This holiday season one of the organizations we had the pleasure of working with again was Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds. Thanks to the love and support from team members, vendor partners, and of course, our wonderful clients, we were able to handoff so many donations of much needed items that will make a difference in our community.
The donations filled more than 21 boxes – topping 1400 items – with everything from toys and treats, to beds, strollers, towels and grooming supplies. We collected enough dog and cat food – both dry and canned – as well as pet clothing and blankets to help ensure that the volunteers with the non-profit would have supplies to help with the January and February colder temperatures here in the valley.
In addition to all the items collected during the drive, AZPetVet partners were able to provide a check for $2,100 to support Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds continue their great work within our community. We are thrilled that we had this opportunity again this year to partner with such a caring non-profit organization. Thank you again to all the hands and hearts that contributed this year; together, we have made a difference!
During our holiday drive this year we were able to collect lots of pet food and items for two amazing local organizations, one of which is GrandPaws Pantry! This organization was founded by a young teen named Sonya, who has become an advocate for animals in need by providing supplies and resources to rescues within our community. Thanks to our team members, vendor partners, and amazing clients, we were able to handoff so many needed donations for Sonya to continue helping the local rescues.
The donations this year totaled nearly 1700 items – filling 22 boxes – and will arm the team at GrandPaws Pantry with collars and leashes, food and treats, and blankets and beds to distribute to those in need.
In addition to all the pet food and products donated, we were able to give GrandPaws Pantry a $2,150 check provided by the AZPetVet partners to support Sonya’s efforts to make an impact on our community. A big thanks to everyone who helped us make this happen! Together we can make a difference for the animals in our local community.
All dogs deserve a great home; and that’s exactly the mission of the LovePup Foundation. Since forming our partnership in 2018 when the foundation came to fruition, LovePup has come to the rescue for countless dogs. From puppies to seniors, the team has continued to come to the aid of hundreds of dogs in the short time the foundation has existed.
Founded by Blake Van Es and her husband Johnjay (a Phoenix-based DJ with a nationally-syndicated morning show), the have put their hearts, souls, passion and energy into giving the dogs they rescue a happy, healthy life. (Learn more about them in our blog here).
In 2018, we were able to provide a $50,000 initial medical grant to the LovePup Foundation. The foundation uses the grant to help ensure that all the rescue dogs have what they need to get ready for their fur-ever homes; treatment for any medical conditions, spay/neuter, and current vaccinations. The partnership takes some of the financial burden off the foundation, allowing them to focus their donation and grant funds to ensure the stability of the organization to remain open and operating. The partners at AZPetVet were humbled and honored to re-up our veterinary services medical grant for another $50,000 this year for 2019.
As a homegrown business ourselves (our first AZPetVet location opened in 1984 in Glendale, AZ), giving back is a fundamental part of our core values and mission as an organization. The partnership with LovePup creates the opportunity for our team of incredible employees to give back to our local community by utilizing their professional skills. We are thankful for our staff who lead with kindness and compassion, and we are excited for another wonderful year ahead supporting the great work of the LovePup Foundation.
On Saturday, December 7th, the AZPetVet team joined forces with The LovePup Foundation and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control to host the second It’s Hip to Chip Holiday Event. (Learn more and see our first event here!) This event is specifically for local pet parents who already own pets that are not chipped, in an effort to help increase the chances of the reunification of pets with their families in case they are ever separated.
Team AZPetVet was out in full force! Our awesome medical team of the day included 3 veterinarians and 6 techs, checking vitals, administering microchips, and of course, giving some love and puppy kisses along the way. In total, our team microchipped 89 pets in just three hours! That’s pretty incredible!
Afterward, attendees and their pets had the opportunity to stop by our booth to visit with a couple of AZPetVet team members, grab some fun swag, and get their pup a final belly rub for the road! Some additional community partners including The LovePup Foundation, Safeway, and the One Love Pitbull Foundation were also onsite handing out dog food, treats, collars, leashes, and custom identification tags!
Between both of the 2019 Hip to Chip events (May and December 2019), more than 200 pets now have a better chance at being reunited with their families. None of this would have been possible without our wonderful veterinarians, technicians, and support staff. We sincerely thank you for your time and effort in helping to make this happen!
We are excited it announce that we are partnering again this year with GrandPaws Pantry and Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds for our holiday drive! Both of these wonderful organizations focus on collecting and distributing supplies for pets in need within our local community. Here at AZPetVet, we will be working to help collect donations for these organizations during this holiday season.
GrandPaws Pantry focuses on different needs at rescue organizations or other animal-focused organizations within the Phoenix area. They also help the senior community by supplying care packages to seniors and their pets each holiday season. GrandPaws was started by a young woman named Sonya who has a strong love and passion for helping rescue pets in the community. Sonya and her family have a long-standing relationship with Arrowhead Ranch Animal Hospital, after they saved their newly adopted dog Bhaskar many years ago from parvo. Since then, she has been helping pets by supporting rescue organizations including: Soldier’s Best Friend, Halo Animal Shelter, Sun City 4 Paws Rescue, and Sun Valley Animal Shelter.
Some of the most-needed items from their wish list this year include:
- Unopened Dry/Canned Food Items
- Adult Dog Food & Adult Cat Food
- Kitten Food & Puppy Food
- Nylabone Dog Treats
- Milk-Bone Dog Biscuits
- Cat/Dog Treats (*Please NO Rawhide)
- Pet Beds
- Pet Toys (Dog & Cat)
- Pet Blankets
- Cat Litter
- Gift Cards to PetSmart &Petco
Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds is a community-based organization that makes a difference in the lives of pets and their pet parents. Cheryl, the founder, is actively involved in going to homeless shelters and camps all through the Phoenix area. She and other volunteers provide food and comfort measures, as well as vaccinations, microchips, and county licensure for homeless-owned pets. They also coordinate rescue efforts to re-home pets for owners that can no longer care for their pet. They are well loved and appreciated by those they serve, and always take an accepting and non-judgmental approach when caring for these animals and their owners.Some of their most-needed items this holiday season include:
- Extra Small and Small Non-buckle Collars
- Pet Strollers
- Dry Cat Food
- Silicone Bowls
- Small Fleece Blankets
- Dog Booties
- Tarp Bungee Cords
- Extra-large Harnesses
- Long Strong Leashes
You can drop off your donations for these wonderful non-profits at any of our AZPetVet locations valleywide! We are so very thankful to all of our wonderful clients and team members who help make an incredible difference in our community.