Friends for Life Forever Farm

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Welcome to the Forever Farm, a sanctuary for senior and special needs dogs and cats. Conveniently located between Cashiers and Brevard in Lake Toxaway, the Forever Farm is home to approximately one hundred cats and thirty dogs. Our residents enjoy a home like environment consisting of both private and group living rooms, porches and large fenced grassy play areas. The majority of our residents will be adopted into loving homes, but some who may be very old or ill will remain at the Forever Farm for the rest of their lives.

Please help us with our mission to help these animals live the best life possible by supporting the Forever Farm. Volunteer your time, donate funds, appreciated stock and supplies; tell your friends and family, and come meet our residents when you are ready to adopt a pet.

The Forever Farm is located in Lake Toxaway just off HWY 64, a half hour east of Cashiers and twenty minutes west of Brevard.


The Friends for Life mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home senior and special needs companion animals. We provide lifelong sanctuary if needed, at the Forever Farm, for every animal that enters our program. Compassion for, and a commitment to, these special animals is paramount in our philosophy.
Most of our special animals come from western North Carolina, with an emphasis on helping our neighbors in Transylvania County. They come to us from county shelters, veterinary clinics, individuals and occiasionally straight off the street.
Friends for Life was founded in 2003 and operated as a fostering organization untill 2005 when the property in Lake Toxaway was purchased and we began development of the Forever Farm. We currently have approximately 100 cats and 30 dogs, which represents our maximum capacity. Since our inception we have helped over 1000 special dogs and cats.
Our current annual budget is approximately $200,000. We receive no county, state or federal funds. Friends for Life depends on tax deductible donations, bequests and small grants to maintain operation of the Forever Farm.

Friends for Life is for the underdog (and cat). Unlike a lot of rescue groups - the adoptability of an animal is of little concern to us. In fact, we make a commitment to the residents of the Forever Farm because no one else will.

Did you know that some senior pets that have devoted their lives, and hearts, to their human companions, find themselves homeless in the end? Did you know that dogs and cats that incur disabilities like blindness and orthopedic problems, or illnesses like cancer, liver failure or congestive heart failure, are left at shelters, or taken to vets for euthanasia because their owners find it an inconvenience to care for them. Worse yet, some are simply abandoned. At Friends for Life, we provide sanctuary to as many of these unfortunate animals as we can. Some actually go in to new homes with loving, compassionate folks that find joy in helping these “underdogs”. Others live out their lives at the Forever Farm knowing that they are loved.

We’re for the underdog - and we need your help to continue our mission of helping senior and special needs animals. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization and your donations are tax deductible. Perhaps you would like to sponsor a special animal that will live out it’s life at the Forever Farm. Or, perhaps you would like to sponsor one of our monthly budget items, such as food, utilities, vet bills or payroll. Call us at 828-508-2460 to find out how you can help.



This saying defines the wonderful volunteers that spend time at the Forever Farm. They are there in many capacities. Some come to clean, and thereby reduce our payroll expenses. Some share their skills by doing repairs and maintenance. Some help us take the animals to adoption events in hopes of finding them new homes. And some come to give the animals the love and attention they crave. We hope that all our volunteers know how grateful we, and the animals, are for their COMPASSION.

Whether you would like to make a weekly commitment to help at the farm, want to be “on call” when we need your skills, or perhaps just find some time on your hands and want to share it with a four legged friend, give us a call. Leave a message on our voicemail at 828-508-2460, and we will return your call promptly.

Location: 405 Reid Siding Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747
Mail: P.O. Box 340, Sapphire, NC 28774

(DBA) "Friends for Life" is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.

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