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Mission: The Pet Project for Pets, Inc. (The Pet Project) is a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of low-income pet owners who are living with AIDS or terminal or disabling conditions and illnesses. The Pet Project offers comprehensive services designed to enable our clients to keep their animal companions. Services include an animal food bank, referrals to subsidized or low-cost veterinary care, dog walking, litter box maintenance, grooming, foster care and adoption when necessary.

Target demographics: Pets and their Humans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 869 people and 1001 pets

Geographic areas served: SE Florida

Programs: Pet Food Bank, Pet Vaccines, Pet heart worm medication, Low cost vet care all to enable individuals with illness, disability or aging to "KEEP THEIR PETS IN THEIR HOMES"

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pet Project for Pets has made it possible to keep my beloved pets with me at home in spite of my being elderly and disabled and having a very low income. The food and litter they supply for them is a lifeline to their well being and mine.

TriciaBlair

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you've ever experienced the heartache of having to let go of a pet due to financial hardship, you will appreciate the mission of the Pet Project for Pets: " ... Pet Retention - providing the necessary pet food, pet supplies, pet vaccines and pet medications to enable financially challenged individuals with terminal illnesses, disabilities, senior citizens and those who are temporarily unemployed to keep their companion pets, thus preserving the Human / Animal bond, which is proven to be vitally important. The Pet Project enables hundreds of pets to avoid being surrendered to rescues and remain in their homes with the people who love them but are not able to provide for their basic needs without assistance from our program."
The Pet Project for Pets keeps pets with their people - forever!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pet Project for Pets, Inc. is Keeping Pets with Their People! I'm one of 78 volunteers devoting our time to helping pets stay in their homes with the people who love them most. Now serving more than 1,400 clients and growing consistently every year, these pets have avoided being surrendered to shelters due to their owners’ financial hardships, terminal illnesses or disabilities.

Donor

Rating: 5

Words fail to describe the impact of this particular non-profit to the pets and the community. Impact that would not have been possible, if not for the tireless dedication and determination of it's core leader, Sue Martino. I first met Sue Martino when she came to South Florida from New York back in 2006 and I was immediately impressed by her genuine and boundless love for animals and her ownership of the existing Pet Project For Pets non-profit mission and desire to drive it to new heights and have it become the savior vehicle for countless lives, both of the pets themselves and their human companions. Her speeches and getting to know her instantly resonated with me and I made the decision that if there was a singular organization that deserved my support both in volunteering and donating, that would truly make a huge dent in the target mission, the Pet Project for Pets would be the one.
Fast forward 13 years later, and I could not have been more happier and gratified for making that decision to support the Pet Project for Pets unconditionally , just like their unconditional support of the mission. I have witnessed first hand so many lives altered for the better and so much love, sometimes easy and sometimes through struggles to push through the tough times where finances were tougher, and board members put on the line their own financials to support the cause.
My message is to anyone who loves pets and is doubting where to contribute time and resources that would guarantee honesty in actual pursuit of a non-profit's cause, to not think twice about the Pet Project for Pets.

Donor

Rating: 5

Pet Project for Pets is an organization that is very close to my heart. They have once clear mission, that they have not strayed from, is to take care of your voiceless companions who are a great source of comfort in your life, and to make sure they can be with you when you need them the most. It is a small group that works tirelessly to achieve this goal. Recently they have expanded into a Pet Legacy program and also adult pet adoption.
It is an amazing organization that could use some help from you.

Donor

Rating: 5

This amazing organization works tirelessly to keep over 1500 pets and their disabled or elderly owners together by providing pet food, pet supplies, and annual vaccinations to qualified clients. As the Rescue Bank distributor, Pet Project also stores and supplies 501(c)3 rescue organizations with pet food and supplies donated through GreaterGood.org.

The Pet Project keeps these animals from being surrendered to shelters where the pet is unlikely to find a new home and is more likely to be euthanized.

On August 17, 2019, Sue Martino, Pet Project’s Executive Director, actively participated in the annual “Clear the Shelters” event and launched her creative--and highly successful--pilot program in collaboration with the county animal shelter which has resulted in older dogs finding homes. Since August 17th, this “Senior Paws” program has already gotten eight senior dogs adopted.

As another example of the extraordinary contribution of time and manpower, after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, Pet Project's dedicated team immediately went into "overdrive." They accepted goods, loaded those goods, drove them to the airport where the goods were unloaded, weighed, and loaded onto aircraft so Wings of Rescue and IAFW could transport the animal welfare supplies to the islands. The team performed these steps up to 3 times a day during the height of the relief effort, which continues still.

The Pet Project team of staff and volunteers play a critical role in animal welfare and they readily encourage and support other rescue groups’ efforts as well.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been following The Pet Project for quite some time now. I have gotten to know Sue Martino Executive Director and due to her hard work and caring for animals she has saved many animals from becoming homeless but able to stay in their home.
The Pet Project is making a big difference in our community here in Broward County.
The volunteers are very dedicated and go out of their way to help Broward County and our animals.
I personally have supported The Pet Project and attended events.
My most recent experience was "Clear the Shelter" at Broward County Animal Care and Adoption where Pet Projects for Pets sponsored dogs that have been with the shelter a long time. They offered to pay for food and vet for the animals if they were adopted and succeeded!
I am an employee in the animal rescue industry and have been a volunteer myself for many years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Pet Project for many years. When I first started, I helped with a few fundraisers, and helped sort things for the thrift store.
Now I do home deliveries for people that are disabled, elderly, can't drive anymore or pick up their own food.
When I can help someone to be able to stay in their own home and keep their precious kitty or dog, it is a wonderful thing. To those special people and creatures, they are each other's world. They truly need each other for survival, and Pet Project provides them this opportunity with home deliveries of food, and vet care.
I deliver once a month, and these people are so grateful.
It does my heart good, when I deliver food to someone that so needs this service that Pet Project provides.
The lady in the wheelchair with her dog, the homebound lady with a cat, the nearly homeless couple in low-income housing. They told me they actually bought their dog from a crack addict for 10.00, just to save him. Then they got assistance from Pet Project to feed him. They couldn't afford food, but saved the dog from that awful life.
Pet Project has people come pick up their own food. Pet Project also provides to all the nonprofit rescues. I can't say enough about how great it is to have Pet Project helping our community by providing food and vet services to those in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Pet Project for pets provides a most valuable service. It keeps pets with their owners when the owners can no longer handle the financial responsibilities of caring for a pet, thereby keeping the pets out of a shelter. So many of these pets are old and would be euthanized. In this time of overflowing pet shelters, every animal that can be kept in a home gives another a chance. And in the end, when you are gone, The Pet Project for Pets has set up a Legacy Program which will take care of your pet after your death and find a new permanent home for your pet. The pet will be looked after until the end of it's life.

KARINFLA

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no other pet-centric non-profit offering so much support to the community in the South Florida area. Here to support pets and their disabled, ill or aging owners in danger of having to relinquish their beloved companions, the Pet Project for Pets, under the leadership of Sue Martino, steps in and saves the day for many a sad and hungry pet.

Now more than ever, the Pet Project for Pets fills an ever widening void that swallows up the doomed pets of owners who are unable to feed them, pay for their veterinary care, keep up their vaccinations, and save their lives once they become ill or injured. The damage to the disabled, ill or elderly owners' spirit from watching their pet go hungry, suffer from illness or lack of routine medical maintenance, from having to say goodbye to a long time companion knowing fully well that their beloved pet most likely will be euthanized, is only equaled by the suffering of the companion animal sensing what is coming.

Hundreds of thousands of animals are neglected, abandoned, hurt or surrendered for termination throughout the country and all over the world. Sue Martino and her team steps in with the Pet Project for Pets and saves whomever can be reached and who comes to the door. The Pet Project for Pets and its team delivers solutions where others merely mouth their outrage yet do nothing.

The Pet Project will feed the pets at risk and help keep them safely at home, providing desperately needed pet support for the aged, unemployed, indigent, ill and disabled members of our community who are trying to hold on to the only companions they have, in many instances. They may have rescued the pet themselves, trying to offer help in turn. If there were a Pet Project for Pets in every town, thousands of pets would be at home, loved and fed, taken care of and allowed to bring continued happiness to their owners, not having to be given up and killed. Those that care would have a place to go and contribute their help.

The head count of pets being taken care of by the Pet Project for Pets grows daily. The need is great and the Pet Project turns no one away who is in dire straits with their pet. The reach of the Pet Project's helping hand into the community does not stop here. Free or almost free pet food and pet supplies are offered to many local animal rescues and TNR (trap neuter release) participants. Free spay/neuters and vacinations are facilitated. Ill pets are referred to participating discounted veterinarians. Through this outreach to other rescues so many more passionate animal advocates are empowered to be effective and not disheartened when facing the incredible need they encounter.

There is also a busy thrift shop, Hidden Treasures, where anyone in the community can bring donations, which are then offered to the public for sale at reasonable prices, creating yet more benefits for the community at large. All proceeds go to feed the animals.

Sue Martino of the Pet Project for Pets is a brilliant leader of a group of dedicated donors, board members, volunteers and program participants, who share the common purpose and goal to alleviate the suffering and untimely demise of our animal companions, who just want to be by our side throughout their lives and ours. There is not one of us here at the Pet Project for Pets who does not have animal companions we love and cherish. The mental and health benefits of being lucky enough to have a companion pet are numerous and significant. The purring of a cat can lower blood pressure. Petting a pet can relieve stress and loneliness. One learns what unconditional love and loyalty feels like, allowing one's heart to open and outflow the same. We benefit as much from living with pets as they do.

Sue Martino and her group of volunteers, donors and co-creators of the Pet Project for Pets have the talent and dedication to take the Pet Project much further yet in its impact on the community at large and with each and every new endangered animal they are able to reach.

I am a volunteer at the Pet Project for Pets in Fort Lauderdale, Fl, formerly a client with disabled animals I tried to save but could not keep without their help. Every day when I see my pets little faces, I think of what the Pet Project for Pets has done for them and myself, and I say my heartfelt thanks for all they do for my little family and so many others in need.

If you resonate with our cause, please donate, volunteer or if you are in South Florida, come by the thrift shop, or just stop by to meet us. Or reach out so we can help. Thank you.

Ken B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at the Pet Project, I have been able to see first hand how people are able to keep their pets with the food and veterinary assistance that is provided to them. After attending one of their fund raising events, I adopted my dog, Sadie who was there as part of a rescue.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Pet Project for Pets is a wonderful organization that makes possible for thousands of animals to have a home by helping those who cannot afford basic supplies, but are willing to help and protect animals that need help!

Way to go wonderful people!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet Project for Pets is an amazing organization made up of people dedicated to keeping people and their pets together, forever, regardless of financial difficulty and/or illness.

Pet Project for Pets has helped me with both of my dogs, Leah and Maggie, when I have fallen on hard times. In 2015 my dog, Maggie, became ill and I couldn't afford the medicine she needed to save her life. Pet Project for Pets helped me pay for Maggie's medication, and with their help, I had two more wonderful years with my Waggie Maggie! (Leah on the left, Waggie Maggie on the right).

I am grateful for the help the Pet Project for Pets has given me over the years, and for the work they do every day for the people and pets in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What Pet Project does to help feed the needy stray dogs and cats is Incredible. They constantly strive to help foster homes to make sure they have enough food for their pets.

Sue is highly dedicated aand committed to help much neede dogs and cats. Thanks to her hundreds of pets are fed daily.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Sue at Pet Project for Pets when she was just getting started. She works tirelessly to help sick and indigent housebound people stay with their pets, frequently the only friend they have. She also rescues and places dogs and cats and now has an amazing thrift store where all of the donations go to help the animals! She recently had a Blessing for the Animals at the church next door. I've been to many events Sue has had for Pet Project. They are just the greatest! Bless you, Sue, and Pet Project for all you do!

1 Mike J.2

Donor

Rating: 5

A great organization, that provides an essential and crucial service for people and pets within Broward County. Their work is a labor of love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at the thrift store that helps support The Pet Project and I see the happy clients that receive food for their pets. Without this organization many clients would have to surrender their animals. What a great group of dedicated volunteers and staff.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the best charities in town. The work they do is incredibly valuable to the communities they serve.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first hand have seen many clients of The Pet Project receive food that they desperately needed to feed their animals. The Pet Project fills a void that is much needed in south Florida. I see the money I donate help keep pets at home with their loving owners and out of shelters.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work the Pet Project for Pets does, their dedicated volunteers provide much needed food and supplies for pet owners who qualify due to health issues or having fallen on hard times. The pets and the owners benefit physically, mentally and spiritually. The well loved animals are kept healthy and happy, which in turn benefits their human friends.
They often get calls to save animals in distress situations. They find foster homes and save animals everyday. All of the folks I met who work with the Pet Project are kind and knowledgeable. I support them fully and donate funds when ever I can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have donated to pet Project for Pets and are very happy with seeing our money put to goods use.
Those who are homebound or suffering with HIV need the support this non-profit offers, pet food is paid for, vet bills are taken care of and most importantly pets are kept with the owners they know and love and NOT put into shelters simply because a loving owner is struggling. That this is a benefit to their clients health and well being is a fact that is not stressed enough. With the tough economy that we have had, many more families have had the need for services and the folks who work and volunteer at The Pet Project for Pets really care and are willing to do what it takes to keep pets with those who love and cherish them. A one of a kind, great organization! Keep up the good work!

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1 JoAnne Boyd P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 10 years at the Pet Project for Pets. The work that is being done to combat pet surrender is amazing and it works. I have seen our number of pets who we keep at home with their families grow each year and I have seen the benefits to both the pets and their pet parents. I love being a pet project volunteer and I look forward to saving so many more pets.
JoAnne