Hello everyone,

My name is Amaris Sanchez and I attend the University of Houston-Downtown. I am majoring in Marketing and minoring in Economics. I enjoy watching anime, reading, and eating Whataburger. On my free time, you’ll either catch me at one of my favorite coffee shops studying, at home being lazy, or hanging out with some of my best furry friends.

I started volunteering in high school when my theatre troupe traveled to community centers during the summer to put on plays for kids. Since then, I had not taken the time to give back to the community until I heard about Friends for Life. I’d heard about it through a Google search and was excited to see it was down the street from one of my favorite hangouts. That next weekend I went to their orientation and by the end of those three hours, I was ready to devote my spare time to the FFL family. Since I started at FFL and learned more about its founding, beliefs, and history, I have tried to work hard to get the word out about this shelter since some of the most commonly known ones would be SPCA and BARC, both kill-shelters. Being a no-kill shelter they have shown me the true meaning behind “saving an animals life.”

Working with these dogs and cats has been such a rewarding experience. I’ve fallen in love and had my heart broken by animals in the shelter who found their forever homes. Imagine walking into one of the cats’ free-range rooms and being surrounded by cats who are just looking for some cuddles and love. Any volunteering shift is always one to look forward to when it’s with these guys.

If you are interested in volunteering I encourage you to fill out the volunteer application on the FFL webpage. If you can’t volunteer there are other ways to help through the website like donating food, toys, whatever is on their wish list, or even through Amazon Smile which donates a proceed of the money you spend on Amazon to FFL.

Attached is a picture of FFL’s featured cat, Curly. Learn more about him here. (: