Message From Our President, Daniela Caride
I wrote this letter right after coming back from meeting a new client – a super nice couple, their child, and their two cats, Toby and Annie. We met at a parking lot in the suburbs, where they handed me their cats and their many toys, beds, food and litter, so they can stay with us for the next few months.
This family just lost their home and they have been living at a friend’s house while waiting for low-income housing. It’s so very hard to come across pet-friendly rentals in New England, and this family was desperate to find a safe place for their beloved cats while trying to figure out new living arrangements.
I took Toby and Annie to their foster home, where they were greeted by one of our most loyal volunteers and her son. Our volunteer will take good care of Phinney’s new tabby friends. I was elated when I drove back home. It’s so good to know we avoided an unnecessary surrender to a shelter, as these two kitties are dearly loved by their humans, which was evident by how hard it was for them to let go of the cats, and by their many instructions on how to feed them and the abundant amount of information they provided on their habits and quirks.
None of this wonderful charitable work could be done without the support of so many generous people who donate money and pet supplies, and who volunteer their time to the pets and people in need. Phinney’s Friends saves lives and human-animal relationships every day because of people like you.
And that’s where our brand-new online newsletter comes into play! I am so excited that we are launching the new Phinney’s Friends Newsletter because it will be such a fun venue for you to find out about the many people and pets we help, and the amazing volunteers that make this organization a reality.
We will also use the Newsletter to keep you up to speed on upcoming events and fundraisers, and to let you know how you can help us grow. It will also be a nice tool for you to use to approach your family and friends and have them join us on this quest to support low-income people and their pets.
Our Newsletter is one of the many new projects we are cooking up and launching. We have been pushing hard to develop new fundraisers, structure committees and attract more volunteers, so we can ultimately assist more low-income families in need and people dealing with crisis.
So stay tuned and don’t forget to share with your loved ones your passion for Phinney’s. You will save a pet’s life and make another pet-loving family very, very happy.
Phinney’s Friends President
Friday, June 26th is Take Your Dog to Work Day®. It comes hot on the heels of Take Your Pet to Work Week ™, which started Monday, June 22nd and goes all the way through this Friday, June 26th. These annual celebrations started back in 1996 in the UK via Pet Sitters International(PSI), the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters.
PSI believes that seeing the human-animal bond in action amongst friends and colleagues encourages and raises awareness for shelter pet adoption. The first Take Your Dog to Work Day® was celebrated in in the U.S. in 1999.
Though some organizations are already flexible about accommodating their employee animal companions on a more frequent basis, TYDTWD and TYPTWW gives participants a small taste of what pets in the workplace could be like, offers positive local news/public relations opportunities and helps to raise awareness for adopting the millions of pets that enter a shelter each year in the U.S.
Want to make a compelling case for bringing your dog to work this Friday? PSI offers an action kit that offers a lot of tips and advice for planning a fun, awareness-raising event. The evidence that bringing four-legged companions into the office can help reduce stress, boost creativity levels and increase trust amongst one another is plentiful.
If your company plans to participate this year or you have a small office you want to do this for, remember some common etiquette rules like:
- No off-leash exploring outside a pet parent’s office or workspace
- Pet-free common areas for those with allergies
- Setting expectations that the care and clean up is the responsibility of each pet parent.
To see a humorous, if not slightly dark perspective on what a vehemently dog-friendly workplace can be like, I recommend this story about working at popular online retailer, Amazon.
Are animals off limits due to space or other restrictions at your place of work? Consider other ways your organization could raise awareness like a guest presentation from your local shelter, care taker service or veterinary clinic. Or consider making a donation to a favorite (ahem, sorry for the plug) local pet charity.
Here is a beautiful letter we just received from a Phinney’s client!
[names have been redacted for privacy purposes]
I wanted to contact you regarding your assistance last year with my dog, [redacted]. You helped pay for a heart ultrasound to see whether she would be able to proceed with surgery on a tumor. Unfortunately, the vet felt it was not safe for her to do so.
My daughter and I were talking the other day and she was trying to think of an organization or event where she may be able to volunteer some time. Due to her love of animals, I thought of Phinney’s Friends. I also realized that I had not repaid you as yet and I feel terrible about it. It is not something I want to overlook, as I want my repayment to help others needing assistance.
I had initially thought that I would be able to send $25 every three months; however, things have continued to be difficult financially, so I am hoping that I could begin repayment with $5 per month which I will be mailing out today. If I am able to increase the amount, I will be sure to do so and let you know.
Once again, I am so grateful that you were willing and able to assist my family despite our pup being unable to undergo surgery. Your caring and support was so greatly appreciated.
Thank you again for your wonderful organization!
A Phinney’s Client
12-4pm May 16, 2015 Weston Town Green, 1 Townhouse Road
Participate in the Pooch Parade, compete in pooch demonstrations, explore freebies, gifts and goodies, and much more. Come party with people and their pets, and enjoy a fun day out!
Today we celebrate all of the wonderful veterinarians who keep our furry, scaly, and feathery friends happy and healthy. Not only do animal doctors provide our beloved pets with the care they need when sick, but veterinarians also help to prevent illness and promote health and safety for animals and people around the world.
So…be sure to say, “Thank you” to all of those Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) out there! There are over 100,000 veterinarians in the US alone, so chop, chop!
Veterinarians are dedicated caretakers and valuable researchers. The World Veterinary Association developed World Veterinary Day 15 years ago. On the last Saturday of every April, the World Veterinary Association chooses a theme to bring the world’s attention to. This year, vector-borne zoonotic diseases are the topic of concern.
The World Health Organization defines vectors as “organisms that transmit pathogens and parasites from one infected person (or animal) to another, causing serious diseases in human populations.”
Lyme disease is a vector-bone illness. Lyme is the most common tick- transmitted disease. If gone untreated, Lyme disease can have devastating effects for your and your pet.
There are several other types of vector-borne diseases. Feel free to take a peek here.
Vector –borne zoonotic diseases are a growing concern because of recent “changes in Global climate,” according to the World Veterinary Association. Disease carrying creatures, such as ticks and mosquitos are becoming more common.
See… veterinarians inspire awareness about more than just pet health! They are critical players in bringing awareness to environmental and public health issues.
Give these hardworking medical professionals a big THANK YOU!
– By Madeline Chiujdea
Today is Earth Day! How are you planning to celebrate this wonderful holiday? Maybe spend some time with your best friend, your pet?
If you have a dog, you can commune with nature, celebrating the beauty of our world. You could go to a park and play a game of Frisbee or catch with your dog.
Yet if your dog’s not the catching type, you two could go to a dog park and let him play with other dogs while you relax. Or if you prefer for it to just be you and your dog, maybe a relaxing hike together?
If you are more of a cat person, a great and relaxing activity is to snuggle up with your cat and breath in the peace and tranquility of the moment. To save energy you could turn off all the lights and electronics and light a few candles.
Earth Day is a day meant to celebrate and cherish the world we live in, and what better way to spend it with the one friend you cherish the most?
And don’t forget to hug your pet!
At Phinney’s Friends, we do everything in our power to make sure animals and their owners stay together during times of crisis. We believe that the human-animal bond is a source of love, joy, comfort and fulfillment for both people and their pets. We help low-income people with disabling illnesses and other hardships keep this bond with their pets by assisting with everyday pet care.
If you’re interested in helping us further our efforts, there are plenty of great ways that you can show your support!
If you’re 16 years old or older, consider volunteering with Phinney’s Friends. Volunteering can be on a regular basis, or for individual tasks. Either way, we know you’ll love working with us! You can work with people and pets, on creative projects, or perform administrative and planning work. Many volunteers choose more than one option, but there is no minimum time commitment required. Much of the work can even be done from home!
You can also help by making a monetary donation. This helps us cover our clients’ vet bills. If you’d prefer to donate goods, Phinney’s has a special Amazon wish list with some of our most needed items. We also have many physical drop-off locations throughout the Greater Boston area. There are also many other ways you can help. Just reach out to us! Any way that you can help Phinney’s Friends is greatly appreciated, by people and pets alike!
Click here to reach out to us and to read more about all the ways you can help the animals and people we serve.