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Rob Thomas shows at Borgata – Atlantic City

Rob Thomas will be having three shows benefiting Sidewalk Angels Foundation at The Borgata in Atlantic City on January 15, 16, & 17th.

Sidewalk Angels Foundation Donates Barns to Pets Alive Sanctuary For Farm Animal Program Rejuvenation and Expansion

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 ( 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

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  To become a fan of Pets Alive on Facebook, go to  To follow Pets Alive on Twitter, go to

Letter of gratitude from Equine Rescue Inc.

Dear SideWalk Angels,
Last year you supported Equine Rescue Inc. in a big way.
We wanted to tell you what we did with your money.
Thanks to you, we changed the lives of 12 horses that were victims of extreme cruelty.  They came to us starved and beaten – both physically and emotionally.  With the funds you provided to us, we were able feed them, provide much needed medical care and most of all we were able to love them back to health. You should see them now!  We are so proud of the work you help us do.
We know that there are hundreds of rescue organizations that must vie for your attention, and we wanted to let you know that we feel blessed and encouraged that last year you chose to support US. We hopeful that in 2014 – The Year Of The Horse – you will again have faith in us. 
This year we are faced with a loan that is coming due in March. If we don’t raise the money, we may be faced with shutting our doors to any more horses for the foreseeable future.  We are hoping that you will consider another donation to help us, (and to help the horses of our community) once again run across green pastures.  No one here takes a salary.  We are all working ONLY because of the love we have for these amazing animals.
We thank you for your support in the past and ask that you please consider supporting us again this year.
With warm regards,
Lynda Roemer
Equine Rescue Inc.

Bully Breed Rescue Inc. a great rescued helped by Sidewalk Angels, helping to save this great breed.

This is a testimonial by President Heidi Lueders:

  “Bully Breed Rescue Inc. is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to the rescuing and rehoming of dogs in the pit bull class, including American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, bulldogs, and pit bull mixes. Our mission is to find forever homes and improve the reputation of this wonderful yet misunderstood breed.
We primarily take in dogs from kill shelters, owner surrenders, and neglectful situations.  Currently, Bully Breed Rescue Inc. has 16 homeless dogs in our care awaiting their adoptive homes.  We provide complete medical care, housing, food, training and stability.  We have averaged as many as 35 dogs in the rescue’s care at one time.  In 2010, we matched 73 dogs with their perfect forever families. Our adoption track record is excellent because of the methods we use to evaluate, train and place our dogs into their forever homes.  Every dog accepted into Bully Breed Rescue Inc. goes through at least a two week rest and stabilization period, so they can then be carefully evaluated.  Training is given as needed and adopters are rigorously vetted to ensure the best match possible. While these methods take longer and cost more, our successful adoption rate speaks for itself.
            While adoptions are our primary function, our outreach initiative to help people keep their pets is critical to our mission. We offer help with behavioral training or basic needs to help prevent more animals from entering the shelter systems or becoming public nuisance as strays on the streets. We have in the past coordinated the distribution of donated dog food to pet food pantries and connected pet owners in need of financial help with these other sources.
            Education is the third part of our mission. A major part of education is awareness.  Our goal would be to go into schools and after-school programs, to educate youths about dog fighting, breed discrimination, abuse and neglect, and why it is damaging not only to dogs, but to the community as well. Highlighting the prevention of unwanted litters, as well as unwanted health problems in pets is also key, by stressing the importance of spaying and neutering.  We have recently been working on creating a pilot program with a local youth center to involve teens directly with rescue, rehabilitation, and proper animal care.  This will help teach teens responsibility and hopefully to value and care for all animals.
With help from SWA and their amazingly generous grant, we have been able to continue to save homeless, neglected, and unwanted animals from lives on the streets or euthanasia in shelters. We are also able to help owners in need of financial assistance and public outreach and education with the resources provided monetarily from SWA. We, and our homeless dogs, are extremely grateful for their gift and can not begin to explain our gratitude! Thank you so much!
     Heidi Lueders
     Bully Breed Rescue Inc.

Last Chance Animal Rescue – SWA 2013 grant recipient testimonial

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.

2013 SWA grant recipient – Mid Hudson Animal Aid testimonial

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 SWA grant recipient – the animal house jamaica

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.



COLOSSAL CANINE CARE – 2013 SWA grant recipient Testimonial

Colossal Canine Care is proud to have been the recipient of a 2013 grant from Sidewalk Angels Foundation. Because of the support of SWA, Colossal has been able to rescue last chance dogs from certain death including Brutus who was an 8 year old Bullmastiff with a massive tumor and dumped at a kill shelter to die. Colossal was able to give him a loving home until his tumor ruptured. Colossal was also able to rescue Molly, an 8 1/2 year old beautiful English Mastiff with a mass on her foot that turned out to be spindle cell sarcona. Molly is living in a loving home and playing like she’s a puppy. Colossal has even been able to rescue Buster, a 14 year old Red Heeler who was living as an outside dog his entire life. The temperatures in Las Vegas were going to be nearly 120 degrees that weekend when Colossal knocked on the owner’s door and talked him into surrendering Buster. He’s now in a loving home as an indoor dog and enjoying every minute of being spoiled, as he deserves to be. These are just a few of the pups who were given a chance at life and love because of the support of Sidewalk Angels. We, and they, are truly thankful.
Colossal Canine Care

ASLAN CATS – 2013 SWA Grant Recipient/testimonial doing amazing things!

Dearest Sidewalk Angels ,

Your most generous grant has helped Aslans’s Cats enormously.

Feline Leukemia positive cats need a lot of veterinary care, much more than cats negative of the disease.

The Sidewalk Angels Foundation Grant enabled us to bring the cats to the vet as soon as we would perceive the slightest change in behavior / symptoms.

We were also able to get many cats complete dental work, which actually saved their lives, as they were suffering terribly from the pain of having bad teeth and gums.

We are now able  to do more intensive bloodwork on every cat that we bring to the vet .

To have enough money to be able to give these cats the proper care is a blessing, as it has increased the quality and length of their lives.


We cannot thank you enough.

God Bless you.

Sincerely ,

Sabrina Hansen & Hilary Harris

Founders of Aslans Cats.

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Testimonial of Last Chance Animal Rescue – 2013 grant recipient

Sidewalk Angels Foundation ongoing commitment to Last Chance Animal Rescue has provided critical support when it has been most needed.  As we embark on a new year with loftier goals it is a comfort to know that we can look to you for guidance and support going forward.