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A Life to Live

Baytown, TX

A Life to Live is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established out of our love and passion for providing an opportunity and better quality of life for homeless pets. We have a mission to save the lives of homeless cats and dogs abandoned and/or placed in kill shelters, while also providing life-saving programs and services to keep pets and their people together. Through outreach, education, and service, we are committed to ending the killing of homeless cats and dogs within our local municipal shelter. As a nonprofit, we work with limited financial resources, much of which goes towards veterinary care for the cats and dogs we save. This care includes vaccinations, heartworm testing and prevention/treatment, microchipping, and spay/neuter for every animal in our program. Due to most of these animals coming from shelters that provide no medical care whatsoever, it isn’t uncommon for some of them to have illnesses that require treatment beyond the necessary preliminary care. This can become quite costly, but because we are committed to our belief that every animal has a life to live, we do whatever is necessary to see that they receive the care they require. The life-saving work we do doesn’t stop with animals destined for placement into new, loving homes. Through our Good Felines Program, we assist with providing a better future for feral cats by implementing the Trap, Spay/Neuter, Return method. Through TS/NR programs, cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped (the universal symbol of castrated and vaccinated cats), and returned to their outdoor home. This stabilizes the colony by preventing constant breeding. The cats are healthier and have a lower risk of transferring disease; and their relationship with the community is mended because bad behavior brought on by breeding stresses is significantly reduced. In addition to the medical services provided to these community cats, we help to sustain their colonies by providing them with food. This helps to eliminate the need for these cats to venture off to find new food sources and keeps them safely within their established colonies where they can continue to thrive. Our organization is 100% volunteer-based, with every member of our team working to save lives purely out of passion and commitment. Every cat and dog in our program is placed with a foster parent who cares for them until they are successfully adopted into a loving home. A substantial portion of all monetary donations, as well as all pet food/supply donations, we receive go towards assisting our foster parents in the form of pet food, pet supplies, and other necessary items to ensure that they can continue to offer their homes to saving lives without incurring unnecessary financial burdens while doing so. It is only through the dedication of these like-minded individuals, along with that of other animal lovers who donate, support, and volunteer their time, that we are able to continue our life-saving mission. By working together, we can achieve a No Kill community!