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Letter From our President

April 12, 2016

I hope this note finds you well and excited for spring, with its warm days with friends, family… and pets! I’d like to tell you what a special year 2016 is for us all — we are celebrating 20 years of Phinney’s Friends! And we have not only survived but thrived, making tremendous progress towards helping people and their pets, especially since 2009, when we incorporated as an independent nonprofit. Her are some of our more recent accomplishments:

  •     Launching our Emergency Program in 2012, which helps low-income people with urgent pet needs, such as covering a life-saving vet bill or providing fostering for pets of families who become homeless. With this program, we almost doubled the number of pets we help yearly.
  •     Creating our Pet Boost Program, which distributes donated and purchased pet supplies to low-income families in need. Most of the people we help through this program are battling HIV or AIDS. Our efforts give them a much-needed boost and removes one worry from their plates — getting their beloved pets fed every day. This program allowed us to double the amount of families we help with ongoing care.
  •        Expanding our reach from the Boston area to statewide, thanks to the tenacity of our volunteers who work hard screening clients, partnering with vet clinics, and traveling far and near to walk dogs and care for cats.
  •        Establishing long-lasting relationships with pet businesses that make our funds stretch further —thanks to their generous discounts and fundraisers. Some of our long-term partners are Crate Escape, Deloitte, Every Pet Mobile Vet, Hudson Animal Hospital, Kindness Animal Hospital, Morgan Lewis, MSPCA/Angell, Newton Highlands Pet Grooming, Parkway Veterinary Hospital, Pet Source, PETCO, Pooch Palace, Polka Dog Bakery, Skipton Kennel, Westford Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center, and VetCall.

We are very proud of our accomplishments because, through our urgent assistance and ongoing care programs, we have been able to save hundreds of pets who would have been otherwise left homeless or, even worse, euthanized. We kept them home with their families who loved them dearly. So, a big thank you and congratulations to all our partners and volunteers. No matter how big or small your contribution to Phinney’s was or still is, rejoice with the same enthusiasm! We can only do it as a team.

Looking forward, the sky is the limit. So many pet owners still need our support. Let’s make sure they are able to keep their beloved pets home, safe and healthy.

With that in mind, let’s work hard on the projects that will shape the future of our organization. Among our most recent initiatives are applying for grants on a regular basis and expanding our support to pets of people living with HIV and AIDS, and pets of war veterans.

Some of our projects are already becoming a reality this year. We just launched our Sponsorship Program, which offers opportunities for people to financially support specific pets under our wing. We are also launching the Liam’s Fund to support the ongoing care of the diabetic dogs of low-income people.

As you can see, that is all very exciting. So Happy 20thAnniversary, Phinney’s Friends! We invite you to get as much involved as possible. Together we can make an even bigger difference!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Elizabeth Warshaw permalink
    April 12, 2016 11:09 pm

    Phinney’s Friends is such a wonderful, giving organization. So many pets have nice warm, loving homes because of the very hard work of the Phinney’s volunteers. I hate to imagine where they would be without Phinney’s—even for 1 terrifying minute. Thank you all so much for everything you do.

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