My name is Esme!

Boxer Mix Dog for adoption in Houston, Texas - Esme
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Friends For Life Animal Shelter & Sanctuary

Facts about Esme

  • Breed: Boxer Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 3993
Very sweet, loving and calm, she is great with cats and other dogs but will let you know that you play the starring role in her life!

Not to be superficial, but it has to be said: Esme’s drop dead gorgeous looks are sure to be the first thing you notice about her. With her sleek coat, her impressive size, and perfect proportions, she turns heads wherever she goes. Drawn by her beauty to meet Esme, you’ll see that she’s got many more profound qualities that are sure to keep her by your side for good!

- Great manners: Esme is housetrained and crate-trained, and has great indoor manners!
- Straight-A student: She already knows many commands—sit, stay, heel, kennel up, down, roll over, shake, come, no, and drop it!
- She’s good with cats: Esme knows how to coexist comfortably with them!
- A big snuggle bunny: Esme really enjoys a good cuddle!
- Excellent on leash: This gentle gal is great at walking on the leash. She’s a pleasure to take for strolls or jogs around the neighborhood.
- Perfect buddy: Calm and quiet in the car, great at meeting new people, and well-behaved in public places, Esme would love to join you for errands and fun around town.
- A family-first gal: She likes other dogs, but Esme really wants a family and a home she doesn’t have to share with other canines.

Esme’s human family both got promotions at work that meant longer hours added to their already long commute. Esme has been left alone far too long, and this social gal needs more human interaction! Esme has so much going for her, and she’s ready to share her life with you, so please make plans to meet and fall in love with this super-special gal!

About Friends For Life Animal Shelter & Sanctuary

About Our Shelter...

We are located in Houston and are the only LEED-certified green No Kill animal shelter in Texas. We incorporated as a 501(c)3 no kill organization in 2002. Friends For Life was started with the purpose of providing the animals of Houston and surrounding areas with immediate alternatives to the killing and a long term plan to change the direction of the sheltering community to a more compassionate future. Our ranks are made up of veterinarians, architects, business people, lawyers, physicians and animal care specialists all passionately dedicated to ending the killing of homeless animals.


At 80,000 annually, Houston has the tragic distinction of being the city that kills the most animals in its shelters second only to San Antonio. Some of the reasons Houston shelters kill animals is that they are a certain breed (pit bulls, rottweilers, chow chows, etc.), weigh under 2 lbs, sneeze on intake, are over 7 years old, are missing some hair or are pit bull puppies. 75% of the animals we adopt into loving homes have been previously rejected by other organizations as 'unadoptable.'Friends For Life is taking meaningful steps toward reversing this tragic situation by redefining 'adoptable' every day and finding homes for animals who otherwise have no hope. At Friends For Life, EVERY ANIMAL MATTERS.


Limited only by space, we will accept any animal needing our assistance regardless of age, condition or breed. They include beautiful cats, dogs, puppies and kittens. All are fully vet-checked, tested and have received all age-appropriate vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery.

We have training consults and discounted training services available for all FFL animals.

1. Take a look at out website at and consider volunteering. Many of our volunteers have been with us for years and have traveled from as far away as Georgia and Indiana to volunteer for FFL projects. Trust us, it's a good gig!

Sign up online at or just stop by and see us!

2. Adopt an FFL animal in need. The truth is, 'unadoptable' is what we make it. Every animal adopted from a no kill program sends a powerful message that this is the direction we want to see our shelters take. Every life has value. Together, we can chage everything!

Donate to Our Shelter...

Come Meet Our Pets...

The Don Sanders Adoption Center
107 E. 22nd Street
Houston, TX 77008

12-6PM Tuesday-Saturday
12-5PM Sunday
Closed Mondays

We are currently located in the Historic Heights. Our shelter looks more like a gallery than a shelter! Incredible photography is displayed in our lobby. Care has been taken with every detail of the building. We are bringing in 100% outside fresh air and turning over the air in each space completely 15 times an hour. We have made certain that sunlight reaches every animal (and staff) workspace and even engaged a professional acoustician from the beginning to ensure that we manage the sound for everyone's comfort. We have cageless cat rooms with 19-foot ceilings and climbers everywhere to keep the kitties happy and healthy. We have a 'real life' dog living area set up for the dogs. Our shelter is unlike any you've ever experienced! You have to see it to believe it!

We need adoption counselors, docents and animal "smoochers" to keep everyone feeling loved. We also need, welcome and swoon over our foster parents!

Our volunteers and foster parents are like gold to us. Please consider joining this energetic and positive group! If you'd like to volunteer, please just email us below or drop by!

Come by and visit! Even if you are not adopting an animal, we have well-trained staff to answer pet related questions, a wealth of training, medical and behavioral information and a fun atmosphere to just drop in and get your fix of animal love!

As always, Friends For Life is a No Kill organization.


Petsmart Adoption Center (cats only)
2902 S. Shepherd @ Alabama
Houston, Texas

WHEN: Tues -Fri 5-7 PM
Sat and Sun12-5PM

Our Adoption Process...

We have a $75 adoption fee for cats and a $95 adoption fee for dogs that covers all shots, testing, health checks and age-appropriate spay/neuter. All dogs are micro chipped and on heartworm preventative.

Our adopters must be 21, have ID and must undergo an interview, fill out an application and sign contracts related to commitments for the care of the animals. We will check veterinary references and landlord information.

No animals may be adopted as gifts and and all members of the caretaking family must be in agreement about the adoption.

Should an adoption not work out we require the animal to be returned to Friends For Life.

Our dog adoption application may be filled out online at:
Our cat adoption application may be filled out online at: