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.
Here’s a fun and easy way to support Phinney’s Friends when you shop online for everyday purchases. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Phinney’s Friends when you shop online, at no cost to you! Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Phinney’s Friends. Here’s how it works!
Just go to www.smile.amazon.com
Once you’re there, log into your account and click on the “Your Account” pulldown menu. A quarter of the way down the list you will see a link to change your charity:
Click on “Change Your Charity.” You will be taken to a page with a search box. Type in “Phinneys Friends,” hit search, and then select us!
And that’s it! Then make your purchases. How simple is that? You will receive a confirmation screen thanking you and reiterating that a donation of 0.5% is made to Phinney’s Friends when you shop at www.smile.amazon.com. In addition, you’ll receive a confirmation email.
So the next time you’re on Amazon purchasing that bestseller, household item, or whatever it is you were going to buy anyway, you can smile knowing that a small portion of your purchase is going towards Phinney’s Friends to help people in crisis care for their pets.
We often take for granted how easy it is to move around – to walk out the front door, get in our cars, on our bikes, or on the T – and go where we want when we want. Jack M. is not so lucky. Having suffered significant injuries while courageously serving our country in the Vietnam War, he is now confined to a wheelchair, only able to leave his apartment complex on rare occasions.
Thankfully, Jack has the loyal companionship of his two beautiful cats, Fritzie and Mitzie. A former police officer, Jack acquired the pair of calicos from a fellow state trooper when they were rescued after being heartlessly thrown from a car. These two beautiful cats now keep Jack company, following him wherever he goes. That often includes late-night trips to the apartment courtyard, where the three of them enjoy the cool night air together.
When the team spends time together outside, Jack keeps the cats on a leash. Surprisingly, they don’t seem to mind it at all! (Aside from the time one of the girls spotted a family of raccoons crossing the road; she slipped out of the leash and chased the raccoons up a tree! With a saucer of milk, a flashlight, and a lot of determination, Jack was able to coax her back into the apartment).
Jack has always had a warm spot in his heart for calicos, and who could blame him? His grandmother had one that amazingly lived to be 28 years old. As a child, Jack had a German Shepherd dog, so he has always loved the company of animals. Fritzie and Mitzie provide Jack with an endless supply of love and companionship.
Phinney’s Friends is honored to help Jack care for his feline friends. We make sure the cats have food and toys, and trim their nails. We also take the cats to the veterinarian for checkups when needed.
Like a lot of other people, Jack would love to win the lottery one day. He has a plan for what to do with his winnings if that happens. “I’m telling you, I would give a third of what I won to Phinney’s Friends,” Jack says. “It’s the least I could do, for all that they have done for me.”
Spring Sniffing event at the Armory in Cambridge on Saturday, April 18, will benefit Phinney’s Friends
Performance Scent Dogs, a registry and certifying organization for the amazing dog sport of scent detection, is organizing a Spring Sniffing Party in Cambridge on Saturday, April 18, 2015, that will gather lots of pet lovers and dog scent work enthusiasts for a few hours of fun.
Throughout the event there will be do-it yourself building search and (weather permitting) exterior search area for dogs with scent work training on Birch. There will also be a ring to introduce new dogs to searching.
Pictures with Easter Bunny at Pet Source Help Low-Income People and Pets
Pet Source charitable event Easterpalooza in Marlborough on March 29, 2015, was a tremendous success. For the first time, Phinney’s Friends offered picture taking with the Easter Bunny, with dog goodie bags for the adventures pooches that decided to pose for the camera.
Generous customers made a donation to support Phinney’s Friends cause, making possible for us to continue helping low-income people in Massachusetts and their pets with vet bills, boarding and pet food.
Everyone had so much fun there. Kids were excited about Phinney’s Friends table, where they got crayons to color an egg basket picture. A mob of little dogs also crowded the place at some point, and all the dog moms proudly showed off their beloved canines, all dressed up and well behaved. We also had one big dog, Gabbi the Rottweiler, to satisfy the eyes of the ones who enjoy a strong but loveable pooch.
“Pet Source has been supporting Phinney’s Friends during the past years with donation jars at their counters and several recurring events throughout the year,” says Daniela Caride, Phinney’s Friends President. “We are so grateful for this continued support and all the great ideas they have to make those events more and more fun every year. What a wonderful, generous group of pet lovers they are.”