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Heights pet shelter celebrates its new home — and more than 15,000 hours of volunteer service

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Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Rachel Collins, Logan Collins
Rachel and Logan Collins at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Courtesy photo
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Don Sanders, Senator John Whitmire
Don Sanders, left, and State Sen. John Whitmire at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Photo by © Roy Krisanto
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Mallory Moore
Mallory Moore at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Photo by © Roy Krisanto
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Saul Herrera, Viviene Belza
Saul Herrera and Viviene Belza at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Photo by © Roy Krisanto
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Meredith Wierick, Jessica Mooney
Meredith Wierick, left, and Jessica Mooney at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Photo by © Roy Krisanto
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Tristan van der Dys, Sofia van der Dys, Salise Shuttlesworth, Andres van der Dys, Alexia van der Dys
Tristan van der Dys, from left, Sofia van der Dys, Salise Shuttlesworth, Andres van der Dys and Alexia van der Dys at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Photo by © Roy Krisanto
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Lindsey Greenwood
Lindsey Greenwood at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Photo by © Roy Krisanto
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Kim Hicks, Matt Miller
Kim Hicks and Matt Miller at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Photo by © Roy Krisanto
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Julia Giordano, Dy'lan Williams
Julia Giordano and Dy'lan Williams at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Photo by © Roy Krisanto
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Gaby Quiroz, Jake Novark
Gaby Quiroz and Jake Novark at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Courtesy photo
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Diego Fernandez, Mallory Moore, Laura Moore, Don Sanders
Diego Fernandez, from left, Mallory Moore, Laura Moore and Don Sanders at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Photo by © Roy Krisanto
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Casey Vaughan, Lorri Davis
Casey Vaughan and Lorri Davis at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Photo by © Roy Krisanto
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Chris Krug, Kent McLeod
Chris Krug and Kent McLeod at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Photo by © Roy Krisanto
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Chris Deas
Chris Deas at the Friends for Life anniversary party. Photo by © Roy Krisanto
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 invitation candle
Photo by © Roy Krisanto
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Rachel Collins, Logan Collins
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Don Sanders, Senator John Whitmire
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Mallory Moore
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Saul Herrera, Viviene Belza
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Meredith Wierick, Jessica Mooney
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Tristan van der Dys, Sofia van der Dys, Salise Shuttlesworth, Andres van der Dys, Alexia van der Dys
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Lindsey Greenwood
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Kim Hicks, Matt Miller
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Julia Giordano, Dy'lan Williams
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Gaby Quiroz, Jake Novark
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Diego Fernandez, Mallory Moore, Laura Moore, Don Sanders
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Casey Vaughan, Lorri Davis
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Chris Krug, Kent McLeod
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 Chris Deas
Friends for Life Houston anniversary party June 2013 invitation candle

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.

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