Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of A Life to Live?
A Life to Live is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, located in Baytown, Texas, that was established out of our love and passion for providing an opportunity and better quality of life for homeless pets. We offer a no-kill alternative that provides life-saving programs and invaluable resources for pets and pet owners within our community. Through outreach, education and service, we are committed to ending the killing of homeless cats and dogs within our local municipal shelter.
When did A Life to Live begin?
We were incorporated as a nonprofit in August 2014 by founder and executive director Jay Garrett Jr. We received recognition as an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in February 2015.
Where are you located?
Currently, we do not have a physical location. We are a group of individuals that work together to achieve our mission of ending the killing of homeless pets in Baytown, Texas. All of our pets are cared for in foster homes before they are adopted out. We hold public adoption events throughout the year at various pet stores and venues in Baytown and the surrounding areas.
What does no-kill mean?
No-kill simply means that no healthy or treatable animal is killed. Animal shelters and animal control agencies obtain no-kill status by saving 90% or more of the animals that enter their facility.
What does it mean to be a no-kill city?
A no-kill community is one that acts on the belief that every healthy, adoptable dog and healthy cat should be saved, and that its focus should be on saving as many lives as possible through pet adoption, spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return and other community support programs rather than achieving a specific numerical outcome. With that said, we understand the importance of having a quantitative benchmark that communities can use as a goal. Saving 90% or more of the animals who enter shelters is the current benchmark for no-kill. This means that for a community to be considered “no-kill,” all of its shelters and animal welfare facilities responsible for animal control intake must be saving 90% or more, collectively, of the animals who enter their system. More than 500 communities around the United States successfully run no-kill shelters, saving over 90% of the animals that enter their facilities.
Who is the leader of the no-kill movement?
Best Friends Animal Society is the leader of the national no-kill movement. We are a Network Partner of Best Friends working to lead Baytown to no-kill by 2025.
Where do you get your adoptable pets?
Our pets are rescued from the City of Baytown Animal Services’ facility to decrease euthanasia and increase live outcomes.
Do you accept stray animals?
No. Our focus is on saving the lives of shelter pets that are at-risk of being killed.
Do you accept owner-surrendered animals?
No. Our focus is on saving the lives of shelter pets that are at-risk of being killed. However, we can direct you to other community resources that may allow you to keep your personal pet in your home, or a group that may be able to enroll your personal pet into their program. We may also be able to provide an alternative solution that will allow you to keep your pet in your home, rather than surrendering your pet to another agency or the local animal shelter. If possible, the best solution is for you and your pet to remain together.
What do I do if I find a stray animal?
Step 1: If the pet was found roaming a neighborhood or a nearby house, we recommend that you take the time to knock on doors to identify the pet’s owner or home.
Step 2: Take the pet to a local veterinarian or animal shelter where they can scan for a microchip to notify the owner of their lost pet.
Step 3: Create a flyer to post within the neighborhood where the pet was found. We also recommend posting the flyer at local veterinary offices, pet stores, animal shelters and bulletins at local libraries, schools and coffee shops.
Step 4: Share the flyer, photos and videos of the pet on local lost/found and pet pages. Also, share the information on your personal social media sites and request that your friends and family share it in an effort to notify the owner. You may also be able to post a free ad within your local newspaper.
Step 5: If you’re able to do so, we recommend that you temporarily foster the pet until the owner is notified, while also ensuring that an updated flyer is posted at your local animal shelter or animal control agency so that the owner can contact you if they visit the facility to reclaim their lost pet.
Step 6: If you’re unable to foster the pet, we recommend that you enroll the stray animal into your local municipal animal shelter or animal control agency. This allows the owner of the animal to reclaim their lost pet. We do not recommend that you allow an individual, rescue group or other agency to take the stray pet without providing the owner an opportunity to reclaim their pet within your local public shelter or animal control agency. Please do not take the animal to an animal shelter outside of your jurisdiction as this will decrease the chances of the owner finding their lost pet.
Please refer to your local animal ordinances as it relates to the above recommended steps. The City of Baytown animal ordinances can be reviewed here.
How do I adopt?
You can identify the dog or cat you would like to adopt at one of our adoption events or through our adoptable cat or dog webpage. After you fill out an adoption application, we will work with you to complete the adoption process. If you can’t make it to an adoption event, we can set up a separate meet-and-greet for approved applicants.
What is the adoption fee?
Our adoption fee is $150 for dogs, $200 for puppies and $75 for cats. We often offer discounted fees throughout the year. Through our seniors for seniors program, the adoption fee is waived for pets 8+ years old and senior citizens 60+ years old.
What does the adoption fee cover?
The adoption fee covers a fraction of the cost that it takes to provide our pets with medical care: vaccines (cat: FVRCP-feline distemper; dog: DHPP-canine distemper), rabies vaccination, microchip, combo test for cats, heartworm test for dogs, flea prevention, heartworm prevention and spay/neuter.
Can someone younger than 21 adopt?
Yes. We allow applications from individuals who are at least 18 years old.
How can I help?
How can I make a donation?
The easiest way to donate to A Life to Live is at www.adopttosave.org/donate. There, you can see the various ways that your dollars make a direct impact on the dogs and cats that we save. You’ll also receive an immediate electronic receipt. Because we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS, your donation is tax exempt.
How do I foster?
If you would like to foster one or more of our dogs or cats, please complete our online foster care application. We are always looking for more volunteers willing to open their homes to provide temporary shelter, food, water and care until the pet is adopted.
How do I volunteer?
If you would like to volunteer, please complete an online volunteer application. We can always use additional help at adoption and microchip events, with community outreach and education efforts, and many other areas where your expertise may make a difference in the lives of homeless pets.
A Life to Live is an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Baytown, Texas. © 2018 A Life to Live. All rights reserved.