Friends for Life Inc.
Home Page updated February 16th, 2017
THANK YOU to the ten donors who contributed, in 31 days in December 2016, $947 to FFL's "Warm the Dogs" fundraiser through YouCaring (and locally). Our goal was $925, and your generosity surpassed it. ALL the dogs (and Mindy, the Last Cat), now have either a self-warming bed or a heated pad for the winter. (Also see fundraiser information below.)
Thank you for your interest in Friends for Life, Inc in Lewisburg, WV!
FFL is a no-kill, non-profit sanctuary for dogs and cats near Lewisburg (Greenbrier County) in southeastern West Virginia that has been accepting abandoned and no-longer-wanted dogs and cats since 1996. We incorporated as Friends for Life in January 2000 and received non-profit, tax-exempt status (501c3) from the IRS in November 2007, which means we're able to provide a tax receipt for any amount donated, or for items donated.
Friends for Life, Inc. is not affiliated with any other organization or shelter, or any other Friends for Life organization.
FFL receives NO local, state, or federal funding and relies completely on contributions from individuals like yourself.
We are a care-for-life, or no-kill, sanctuary; there is no time limit for any animal. Each animal that we accept is wormed, vaccinated, and neutered/spayed if unaltered. In addition, any needed veterinary care, including exams, tests, treatments, medications and/or surgery, is provided during the time the animal is with us.
We are completely committed to each animal here for its entire lifetime, if it is not adopted, and many have been here their whole lives.
Currently, FFL cares for twenty dogs, mostly seniors from twelve to sixteen years of age, and one cat- Mindy, who's now over thirteen years of age. Our youngest dogs- Maxx, Rascal, Parker, Stu, and Oscar- are between four and eight years of age. PLEASE NOTE: While all of the animals pictured are listed as Adoptable, and a few of our seniors may be able to adjust to a new environment, some are available for sponsorship only, due to their age and/or health issues. If you want to adopt, please read the bio to make sure the animal is available for adoption.
If you enjoy knowing how much animals are loved, please read FFL's Memorials a little farther down on our Home Page. Beginning this month (January), each month on Friends for Life's Facebook page (that was created in November 2016), FFL will remember those animals that left us during that month from 2005-2017. Not having a website where we can have a Memorials section with pictures and info, this is the best we can do. This month (January), FFL remembers Jewel, Keiffer, Siam, Alf, PNut, Juliet, Moses (Mr. Moof), Lucy the Lionhearted, Candy, Delilah, Cheyenne, Brownie, Jake, Linus, Girl, Cooper, Tracy, and Roamie, who all crossed the Bridge during the month of January from 2005-2015. Their individual pictures will be posted on Friends for Life's Facebook page during this month.
FFL's "WARM THE DOGS" Fundraiser
This fundraiser was a wonderful success and all dogs will be warm this winter! Thank you, thank you to all who donated! THANK YOU, David Esteppe, Barb Bellucci, Susie Moore-Ratliffe, Deborah Porco, Gary and Connie Pyne, Heather Pyne, Janet Shelton, Dr. Lucie Refsland, Nina Stark, and Dr. April Drwiega! Thanks also to those who left cash donations in our "box" at Greenbrier Veterinary Hospital that is part of our total.
FFL's WISH LIST:
WALMART Gift Cards for pee pads and Pedigree canned dog food
TRACTOR SUPPLY Gift Cards for 4Health canned and dry dog food, and for the grain-free dog food that FFL uses: Taste of the Wild (Pacific Stream because of the salmon/omega 3s in it), which is now cheaper at Tractor Supply than at Chewy.com. We'll still continue to order Cosequin DS and other supplies from Chewy.com because they're a GREAT company, and a friendly, informed, live person answers the phone on the first ring every time, and orders are packed and begin their journey within 30 minutes of the time the order was placed! THANKS, CHEWY!
FLEECE PADS See the Kuranda link below for info.
USED TOWELS and/or sheets Always needed!
All donations are tax-deductible. Please request a tax receipt with your donation if desired.
FFL's mailing address is Friends for Life, Inc. 1754 Bunger's Mill Road, Lewisburg, WV 24901. We gratefully appreciate your help!
EXPENSES: Always and Never-ending!
FFL has no overhead except for the electric bill. There are NO paid employees. Every cent donated or fundraised goes for the care of the animals.
Veterinary care is our biggest expense, followed by food and supplements (Cosequin DS for arthritis, Milk Thistle for dogs on medications or Rimadyl). Listed below are veterinary care payments (after a generous discount from our veterinary hospital), plus purchases of food and any other expenses, from July, August, September, October, and November. If anyone has questions or wants details, email FFL president Donna Hinkle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July: Total veterinary and other expenses: $3086.63 (July expenses included van rental to travel to Lynchburg, VA, to pick up shoes for our shoe drive; and a cremation, usually done once a year.)
August: Total veterinary and other expenses: $2622.31
September: Total veterinary and other expenses: $1180.33
October: Total veterinary and other expenses: $1554.42
November: Total veterinary and other expenses: $2721.59
FFL is 501c3 tax-exempt and can provide a tax receipt for any amount contributed.
If you'd like to contribute or become a faithful sponsor (see below for information about our Sponsor Program), we have a Donate button below for your convenience, or donations may be mailed to:
Friends for Life, Inc., 1754 Bunger's Mill Road, Lewisburg, WV 24901.
We need more sponsors to help care for our aging companions. Thank you very, very much for your help!
Depending on the number of animals needing veterinary care (as shown above), FFL needs $1200 to $2500 per month at this point, both for vet care and food. Individual sponsorship is $25 per month, or more if the individual chooses; business sponsorships are $50 per month. (FFL has no business sponsors; would yours like to be the first?) There is no form to sign, simply let us know by email or a note with your check that you are becoming a sponsor. Sponsor contributions may be paid monthly, quarterly, every six months, etc.- whatever is easiest for the sponsor. Please remember, though, that once you start sending regular donations, WE DEPEND ON YOUR SPONSORSHIP. If you can no longer be a sponsor, please be kind and let us know. An individual or business may also make a one-time contribution of any amount at any time. A person may also sponsor more expensive procedures for a particular animal, such as a blood workup (to check liver, kidney, and thyroid function), dental, x-rays, ultrasound, laser treatments, surgery, medication, supplements, or special food. All donations are tax-deductible and FFL will send a tax receipt, individually or annually, to the individual or business if requested. All monetary donations provide care for all of the animals, unless the amount donated is for a particular procedure for a particular animal.
CORN IS THE NUMBER ONE GMO FOOD produced now, with SOY coming in second. Corn is in so much of the pet foods, even some of the expensive ones, so read those labels! We don't want to feed any corn or soy as long as we can help it. And watch out for ADDED COLOR, another baddie! These dyes, especially the FD&C red, can cause hyperactivity and allergies (itching, hair loss) in dogs, and urinary blockage in male cats. Corn and wheat are two big culprits for itchy skin, chronic ear infections, and bloating and gas. If your dog licks its paws a lot, that may be the first sign of a food allergy. Chronic scratching can lead to a secondary bacterial infection (that stinky "doggy" smell is NOT normal!) that requires treatment from your vet. Chronic ear infections and stinky ears can also be signs that you need to change your pet's food. One of our vets has said that it isn't the grain that the animal is allergic to, it's the protein source. However, corn and wheat are generally the "protein" source(s) in cheap pet food, so try to "step up" to better-quality food. If your dog has chronic skin problems, hyperactivity, or your male/neutered male cat has chronic urinary problems, see your vet and do what your vet recommends in the way of medications, but also please try weaning over to a brand that has NO corn, NO wheat, and NO soy, or try grain-free. Wean slowly and be patient. It may take a month or two to clear the system and see improvement, but you may be surprised at the results. You may not have to use steroids and antibiotics again.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO DONATE A FLEECE PAD
(We do not need Kuranda beds, thanks to a very generous donation in 2011 from the Bissell Foundation- see below.) FFL is in need of double-sided fleece pads from Kuranda (see the Kuranda link below). These are great because they have the loops on the corners that fit over the legs of the Kuranda beds and hold the pad on. If you click on the link it will take you to our Kuranda site and show you our Wish List. The pads we need are medium and large. If you donate a pad for FFL, it will be shipped directly to us, and we'll receive an email with your name and address that you've donated an item. If requested, we're happy to send a tax receipt.
THANK YOU, BISSELL FOUNDATION!
In December 2011 we received an overwhelming donation of 20 Kuranda beds- one for each dog in our kennel building, plus an 8-tier bed for the cats- from The Bissell Foundation, plus a soft, cozy fleece pad for each bed! The foundation also donated several dozen interactive toys for dogs and cats, plus treats to fill them with. The dogs and cats love the beds, and the toys keep them busy! Parker, a large shorthaired brindle mix (see him on our list of available pets) is never without one of the barbells hanging from his mouth. He's hilarious!! And Maxx, a brindle Pit Bull, uses his Kuranda bed as a trampoline at meal time. That's a lotta bouncing twice a day, every day! Those beds are tough! Thank you, thank you, Bissell Foundation!
NOTE: BISSELL has ongoing programs that benefit shelter animals, so BUY BISSELL PRODUCTS for your home!
Friends for Life MEMORIALS...
We're not able to put a picture with each name of those remembered on our Home Page, but please go to Friends for Life's Facebook page for Memorial pictures of those below who have crossed the Bridge. Pictures of FFL's animals that left us in January 2005-2017will be posted during the month of January, those we lost during Februarys will be listed on Fb during February, etc. FFL cannot afford a website where we could post Memorial pictures, so this is the best we can do for now.
"I know there can no Heaven be if my pets aren't there to welcome me..." (Anonymous)
We sadly said goodbye to the following companions who have left us and taken a little bit of our hearts with them:
Girl, spayed female Collie mix, 12 yrs plus, on January 25th. Girl was taken from her senior human companions, who could no longer care for her. She didn't want to be anywhere else, or with anyone else. We finally let her go.
Momma Dog, solid black spayed female Norwegian Elkhound mix, 12 yrs plus, on April 19th. It took a long time to get you to come inside, but once you did, you decided it was where you wanted to be. Your coat was so soft, and you were a great mom to the puppies you were found with in WSS way back in 1994!
Rufus, 14 yrs, neutered male red and white Beagle, May 20th. What a gentle fella! You loved the couch, especially if there was a person next to you!
Little Cora, red and white female puppy, one of 4 found along the Greenbrier River, just a week old. The vet said sometimes puppies "fail to thrive", and even though they could find nothing obviously wrong, something was, and we lost you May 25th.
Bekka, 12 yrs plus, spayed female Hound mix, May 31st. You were the sweetest of the sweet, and left us too suddenly, baby girl.
Midnight, 14 yrs, spayed female Longhaired black/silver cat, July 11th. Such a beautiful, soft coat! And a soft, sweet personality to match.
Baloo, 14 years, neutered male Collie mix, August 10th. You were a stinker- but we knew that when you arrived! We didn't realize later that you were sick, though, poor fella. You were a beauty!
Momma Cat and Susie, I am embarrassed to say that since this long-lost 2005 calendar was found recently, I can't picture either one of you, and neither Luke nor I can remember anything at this time, but both your names and a heart for each are marked on September 3rd.
Jeremy, 11 years, neutered male Walker Hound mix, September 24th. You were a pretty boy, very shy and not comfortable with humans, but never offered to bite.
Fuzzy (a.k.a. Mr. Tuzzers), 10 years, neutered male Terrier mix, October 20th. You were playful but patient, and should have found a permanent home because you were such a "Benjie"-type dog, but that didn't happen. Then cancer took you too quickly, sweet boy.
Skeeter, 14 yrs, spayed female black with white DSH cat, October 25th. You and your buddies had to make a big change and come to FFL, but you all adjusted well and seemed to be happy.
Sally Ann (McGinty), 9 years, spayed female Lab/Pit Bull mix, November 9th. Such a people dog, but you didn't always care for every dog you were introduced to! Lymphoma took you way too early, sweet girl!
Gidget, 9 years, spayed female DSH white and tabby cat, December 1st. When you and your buddies arrived at FFL in cardboard boxes from Charleston, you flew out of the box as soon as you saw a little daylight! Just missed my face- whew! But you gradually tamed down and didn't mind living with humans- or even some dogs!
Trixie, only 8 years old, spayed female shorthaired white mix with black ticks, December 8th. You had very short, soft hair (that shed a LOT!), and a gentle, sweet nature. Poor girl, you looked to be the picture of health at 22 lbs. and were waiting on your breakfast when you passed away from a tumor that suddenly ruptured that nobody knew you had (hemangiosarcoma). Thankfully, you didn't seem to have suffered at all.
Babe, 12 yrs, neutered male Dachshund, Chihuahua mix, paraplegic, May 8th. You loved to zip around outside in your little "cart" that was made especially for you and held your back end up so you could go-go-go!
Todd (a.k.a. Toddies), 14 yrs, neutered male Yorkie, May 9th. What a big personality! Why do the little dogs seem to rule the roost? You were a character!
Honey, 9 yrs, spayed female Hound/Lab mix, May 19th. You were as sweet as your name, baby girl. You left too soon...
Major, 12 yrs plus, neutered male black Lab/Chow mix, August 8th. You were abandoned at Lewis Terrace in Lewisburg as an adult, but loved people. Your only fault was that you liked fresh chicken dinners!
Sylvia (a.k.a. Silver), 10 yrs, spayed female Longhaired cat, August 29th. Very shy at first, but warmed up to people. You had the prettiest silvery coat, different shades of silver and gray.
Sweetie, 9 yrs, spayed female Lab/Hound mix, and littermate to Honey, September 8th. Another girl whose personality matched her name! You also left us too soon, baby girl.
Sparky, 14 years, neutered male shorthaired Terrier mix, October 3rd. You had LOTS of prey drive, and we hoped that a farmer with a rat problem would be interested in you, but you spent your days at FFL, eating your and everybody else's toenails on Toenail Trimming days! You also liked to be a couch potato.
Penny (a.k.a. Penny Candy), 15 years, spayed female Australian Shepherd mix, October 17th. Beautiful black and tan fur and full of energy! You would have done well on a farm with plenty to do, but seemed content at FFL- especially when you could grab a space on the couch next to a human!
Jewel, Golden Retriever mix spayed female, 13 years, on January 5th. I miss your paw on my arm.
Candy, Chow mix spayed female, 15 years, on January 18th. Such a gentle girl.
Tigger Two, orange striped neutered male Domestic Shorthair cat, 8 years, on April 27th. You allowed us to live in the same house, but we couldn't touch you.
Boose-Boose, orange striped with white neutered male Domestic Shorthair cat, 8 years, on June 12th. We'll never forget finding your gauze "boots" here and there as you'd get them off!
Punkin, Jack Russel/Beagle mix spayed female, 15 years plus, on July 23rd. Former shotgun rider and "go to town" companion.
Brownie, Dachsie/Chihuahua mix spayed female, 14 years, on July 25th. You either loved or hated squirrels- we were never sure!
Marley, Aussie/Hound mix neutered male, 14 years, on August 8th. What an intelligent dog, and such a wonderful temperament!
Big Mac, the Halloween Cat, black male Domestic Shorthair, neutered male, 8 years plus, on August 8th. We'll never know what happened before you were rescued. You were scary to look at and liked to pretend you were a tiger....
Sara Beth, Black Lab mix spayed female, 16 years plus, on August 22nd. Such a gentle, gentle girl.
Eightball, Corgi mix spayed female, 12 years plus, on September 10th. You must've been overwhelmed being around so many other animals after your caregiver passed on, but you made a place for yourself and accepted your new life.
Sam(antha), Schnauzer mix spayed female, 14 years, on September 29th. We tried so hard to find out what was wrong, poor girl. The pictures of you as a puppy still make us laugh!
Sandy Sue, spayed female mix, 11 years, on November 3rd. So very sweet. We'll never know how you got that endearing "head tilt"!
Freckles, Walker hound spayed female mix, almost 15 years, on December 30th. You were the first to have been here from a puppy in 1994 to a cranky "old lady"!
Keiffer, yellow Lab mix neutered male, 15 years plus, on January 5th. You had a rough start, but had a good life at FFL.
Jake, Spaniel/hound mix neutered male, 15 years, on January 25th. Gentle boy, and such a trooper.
Too Big, Chihuahua mix neutered male, 16 years, on February 4th. You had the cutest underbite!
Smokey, black Domestic Shorthair neutered male cat, 8 years, on April 10th. So sweet, but plagued with health problems.
Ebony, black Domestic Shorthair spayed female cat, 10 years, on June 1st. Our smallest cat ever. Another "tiger-pretender" but the easiest cat to treat.
Tux, Lab/Chow mix neutered male, 12 years, on July 2nd. Those black points on that beautiful honey-gold face were so pretty.
Maizie, Domestic Longhair Tortie spayed female cat, 9 years, on July 15th. Very gentle, and such unusual green eyes!
MowMow, black Domestic Shorthair neutered male cat, 10 years, on July 16th. A beautiful, sweet boy.
Rugby, our biggest boy, a neutered male Lab/Something Big mix, 8 1/2 years, on July 20th. What you went through before you were brought to FFL.... You were so good with puppies!
Sonja, a.k.a. "Sonie", Chow mix spayed female, 9-10 yrs, September 20th. What a sweet, gentle girl; you got along with everybody.
Buddy Bluetick, purebred neutered male Bluetick hound, appr. 10-12 years, September 23rd. We found you curled up in a roadside garbage dump and afraid of men, but you learned that not all humans are bad. A character-- typical hound disposition!
Dolly, Chow/Shepherd mix sp female, 12 years, October 13th. You had the softest, most unusually-marked black and silver coat!
Sasha, black and tan spayed female Beagle mix, 17 years old, November 17th. You were still a young dog at dinner time!
Loki, our oldest black cat, neutered male almost 17 yrs. and with us since 1994, December 3rd. Such a sweet, gentle boy! Solid black except for a tiny white tip at the end of your tail.
Peach (who'd also been with us since a puppy in 1994, like Freckles) spayed female cream and "peach" Beagle mix, 15 years, December 31st. One of the gentlest dogs we've ever had at FFL.
Siam, black and white Domestic Shorthair neutered male cat, 9 years old, January 5th. The prettiest black and white cat; your markings were practically symmetrical, and that solid black tail-- gorgeous!
Tex, orange Domestic Shorthair neutered male cat, 9 1/2 yrs. old, March 12th. A "Garfield" face- but not quite as round- and a sweetheart.
Violet, white with black Domestic Shorthair spayed female cat, 9 yrs. old, on March 25th. So shy, just like the flower you were named after.
Tipsy, Domestic Shorthair spayed female cat, mostly white with a few black patches (named after the "Tipsy" in The Cat Who books), @ 20 years old, March 25th. You used to lie on the takeout ledge at Krazy Kats restaurant before FFL was asked to take you!
Quixote, Malamute mix with 3 legs, 13-year-old neutered male, March 31st. Abandoned as a young dog, but wearing a collar with the owner's name and phone number.... Such a gentle, beautiful boy!
Crystal, gray and white 8 1/2-year-old Domestic Shorthair spayed female cat, April 6th. So sweet. You knew it was time to quit.
Bart, 10 lb. longhaired neutered male mix, 17 yrs. plus, June 8th. You spent the last 11 years as a paraplegic but kept your spunk and bright eyes.
Precious, a.k.a. Presh/Little Pair'p, 13 years plus spayed female Min Pin mix, June 22, very suddenly. Only ten pounds, but you sure let the world know you were here!
Paddy, a.k.a. Padre, 13 1/2 year old neutered male Beagle mix brought to FFL on St. Patrick's Day over 13 years ago, August 7th, also suddenly. Our Nurse Dog; tended to wounds, ears, eyes- you gave the other dogs extra TLC.
Tiffany, aka "Tiffy", 10 year old spayed female orange striped Domestic Shorthair cat (Smokey and Siam's littermate), August 10th. Sweet face, sweet "purrsonality"!
Balto, 13-year-old Old English Sheepdog spayed female mix, September 13th. Wonder if you remembered stealing the neighbors' Christmas lights when you were a pup?
Hunter, 9 year old black neutered male Domestic Longhair cat, September 21st. You would've been the county shelter's first admission 9 years ago!
Megs, 14-year-old spayed female Border Collie, September 30th. Focused! You were still ready to work, old girl.
Simba, 13-year-old Bluetick neutered male, October 31st. You were the "laid-backest", gentlest hound, who loved to ride "shotgun" and enjoyed stealing off the counter!
Cheyenne, 13-year-old Border Collie/Spaniel mix spayed female, January 19th. You brought a lot of smiles to the nursing home residents in your younger days. We're grateful we had you longer than we should have after you got sick.
Bocephus, 6 1/2 year old German Shepherd mix, neutered male, very suddenly, March 7th. You were a "talker", and always sat down and looked up expectantly for your petting. You left us way too early.
Black-Eyed Susie, 16-year-old Beagle mix sp female, May 13th. You had so many problems, but it was still so hard to let you go, sweet girl.
Kayla, 9-year-old black and white spayed female Domestic Shorthair cat, May 16th. Another very sweet little soul, with such pretty green eyes!
Prince, 15 year old German Shepherd/Chow mix neutered male, June 13th. Such a beauty in your prime. You're well now, big fella!
Patches, 17-year-old spayed female Domestic Shorthair calico cat, June 18th. Your personality matched your impish-looking face, but you loved attention when you reached your Golden Years. Lord help us all when you had to be given oral meds, though- and bless the company who developed the one-time Convenia shot!
Babs, 10-year-old spayed female Domestic Shorthair black cat, July 11. You refused to conform and stayed feral. You're free at last!
Figaro, 14-year-old Domestic Shorthair, black & white neutered male, August 31st. FFL's self-appointed "test cat". You definitely ruled! I still look for you sitting on the window ledge....
Corey, white Collie/Shepherd/Hound neutered male, 13 years, September 7th. Such a gentle dog; happy despite your long-term health problems. Your corner is an empty one now.
Courtney, 9 year-old Domestic Shorthair, black and white spayed female, September 9th. One of our smallest cats, very shy, and much more ill than what you let on.
Rissie, 13-year-old spayed female Domestic Shorthaired Tortie, November 9th. Another pretty pair of green eyes! You were such a "talker", still purring till the last heartbeat. It's so quiet without you.
Mr. Moofe (a.k.a. Moses), black Collie/Newfie mix neutered male, 14 yrs., January 16th. Age took your dignity, but you were a trooper, old boy; gentle to the end. It was the last kindest thing we could do for you.
Linus, Domestic Shorthair cat, neutered male, gray and white, 11 yrs., January 25th. Arrived when you were a week old. So very sweet! You curled up in my arms and left so peacefully. There was even a tear on the vet's cheek.
Chip, red with black neutered male Chow/Border Collie mix, 15 yrs. old, April. One of the best dogs ever at FFL, but you were so tired. You've left a big hole here.
Little Fair Daisy, sable (in your younger days) Beagle mix, spayed female, almost 17 years old, May 15th. You've been such a character, Li'l Daze- it will seem too quiet for awhile...
Hooberschnauzz (Hoober), black and cream spayed femaleTerrier/Whippet mix, 16.5 years old, May 22nd. You and two littermates arrived in a small box crisscrossed with electrical tape a few days before Christmas 1995. Such a long life! You were always very aloof and chose to not get too involved. It was time to go on to where you can run and play again.
Emily Anne, solid black spayed female Labrador Retriever mix, 14 years, June 2nd. You spent the first half of your life hiding, but the second half was much better, Baby Girl. You're the last of The Big Five.
Sweetie, black spayed female Chow mix, 11 yrs. plus, August 26th. You weren't feeling very well, but you still had enough oomph to make "the little monsters" move!
Gumpy, "tootsie roll"-colored spayed female Dobie mix, 15 years, August 27th. Always the alpha girl and ready to stand up to ANY dog, but you loved your four little "proxy granddogs". They will miss cuddling with you for naps and at night.
Alf, black neutered male SharPei mix, 17-18 years old, January 8th. You lived a very long life, old boy- maybe it was all those Three Musketeers bars you got from your family before you arrived at FFL?
Juliet, spayed female Boxer/hound mix, 15 yrs., January 13th, very suddenly. Such a pretty face- and beautiful eyes, like you had eyeliner all around them!
Brownie, tri-color Beagle/Hound neutered male mix, 14 years old, January 24th, suddenly. The vet did all she could, but it must have been your Time to go on. You always let us know when it was feeding time, and weren't quiet till you got your bowl!
Holly, spayed female Chow/American Eskimo mix, 14 years, February 15th. You loved attention and were so pretty with those warm brown eyes (you got those from your mother, Emma) in that creamy face.
Regal, neutered male Boxer/Hound mix, 15 years, March 7th. You blossomed into a beautiful dog from the purposely-starved-to-hunt 6-month-old pup you were when you first arrived at FFL so many years ago.
Alison, spayed female cat, gray striped Domestic Shorthair, 13-14 yrs., March 21st. Such a sweet girl, very quiet.
Beanie, neutered male Spaniel mix, 16 years, April 19th. What a good, good dog you've been! Two major surgeries a year apart to remove that blasted tumor and it returned again. At least we got another year with you, sweet boy.
Kasey, sp.fem. Terrier mix, 17 1/2 years, May 25th. Such a long and happy life! You were always an "in your face" dog and loved attention. You passed almost a year to the day when your littermate, Hoober, left us.
William, neutered male orange striped domestic shorthaired cat, 14 years, June 8th. So very laid back! You've fought the good fight for three years now against something, and everything just seemed to quit at once. You were kneading to the last second, sweet boy.
Lucky, black Lab/Basset mix neutered male, 14 yrs plus, July16th. You went in for a routine dental and they found oral cancer. There was nothing that could be done. You started out such a stinker but ended up a good dog!
Emma, solid white American Eskimo spayed female, 16 yrs., August 5th. Happy and active, with the warmest brown eyes! I remember picking you and your four fuzzy little puppies up when you were maybe two years old or less.
Abby (a.k.a. Little Crab, Yabbers), Chihuahua/Boston Terrier spayed female mix, 18yrs, September 10th. We'd had you the longest, Little Crab. You kept us laughing with your unusual noises- and so affectionate!
P.Nut Cat, Domestic Shorthair neutered male, gray and white, 13 yrs., January 8th. You were Linus's littermate and also arrived when you were a week old. Your favorite place was on my left shoulder, even in the summer when I had on a lot less padding to absorb your "landing"! Ouch! :)
Roamie, red Boxer/Hound spayed female mix, 16 yrs, January 29th. You were very shy from Day One when you arrived at FFL at about 6 months of age and at least 30% underweight. You never liked being touched but otherwise appeared very happy. You were never "in anybody's face" but you've left a big hole in the kitchen, baby girl.
Wiggles, neutered male Beagle/Feist mix, 16 yrs, February 8th. You weren't the biggest, but you knew how to throw your weight around and rule the bigger dogs!
Bobbie, 11 yr old spayed female, tailless black and white Domestic Shorthair, April 12th. What a time we had getting that left eye straightened up! But you're completely well now, sweet girl, all over.
Scooby, just turned 10 years old, neutered male yellow Lab mix, July 9th. What a water dog! You were hilarious when you dunked your head and made "blubbing" sounds till you came back up for air!
Cassie, 14-yr-old tri-color Heeler/Beagle mix, spayed female, September 22nd. You were a couch potato, and loved resting your chin on a knee or shoulder. Enjoy those new, strong ankles, baby girl!
SheShe, 13-yr-old spayed female Aussie mix, a beautiful solid light sable color, on October 4th. So bashful and so patient!
Shiloh, a large black and white hound/border collie mix, 16 yrs, on October 6th. You were a SHARP dog! You'd have made a wonderful family pet and herd dog.
Mork, a.k.a. Morkie, 11-year-old neutered male dark gray and white Domestic Longhair cat, December 10th. The largest of Kayla's litter. You were our "Frieda cat" (from Charlie Brown), a draper across an arm or a shoulder, and such a gentle personality. You left us too soon, too fast.
Houdini a.k.a. 'Dini, 17 yrs, OE Sheepdog mix, spayed female, December 27th. Always a "dog dog", never comfortable with people, even after all these years. You're now romping with your 7 littermates; no arthritis, no cancer!
Thumb (Thumbelina), 11 1/2-year-old spayed female black and white Domestic Shorthair cat, December 31st. The smallest of Kayla's litter. Luke wrote a 4-page eulogy for you that brought tears to my eyes. No more sub-q fluids- you're well now, sweet girl!
Lucy (the Lionhearted), a.k.a. Woozy-Doober, 14-year-old spayed female white and tabby Domestic Shorthair cat, January 17th. Linus and P.Nut Cat's littermate; the smallest but the fiercest! You earned your nickname!
Delilah, 14-year-old spayed female white and red Hound mix, January 18th. What a chewer! You're the only dog at FFL who's ever eaten a Kuranda bed- except the frame!
Cooper, 16-year-old neutered male, black Poodley mix, January 25th. You made us laugh when you were younger and loved shredding newspaper and paper towels. You'd disappear for a few minutes then run into the room, barking, and turn a couple of tight circles- and you always had a piece of paper towel or newspaper hanging from your lip. We knew what you'd been up to!
Tracy, 15 1/2-year-old spayed female Terrier/Beagle/??, January 28th. You were the oddest little dog we've had so far. You were hilarious when you used to fight with your feet!
Amy, 14-year-old spayed female Husky/Beagle mix, March 9th. Your "voice" gave away the Husky in you- wailing instead of barking (and you could make a lot of noise!). You loved play-bowing and growling like you'd eat everybody up, but that was just your "play mode".
Pablo, almost-11year old neutered male Yellow Lab/German Shepherd mix, June 22nd. You were a real Velcro fella- just wanted to stay by someone's side, give love and receive a little in return.
Cubby, 12-year-old tailless, neutered male black with white Domestic Shorthair cat, June 22nd. Our "chirpee cat". So many happy little chirps! And that only-one-side bit of white mustache was adorable!
CharChar, 14 yrs, spayed female, solid black mostly-Chow mix, August 14th- the gentlest of the gentle. The Sycamore will always be "CharChar's Pee Tree" because you always went behind it to "go". Tears now but chuckles will come later.
Melissa, 13-year-old black and white Domestic Shorthair spayed female cat, August 24th. You were feral for years until we had to let your buddy Babs go on 7/11/11. It seemed like the very next day that you decided to let us be part of your life. It took me awhile to get the message in the end, but I finally understood you were ready to go. Your sunning spot in the window is empty now, but I know you're happy.
Kita Sue, 15-year-old spayed female German Shepherd mix, September 14th. You were one of the hardest to let go. We had to trap you all those years ago because you were feral. It took a long time for you to trust, but you did. You especially liked the cats, who slept with you, and you even enjoyed playing with the "little monster dogs". You were quiet and stoic, and you've left a very "loud" hole here.
CinCin (Cinnamon Bear), 14-year-old spayed female mahogany Chow/Newfoundland mix, February 24th. One of our largest and gentlest dogs. Blind since you came to FFL at 14 weeks old, but got around well. Easy-going until a collar or leash was put on... Then you would lie down on your side and refuse to get up. We had to carry you to the car, into the vet's, etc. Take the collar off and voila!- you could walk again! Such a stinker! Your passing was too sudden, baby girl, and your bed is very empty.
Mama Dog, 17 years+, longhaired black spayed female mix, June 2nd. It's true that black dogs are the last choice of adopters. Sad, because you were the gentlest of the gentle- and you were loved here.
Sahara, 16 years, black and tan spayed female mix, June 2nd. You were Mama Dog's "puppy". You were such a pretty girl, but feral to your last day. There were so many health problems between the two of you. It was time to cross the Bridge together. Your puppy (and Mama's grandpuppy), She-She, was 13 when she passed in October of 2014. Now all three generations are together.
Tucker, 15 years, neutered male Beagle/Hound mix, July 30th. You're the only dog with the courage to stand up to Snoopy when he was being a pill and picking on the others. You ended up sitting because of weak back legs, but you could still show a lot of teeth and put Snoopy in his place! I wonder how the pecking order will change without you? The hole you leave is a large one, ol' fella!
Jasmine, 15 years, spayed female red Chow mix, August 6th. What a beautiful girl you were! You birthed 3 gorgeous little pups at the animal shelter in 2002 and all of you came to FFL just a few days later. You were a good mother to little Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, but also trusting with all of us, too. You and Tucker were buddies for years. You left us just 6 days after we lost him. I miss hugging your soft fur.
Dixie, 15 years, spayed female mix, August 19th. You were so alert and bright and active! Maxx still looks for you, baby girl.
Leo, 14 years, neutered male "tuxedo" cat, August 26th. My "micro-cougar", such a regal face! You didn't let me go anywhere inside without you.
Peanut, 16 years + spayed female MinPin/Terrier mix, November 5th. You could wake from a deep sleep as soon as someone bit into an apple! Even through doggie dementia you could detect an apple in the room every time!
Nemo, 12 yrs, neutered male yellow Lab mix with a cute underbite, December 28th. You endured respiratory issues for years, and arthritis the past couple years. Now you can run and you can BREATHE!
You are all missed!
Adopting a friend
If you're interested in adopting one of our companions, please email us at the address at the bottom of this page, or call us at 304 667-1387.
Come Visit Us!
Friends for Life is located in Greenbrier County in southeastern WV. We are not a public shelter and welcome visits by appointment only. Interested persons may view dogs for adoption only AFTER being approved for adoption. This process includes a telephone interview, or possible home visit and interview if the interested party is close enough, and veterinary reference check. Please email us or call us at 304 667-1387 to inquire about adopting. FFL's mailing address is 1754 Bunger's Mill Road, Lewisburg, WV 24901. This is our NEW ADDRESS from 911 as of August 2015. The P.O. will deliver to the old address for one year.
Friends for Life Inc.
1754 Bunger's Mill Road, Lewisburg, WV 24901
Phone: 304 667-1387
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