Family Pictures with Santa on December 5 and 12 to help people and pets in need
Bring your family to Pet Source on December 5 (Concord) or December 12 (Marlborough) for a picture with Santa Claus and enter to win a $150 gift basket! No reservations needed. Just show up!
Santa’s busy putting together his gift deliveries, but he loves to help animals in need. He’ll be thrilled to hug your kitty, your doggie and your entire family while posing for a picture.
All proceeds will go to Phinney’s Friends, a small Massachusetts nonprofit that helps low-income people keep their pets by providing financial assistance and pet care.
Pictures with Santa are $15, and you’ll get your best portrait with the Bearded Man via email. For additional $5, you can try for a gift basket worth $150 in pet treats, toys and other supplies.
Celebrate Giving Tuesday!
Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
How will you celebrate? Please consider donating to Phinney’s Friends and help us help people and pets in need this holiday season!
What a wonderful year Phinney’s had! Our fiscal year runs from July to June, and we recently finished processing all the numbers for people and pets that we helped.
For the hundreds of families and pets we assisted during our year, some numbers stick out:
We paid $13k on vet bills to save animals who were gravely ill, and $23k more on annual vet checks, tests and medication to keep beloved pets healthy.
We also spent $19k on pet supplies – almost all of it pet food – for dozens of families in need, equaling seven tons of food.
Through our pantry, we sorted, organized and distributed to families in need additional 4.5 tons of food, which we estimate were worth $17.5k.
On top of it, I should mention all of the care our volunteers provided to so many pets and their families. The care that we gave ranged from dog walking, fostering and nail trims to transportation to the vet, feeding and much more.
We help on a regular basis families who would lose their pets without our assistance. These are people who most likely got ill, which led to losing their income and making it impossible for them to afford vet bills and pet supplies. On top of it, their illnesses may also prevent them from giving their animals the care that they need. So that’s where we jump in. We visit the pets, make sure they look well, talk to the pet parents, try to come up with a plan to help them stay together.
What we do is not easy and requires the knowhow of a large group of volunteers working together day and night. But being able to see the people coping with hardships better because their pets are there for them is priceless and well worth the effort.
That’s why we keep on going, coming up with new ideas and hopefully solutions to all the challenges ahead. And because of the brilliance and stamina of our volunteers, and generosity of our donors, we can continue growing.
Our plan is that next year I will present to you even greater numbers, which will mean we saved even more lives. So if you are part of Phinney’s, I thank you for your efforts to make this wonderful organization possible. If you are not involved, I invite you to be part of this beautiful project that saves pets and people every day.
Phinney’s Friends President
The eight riders and a crew of Phinney’s Friends volunteers, who worked hard to raise funds for pet parents living with HIV and AIDS, raised over $15k on September 19 and 20 while enjoying good exercise and friendship in the outdoors. The 150-mile ride they took from Stow MA to Fitzwilliam NH and back was a success!
Dr. Roger Peduzzi, Chief of Staff at Hudson Animal Hospital, once more lead this two-day event. Every other year, this group of good friends gathers to do some much needed fundraising, and it’s always a fun ride — not a race.
“To see the riders’ skill and endurance as they negotiated the arduous twists and turns and hills of the route — lots of them — was truly inspiring,” says Phinney’s Vice-President Judy Bell, who volunteered as a pilot in one of the crew member cars.
“The crew was busy keeping the riders on course and safe, and giving ‘verbal pushes’ of encouragement to help them along the way.”
After the first day of riding — a total of 75 miles uphill –, everyone appreciated the quiet woods and comfortable cabin for a well-deserved good night’s sleep, but not before they ate their fill of delicious lasagna and other goodies that the crew prepared. Some riders took a refreshing dip in the nearby lake, although most decided to skip a plunge into the cold waters.
Next morning, the crew prepared a breakfast of eggs, sausages, fruit, bread and, of course, coffee to send the riders on their way.
At the end of the ride, volunteers, friends and family members celebrated the riders’ return with much fanfare, food and cold drinks in Stow. The team was in great spirits and parted happy, knowing they achieved their goals of completing the ride and raising funds for Phinney’s Friends.
- Hot Dog (If your dog is a Dachshund, it’s a double pun!)
- Chia Pet (It’s a real life cha-cha-cha Chia!)
- Black Cat (Halloween is the black cat’s time to shine!)
- K-9 Cop (Support the pups that serve!)
- Skunk (A good one for particularly stinky pets. . .)
- Lion (Make your dog or cat the king of the jungle!)
- Cat in the Hat (“we saw him step in on the mat! we looked! and we saw him! the cat in the hat!”)
- Veterinarian (turn your pet into his/her best frenemy)