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Homemade Gifts for Sale at Paws for the Holidays Festival!

November 6, 2017

Our upcoming festival on November 12th will be full of beautiful products for you to give friends and family as holiday gifts. Volunteer Starr and Board President Daniela spent a few hours making these lovely dish towels. Hard work but great company and lots of fun! We’ll have so many unique gifts just like these towels at the festival! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 12th, 11am-4pm
Pierce House Mansion, 17 Weston Rd., Lincoln MA
Food, music, silent auction, shopping, kid’s activities, pics with Santa, and more!
Kids and dogs are welcome! Admission is free.

All proceeds benefit Phinney’s Friends, a MA non-profit helping low income people  care for their pets.

 

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Paws for the Holidays Festival – Vendor Spotlight!

November 4, 2017

Penelopads is coming to Phinney’s Holiday Festival on November 12 in Lincoln!
Look at the incredible products they make – waterproof and washable pee pee pads. Isn’t that amazing?

We will have so many wonderful items for pets, but also loads of shopping options not pet-related.

Holiday Shopping With Amazon Smile!

November 2, 2017

Friends! Did you know that since August, purchases made through Amazon Smile have raised over $300 for Phinney’s?!? With the holidays coming up, please be sure to shop using www.smile.amazon.com, and select Phinney’s as your charity of choice! A percentage of your purchase will go to Phinney’s at no cost to you!

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Live Music Schedule for Paws for the Holidays!

November 1, 2017

As if you needed yet another reason to come to Paws for the Holidays on November 12th at Pierce House in Lincoln, here is the live music schedule for the event!!

11am – 12pm – Jaimee Joroff (see pics!) plays the harp, on the First Floor
Jaimee is a harpist trained in Classical and Celtic Music, and a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner (CHTP) with the International Harp Therapy program.

12 – 12:20 pm – Acapella group The Pitch Pipes (11 singers), along the Stairwell
The acapella group from Lexington High School will sing Holiday tunes and very lively music.

12:20 – 2 pm – Harpist Jaimee Joroff comes back, for classical music, First Floor

2 – 4 pm – The Lincoln Traditional Jazz Band , Second Floor
Full-band performance of classic jazz, with drums, piano, bass, trombone, sax, clarinet. Chairs on the second floor, for you to watch the show while taking a break from Holiday shopping downstairs.

Volunteer Spotlight – Shannon Murphy Puts Phinney’s in the Public Eye

October 9, 2017

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        Wouldn’t it be terrible if no one was able to “see” the work Phinney’s Friends does? Enter Shannon Murphy, Phinney’s resident photographer and web designer. If you’ve been to a Phinney’s event, you’ve probably seen Shannon behind the lens of a camera, capturing adorable animals and their happy owners. She’s amazing at what she does – just look through our Santa picture albums on facebook. She has taken quite a few of those pix!
        Shannon started volunteering with Phinney’s in 2013 by delivering pet food to clients. She then decided to use her professional skills of photography, graphic design, and web design so Phinney’s could really shine. And boy, are we grateful. She does an amazing job designing logos, working on our web page and, of course, snapping loys of cute pictures. She is the proud mama of four cats, who she describes as “the loves of my life”: Tommy, George, Maggie, and Henry.
        We asked Shannon what her favorite thing about volunteering with Phinney’s is.
        “I think about if I was in a position that Phinney’s clients are in: sick, disabled, elderly, low income,” says Shannon. “My pets are my family, and if I could not keep them because of my circumstances, it would break my heart. Knowing there is an organization like Phinney’s that works to keep people and pets together means everything. I have met these clients, who in some cases have so little but will give all they have to make sure their pets are taken care of. Phinney’s is a very special group, led by an amazing woman, Daniela Caride. I feel honored to be a part of this group!”
        And we are honored to have you sharing your amazing work with us, Shannon! When asked what she would tell someone interest in volunteering with Phinney’s, she got right to the point: “Do it. You will be fulfilled in a way that goes very deep. They are a phenomenal group of volunteers that work tirelessly to help people and animals. I am pretty sure I get more back than I give.”

Jasmine’s Big Day

October 3, 2017
This beautiful little kitty, Jasmine, had a big problem. She found herself in a small apartment with her dad, one of the people Phinney’s helps. Her dad was of course very loving and kind, but his other cat made it clear that Jasmine was not welcome. No matter how long their dad tried to get the first kitty to like Jasmine, it just wasn’t working out.
Phinney’s Friends came to the rescue and found a peaceful home for Jasmine with one of the people we used to help who lost her kitty a little while ago, Carol. Carol has room in her heart and a sunny colorful home that needs a cat for company. We are hoping she will love her new mom!
As part of Jasmine’s journey to her new home, Phinney’s volunteer, Starr, took Jasmine to the vet. Jasmine does not like going in the carrier or riding in the car, but was very polite at her vet check! “She got her vaccines and had all of her many nails clipped peacefully,” says Starr. “Jasmine has double paws on her front and back, so there were lots of extra nails to trim!”
Then Starr took Jasmine to — we hope — her forever destination. Arriving in her new home with Carol, she was cautious about exploring, and Starr is confident that Jasmine will adjust quickly. “I’m glad I got to meet this sweet girl,” says Starr. “Double paws crossed for a happy future!”

Max the Cat, Safe and Sound!

September 27, 2017

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This cute guy, curled up in his carrier, is Max.  He’s one of our kitty clients. His mom, a lovely and charming woman, is having surgery, and she desperately needed someone to care for this handsome fella while she recovers.
The Phinney’s team that works in fostering and transporting pets stepped up to the plate and took quick action to help Max and his mom. Starr Maxwell transported Max on a moment’s notice (hence, his cute carrier!) to Lauren Terry, our Foster Coordinator.  Lauren, whose unofficial title should be “Resident Kitty Expert”, is currently caring for Max in her home, along with her own clowder of cats. Max’s mom can now recover from her surgery, confident that Max will be well cared for and ready to return to her when she’s well. What a weight off her shoulders!
All the pets Phinney’s helps have owners, and our goal is to help them stay together. Whenever there’s an emergency, our volunteers help transport their pets into fostering, take them home temporarily, and care for them as if they were their own. Many of those volunteer opportunities come up really quickly, as they are emergencies, and our volunteers are needed at a moment’s notice. If you are interested in becoming part of our transportation and/or foster programs, please let us know! You will quickly learn that it’s meaningful and rewarding work.