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Animals in Disaster (AID),Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry, Disaster Service Inc

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

Mission: 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).

Results: We are serving in 11 of 15 counties in Arizona. In our last IRS 990 we gave $675,000 of pet food, leashes, collars, bowls, beds, toys, (etc) to victims who had pets to help them unconditional love and hope in their live when challenges threaten to overwhelm them. (on $19,500 cash donations).

Target demographics: people who are stuggling to get though each day

Direct beneficiaries per year: by giving $655,000 of pet items and pet food on $19.500 cash that YOU provided in Arizona!!!

Geographic areas served: Arizona though pets

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

37 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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I met a veteran who needed help with pet food and supplies, these guys were there. When I worked with a domestic violence victim who needed help with her dogs in a terrible situation, these guys were there. When a social worker friend needed resources for her homeless clients with pets, these guys were there. These guys are amazing. I can't count how much they have helped, serving a need that not many serve.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This group does so much with so little, to ensure that pets don't go without, it's amazing. I've volunteered with a few animal-centric groups and know how much effort it takes to pull these kinds of donations together on a day-in, day-out basis, and then to distribute them properly. It's no easy feat what they manage!

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The animals in Yarnell and Peeples Valley were very grateful to this organization for their generous donations to the community after the Yarnell Fire

Client Served

Rating: 5

CJ and Empty Bowl do an excellent job not only helping people in need but their animals as well. Empty Bowl has helped out in many crisis situations to prevent people from having to choose whether to either feed their animal companions or give them up altogether. Empty Bowl is a valuable resource in the animal rescue community and also has come to the aid of other animal rescue organizations needing help or advice as well. Empty Bowl is definitely a benefit to the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first moved to AZ. CJ was one of the first people I came in contact with. Not sure how, maybe because I had taken in a feral kitten--don't remember. But seeing her passion and all the good she does each and every day was a life changing for me. I have been in rescue now for 5 years, what a great way to pay it forward to those that can't take care of themselves; the furs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am impressed with everything they do to help the animals and people of our state. They don't ever turn a blind eye to those in need

Julie254

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have referred many to this organization for help with their pets and everyone has gotten the assistance they needed when they had been turned down at others so this is a necessary resource to the homeless community

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Empty Bowl is one of the best in Phoenix . CJ works tirelessly to gather and distribute to the rescues and shelters here. Every day I see results of her work here advancing the ability to help the rescues be able to meet the needs of their intakes. She also does many other endeavors here with her Vets assistance program. This is a worthy charity and you will actually see the value of your donation in her work with our community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Without Empty Bowl many people would have no where to turn in times of need for their pets. And this may be the only available option the owner has otherwise many would have to give up their beloved companion to an already overfilled and understaffed shelter system here in Maricopa County.
Please donate when possible and lets keep their doors open.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a nurse and see many people in need. They never turn anyone away. Love this group help so many in need!!!

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!

Tammy110

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization!! I have met and befriended CJ Anderson several years ago! She is an awesome leader and does wonderful work here!!
Helping animals in disaster (AID) is an awesome cause; helping to reunite lost animals, providing food, providing any necessary Veterinary care and, many other services.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization!! I am fortunate enough to have met and befriended CJ Anderson several years ago! She is an awesome leader and does wonderful work here!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CJ Anderson is a compassionate, hard working, knowledgeable woman who works endlessly in her support of humans and animals via The Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry and Animals in Disaster - two very vital organizations. Working tirelessly to educate people on the betterment of animal care and survival, CJ is extremely diligent in "getting the job done" resulting in the best possible outcome. Ten paws up for The Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry and Animals in Disaster. Licks and wags for CJ.

1 Ivy R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AID/Empty Bowl assisted Tempe CERT in pet first aid and pet CPR training to CERT volunteers and members. This enables citizens, in times of disaster, to not only to take care of their human families but also animal families. We have a houseful of critters. My hubby, I, and our 2 children have all taken the class. It brought awareness to the importance in preparedness and we are much more thoughtful when we plan for potential disasters and/or evacuation. My hubby and son had the pleasure to help AID/Empty Bowl in a few occasions (collecting and unloading pet foods and stocking the storage space) and got to know its volunteers. These are dedicated people who are doing all they can and some more in order to help folks who would put their pets first before themselves during difficult times. Their services, in my opinion, bring so much relief and happiness to those that need it.

2 Linda346

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for several years and have never run into a more devoted group of people. On a shoestring budget this organization performs miracles. It respects its volunteers and gives credit where credit is due. No matter what the emergency or need, someone there will find a way to help regardless of how inconvenient the timing may be. What a much better world we would live in if there were more groups like this for both people and their animal companions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the years I've volunteered with many organizations. Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry is one the most far-reaching AZ ones. It has a hands-on, global approach helping people get back on their feet and keep their companion animals. EBPFP is not simply a here's a bag of food for your pet and then good-bye. It really cares. If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry to raise hope for the most needy among us. It is an honor and privilege to be part of this not-for-profit group.

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cj__2 05/10/2015

We have been blessed to have people like you to help guide us on our way, and to give us access to the community resources that help make such a difference. Hope and will are the two (not so) secret agendas that we are striving to bring to communities, because as neighbor helping neighbor, this is the only way to get though to people who are used to being the givers, not receiving help!

1 Janis7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a much needed charity group. Thank you for your service to the animal community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Empty bowl is a wonderful organization serving our homeless, veterans and community providing pet food, spay neuter vouchers and other services. Can't say enough God things!

1 Melissa301

Client Served

Rating: 5

Empty bowl pantry has helped me a number of times with getting food for my kitties. If it went for them I don't know what I would have done

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Empty Bowl Pet Food Panty is an wonderful organization for animals and the community alike. The need is great for both and CJ Anderson and her crew work their hearts out to get the job done. I was honored to be able to help out at the Arizona Stand down with CJ and saw so many animals get medical attention, food, supplies and other resources so these animals can stay in their home with the owners who love them.