Sidewalk Angels Foundation is happy to announce that the 7th Annual Sidewalk Angels Foundation benefit shows are coming January 12-14, 2018 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa! Tour club presale begins tomorrow atrobthom.as/tour
The 2017 Global Lyme Alliance NYC Gala will be honoring President of Sidewalk Angels Foundation, Marisol Thomas on October 11, 2017. She will be honor for her courageous battle with Lyme Disease bringing awareness to so many.
Rob Thomas will be having three shows benefiting Sidewalk Angels Foundation at The Borgata in Atlantic City on January 15, 16, & 17th.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 was a joyous and meaningful day at Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary in Middletown, NY. The no-kill rescue brought together nearly 50 of its closest supporters in an intimate ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of two new handcrafted barns donated by Rob and Marisol Thomas’ Sidewalk Angels Foundation. The rescue, which has been operating for nearly 35 years, has a rich history in providing safe haven to abused and neglected horses and other farm animals. “This gift is crucial to our ability to save more horses than ever before and we could not be more grateful to the Thomases for making it possible,” Jen Cutler, Pets Alive CEO. Cutler also noted that Pets Alive is one of the first rescues to provide sanctuary to New York City Carriage horses and they continue to be a resource to the many organizations working to end the abusive carriage horse industry.
The new barns are the first step in growing the Pets Alive Sanctuary Farm Animal Program. “Many of our guys have specific needs. We have a knowledgeable staff and the ability to deal with these delicate issues. Most equine and farm animal sanctuaries are full and have difficulty finding adoptive homes. Last year we adopted out 5 horses and 5 pigs while also rescuing 7 horses and 6 goats from neglect cases. I am very excited, with the donation of these beautiful barns, to kickoff off a rejuvenation of the farm at Pets Alive,” Cindy O’Brien, Pets Alive Farm Animal Manager. The animal rescue is now launching a campaign (www.petcaring.com/petsalivebarn) to raise the additional funds necessary for the expansion project. A $27,000 goal has been set and the organization is hopeful that it can reach this objective in the next six weeks.
Maria Maldonado, Sidewalk Angels Foundation Board Member and Pets Alive Board Member shared remarks on behalf of Rob and Marisol Thomas, “Pets Alive has been helping horses since they first opened their doors but their finances were stretched so thin with day to day operations of the entire sanctuary that they struggled to develop a structure that could allow them to do the work they truly wanted for the farm animals. We are hoping that these horse barns will be sturdy and strong enough to help their ability rise to the level of their passion.”
The ceremony which took place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 included a prayer at one of the site’s memorial gardens honoring those horses who have passed on while living at the facility and a blessing of the new barn and future animals who will find refuge at the sanctuary. After the touching and at times tearful service, the group took a tour of the current barn and paddocks where they met some of the farm animals currently living at the sanctuary and saw firsthand the achievements of the organization’s Farm Animal Program as well as the needs outlined in the rejuvenation and expansion plan.
More information about the Pets Alive Sanctuary Farm Animal Program Campaign please visit www.petcaring.com/petsalivebarn.
About Pets Alive
Pets Alive is one of the oldest and largest no kill organizations in the United States saving more than 2,000 animals each year. Pets Alive is internationally recognized as a leader in developing alliances to end the killing of and promote the humane treatment of companion animals. The mission of Pets Alive is to improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education. Pets Alive operates three locations: Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary in Middletown, New York; Pets Alive Westchester in Elmsford, New York; and Pets Alive Puerto Rico in Utuado, PR. Pets Alive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity operating solely on individual donations, receiving no funding from city or state. For more information, please visit www.petsalive.org. To become a fan of Pets Alive on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/petsalive. To follow Pets Alive on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/petsalive.
This is a testimonial by President Heidi Lueders:
Last Chance Animal Rescue was founded in 2008 with the goal of saving as many lives as we can from high kill shelters located in rural areas, primarily located in southern states. Since that time we have placed over 6,000 animals into loving homes through our foster based adoption program and helped find rescue for over 10,000 animals through Middle Mutts our shelter advocacy program. We have a very inclusive approach to rescue, which simply means we provide a second chance to animals who might otherwise perish because of their lack of visibility, age, breed, health, handicap or fur color. We rely entirely on our adoption fees, private donations and the support of organizations like Sidewalk Angels. This year alone, among those rescued, we treated hundreds of animals for heartworm, with the help of SWA these animals got the chance at a future and happily ever after. Sadly too many don’t get this opportunity because of the expense of the treatment, thanks to the grant received from SWA we were able to treat even more animals for this curable disease.
In the coming year we will establish our own safe haven to house animals in transition to our adoption program, nursing mothers, and those recuperating from medical treatment. This facility will also be home to animals who are considered unadoptable because they do not fit into a traditional home setting, however we believe they deserve to live and this facility will be designed to provide them that opportunity. We are thankful for Sidewalk Angels and their support, they have been there for us since we started and quite simply our success would not be possible without their ongoing partnership. As we embark on this exciting new chapter we know that we count on their continued support of our life saving mission. We are forever grateful to Rob, Mari, Maria and the rest of the SWA family for believing in our ability to make lasting change in the lives of the animals for whom we are truly their last chance.