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20th Annual Santa Sunday

October 28, 2014

Please save the date for our awesome Christmas event, being generously hosted by the Wignall Animal Hospital on December 7th!

10518999_10152792432393684_2313180201619890363_nDecember 7th, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wignall Animal Hospital 1837 Bridge Street, Dracut MA 978-454-8272
Professional Pet Photos with Santa by Natural Expressions
Santa Sunday Raffle AND Carolers

Don’t miss this event! All proceeds will benefit Phinney’s Friends, a non-profit organization serving pet owners in need.

Monster Bark, October 26 in Stow!

October 25, 2014



Photo by Barbara Hanson

Come have fun with your kids, furry or not, at The Monster Bark in Stow, MA, on Sunday October 26th! The event will include a Pet Parade & Costume Contest. All pets are welcome, whether they are entered into the Costume Contest or not.

Are you ready to show off your dog’s awesome Halloween costume? The Pet Costume Contest lucky winners will receive a Pet Source gift card!

Registration for the Contest begins at 12pm and the Parade begins at 1pm. No pre-registration required. The Costume Contest $15 entry fee will be donated to Phinney’s Friends.

When:  Sunday October 26, 2014 12 -2 PM Registration at 12 PM | Pet Parade at 1 PM   Where: Pet Source in Stow                                       117 Great Road, Stow MA 01775


Click to see the banner below:

Phinney’s Friends Halloween Postcard

National Dog Week

October 14, 2014
(Alex Mestas Photo)

(Alex Mestas Photo)

“Wanna go for a walk?” Did you just find yourself tilting your head while your tail started involuntarily wagging on its own? Chances are if you’re a canine these 5 words mean something special: a chance to stretch your legs and check in on the other dogs in the neighborhood. We know dogs love walking but do we know why?

There are many theories but my favorite is that it allows them to see and smell outside of their home environment. Whatever the reason, the walk is the primary form of entertainment/activity for your dog on a daily basis. So now that it’s National Dog Walking Week why not take a second look at your normal routine.

Let’s face it, to a canine, humans are boring. We’re gone most of the day and when we’re home usually too tired to do much. Evening walks take care of your dog’s exercise needs as well as gives him a chance to sniff around the neighborhood to see what the other doggies are up to. To us, it may be a tree but to a canine it’s the doggie water cooler! All the latest gossip is here: maybe not who’s dating who, but definitely “I was here”.

Take some time to think about your daily walk. Is there something you could do to make it more entertaining for your pup? Maybe on a weekend you could take your dog on an extra long walk. Let your dog sniff trees they’ve only dreamed about. Try a hike in the woods or jot by the beach. Remember, this is their entertainment so even if you can only promise that 20 minute daily walk, try to make it count every time you leave the house. Take a different route, turn a new corner, walk on the opposite side of the street and your dog will thank you for it.

- By Maureen Berry

MRFRS Fall Rabies Clinic Coming Up on October 18th

October 7, 2014

Rabies & Microchipping Clinic to Be Held October 18th

Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society

Keep em’ safe and up to date!

Saturday, October 18, 2014 * 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Hilton Senior Center ~ 43 Lafayette Road (Route 1) Salisbury, MA 01952

$10.00 for Rabies Vaccines * $20.00 for Microchip Identification (includes registration)
Cats and dogs are welcome!  

All dogs must be leashed and all cats must be in carriers.
Please bring a current rabies certificate if you would like your pet to receive a three-year rabies vaccine.

 For more information, please call 

Woofstock Dog Festival

August 25, 2014

woofstock poster 2014

Elsa the lioness

August 7, 2014

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.

Dog Wash Fun Part II: PetSource in Concord

August 1, 2014

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)


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