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Animals (and Humans) in Disaster Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Disaster Aid, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief

Mission: People facing the aftermath of crisis/disaster become overwhelmed, discouraged, hopeless or depressed! When many people think of resiliency, they think of going back to what they were/had before the crisis or disaster. For most people, they can't go back. They have to be helped with moving forward, into a live or lifestyle they didnt envision or have to tolls to cope with

Results: We help people in crisis/disasters learn resiliency through pets and local community support. We are serving all counties in Arizona. In our last IRS 990s, we gave about $675,000 of pet food, leashes, collars, bowls, beds, toys, (etc), education and services, on under $20,000 donated cash,to victims who had pets to help them unconditional love and hope in their live when challenges threaten to overwhelm them. People will ask for help for their pets, that they will not ask for them selves. Partnering with churches, non-profits, and cities helping humans, once people come for the pet food, we want them to get the human help that will return them to stability or improve their lives (and really help the pets long term). Please see our statistics page for details!

Target demographics: people who are stuggling to get though each day build resiliency (reasonto get out of bed each morning_,

Direct beneficiaries per year: by giving around $655,000 of pet items and pet food on $20,000 donated cash that YOU provided . We have sustain this level of giving and service in Arizona for the last fouryears! in Arizona!!!

Geographic areas served: Arizona though pets and community

Programs: supplemental pet food to churches,non-profits and groups helping in the community and emergency support of leashes, collars, bowls, beds toys...to pets of disaster, domestic violence victims and Veteran!

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These guys are great I have been in a domestic violence relationship and that ended 3 weeks ago. I have two small dogs and one of them has to eat soft dog food due to his under bite. I had nothing to feed them, no I'd. And no bill in my name. I emailedbthe CEO. He was very helpful to me and found my place , give me a phone number and I am able to make things better for my dogs Ringo and bowdie. Thank you so much for making this happen for me. I am so grateful. Things are starting to pull together for me. Its going to be a long road for recovery and these people are making things easier for me. Thank u and god bless each one of you.

Tracy L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

CJ and Steve went out of their way to secure pickup of a donation from my home (in 100+ degree weather). Amazingly dedicated people leading hard work for an amazing cause.

2 Jo B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a recently disabled veteran, who can no longer work or drive. I have 6 dogs and 3 cats and without CJ and Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry I would have needed to rehome my pets because SSDI is only enough to pay the rent. I love my animals but I love this nonprofit just as much, it is outstanding.

Cathy D.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CJ runs a fabulous progran that helps the community on multiple levels. Her dedication inspires others to get involved to help the pet community in need. The ability to help state wide fills an important need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CJ is an amazing organizer who is ready at anytime to help anyone in true need. She is resourceful, kind, knowledgeable and trustworthy. I have seen her in action many times and her energy and enthusiasm is endless when it comes to her passion of helping animals and people in need. Her organization is above and beyond and is worthy of the highest recognition. Thank you CJ for being such an amazing advocate here in the valley of the sun.

Janette Albarracin M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great resource for the community! Very lovely and hardworking individuals!

Donor

Rating: 5

I work for an organization that donates a lot of animal food to this organization. They have been generous in sharing some of the stories of their hard work and success stories with us and I am so happy to be a part of the process. I look forward to hopefully many more success stories and am excited to continue this partnership.

1 Vikki M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry is one of the few organizations that goes above and beyond all over the state of Arizona without judgement and with caring hearts. Many times CJ has put money in just to get to a destination that she knows would benefit from the services she provides. A HUGE state and community asset that runs on very little funding but never backs out when someone is in need. BRAVO for making a difference when so many have wanted to give up

Rebecca H.5

Donor

Rating: 5

When i first started getting into volunteering and starting to help animals, I worked with CJ at a booth and took donations to her house. They always made me feel no matter how small the donations, they were always welcome and always thankful.
I learned more about them and what they do and know these are the things that are done when you really care about the animals cuz there’s nothing but hard work to make this magic happen. Way to go guys

Claudia R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Empty Bowl Pet Food Panty helps to fill such a gap in human and animal care in the community, mainly by getting pet food where it is needed, to the pets of the underserved and vets. They often partner with other organizations that provide services to the needy and lend a hand in times of crisis. CJ Anderson and her group are devoted to helping others in Arizona.

Lisa K. W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been following the amazing work of the nonprofit for several years now. They work tirelessly to help both pets and their families during the most difficult times in their lives. The support they provide to the community is priceless and every event they attend I always make sure to help with a donation that I'm 100% sure will go to help where it's most needed. This is a charity you can trust that really makes an impact in the world on a daily basis.

Heather G.3

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing things with the resources they receive. Thank you for the work you do in the community.

Laurie E.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great group of ppl.
I have donated to them several times as well as seen them in action helping those that need the help..

cchristensen09

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit serves so many people! They go when it's not easy or convenient. They go because they care that much! Thank you for all you do Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry! You are making a difference in the lives of both people & pets!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry, CJ and Steve, came to Safford, AZ to support our local Veteran's Resource Fair! They stayed from 11am to 6pm. They provided and gave out food, products & toys to our local Veteran's and their families. Their support really helped to make the event a success! I hope they will plan to join us again next year! The work you do is amazing! Thank you for all you do! You make a huge difference in the lives of people and animals!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization. Run buy amazing loving people. I am honored to be apart of. Giving and helping others

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Empty Bowl about 2 years ago. I enjoy helping at the Az Veterans Stand Down all across az HopeFest, and many more. The CEO is most inspiring and Fearce. She gets it done. This organization also helps other organizations as they can. I'm so proud to be a part of this wonderful non profit. Nothing feels better than giving back. Mostly helping people keep there pets. Keep up the rewarding work.

Michelle W.7

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has truly been a wonderful experience to be newly elected to the board in 2018. Giving back to the community is always rewarding and though this non-profit I get to teach emergency preparedness as well as provide real help in times of crisis.
Don't forget your local charities in all months of the year, you never know when you may be on the receiving end of support!

1 Kate P.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known cj for about 4 years. And no matter the challenges ive faced and the amount of screw ups I've accomplished all on my own cj has never once left me to pick my self up alone. .... each and every time I am finally done with what ever mess I make for my self shes always there to share her advice, her hug, her time, her home her resources, he knowledge, her ear, her smile and her support no matter how long it takes for me to be finished hurting my self shes always there when i'm done and I couldn't be more thankful grateful and honored to be called a friend of hers..... this woman has taught me so much about life and being successful and how to be hopeful after disaster, and how to be strong good God this woman has strength beyond that of any person I have ever met in my life..... thank you CJ you have changed my life and all the dogs ive saved forever.... with out her 200+ dogs over the last 3 years wouldn't have had food, beds, toys , medications, or me to have had the ability to rescue as I have.... shes incredible and her organization shows her heart and soul with its beauty and success!!!!!! Thank you Cj!!!!!

1 Shannon R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My house burned down leaving my family and pets displaced. Cj reached out to me and supplied me with dog and cat supplies. Not having to worry about where my dog's next meal was coming from was a giant step in getting my life closer to normal. I will be eternally grateful.

AZFanilow

Donor

Rating: 5

Our office, Fixing Feet Institute, has partnered with this organization for 2 years now, in that we run a donation drive for them every March and April. We have been so impressed with the work they do, and the outpouring of support from our patients, that we have decided to add this worthy organization to our annual list which means we will continue to run a donation drive ever year. CJ anderson who runs the organization is the most devoted person I have met. There are many organizations helping to get animals adopted, but this organization helps keep pets in their homes with their loving families so they don't end up in shelter needing to be adopted,

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our office runs donation drives year round for different organizations. This year we found the Empty Bowl Pet Food pantry, and after doing some research on the company, we decided to support them this past March and April. Our patients were more than generous when they saw the wonderful service this organization provides. We were able to fill up CJ's truck with all kind of pet food and supplies. Because of the wonderful work they do, and the response from our patients, we have decided to make this a yearly event. There are lots of good organizations out there helping to adopt shelter animals. The difference is that this organization is helping people to take care of their animals, so they don't end up in a shelter.

Christina B.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have referred many people to this group. Those who found themselves on hard times & have always heard that they were able to help. No judgement just help. Thank you for your dedication