Friends for Life Inc.
Home Page updated September 24th, 2016
Please, if you have pets outside in the terrible heat that we've had lately, bring them inside if it's cooler and if it's possible for you to. If not, make sure they have shade (the inside of a dog house is NOT "shade"!), preferably from a tree(s) or at least a tarp that allows air to pass through. A cheap shade trick is a flat sheet (you can get them at any thrift store for a buck or two). Tie or attach one or two above your dog's house or cover the kennel. Sheets are better than plastic tarps because they allow the air to circulate and not build up underneath, AND they're cheaper, AND they smell good after they've been rained on! They usually last the entire summer. Sheets would work well for other animals too. In addition, MAKE SURE YOUR ANIMAL(S) HAVE PLENTY OF COOL WATER. Water that sits in the sun heats, of course, and does not cool the animal. If you can provide a fan to move the air (yes, outside!), that's good too.
NEVER, never take your dog (or other animal) with you to town, etc. and leave them in the car unless you have someone in the car with the animal and the AC is running! Even with all windows completely down, the car will become too hot for the dog in a matter of minutes. Dogs can only cool themselves through panting. As the temperature builds (and a dog's or cat's normal temperature is already 101 to 102!), the dog can't pant fast enough to cool itself. Love your pet(s) enough to leave them at home when you go out. They don't have to be with you every minute, even though you think they do. If you see a dog or other animal in a car and it appears to be in distress, call 911 immediately. In some states, it's even ok to break a window to get the animal out, which you may have to do regardless, if it's going to be 5 minutes or more before the ACO or police get there. Get the animal to a cool place (your car with the AC on, even!) and to a vet ASAP. Heat stroke often causes damage and the animal can die days later, after it seems to be ok.
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. FFL 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. 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, and many have been here their whole lives.
Currently, FFL cares for twenty-three dogs, mostly seniors from twelve to seventeen years of age, and just two cats, twelve years of age. Our youngest dogs- Maxx, Rascal, Parker, Stu, and Oscar- are between three and eight years of age. PLEASE NOTE: While all of the animals pictured are listed as Adoptable, many are available for sponsorship only, due to their age and/or health issues. However, there is no "button" on the administration site to click for "Sponsor", and other "buttons" will remove the animal's picture and bio from the list, so please read the bio to make sure the animal is available for adoption.
SHOE DRIVE FUNDRAISER
We launched a fundraiser in April through Funds2Orgs called Shoes for Shelters. We're collecting pairs of shoes, gently-worn (good soles, no holes or tears, with plenty of miles left on them), to raise funds for FFL (new shoes may also be donated). Our goal is to fill at least 100 33-gallon bags and hopefully more. Each bag will hold 25 pairs of shoes and FFL will make about $10-$15 per bag, depending on the weight. The shoes will be picked up here by Funds2Orgs, labeled, taken to Funds2Orgs headquarters in Miami, FL, and weighed. FFL will receive a check for the total amount of pounds of shoes. The shoes are later distributed to any of 25 underdeveloped nations, including Haiti, Honduras, countries in Central America, and in Africa. Funds2Orgs uses the shoes to teach citizens how to start and grow a microbusiness. Money made from selling the shoes pays for food, fuel, clothing, and education. Money FFL receives will pay for food and veterinary care for our animals. It's a win-win situation from start to finish, so if you're cleaning out closets or planning a yard sale, please save those unwanted or don't-fit-any-more shoes for FFL! The program we chose accepts any type of shoe: Athletic shoes, boots, sandals, crocs, high tops, cowboy boots, slippers, dress shoes, hiking boots, baby shoes, shoes and boots WITH CLEATS, and any size- babies to children's to adult.
FFL has several drop-off points where shoes can be donated: 1) Tractor Supply in Fairlea, 2) Greenbrier Veterinary Hospital on Rt. 219 north of Lewisburg, 3) Frankford Veterinary Hospital on Rt 219 in Frankford, and 4) 318 West Washington St. in Lewisburg. Anyone who has a large number of shoes can call Donna Hinkle at 304 667-1387 for pickup.
UPDATE May 13th: THANK YOU to Missy Carter, owner of Quick Essentials Storage in Lewisburg, who has donated 2 storage units so FFL can store the shoes and have room to bag!
UPDATE MAY 20th: THANK YOU to Sara Carroll, who helped bag shoes for 3 full hours yesterday. We filled 9 bags! Only 91 more bags to go....
UPDATE JUNE 9th- THANK YOU again to Sara Carroll who helped band and bag shoes again today. There are now 23 bags of shoes with more yet to bag! Sorting, and rubber-banding or tying shoes together is tedious work, and bending, even if you're sitting, is hard on the back after awhile, not to mention lifting those heavy bags!
UPDATE June 19th- my husband, Steve, spent part of his Father's Day helping band and bag. We got 5 more bags filled before it got too hot! THANKS, Steve!
UPDATE June 21st- Sara Carroll helped sort, band, and bag this afternoon. Thankfully it was a bit cooler and it even rained briefly. We've now got 50 bags filled! Yahoo! And THANKS again, Sara!
Our drive will continue at least through July 9th. We'll collect until Funds2Orgs lets us know when they'll be here to pick up.
UPDATE June 29th- Sara and I went to an estate sale by Vickie Wilson in Lewisburg and loaded up way over 100 pairs of women's and men's shoes, all in excellent condition, and almost all in shoeboxes. Vickie told me that her husband, John, (one of the vets at the hospital FFL uses) suggested that she donate the shoes to our fundraiser, so THANK YOU, Doc Wilson, Vickie, and Sara!
UPDATE June 29th- In order not to have freight charges of $250 deducted from our total funds raised, FFL must fill 100 BAGS OF SHOES. We currently have 60 bags filled and enough shoes to fill another 25 bags. We need more shoes. We only have two weeks at the most to collect, and FFL really needs the funds!
SHOE DRIVE RESULTS
On Friday, July 22nd, the 26-foot box truck from Florida (and driven by the very personable and helpful Jonathan) picked up our shoes. We had 135 bags! That's 3,375 pairs of shoes! Many grateful thanks are due to the following:
Everyone who donated shoes at our drop locations during the 3 months of our drive
Peggy Hovatter, who brought shoes donated from coworkers and clients in northern WV
Shelia Cauley, who brought shoes donated from friends in Oshkosh, WI
The businesses mentioned above who allowed us to place our shoe containers: Frankford Veterinary Hospital, Greenbrier Veterinary Hospital, H&R Farm Supply, Tractor Supply, and the businesses at 318 West Washington St: Pain Management Massage Therapy, and Alison's Salon
David Esteppe and The Mountain Messenger in Lewisburg
The WV Daily News and Valley Ranger
Sara Carroll, who spent hours with me in those hot metal storage units, sorting, banding, and bagging.
Greenbrier Printing in Lewisburg, who printed our fliers
Missy Carter, owner of Quick Essentials Storage- thank you for your patience and waiting another week till the "shoe truck" arrived!
Norma McNeely, owner of Second Chance Thrift and More
Lewisburg Episcopal Church
Lewisburg Untied Methodist Church
Ronceverte Lions Club
Ronceverte Presbyterian Church
The Salvation Army in Fairlea
White Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church
White Sulphur Springs Civic Center
The crew who helped us load: The Hinkle men- Steve, Ben, Luke, and Jesse; plus Mike Shaffer (Luke's coworker), and Justin Vance and Chase Bryant (Jesse's coworkers). These young (and a little older) men used part of their lunch break to help us in that awful heat, made even worse by the pavement! But the bags were labeled and loaded in record time.
MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED MAKE OUR SHOE DRIVE A SUCCESS! We'll be receiving a check from Funds2Orgs in about 2 weeks.
SPECIAL THANKS to FFL's Anonymous Angels who have provided financial support since 2009 and helped FFL keep our veterinary bill pared down and paid. With so many senior dogs, veterinary care is almost constant, although we do get a lull once in awhile and don't have to see a vet for a week or two! We do know who our Anonymous Angels are, but they wish to remain anonymous to anyone else. Please know that FFL wouldn't have been able to survive without you. You have truly been Heaven-sent!
OTHER WAYS TO HELP OUR SENIORS
SPONSOR! See below for info about our Sponsor Program
Donate a Medium or Large Washable Orthopedic Bed Many of the dogs have some degree of arthritis and would rest easier with the support of an orthopedic bed.
Donate a Fleece Pad We're in need of 12 medium double-sided fleece pads and 4 large. If you go to the Kuranda link below, you'll find Friends for Life's Kuranda Wish List and you can donate a fleece pad at a reduced price. They wash well and don't shrink, and are tough but NOT totally chew-proof, which is why we generally need a few! (Luckily we don't have many chewers so most last a long time!) These pads have elastic at each corner, which keeps the pad on the bed. UPDATE AUGUST 7, 2016: Thank you to Ina from Illinois for her generous donation of 6 medium fleece pads and 2 large pads! So now we just need 6 more mediums and 2 large and we'll be set for awhile. Thank you, Ina!
Give a Monetary Gift OR donate a Gift Card to WalMart or Tractor Supply for canned and dry food.
Make a Donation for Veterinary Care. Our average monthly cost for veterinary care now is $1000 and over! See below for our most recent charges for medical care, and check out our Sponsor Program a few paragraphs below.
If you know a dog- or cat lover who's hard to buy a gift for, why not make a donation of a fleece pad, gift card, or a monetary donation in that person's honor, or in memory of a beloved companion?
All donations are tax-deductible. Thank you for any help you can give!
RECENT VETERINARY VISITS
FFL has always taken excellent care of our animals, and they are living a long time. However, with longevity also come more problems that must be addressed, such as arthritis in the spine, hips, and neck; treatment for cancers, including tumor removal if appropriate, and medications; occasional & sudden problems walking due to a disk problem in the neck or back or vestibular disease, just to name a few. Below are our most recent patients:
DIXIE, a 16-year-old spayed female with a curled tail, was taken to the vet on August 9th because she hadn't been eating well and had diarrhea. She's active for her age and shows no sign of arthritis, but she does have a chronic cough (from lower airway disease) that she takes medication for each morning. It's a small dose but keeps the cough at bay. She's been peeing a lot and she did have some white blood cells in her urine so she's on an antibiotic for that. Bloodwork showed her liver values are elevated and she's anemic. She's eating her "food balls" with her medicine twice a day and is eating better at night, although not eating much in the mornings. There has been no diarrhea in her outside run since last night. Yay!! UPDATE August 17th- diarrhea has continued, still not wanting to eat but very little, otherwise active. ??? But back to vet today. An x-ray showed a "lumpy liver"; ultrasound showed a tumor in the liver and TWO tumors in her spleen, taking up more than 50% of the space. They suspected the tumors are hemangiosarcoma, which spreads and produces delicate tumors that can rupture at any time. Surgery at Dixie's age and with her lung problem is not an option. I took her home and continued to try to get her to eat. It was so discouraging because she seemed to expect her food but then wouldn't eat. I even gave her a selection of 3 bowls: one was all canned food (including some canned cat food- what dog can resist that?), one just dry food (which she had eaten a few days before), and one with dry food, canned, and water. She did eat some of that one but not much, and by feeding time that evening had not eaten any more. Diarrhea continued although the metronidazole the vet suggested did seem to make it less runny. UPDATE August 19th- Dixie still doesn't want to eat. The tumors could rupture at any time and she would bleed out internally, in the kennel and I wouldn't be there. I did NOT want her to suffer or to suffer alone and she hadn't felt well enough to eat for over a week. The vet said that her not wanting to eat and the diarrhea were from the liver, which was obviously already compromised. I made the very hard decision to have her put to sleep. I've felt terrible about it since, but it looked like the cancer in her spleen had already spread to her liver, and her prognosis was only that she would continue to go downhill. Why would I not want to prevent that? Maxx is looking for her (she was in the kennel next to his and had been his "exercise buddy" for over a year, since he's good-natured and ignored her grouchiness!). He's the first dog I've noticed that seems to miss one of the dogs. I certainly never expected Dixie to end up with cancer. She'd been an active dog all of her life; unfortunately nobody was ever interested in adopting her. I miss her too, Maxx.
NEMO, 13 years old with more severe lung problems, was at the vet August 9th also for his 5th acupuncture treatment for arthritis and respiratory problems. He's given 10 mgs of steroid twice a day to help his breathing. He was very sick when FFL got him as a tiny puppy 13 years ago (he'd been pulled from a shelter in another area of WV and even though he was obviously sick, the staff there vaccinated him for everything (including kennel cough- unbelievable to vaccinate for kennel cough AFTER the dog has been confined in a shelter and is leaving, but they did because "it was policy"). He developed pneumonia and It took two full months of treatment, heat lamp, & hand feeding but he survived- and now he has the scarring from the pneumonia to deal with. Still, he's outlived his other two littermates, Scooby and Pablo, by two years and one year, respectively. Both had cancer.
RUFF, a 14-year-old Aussie mix neutered male, has been fine until Sunday, May 1st, 2016, when he stopped eating. On Monday morning he didn't eat and looked like he felt awful, so to the vet we went. Temp 104.9, mild bladder infection, mild case of pancreatitis. Bloodwork showed liver function off. IV fluids and injectable antibiotics were started and he stayed the night. On Tuesday, May 3rd, his temp was 103.1 but he still wasn't eating. Ultrasound was performed. Results showed enlarged spleen, liver, and gallbladder. I did not consider euthanasia because Ruff SEEMED to feel better! He was alert and his temp had come down. He stayed another night. On Weds May 4th, his temp was 100.4, he still appeared to be feeling better but still NOT eating! I brought him home that evening thinking he would eat when he got home but no such luck. I had to end up syringe-feeding him for a couple days, and then on Friday, by golly, he decided to eat a bit! AND he started wagging his tail! He went outside and tinkled. Things were looking up! He finished his antibiotic and we went back to the vet on Monday, May 16th. I was not prepared for his bloodwork to be "unchanged". I thought surely it would be improved. No point in doing another ultrasound- the enlarged organs were probably all still enlarged. BUT WHY DID HE SEEM BACK TO NORMAL? He still has some bacteria in his urine so he's on Baytril (oral) to clear that up and also liver support (Milk Thistle). He still seems to feel fine and meets me at the gate, wagging his tail and ready for his breakfast. So for now, we go a day at a time. As long as he seems to be comfortable and is eating well, we'll keep on. Ruff's charges are over $900 at this time. UPDATE: Ruff's urine has been very strong, so because of the stubborn UTI he had in May, he was taken to the vet and examined. Results are possible Cushing's Disease, so he will go on Monday, August 1st, for a blood test.
UPDATE Aug. 1st- Ruff's blood test is just above the normal limit of cortisol level so he is considered "cushionoid". The vet started him on Vetoryl, taken once a day, which helps control the cortisol level.
UPDATE August 9th- Talked to the vet this morning because Ruff did not eat well over the weekend. I didn't give him the Vetoryl Sunday or Monday and that turned out to be a good thing. Since he's just over the cortisol limit, the medicine every day may have been too much medication, so we're backing him down to every other day and see how he feels. Too much of the Vetoryl can cause nausea, vomiting, digestive upset, and unwillingness to eat. So since he hadn't had it since Saturday and ate well as usual Monday morning and evening, and Tuesday morning, he must've been getting too much.
FANNY, an 8-year-old purebred Beagle (22lbs and very sweet- and is available for adoption!) that we accepted earlier this month, will be spayed Monday, August 1st. She wasn't feeling well yesterday, July 28th, and vomited after I got her out of her run. She seemed not at all like herself, so to the vet we went after lunch. Temperature normal but she was slightly dehydrated and there were some white blood cells and blood in her urine. She also has some discharge from her vulva, which could just be from coming into heat OR she could be starting a uterine infection. She stayed and was given IV fluids and antibiotic and is much better today. She was scheduled for the spay and a dental this afternoon but the hospital is very busy today and had an emergency surgery come in this afternoon, so because Fanny's doing much better, she'll come home for the weekend and go back Monday morning for her surgery. UPDATE August 1st- spay and dental done, all is well. Fanny will come home tomorrow. UPDATE August 8th- Fanny has proven to be quite a challenge at keeping her in the yard. She escaped last night and after searching till 1:30 a.m., I had to give up. At 8 a.m. I texted neighbors and went door-to-door. Nobody had seen her but one neighbor said she'd heard "beagle yelps" late from the neighbor's further up the road. That worried me! On the way home, I decided to stop at our closest neighbor's again, and there she was, head down, ear bloody, other minor injuries, and VERY sore! And just a week after being spayed! To the vet she went that afternoon. All was well, thankfully! I don't want to jinx anything, but I don't think she'll be getting out from where she got out before! Unfortunately, that doesn't mean she won't find another spot. Maxx, the pitbull in the kennel, will alert me if he sees her trying to get out (he's a smart one!) so when I hear him barking, I know to get outside PDQ!
TOM, a 4-year-old purebred Beagle, was neutered August 1st. He's also very sweet and available for adoption! Came from the same place Fanny did. They supposedly are not good rabbit dogs and the owner wanted to place them as pets.
TUCKER, a 15-year-old neutered male Hound/Beagle mix, had had neurological problems with his back legs for a long time, plus urine and bowel incontinency. On July 30th, something was very wrong, and I got him to the vet right away. We had to say goodbye (he's listed in our Memorials below). I cleaned up after him a lot the past months, but I really miss the old fella!
JASMINE, 15-year-old Chow mix, who suddenly began having behavior problems almost 2 years ago and has been on Melatonin, Milk Thistle, and Rimadyl and Tramadol for possible pain because we didn't KNOW what was wrong, went back to the vet August 2nd for a recheck. Nobody has ever found a reason for her behavior, but the rest of her was always in excellent condition, and she was friendly and seemed happy the rest of the time. She had her first acupuncture treatment for anxiety on the 2nd. While she didn't seem to mind the needles, she didn't settle down as dogs usually do, and the vet was concerned about her panting. On August 3rd, I took her back for a chest x-ray, which showed a minor bronchial issue but her heart was good and no arthritis. I noticed her breath "smelled funny" but we opted to do bloodwork later. On August 6th, I took her back because of the breath and her behavior had worsened (we had lost her buddy of several years, Tucker, the week before). Bloodwork showed she was in kidney failure. In view of her other problems and because she was already losing interest in eating, I opted to have her put to sleep. I know she's at peace now, and when I see her again, she'll be the same beautiful, energetic dog that she once was, and not haunted by something that we couldn't figure out.
HARVEY, a 16-year-old Redtick Coonhound, went to the vet on May 12th, 2016, for coughing. I knew he had a "pretty good heart murmur" and was worried an enlarged heart was causing the coughing. X-ray showed his heart is "rounded" and there's some fluid starting to collect. His gum color is good and pink, so the vet got him started on Lasix twice a day. He will also start Enalapril for blood pressure, and both will help the heart so it doesn't have to work so hard. He's eating well but still coughing, and it's hard for him to get up from his bed (he has the only orthopedic bed). Otherwise he seems comfortable, and he's alert and still barks when it's time to eat! Like Ruff, we're taking one day at a time.
FFL is 501c3 tax-exempt and can provide a tax receipt for any amount contributed.
If you'd like to contribute, we have a Donate button below for your convenience, or please mail donations to
Friends for Life, Inc. at our NEW 911 CHANGE OF ADDRESS: 1754 Bunger's Mill Road, Lewisburg, WV 24901. Also, please see the info below about our Sponsor Program. We need more sponsors to help care for our aging companions.
If you'd like to sponsor any of these animals' procedures listed above, please click on the Donate button below and specify. Thank you very, very much for your help!
FFL NEEDS FLEECE PADS
(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, and they're $25.95 to $27.95, respectively. If you donate a pad (you may donate more than one if you'd like!) or other item for FFL, it will be shipped directly to us, and we'll receive an email that you've donated an item. We need 12 medium and 4 large pads, so please pass the word! We can send a tax receipt if requested.
Monetary donations are always a blessing and can help with anything from food to medications to heating the kennel to veterinary care. If you'd like to donate items instead, here is a list of what we use and/or need:
TOWELS- FFL always needs used (new is fine too) towels
BED SHEETS, any size or color
GIFT CARDS TO TRACTOR SUPPLY or WALMART- FFL gets all of our dry dog and cat food from Tractor Supply plus most of our canned foods and litter, and we buy the Pedigree canned food and some of the canned cat food and litter at Walmart.
Currently, six faithful FFL sponsors contribute up to a TOTAL of only $475 each month; however, it isn't nearly enough. Depending on the number of animals needing veterinary care, FFL needs $1000 to $2000 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 of course may 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 to the individual if requested. Monthly sponsors are desperately needed.
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's usually 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 FFL's vet's has said that it isn't the grain that the animal is allergic to, it's the protein source. However, corn and wheat can be 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 (such as Diamond Adult Natural dry food or 4Health dry foods), 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.
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...
"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:
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 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, 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' Tuck-Tuck!
Jasmine, 15 year old spayed female red Chow mix, August 6th. What a beautiful girl you were! And those 3 gorgeous little pups you had at the animal shelter 14 years ago- Alvin, Simon, and Theodore. You were a good mother but also trusting with all of us, too. You and Tucker were buddies for years. You joined him just 6 days after we lost him.
Dixie, 15-year-old spayed female mix, August 19th. Most likely a Collie mix because of her "needle nose", but that curled tail stumped us. You were so alert and bright and active! Maxx was a good match for you because you were also crabby but he ignored that. He's looking for you, baby girl.
Leo, 14-year-old neutered male "tuxedo" cat, August 26th. My "micro-cougar", such a face! You didn't let me go anywhere inside without you.
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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