Thursday, April 23, 2009

Big Plans!! Starting Point!!

Big Plans!! Starting Point!!

Leigh and Jami did a fabulous job of bringing forth information regarding the pet shelters and their needs! We decided will be doing a bowl-a-rama as a group to support one of the charities this coming August or September and we are also bringing items to the next meeting on May 5th to donate to another local animal shelter!!
(If you are interested in the items needed they are attached to the email I sent out and also listed below in a link)

Summary of information for local shelters and shelter organizations:

1. Lost Our Dog Foundation ( A group of real estate professionals who formed a non-profit group a year ago to rescue pets left behind due to foreclosures or other financial hardship.
a. Ways to get involved:
i. Be the committee for the 2nd Annual Pasta, Poker and Pets Party. Goal of 300 ppl this year. Silent auction, poker, pasta buffet and drinks.
ii. Fundraisers – Food drives, fashion shows, etc. w/adoption elements
iii. Volunteer in various capacities
iv. Foster and adopt animals

2. PACC911 (www/ - brings together animal welfare organizations throughout Maricopa County in an interactive manner, providing opportunities to work together for the greater benefit of the animals. We focus on assisting the rescue groups in four distinct ways: adoption events, fundraising, education and medical assistance through the PACC911 Emergency Medical Fund.
a. Ways to help:
i. Volunteer at adoption drives and events (bowl-a-rama)
ii. Donate clothes to My Sister’s Closet and designate them to Pacc911
b. Contact:
10645 N Tatum Blvd Suite 200-516
Phoenix, AZ 85028

3. RESCUE ( – Rescues animals from euthanasia and places them in foster homes. A virtual operation founded in 1995.
a. Ways to help:
i. RESCUE needs a facility. They’re trying to raise $500,000 and have reached 20% of their goal:
ii. Volunteer professional services
iii. Donate food, litter, collars, gift cards to pet stores
iv. Fundraisers
v. Foster and adopt animals
vi. Sponsor an animal for $40 to $800 depending on the term
b. Contact:

PAC: Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Program PAC is a joint effort between Friends for Life and local veterinarians, businesses, and individuals to provide low-cost spays and neuters to low-income families (under $45,000 per year) and stray population caregivers. PAC operates through local veterinary clinics. Call (480) 497-8296 to apply for this program.
PAC is organized and managed by Friends for Life Animal Sanctuary
Download this Form to apply for the program and bring them both into the shelter during regular business hours (see contact page).
Project HART: Humane Animal Rescue and TreatmentFriends for life operates, Project HART, Humane Animal Rescue and Treatment. HART volunteers maintain feeding stations providing food and water to animals that would otherwise starve. When funding permits, we humanely trap at the feeding stations and the animals are tested for disease and spayed or neutered. The wild animals are returned to their home at the feeding station and the tame animals are provided with a foster home where they will await adoption. We need your HELP to continue our rescue efforts. You can help by becoming a HART supporter and donating $10 per month to Project HART. If you choose to be a Project HART supporter, you will know that with each passing day, yet another animal was rescued. Click here or visit our Donate page to set up a monthly donation and become a HART supporter.

Insurance agents who will make donations:

It can't be any easier than this to help homeless animals! Lilli Graf with Allstate Insurance in Gilbert believes in Friends for Life's mission so much, that she has created a way to help the homeless animals year around. By e-mailing and asking for an insurance quote, Lilli will make a donation to Friends for Life. If you know of anyone who may be shopping for insurance, or if you're interested in perhaps checking to see if you're getting the best rate, send an e-mail to Lilli and help homeless animals, too!

Jill Blackson, with American Family Insurance, is offering a free Life Insurance and Retirement Needs Review. For each review she will make a donation to Friends for Life and for each completed Life or annuity application, she will donate $20 to Friends for life. Ask her how to make Friends for Life a partial beneficiary on your life policy! Email Jill at to find out more!

Phoenix area shelters/dog adoption links:

Donation items needed – bring to next meeting and Leigh/Jami will distribute to shelters:

Collars & Leashes sale – proceeds go to support shelters
Sunday, May 3rd 9am-noon: Back by popular demand! Help support Friends for Life Animal Rescue! Our first Collar & Leashes fundraiser helped raise over $850 (and still counting) so we're doing this event again! Mark your calendars for May 3 from 9AM-Noon and tell everyone you know. Dog Collars, Leashes, Harnesses and squeaky toys! Beautiful Leather and Nylon Styles. $5 - $20 donation for each piece (HUGE savings compared to retail prices!) 505 N Ocotillo Lane , Gilbert (mapquest directions are incorrect) Call 602-469-0339 or Email for directions.


Carla Partridge from SUSD has asked for our assistance in getting the CDL playground at Sierra Vista up and running before September so that they can obtain their licence to open the program...
We as a group have decided to assist in making this happen! Stay tuned!!! Many updates, details and plans to follow!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Tonight was full of great ideas and great DIRECTION!
It was really cool how the group came together tonight!
We started off discussing a few topics to research and learn about-we decided that we wanted to look further into building a library for a country in need. We spent time researching the building of a library and as we read and sound boarded on the approach to do so, we realized that our local community could really use our support! We decided that we will continue to learn about projects and countries afar but that we will direct our energies to the community we live in for now. We are all still passionate about learning about the world we live in-but at the same time found that we are passionate about assisting the local community and making a difference there.
We have chosen two fields that need our efforts-the locals school programs and the local animal shelters. We spent time throwing around ideas and contacts that will help us to expand these avenues....We have dedicated the next meeting to following up on these topics and spinning from the material that we will return with at that time. For the next two weeks we are going to look into teh immediate needs with in teh schools and shelters...
The energy of tonight's meeting was very direct and it was so cool to see how many leaders are part of this group!
This weeks personal challenge is to make sure that you take a wheat grass shot this week...
Wheatgrass is commonly known as a grain, but is actually considered a vegetable at the time it is harvested. It is available in health food stores in the tablet form and is great for your overall health and wellness.
It is ideal for anyone who wants to feel great and stay well without much effort. It can be taken daily and is actually said to aid with anti-aging efforts.
Wheatgrass is great for people who are active in sports or other strenuous activities in day-to-day life because the Vitamin B1 converts carbohydrates into energy. It is most effective in the form of juice, which is high in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has many benefits on the body, which include enhanced digestion and boosted recovery from illness.
It also removes toxins and has a high amount of oxygen. It contains 20 amino acids, hundreds of helpful enzymes, and nutrients. Wheatgrass is commonly recommended for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant because of the folic acid that it contains. Folic acid helps to prevent any possible birth defects that can occur during a normal pregnancy.
Wheatgrass is good for you and can be easily incorporated into your daily routine for all around great health benefits.
We donated monies towards Blankets for Babies at today's meeting...
Please mark your calenders: **Taglio Salon is holding a "We Will Cut For Food" Event at their Salon on Sunday April 26th. This is a food drive & all the proceeds will go to St. Mary's...They will be offering all their services @ an unbelievable price of $35/service for that day when you bring a canned or non perishable food. They will be holding a raffle at the Event as well...tickest go on sale April 19th.**Please call Susie Chaney for an appointment**
(Please feel free to support the cause by bringing canned or non perishable food to the next meeting if you are unable to support this cause the day of the Event)