If you’ve ever had the opportunity to meet Sonya – the incredible young woman behind GrandPaws Pantry – then you already know that you have met someone special! Even though she isn’t even old enough to have her driver’s license yet, she is well ‘on the road’ to making an incredible impact in her community. As the founder of GrandPaws Pantry a few years ago, Sonya’s passion for providing supplies and resources as well as serving as an advocate for all animals is infectious. The AZPetVet family of animal hospitals was honored to support this local non-profit as a partner in our annual holiday drive, with our locations serving as donation drop-off points across the valley.
Donations came from everyone including our amazing clients, vendor partners, team members, and community members – even some without pets of their own! Sonya (and her transportation support!) took the time to visit our locations, collecting the donations and taking the opportunity to say thank you in person. (No Sonya…thank YOU for your passion!) More than a thousand items were collected to help stock the pantry, and the AZPetVet partners came together to provide a $1,600 cash contribution which was an unexpected surprise for Sonya. We are proud to partner with GrandPaws Pantry, helping to support the wonderful impact they are having in our community!
Each holiday season the AZPetVet family of animal hospitals conducts a donation drive to support a local pet-related non-profit (or two). Last week, we were thrilled to handoff the amazing donations collected to one of the two organizations we partnered with this year. During the month, we collected items from team members, vendor partners, and our incredible clients who all gave from their hearts! The director of Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds is a hands-on leader, and personally came to help collect the donations – over 2,000 items! It took two large vehicles and more than one trip to deliver all the donations – but everything made it, and will be put to good use!
In addition to all the products and goods collected, the AZPetVet partners provided a $2,750 cash contribution to the drive, helping ensure that the wonderful work of Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds can continue forward. AZPetVet is honored to have had the opportunity to partner with this wonderful non-profit, helping to create a lasting, positive impact in our community.
It’s no surprise that AZPetVet has a bit of a thing about animals. That’s why we always get a little extra excited about working with organizations like Gabriel’s Angels. Each year, they help thousands of Arizona’s at risk children through pet therapy. Since AZPetVet helps thousands of Arizona’s pets each year, we’re kind of a great match!
In fact, AZPetVet’s cofounder, Dr. Wayne Anderson, has been a trusted advisor to Pam Gaber, the founder of Gabriel’s Angels since it was just Pam and Gabriel. Of course, our family was much smaller then too – today we have more than 21 hospitals!
When Pam and Gabriel first set paws in the Crisis Nursery and fell in love with the children, the children fell in love with Gabriel right back. Pam knew that working together, she and Gabriel could make a big difference in little lives. She was right. Today, the Gabriel’s Angels serves more than 13,500 kids each year through more than 125 different nonprofit agencies. We couldn’t be more proud.
Today, we have Gabriel’s Angels therapy teams stop by different AZPetVet locations to meet the staff. They’ll share stories about their work, and the children they serve, while the team oohs and ahhs over the dogs. It’s clear why everyone loves them!
This year, as part of our Giving Back Initiative, AZPetVet became the title sponsor for the 2018 Unleash the Love Breakfast. This highly anticipated fundraising event is held every April, and features highlights of the work they’ve done, the goals for the next year, and of course – DOGS. With more than 50 therapy teams on hand, how can anyone resist helping and donating? Here’s to many more years of dogs and angels!
When Gabriel’s Angels and the AZPetVet team get together, you can count on lots of laughter, dogs everywhere, and some pretty terrible jokes flying around. Don’t believe us?
How do dogs start playing golf? They tee arf, of course!
OK, it’s a terrible pun. It’s just our way of saying that AZPetVet is excited to be a pawsenting sponsor of the Gabriel’s Angels FORE! Paws golf tournament at Camelback Golf Club.
Over the past 18 years, Gabriel’s Angels has brought innovative Pet Therapy to Arizona’s at-risk kids. Pet Therapy helps increase the overall sense of well-being and happiness for children in a safe environment. It helps to build critical core behaviors like trust, empathy, respect, tolerance, and self-esteem.
Through great public events like these, we can help highlight the incredible good that the Gabriel’s Angels Therapy Teams do in our communities while raising critical funds to help more children.
Through the generous financial support of local businesses, organizations, individuals and families, Gabriel’s Angels can recruit and train more therapy teams to meet the needs of so many at-risk kids that can help brighten their future. A pretty good number of Gabriel’s Angels are rescue dogs, and they take to therapy like they were born to do it. Maybe they were.
This year, Gabriel’s Angels will reach more than 15,200 at-risk children. Next year, the money raised at this tournament and other fundraisers could help reach hundreds – or even thousands – more. Let’s make it happen together.
In September, we were proud to sponsor an adoption event called the LovePup Family Festival in partnership with the LovePup Foundation and iHeart Radio. Taking place at Vertuccio Farms in Mesa, AZ. Paired with incredible music acts, food trucks, kid-friendly activities and more, the primary event focus of pet adoption was a huge success. With more than XXXX folks came out to enjoy the evening, and XX rescues on-site with adorable, adoptable dogs from across the Phoenix metro area, more than XX pups were adopted and found their forever homes!
As our way of saying thank you for adopting these wonderful canine companions, AZPetVet provided the new owners with a certificate for a Free Wellness Exam and Fecal Test. We know that routine health and wellness checkups are just as important to our pets as they are to us humans, and wanted to help these new owners ensure that the newest member of their family was receiving first rate care!
We are thrilled by the impact the event had on the community, and look forward to participating again in the future!