Get happy! Brand new Sidewalk Angels Foundation merch is being released at next weekend’s shows in Atlantic City Borgata Hotel & Casino.
The tees should be available for online purchase within the next week and a half.
See you there!
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.
Mid Hudson Animal Aid is a no-kill cat sanctuary dedicated to providing a safe haven for
abandoned and abused felines in the Hudson Valley and beyond.Our resident animals are given humane and compassionate care in a free-range environment while awaiting their forever homes. MHAA is a pioneer of the no-kill shelter model, boasting a mostly cage-less, free roaming environment. Separate FELV and FIV apartments have been created for special needs animals and no cat is considered unadoptable. As a non- profit organization, we subsist entirely on donations and fundraising efforts. Fire recently ripped through our isolation ward taking the lives of eight of our precious cats. We are currently rebuilding and tending to the needs of our 160 residents in foster homes. The generous support from Side Walk Angels has been an integral part of our rebuilding effort. Their donation will assist MHAA in providing veterinary care for all of our cats and new intakes and in providing preventative care upon reentry to the shelter
2013 has been a special year for us and not just because it is our tenth anniversary as a formal charity. It has been special because we have been able to help more of Jamaica’s forgotten animals than ever before by being able to successfully treat some of the worse cases of cruelty and neglect we have ever seen – being able to spay and neuter all animals on admission (as well as many dogs and cats in the adjoining community) – being able to build new kennels to relieve an overcrowding situation that had existed since Hurricane Sandy 2012 – and being able to expand our program of teaching Jamaica’s children kindness and compassion through our animals. We would not have been able to do all of this without the generous support of the aptly-named Sidewalk Angels Foundation. Thank you SWAF. We send blessings from Jamaica.
Dearest Sidewalk Angels ,