We just got this lovely note from Elizabeth, one of our most hard-working volunteers who is permanently fostering Daisy the cat.
Here is a little blurb about Daisy:
I’ve nicknamed her Elsa, because she is the most beautiful and sweetest little lioness I’ve ever met.
She is my new found friend, a 10, maybe 11 year old marmalade kitty that Phinney’s Friends needed to find a home for. And, fortunately for me, they decided to name me as her new forever home. She has taken to the cat tree, to a cardboard box, to the fully fenced in balcony where she thinks someone designed it just for her, but, especially she has taken to my lap — what a treat for me!
Each time I take an older cat, I say to myself “OK, no more senior cats.” But then one comes along, and how can you say “No”? If not me? They become such a joy — and I’m not even a crazy cat lady! It is almost as if you can sense their gratitude, and really I am the one who is grateful.
Thanks Phinney’s Friends for the wonderful work you do and the people and pets you serve.
As you may have read in our last blog post, Phinney’s Friends recently put on a series of fundraising dog wash events. The most recent event was on 7/20 at the PetSource in Concord, MA.
Thanks to all who made our dog wash events fun and successful, we appreciate all of the donations and visits!
See some of our most photogenic clients from the Concord PetSource dog wash below: (Click to enlarge the image)
Phinney’s Friends hosted a dog wash to help raise funds for our efforts on Sunday, July 13th at the PetSource in Marlborough. The dog wash was a success and we had a blast washing all of the cute and cuddly dogs! Our doggy clients ranged in size (from 5lbs to 140lbs) and breed (labs, pomeranians, Great Pyrenees, and more) but they were all friendly and fun!
Thanks again to everyone who stopped by and made a donation to Phinney’s Friends organization, we greatly appreciate it…
We will be having another dog wash at the PetSource on 1173 Main Street in Concord MA this Sunday, July 20th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come with a stinky pooch, leave with a clean pup and goodie bag for just $10! All proceeds help Phinney’s Friends. We hope to see you there with your dog!
See some of our most photogenic clients below: (Click to enlarge the image)
At Phinney’s we will all have a wonderful 4th of July because we are celebrating! Phinney’s Friends helped Nick the Cat by financing his skin graft procedure. His leg just wouldn’t heal by itself. Today we got this sweet email from his dad, Joey, thanking us and showing us how well the leg is recovering.
“Hey guys ! I just wanted to update you on Nick’s progress and offer my endless thanks for the love and support that you and Phinney’s Friends gave to Nick and me. I know he would have had to lose his leg, were it not for your incredible support. Thank you!!!
Julia, I know you don’t like to see gross photos, but I thought it important that I send these two pics so that you can see how extreme the situation was, and how through your kindness, he has recovered so well ! He is still in a cone as he won’t seem to leave the skin graft area alone, so I’m going to give it a couple more months to let the skin get even thicker before I remove the cone, for short periods of time.
Happy 4th of July to all of you at Phinney’s Friends!
Just before the operation:
Three weeks ago:
So amazing! Thank you !!!!!
Joey and Nick
We have just received this lovely message from one of the families we helped this week. We are all so happy we could save this kitty with such a simple procedure. Two teeth pulled, and here is a perfectly healthy cat going back home to her loved ones. :-)
**Disclaimer! After the letter, you will see pix of Pooh. The last one is kind of graphic because it shows the bad teeth that were pulled. So, if you don’t want to see it, just look at the pretty face on the first 3 pictures, OK? **
I wanted to send you the pix Union Square vet took of the badly decayed upper tooth that they removed on Wednesday. Deanna did a before and after pic, sorry — the before pic is quite Ugh! They also had to remove a lower tooth on the same side. But Pooh got through the procedure fine. She is still a bit spaced out but already clearly feeling much better.
She was immediately steady on her feet as soon as I got her home, so I am glad I discussed anesthesia options in depth with the vets there. They primarily used gas.
She has been eating, and drinking, sleeping, etc. just fine. I am expecting that in another day or two, when all the meds are out of her system, the “spaced out” effect will be completely gone.
The most amazing thing is that she so obviously already feels BETTER!!! No pain! So she is more alert, yet more relaxed when sleeping, has a good appetite, is in much better spirits. She is still getting accustomed to eating with fewer teeth, but she is learning fast. Today she has already eaten 1 1/2 cans of food!
I am sending a couple of other photos of Pooh. Two were taken a few years ago. The other was taken just recently. I noticed that she sometimes gets a bit chilly in cold weather, so I got a chihuahua sweater for her on sale at Petco — only $3 and it does help keep her warmer. She seems quite comfy when she wears it.
Thanks so much to everyone at Phinney’s Friends! I will send a further update again in a few days. All the best to everyone at Phinney’s Friends.
Jan and Pooh (and Bunny, my 8 year old cat, rescued from the streets of Brooklyn, says thanks and Hi too)
The MSPCA will be waiving the adoption fee for cats 9 years and older from July 1-July 15! While kittens and young adult cats are often adopted quickly, many of the senior cats remain homeless for weeks or even months before finding a forever home. These promotions help to highlight the amazing and adoptable senior cats, and they’ve even got a fun classic movie theme this year– Check out the “Catsablanca” poster!
Visit www.mspca.org/boston to learn more!
Download the flier here: Catsablanca
The 17th Annual Boston Indoor Tennis Classic, that took place this month at the Winchester Tennis Club, featured Phinney’s Friends as their charity of the year. Cliff Gibbons organized a charitable opening dinner, where Phinney’s Board Member Laura Howes, our Financial Coordinator, talked about the work we do to help low-income families keep their pets to the group of 60 attendees. Also, Michelle Dufresne, whose cat was helped by Phinney’s in the past and who is now a dedicated volunteer at the organization, spoke about how Phinney’s supported her cat through fostering and vet bills.
Not only was the group excited to hear about how the organization helps pets and their owners, but they wanted to help out too. Phinney’s raised over $1000 at the event, and several people expressed interest in volunteering with the organization.
Overall, the volunteers were excited to spread the word about Phinney’s Friends, and the group was excited to support our cause. The team at Phinney’s Friends is so thankful for the opportunity to take part in the 17th Annual Boston Indoor Tennis Classic. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!
~ By Rachelyn Provencher