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Letter from our President, Daniela Caride

January 31, 2016

Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had wonderful holidays and are now enjoying the colder days and the warmth of your home, snuggling with your beloved pets.

After a very busy season of fundraising events during the fall, we are happy to report we have a few records to celebrate. With the help of very determined volunteers and supporters, we raised  more funds than ever before during our 2015 Phinney’s Ride event in September, where a group of bikers rode 150 miles to and from New Hampshire to help pet owners living with HIV and AIDS. We also surpassed our estimates for our Pooch Palace Calendar fundraiser, which happened in October and November of 2015, and almost doubled the donations we raised during our Santa Pictures events in December. Total amount raised? $52,084!

Phew, it was a lot of work, but it was totally worth it! Now we are focusing on tackling projects we’d love to pursue in 2016, such as writing grants to expand our programs and providing better training to our volunteers.

Unfortunately, we are also getting more calls for help than ever – people struggling with pet emergencies and seeing help for the overall care for their beloved animals. That means the funds we raised won’t be enough if 2016 proves to be as busy as it seems it will be.  We will need all the help we can get!

Since it’s a brand new year, maybe you’ll resolve to volunteer some of your free time? Many people feel that they have very little time to offer. That is actually OK! If every one of us does a little, we can make a huge difference together.

Can’t volunteer at all? No problem. You can help Phinney’s decrease the number of pet surrenders in Massachusetts in so many ways. You can donate to our cause. Or talk to your friends and family about Phinney’s Friends. Or share our posts on social media.

It’s sad to think of all the families and beloved pets out there that need our help. But when we can be there for them and help them, nothing is as rewarding as seeing people hugging their pets, happy to be back home after a difficult situation and thanking us for saving their best furry friends.

It’s going to be a busy winter, huh? We hope you will join us and help us work towards our cause! It’s going to be a great year.

Warm regards,
Daniela

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