Adopt To Save
our Adoption Program
All animals in A Life to Live's Adoption Program are in the temporary care of approved fosters within our Foster Program. These programs depend on one another. They were created to provide the services we need to save lives. Our fosters are invaluable, as they are the volunteers who make our mission a reality. We are always looking for more fosters to join our team. Help us save lives. Visit our foster page to learn more, or complete an online foster care application today.
Animals enter our Adoption Program through City of Baytown Animal Control, also known as City of Baytown Animal Services. We rescue cats and dogs based on foster availability, financial limitations and administrative resources.
Please check our events calendar for upcoming adoption events. If you fall in love with one of our adoptables but can't adopt or foster, please know that you can always make a charitable contribution toward their care. We have pets ready for adoption all the time. To review more photos and information, please visit our Facebook Page.
Meet our Dogs and Cats
Our adoptables can be seen at regularly scheduled mobile adoption events. If there is a pup/dog/kitten/cat that you'd like to meet, please contact us with the specific animal you're interested in. Due to limited space at our adoption events, not every adoptable is with us at each time. But we can make sure the animal you're interested is there, if you let us know in advance. If you view our event calendar and don't see an adoption event in the time frame that you're looking to adopt, then please contact us. We are flexible and can set up separate meet-and-greets for approved applicants. The completion and submission of our online canine or feline adoption application is required for meet-and-greets outside of our scheduled events.
FEES AND FORMS
Our standard fees for approved adoptions is $75 for cats, $150 for dogs and $200 for puppies. At the time of adoption, our pets will be up to date on their vaccinations, vaccinated for rabies, microchipped, on heartworm preventative, dewormed and spayed/neutered. We provide a copy of the pet's medical records to each approved adopter. Our adoption fees may vary throughout the year depending on promotions or added programs, such as our Seniors for Seniors Promotion. And, because of our awesome supporters and donors, you may come across an adoptable with a waived adoption fee due to sponsorship.
SENIORS FOR SENIORS
Our Seniors for Seniors Promotion honors and promotes the companionship between senior citizens in our community and the senior dogs or cats in our programs. We waive the adoption fee for senior citizens (60+ years) and canine/feline companions (8+ years) that have come together to provide love, care and compassion for one another.
Cats of all stripes
Looking for a barn cat? We can help. Occasionally, our Good Felines Program will trap a community cat that loves to interact with people, other cats and sometimes dogs. However, they don’t always make good indoor companions, as they are miserable inside, leading to unhealthy habits, stress, illness and inappropriate elimination (using the restroom where they're not supposed to). Some cats are trapped near busy roads, are threatened by neighbors or business owners, or face injury or death due to predation. In these special circumstances, it is best to relocate a feral cat or an entire colony for the most positive outcome. That’s where you come in, by adopting to provide them with a better future, a safe shelter and a stable living environment where they can live out the rest of their lives. Apply today.
The animals that we help save from Baytown Animal Control historically have less than a 50% chance of survival. The majority have been classified as "unadoptable". Reasons why some traditional shelters and animal control agencies decide to "euthanize" "unadoptable" animals, rather than save them:
- Being elderly (typically more than 7 years old)
- Having a treatable medical condition
- Being a member of certain "aggressive" breeds
- Having a treatable injury
- Being malnourished
- Being in the shelter for more than five days
- Being "untrainable" or "anti-social"
Adoptable is any animal that is healthy or treatable, regardless of pre-existing medical or behavioral obstacles.
DEFINING HEALTHY AND TREATABLE
Healthy or treatable animals: This segment of the animal population includes those who are fully healthy and behaviorally sound around people and other animals. It also includes animals with behavioral and medical issues that can be addressed and/or managed, such as (but not limited to):
- Upper respiratory infection
- Leash and barrier reactivity
- Dental disease
- Urinary tract infection
- Resource guarding
- Need for limb amputation
- Ear infection
Unhealthy/untreatable animals: This category includes dogs with severe behavioral challenges or dogs and cats with medical issues who are irremediably suffering with no possibility of a positive outcome.
Euthanasia: Defined purely as an act of mercy, euthanasia should be reserved for dogs and cats who have irredeemable medical situations and are experiencing serious and irreversible reduction in quality of life, or dogs whose behavior obstacles make them unsuitable for rehabilitation.
Killing: The definition of “killing” is ending the life of an animal who is healthy or treatable (either medically or behaviorally) as a means of creating space for incoming animals in a shelter or for other considerations.
A Life to Live is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Baytown, Texas. © 2018 A Life to Live. All rights reserved.