As Friends for Life blew out the candles on its celebration of one year in its new home on 22nd Street in the Heights, supporters also celebrated a statistical high — one ton of dry dog food distributed to pet owners in need, a 43 percent increase in pet adoptions and 15,090 hours of logged volunteer service.
Leading the celebration at the Don Sanders Adoption Center, a no kill and green facility, was executive director Salise Shuttlesworth, major patron and facility namesake Don Sanders and State Sen. John Whitmire. While Whitmire offered comments, Sanders shared the impressive statistics and then conducted a VIP tour of the site.
The shelter's live-in adoptables shared the spotlight with entertainments that included music by guitarist Dy'Lan Williams, a playful photo booth, sustenance from Whole Foods and brewskies from Saint Arnold.
Animal lovers included Halina Dodd, Christine and Michael Holland, Margaret and Ben Morris, Sofia and Andres van der Dys, Kim and Ken Scott, Laura Moore, Mallory Moore, Rikki Raflo, Kim Kimmey, Jessica Mooney, Laura and Eric Glaude and Chris Sanders.