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A Match Made in Heaven

February 11, 2019

By Daniela Caride

I remember when I first saw a sign at Carol’s apartment door while on my way to the elevator after visiting a longtime Phinney’s client at a low-income housing complex in Boston. It said something like “Please keep the door shut. Keep my cat safe.” I was so moved by her resolve to properly care for her cat (then Smokey) and not have him roaming the hallways unattended.

I slipped a Phinney’s card under her door with a note that maybe we could help her financially. That was the beginning of a wonderful relationship. We prolonged Smokey’s life by years, as he soon needed to have a cancerous eye removed. He was a happy, loving cat to Carol up until the very end. And when he passed away, Carol became very lonely.

We tried placing another Phinney’s cat with her, but he was terribly afraid of the wheelchair, so we moved him to another home. When Jasmine was having a hard time at home, being bullied by her kitty brother at the home of yet another Phinney’s client, we offered to rehome her with Carol.

The arrangement worked perfectly. Carol took her in with open arms, Jasmine was OK with the wheelchair and became very attached to Carol. She is so comfortable now that she even gained a few extra pounds. According to the vet, whom she visited a couple of weeks ago, she is still on the chubby side and in need of some more dieting.

You wouldn’t expect a cat with her history to be so calm, but her confidence is apparent at her vet check-ups, where she snuggles up to one of Carol’s towels, relaxed as ever. Thankfully, through Phinney‘s, Jasmine is able to keep up with her regular vet appointments and continue to keep Carol company.



Puddles Makes A Splash

January 13, 2019

Puddles has left a mark – on Carlotta’s heart and her kitchen floor! Puddles is a Maltipoo who traveled to Carlotta by plane from Texas to Boston. Now, 14 years old, Puddles happily sits in Carlotta’s lap and watches the news with her.

Regardless of the comforts of sleep, Puddles will jump to attention when he hears the fridge door open. Puddles is a people poodle and has made many friends for he and Carlotta walking around the Fenway. One chihuahua has managed to win his heart, and their park meetings result in a dance. Phinney’s has helped Puddles get groomed and ready for his next social encounter.

Despite Carlotta’s dedication to his 3am bathroom routines, the Puddles name holds true to this day.

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Paws for the Holidays a Success!

December 31, 2018

The halls of Lincoln’s Pierce House Mansion were decked with boughs of holly on November 11, 2018, when its doors opened to the public for the town’s most unique holiday festival, Paws for the Holidays. This event – 100% of the proceeds went to local non-profit Phinney’s Friends mission of helping low-income people keep their pets in times of hardship – was made jolly through delicious food, live music, holiday shopping from local artisans, and a lively silent auction. Dogs were welcomed too!

Thanks to a lively crowd of shoppers and revelers, this Festival was the most successful holiday fundraiser Phinney’s has had to date, raising a record $15,000. All proceeds will go to helping people keep their pets in 2019.

We are so excited about the Festival’s success that we plan to do it again next year! So watch for the announcement on our website

And, it’s not too late to still make a year-end tax-deductible donation to Phinney’s Friends. Thank you!

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VUCC is sponsoring our Festival!

November 1, 2018

Veterinary Urgent Care Center (VUCC), an after-hours, walk-in clinic for pets located in Quincy, MA, is making a huge difference in the lives of low-income pet owners and their pets. The vet clinic became a Silver Sponsor for the upcoming Phinney’s Holiday Festival, on November 11, taking us a step closer to our yearly fundraising goal.

“With the support of VUCC, Phinney’s will be able to pay for annual vet visits and tests for 10 to 20 pets of low-income pet owners that we help on a regular basis,” says Daniela Caride, President of Phinney’s Friends.

“These are people who lost their income because they are chronically ill, and therefore became at risk of losing their beloved pets, who are the ones who are always there for them, keeping them company and giving them love,” adds Daniela.

Christie D’Andrea, DVM, who founded VUCC and opened the clinic in February of 2017, says that it’s so important to be connected with the needs of the community and be part of the solution, by helping out in any way possible.

“As a veterinarian, I have witnessed first-hand how heartbreaking it can be for a dedicated pet parent when the person doesn’t have enough money to help their best friend,” says Christie.

“It is a pleasure to be able to help an organization like Phinney’s, which is helping pay for vet visits, distribute pet food, and making every effort to keep pet parents and their animals together.”

Thank you, VUCC, for your support!

Fall Letter From our President

October 27, 2018
IMG-3704Hello everyone,
I am so excited about our upcoming Holiday Festival on November 11, at the Pierce House, in Lincoln! We will be toasty in the tent this time because we rented heaters, and that means we’ll have more room for arts & crafts, kids’ activities, and for our annual tree of life, which helps financially support all of our pets and their parents in need throughout 2019.
Also, we will carry a special batch of Thanksgiving baskets and ‘Lucky Turkey’ mugs full of chocolate. Speaking of delicious food, we’ll be offering plenty of baked goods made at the homes of our dedicated volunteers — one of them, Alyssa, about whom you can read a story below, is a professional baker and will offer a myriad of colorful sweets for you to enjoy at the mansion or to take home.
We have two more big-time surprises for you: First, a room in the mansion will be filled with lit-up Department 56 North Pole houses, all on sale for half price. The soundtrack? Live jazz music played by the Lincoln Traditional Jazz Band, and Celtic songs played by harpist Jaimee Joroff. Second, we’ll have a spinning wheel in the tent, ready to test your good fortune (and ours!), with background Holiday songs played by a professional DJ.
I can’t wait to see you all there and celebrate the Holidays with you. Please come say hi and support our wonderful cause. I’ll be waiting for you, beaming, with such exciting activities and among the best people.
Daniela Caride
Phinney’s Friends President

Volunteer Spotlight: Alyssa Cohen

October 27, 2018
Dogs won’t be the only creatures salivating at Phinney’s upcoming Paws for the Holidays Festival on Nov. 11th at Pierce House in Lincoln. Alyssa Cohen – a professional confectioner and a Phinney’s volunteer since July – will make sure of that.

As the former owner of North Andover’s Dottie’s Delights—an artisan sweet shop named after Alyssa’s grandmother (check out their amazingly delicious-looking sweets on Instagram!), Alyssa knows a thing or two about creating the perfect holiday treat. Her table at the Festival will be bursting with homemade caramel applies, cupcakes, cookies, and chocolate-covered pretzels and Oreos…and we can’t wait for you to try them! Alyssa’s contributions to the Festival don’t end with her delightful confections, however.She also created an eye-catching, incredibly fun prize wheel to secure donations that will be a new feature at the event (see the picture above).  Test your luck by spinning the wheel, winning prizes, and—best of all—supporting the wonderful work of Phinney’s! You’ll also see brand new “Sponsor a Pet” boards at the Festival courtesy of Alyssa, and we were thrilled to have her come out and spread the word for Phinney’s at Woofstock last month.

When she’s not volunteering for Phinney’s, her primary professional pursuit is becoming a mobile notary public. She’s also an avid succulent collector and gardener and a loving mom to two cats, Monkey and Kitsune (Japanese for “spirit fox” since she looks like a fluffy fox!).

Phinney’s was lucky enough to find Alyssa through our regular volunteer job postings on Craig’s List. “I saw the posting and did some research on Phinney’s and couldn’t think of a more perfect synthesis for helping people and helping animals,” says Alyssa. “Phinney’s makes sure there’s more love in the world.”

We are so grateful to Alyssa for all her hard work—and for helping us spread that love!

Save the date! Holiday Festival – November 11!

October 13, 2018

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

We will have live music, baked goods, Santa pictures for the whole family, including your dogs, beautiful Thanksgiving baskets and Holiday shopping!

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

Come celebrate the Holidays with Phinney’s!