We’re still grinning like a Cheshire cat over the incredible support we received for Pets on Wheels Month 2021 in October! Thanks to all of you, Pets on Wheels set a fundraising record with $23,265 in donations – resources that will go a long way toward helping our pets help more people.
Your generosity has helped us touch countless lives during the almost 40 years since Pets on Wheels was founded. Our friendly therapy pet visits have such a significant impact on the recipients, and this letter we received with a recent donation gets right to the heart of it:
“Thank you so much for visiting with Marge. Marge really wants a dog but is not able to care for one. She lost her husband in February and just loves to see Ariel and the other dogs. It is such a nice gift you offer and it really means a lot.”
Thanks to you, Ariel and her handler can visit with Marge and all of the people who benefit from our pets’ love. Please know that we appreciate you!
Gina Kazimir, Executive Director
Pets on Wheels Partners Celebrate Our Visits
We are so excited when our facility partners share stories and pictures of visits from Pets on Wheels therapy teams! Here are several accounts, hot off the presses!
-Mercy (Baltimore) Health Foundation published a wonderful piece about our visiting teams in their Giving Matters newsletter.
-The Baltimore County Department of Aging featured Pets on Wheels in the October/November issue of Time of Your Life Digest.
St. Mary’s County 911 Center made an amazing video about our visits that you can check out here: https://youtu.be/Gjy7wmKq4J8 .
Petco Love Foundation Names Pets on Wheels one of their Helping Heroes
Pets on Wheels is honored to be the recipient of a $7,500 grant investment from Petco Love (formerly the PetCo Foundation) in support of our work. Since 2012, Petco Love has invested more than $16 million to bolster the life changing work of Helping Heroes. Helping Heroes focuses on those organizations that take pets from shelters and transform them into heroes to assist people in need, primarily our nation’s veterans. Pets on Wheels is proud to partner with the Columbia, MD, Petco for our Howard County area temperament screenings, and we thank everyone in the Columbia store for their incredible support.
“Petco Love is proud to support Pets on Wheels as one of nearly 100 organizations receiving a Helping Heroes grant this year,” said Petco Love President Susanne Kogut. “Petco Love focuses on supporting organizations that find pets in animal shelters and train them to become pet heroes who improve the lives of others, highlighting the true potential of shelter pets and the impact they bring to their communities.”
This investment is the most significant grant Pets on Wheels has received to date. We are incredibly grateful for this statement of support for our mission of sharing love to lick stress and loneliness.
How You Can Help
We are honored to have some wonderful new facility partners, like our 911 Center partners, who are seeing the positive impact of our therapy pets. You can help our pets continue to help more people on Giving Tuesday, November 30 in a few easy ways:
- If you participate in workplace giving through the CFC, MCC or United Way, designate Pets on Wheels Inc, EIN # 52-1657528, PO Box 44176 Baltimore MD 21236 as your charity of choice. Designate Pets on Wheels Inc, Baltimore MD or #1311 for the Maryland Combined Charity Campaign, or # 90148 for the Combined Federal Campaign.
- Make a gift to Pets on Wheels on Giving Tuesday here or by mailing a check payable to Pets on Wheels to PO Box 44176
Baltimore, MD 21236
- Set up a fundraiser on Facebook. Just use this link to get started: https://www.facebook.com/fund/petsonwheelsinc/
Closed for the Holiday
Our main office will be closed Nov 22 – 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Please leave a message and we’ll get back to you. THANK YOU for all of your support. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Pets on Wheels brings the joy of friendly pet therapy to people all over the state of Maryland. Regularly visiting nursing homes and hospitals to assisted living facilities, homeless and domestic violence shelters, veterans’ hospitals, libraries, schools, colleges, corporate campuses and more, Pets on Wheels volunteers improve lives and help lick loneliness one visit at a time.