My name is Sadie Bell!

Labrador Retriever/Dalmatian Mix Dog for adoption in Houston, Texas - Sadie Bell
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Friends For Life Animal Shelter & Sanctuary

Facts about Sadie Bell

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever/Dalmatian Mix
  • Color: White - With Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 5453
She’s never really had a real home. Never been treated like part of the family. Will you be the first one to show Sadie Belle that human love is real?

Having spent her entire life in the atrocious conditions of a hoarder’s yard, Sadie Belle never had a chance to learn what it’s like to be loved. Before coming to Friends For Life, she had never walked on a leash, been cuddled in someone’s lap, eaten a nutritious diet, or visited a park. Despite having been unloved her entire life, she remains so curious and gentle; it’s a small miracle that she still has some faith in humankind!

* Sadie Belle loves exploring new places, despite having just learned to walk on a leash. Once she trusts someone, she would follow them to the ends of the earth – as long as they give her the chance to sniff lots of grass (which is something completely new to her).
* Although she may seem shy and tentative, Sadie Belle very much enjoys the company of other dogs, especially ones who are patient enough to give her time to come out of her shell.
* Even though she’s never been a house dog, Sadie Belle knows how to potty outside and has no problem doing her business on the leash.
* After all she’s been through, you’d expect Sadie Belle to be extremely fearful. It’s incredible that she’s never shown even a speck of aggression or confrontation. She’s as gentle as a lamb!

Sadie Belle is a true testament to canine resilience! With tender hope growing her in her eyes, we can see that she still believes in the love of people. All she needs now is someone who believes in her enough to give her a chance. Could that person be you?

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: