Volunteers

Work with our behavioritsts and trainers to rehabilitate cats and dogs with behavioral issues at the shelter, as well as in our community. You may also assist with behavior evaluations on animals that are new to our program. There is no hour requirement to join the behavior team.

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Mission Statement

Mission Statement 

We save animals’ lives. We find creative ways to do it and are passionate about success at it. Animals are our primary clients and everything we do is based on what is in their best interest individually or as a group.

Our Vision

We envision a community in which no animal will be killed for want of a loving home. Shelters accept their rightful responsibility as guardians and protectors of animals and we, as a society, accept no less from them.

Shelters will lead by example to promote a larger and more compassionate vision of the way companion animals are valued beginning with refusing to kill them.

Citizens and shelters will partner in saving animal lives and work together to ever-expand the network of rescues, fosters, volunteers and donors making life an option for animals.

Shelters will make humane education and seeking homes for animals a priority. It is time to move past the format of simply managing animal populations by killing. From board room to kennel, shelters will live up to their duty to be transformative beacons illuminating a future of kinship with all life.