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Every Dollar Counts: How Donations Make a Difference to a Pet in Need

November 21, 2020

As a small, all-volunteer nonprofit, Phinney’s relies on each and every dollar generous supporters give to meet the nutrititional, health, and caregiving needs of the pets we serve.

Funding supports amazing pets like:

  • Ace, a wildlife-watching Siamese and Godparents Program pet who has diabetes and asthma, and has had episodes of urinary tract infections and extensive dental surgery; and
  • T-Bone, a friendly and spirited Cairn Terrier who gets steroid treatments with help from Phinney’s to control inoperable cancer .

In addition to covering costs of medical treatments and procedures, vaccininations, and preventative medicines for pets in need, donations to Phinney’s are used to buy bags and cans of food, toys to foster the pets’ mental well-being, and other supplies that are so important for ensuring an overall good quality of life for our pet clients.

Paws for the Holidays 2019

December 31, 2019

Phinney’s Friends kicked off the holiday season with the 4th annual Paws for the Holidays Festival in November. The historic Pierce House in the quintessential New England town of Lincoln provided the perfect atmosphere for celebrating just before the last of fall’s leaves hit the ground.

This year set a new record – over 75 families took pictures with Santa and the Grinch this year! We heard the Grinch may have even enjoyed having his picture taken.

The Pierce House was filled with the sound of harpist Jaimee Joroff and the Lincoln Traditional Jazz band. 

Pro baker and Phinney’s volunteer Alyssa Cohen almost sold out the goodies she prepared for our guests — homemade caramel apples, cupcakes, cookies, and chocolate-covered pretzels! Bidding continued for silent auction items like ski tickets, and many started their holiday shopping early in the crafts market. 

This year, a very special guest, Carla, shared the positive impact of Phinney’s Friends on her life and the lives of her cats. We are honored that Carla has been one of our clients for several years. 

Phinney’s Friends would like to express our gratitude to the volunteers and attendees for a successful festival. Our organization relies heavily on donations to keep caring for pets of low-income families in Massachusetts, and Paws for the Holidays provides a festive opportunity to gather in celebration of our cause! We wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season.

Photos by volunteers Shannon Murphy and Jay Sullivan.


Taking Stock of Woofstock

October 10, 2019

I’m so excited to tell you we raised $513 for Phinney’s Friends at Buddy Dog’s Woofstock festival on Sept. 21, 2019!

Phinney’s sold new pet items (leashes, collars, jackets, etc.), holiday outfits and toys at bargain prices from our tent. Volunteers enthusiastically helped people sort through bins and try items on their dogs.

They also educated people about Phinney’s and invited them to our Paws for the Holidays Festival on Nov. 10th. The volunteers were delighted when people said they will attend, especially as Santa will be available for pet photos! Ho ho ho!

“There’s always a lot of work to do for this event, and I’m so very grateful that I had your support as I certainly couldn’t have done it myself,” Judy Bell told the Phinney’s volunteers.

“It was a true team effort on a very hot day. You all deserve an award!”

Paws for the Holidays Festival on Nov 10th

October 1, 2019



🎆 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 11am – 4pm 🎊

Get ready for the fourth year of fun, celebrating the Holidays for a cause!

Solve your Holiday shopping and take your Santa Pictures at our Holiday Festival!

We’ll have live music, food, silent auction, pet photo contest & shopping for everyone.

All that in a beautiful historic mansion – The Pierce House – in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Come celebrate the Holidays with Phinney’s! 🎇

A Letter from the President

September 14, 2019


Hello, Phinney’s supporters!

We are celebrating a huge success as summer starts to wind down. Our Phinney’s Ride bicyclists once more covered 150 miles to New Hampshire and back in two days to raise funds for Phinney’s clients living with HIV and AIDS. So far, they’ve raised $16,000 – and counting!

We are so happy the cyclists were willing to do the ride again this year! They travel the roads of Massachusetts and New Hampshire every other year to make a difference for loving pet owners struggling with illness. Thanks to the bikers’ contributions, we take away one of the worries pet owners living with HIV and AIDS have – the well-being of their furry companions.

We pay the pet owners’ vet bills, send them food and litter, and provide lots of advice and love so they can keep their cats and dogs healthy and safe when they most need them. The pets need their dedicated pet parents as much as the people need their pets!

Coming up, we are looking forward to our tent at Woofstock in Hudson on September 21st, and then gearing up for our Holiday Festival! Please keep an eye out for our emails about our end-of-the-year festivities! We hope to see you there, dear friends.

Daniela Caride
Phinney’s Friends President

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Brian and his Kitties

September 3, 2019

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Brian’s home is not complete without a cat or two. Linus, an eight-year old white cat, has been with Brian since he was a kitten.

For many years, Phinney’s Friends has been supporting not only Linus, but many of Brian’s other kitty friends. Thanks to our help, Brian can make sure his cats go to the vet regularly and receive the care they need to stay healthy. We also stepped in to help when emergencies struck.

Cammy, a spotted black and white 10-week old kitten, is the newest addition to Brian’s family. Sensing Brian and Linus were ready for another companion, a downstairs neighbor offered the little fluffball. Cammy keeps the shy Linus on his toes, says Brian, and in turn, Linus is teaching the youngster when it’s time to take a rest! We are sure they will be very happy together.

Before Cammy joined the family, Brian had Sandra Deen, a fluffy orange and white striped kitty who lived with Brian her whole life. She passed away at age 12 in December of 2018.

Brian’s story is a sweet reminder that through comfort, monetary support, or some other act of generosity, we all find ways to look out for each other. In turn, we are able to pass that care along to the pets, whether solid, spotted, or striped, who pattern our lives with beauty.

Six Summer Safety Tips for Your Four-Footed Family

August 7, 2019


by Maia Wentrop

Ah, those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! Beaches, BBQs, hikes, and all other kinds of fun in the sun. Also, fireworks, hot cars, burning pavement, and bugs. Our furry family members love to spend time with us during the summer months, so let’s talk about some ways we can strike a balance to keep them safe and healthy.

  1. HEAT – Animals can get dehydrated as easily as we can, so access to water is key to keeping them healthy and safe! Always make sure your dogs and cats have plenty of water available, both inside and outside. On really hot days, you can even throw in some ice cubes for good measure. Make sure your dogs have shade when you go camping or swimming.
  2. HOT CARS – We know most dogs love a good car ride, and we love to bring them along to see their blissed-out faces. However, it takes almost no time for a car parked in the sun to become lethally hot, even with the windows cracked. If you are planning to head places where your dog isn’t able to join you, please leave them home where it’s cool and safe, rather than putting them at risk of heatstroke in your vehicle.
  3. FIREWORKS – So many summer celebrations – not only Independence Day – include the use of fireworks. The loud sounds and flashes of light terrify many pets. Don’t bring your pets near fireworks, crate them if that makes them feel secure, or simply be home to help them stay calm. Some pets also receive comfort from thundershirts during fireworks and other anxiety-provoking times. You know your pet best, and you can decide the best measures to make for their comfort and safety.
  4. PAVEMENT – Ouch! Pavement and even cement can get painfully hot. If you cannot walk in bare feet comfortably, chances are your pet cannot, either. If you find that the sun has heated the ground up where you are walking, try to find grass or a dirt path to keep your dog’s pads from burning.
  5. BUGS – Mosquitoes, black flies, horseflies, and ticks…oh, the ticks! Find a pet-safe bug spray and use it on your furry companion. Like us, they can get pretty nasty bites. Check out the variety of natural sprays available. Your pet will thank you.
  6. FOOD – We enjoy lots of fun, tasty foods in the summer. You can share a watermelon with your pup as long as it has no seeds, which can cause blockages, especially in smaller breeds. Remember not to share anything with chocolate when you and your pups are hanging out around that backyard campfire, where you engage in the gooey marshmallowy ritual of toasting S’Mores. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to your dog. Also, too much fat could lead to pancreatitis, so it’s better to not share the fat from your grilled meat, no matter how big those puppy dog eyes get when they beseech you in your BBQ Expert apron! Keep rib and chicken bones away from dogs to avoid choking and intestinal blockages that could require an emergency vet visit and possible surgery–don’t take the risk.

Let’s all have a safe, fun and happy summer and enjoy our furry friends!

Paws in Bloom with Phinney’s Friends

July 30, 2019


Puddles making art!

By Ami Martinez

Such a great way to kick off the summer! On Saturday June 8, 2019, Phinney’s held its Paws in Bloom event outside the Loyal Companion Store in Concord, MA, so customers’ dogs could become artists for a day. For a small donation, dog parents walked away with a unique and beautiful painting produced by their own dogs.

In a process similar to finger paint art, the dog’s paw was first dipped in washable, non-toxic paint, then pressed onto the artist’s paper and rinsed in a kiddie/doggie pool. The kiddie pool rinse must have felt amazing in contrast to the 80-degree weather!

Meanwhile, volunteer Shannon Kircher transformed the cute pawprints into elegant flowers. While she worked, dog owners had a chance to learn more about Phinney’s and complete their pet store purchases. Once dry, the artwork was ready to take home! Finished pieces could be framed as personal wall art or offered as novel gifts. Father’s Day coming up the following weekend offered a perfect opportunity to honor dog daddies! I chose to use mine to dress up my office space so that, when co-workers asked, I could say “my dog made it!”

Small dogs, big dogs, puppies and senior pooches attended, and pet “puparazzo” Jay Sullivan captured all the fun. With the help of several volunteers, some willing canine participants and the graciousness of Loyal Companion employees, the event raised $240 to help pets in need. Loyal Companion even donated discounted items to Phinney’s, so we could have a yard sale as well.

We are so thankful for each and every person and canine who contributed to make this day a success, and especially Loyal Companion, who supported us with open arms. Special mention goes to Puddles — he was as cute as he was cooperative, and produced the very first masterpiece of the day! As a permanent Phinney’s foster doggie, Puddles serves as a reminder of how committed Phinney’s Friends is to each pet family we serve.

Phinney’s Friends Receives PAALS, Inc. Biko’s Gift

May 21, 2019

Phinney’s Friends has been selected as the first-ever recipient of the Biko’s Gift!  PAALS, Inc. bestows this special gift twice a year on an animal welfare organization of their choice.

Phinney’s received $2,500 to cover ten vet visits for beloved pets of deserving low-income Massachusetts residents. The gift includes blood work and preventative medication to screen for and treat diseases before they progress.

“Congratulations! All of us at PAALS, Inc. are thrilled for you, and we hope that this grant will help you continue the incredible work you are doing for animal welfare,” said John Coco, Research & Org Liaison Coordinator at PAALS, Inc.

Phinney’s is so grateful to PAALS, Inc. for supporting not only our cause, but also the causes of many other wonderful animal nonprofits. “We can only do this work together as a group,” said Daniela Caride, president of Phinney’s Friends.

“It’s hard work to fund nonprofits, and it requires an expertise that it’s generally hard to find,” Daniela added. “PAALS brings extra energy into organizations focusing on saving pets, and we all need help to fundraise.”

Watch the official announcement of Phinney’s gift here!




Buddy and Paul – Two Peas in a Pod

May 15, 2019

Phinney’s Friends – Godparents Program

Buddy and Paul – Two Peas in a Pod


Paul Aufiero has been with Phinney’s Friends since 2005 and has never looked back. Paul first heard of Phinney’s from a friend, Jack, who was a Phinney’s client because of his two kitties. Paul used to help Jack purchase food and transport his cats to vet visits, and the financial help from Phinney’s made things quite easier. Years later, when Paul got a cat, we began helping him too, with food and litter. Later, when a spot opened, Paul became eligible for vet visits and more care, like Jack.

Upon meeting Buddy 8 years ago, Paul knew he would never part with his cat. Buddy has a certain energy that Paul was drawn to from the outset. To this day, Paul notes that Buddy has not slowed down one bit. Buddy’s energy is demonstrated through his personality, which includes jump around the house — something Paul thoroughly enjoys watching. Considering Buddy’s estimated seven to eight years of age and the so many years of ongoing friendship, it’s safe to say that Buddy’s playful nature is simply a part of his charm.

Since Buddy came into his life, Paul, too, has suffered an injury that has kept him from being able to work. However, when the injury occurred, he knew that all hope was not lost to justly provide Buddy with what was needed to keep him happy and healthy because he could turn to Phinney’s for help. Paul’s neighbor, Linda, has also taken a shine to Buddy and looks after him when Paul has a doctor’s appointment. As anyone can see, Buddy is a happy ball of fur and offers Paul a support system and kinship. In Paul’s words, Buddy makes him who he is.

Phinney’s Friends has provided Buddy with nutritious feline cuisine options on a monthly basis for over five years! To our delight, despite Buddy’s track record of being a “picky eater,” Paul noted that Phinney’s selections of cat food, Fancy Feast and Friskies, are Buddy’s all-time favorites and always result in an empty dish. Phinney’s is proud to foster relationships such as these. We want everyone to not only find but also to keep their own Buddy, and the peace this bonded pair radiates reflects Phinney’s Friends’ happiness in continuing the Godparent’s program.