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President’s Letter

February 14, 2019


Hello everyone,

Hope you are enjoying winter outside with your dogs, snuggling by the fire with your cats, and enjoying all your pets from the warmth of your home.

After a very successful holiday festival, which brought $15,000 in revenue to help people and pets in need, we are gearing up for more. We celebrate our victories but do not rest! 2019 is here for us to conquer. :)

We have recently welcomed Alyssa Cohen to the Board of Directors to spruce up our fundraisings. And if you saw the Food Room at the festival, you know what she is capable of. Wasn’t it beautifully decorated? And she brought many colorful treats to add to the delicious sweets our volunteers baked and brought.

While we are developing new fundraising programs and events, remember you can also help by doing your own fundraiser to benefit Phinney’s. A simple idea can go a long way!

If your birthday or wedding is coming up, you could ask for donations to the nonprofit in lieu of gifts, or you can even create a campaign on Facebook for your birthday and watch the donations pour in.

Attending our events and bringing your friends is also great to spread the word about what we do. I hope you can come to the fabulous historic Strand Theater in Clinton MA for a one-off screening of a movie in March to benefit Phinney’s. (You can read all about it below.) We’d love to see you!

Daniela Caride
Phinney’s Friends President

Save The Date!

February 11, 2019

We are so excited to announce a special screening of the movie Life in the Doghouse on March 24th at the Strand Theater in Clinton MA. The screening is free and donations will be accepted on-site to support Phinney’s!
The movie screening is being sponsored by Maureen Harmonay of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Bolton as a gift to Phinney’s Friends and to the Community.

March 24, 2019
The Strand Theatre
58 High Street, Clinton, MA 01510
Doors open at 1 p.m.
Movie screening starts at 2 p.m.


Life in the Doghouse tells the inspiring life story of Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta, who, through their remarkable work at Danny and Ron’s Rescue, have saved more than 10,000 dogs.  Heralded by the Boston Globe as “heartwarming and thought-provoking,” this amazing movie is one you don’t want to miss!


If you are planning on attending (and we hope you are!), please RSVP by March 17 to Judy Bell (

Phinney’s is grateful to Maureen Harmonay for sponsoring what is sure to be a fun and memorable event!

We hope to see you there, supporting Phinney’s and enjoying this wonderful movie. Thank you!

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Pet lovers can breathe now in Lincoln

February 11, 2019

Phew! Thanks to wonderful supporters in Lincoln Massachusetts, Phinney’s has been able to purchase and donate two more pet oxygen mask kits to the fire department, one for an ambulance and one for an engine truck. Now all the town’s emergency vehicles in the Fire Station are equipped with oxygen masks for pets.

Although we don’t have official numbers by the U.S. Fire Administration, industry and sources estimate 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in fires, most succumbing to smoke inhalation.

“If we ever have any fires in Lincoln and pets are rescued, the firefighters will be able to help them with oxygen masks that actually fit their snouts and give them a higher chance of survival,” says Daniela Caride, president of Phinney’s. “Pets are often more vulnerable to smoke inhalation in fires because they hide, and human oxygen masks don’t fit properly on animals.”

Phinney’s is so happy to be able to provide safer measures for all pets in the town of Lincoln, where the nonprofit is based. Hopefully, we will be able to extend this program to many other towns nearby in the near future. And maybe, who knows, far and wide as well.


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!