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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!

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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.

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.

1 Denise136

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CJ has put her heart into EBPFP and it shows . and so does the board

i became an vollenteer about 2 years or so ago . i am in a wheelchair and in my apartments are elderly and disabled that have pets to keep them happpy and be able to cope with personal issues . i have seen and helped load trucks andcars full of pet food for other organizations . as well i help get food for those here , and get it sent to those who need it . i have seen several homeless vets and thier pets that need the help with thier companions .

i have been as well trying to get more active in helping other animal rescues and shelters . but as in a power chair , i seem to be over looked . and in some ways i can see the concerns . as i might not see a tail under my wheels , and that would not be good .

EBPFP has helped even myself be able to get out and help how i can , if even in the chair .. that too has been of great help to me as well .

thank you EBPFP and the board and you too CJ

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Simply amazing! I'm short on words, because I'm stuck on one word for this Organization, amazing!

1 Linda406

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with CJ Anderson and the Empty Bowl Pet Food. It was a privilege to volunteer at the Veterans Stand Down and see first hand what this great organization does.
My father was a WWII Vet so I appreciate what CJ does for our Veterans and their dogs. I look forward to volunteering more this year. Thank you CJ for everything you do and your great Spirit :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am really impressed with this organization. I appreciate the support of veterans in need. As a widow of a 3 war veteran, I appreciate the support of those in need. Keep up the good work in serving those who put their life on the line to keep our country free.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came upon Empty Bowl a few years ago working with another non-profit organization... and I fell in love with the idea that people could keep their pets in times of hardships. I have been distributing pet food for a few years now, and it has been an honor to be part of their volunteer staff. I can't say enough about the wonderful board and volunteers that I get to work with and all the amazing people I have met along the way! I hope to continue to work with everyone ( staff and clients ) for a long time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Empty Bowl is SUCH an amazing organization..... They really do help those in need!!! The countless hours of work behind the scenes is what makes them successful and of course ALL of their GIANT hearts!!! Thank you for all you do for our community!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started with Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry as a volunteer in 2011, just to help CJ out and because it's such a worthy cause to volunteer for. It's been a lot of fun and the growth for such a small agency (at least it was small to begin with) has been amazing. I accepted a position on the Board in 2012, mostly because the agency needed help during this period of growth.

It's been very rewarding to see the various facets of the agency. One day we're unloading several dozen pallets of dog and cat food by hand with the help of a lot of volunteers. Then another day, we see the same food going out to supply food banks, churches, and to help disadvantaged military veterans. On the weekends, we're often at public events, talking about what the agency does, to raise a small amount money to pay for the coming week's activities. Most of our expenses are to pay for storage units and truck rentals to move the food. There's work for just about anyone who wants to volunteer doing whatever business activities you like to do. Some people write grants, some manage volunteers, and others distribute the food and other animal supplies to the receivers of the donations.

So the pets can stay with their owner families in cases where many of them would probably not have survived at all on the streets. In the process of finding help for their pets, a lot of people also get the help they really need. We work with food banks and churches for a reason. People will often ask for help for their pets when they won't ask for help for themselves.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am grateful to empty bowl. I have a very ill husband at home, several people living in my home and am head of household. I was given a couple of rescue animals that were abused. I was having great financial difficulties. Empty bowl was right there ensuring I was able to feed the animals I had. They gave me enough food that I was able to share with a couple of people that had run into hard times as well. They are a wonderful organization that helps to keep pets with their owners rather than in the animal shelter creating more of a problem.

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cj__2 05/10/2015

We are so glad to be of assistance! In our last IRS 990, we were able to give about $665,000 worth of goods and petfood in Arizona on only $19.500 of cash donations (went primarily to storage, moving trucks, and gasoline, by volunteers in your community that cared about their neighbors (YOU) and their pets! We have many people who were former clients or disabled, ill or challenged in some way to help give our services in their area!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I often wonder how CJ and Empty Bowl have been able to accomplish so much with so few resources. I feel honored to be a part of such a worthy endeavor.

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cj__2 05/10/2015

It is because of people like YOU Earl! someone who figures out how to do one more thing that fits in their lifestyle, that fits in with who they know, what they have, what they can do that just adds a bit into their life, yet makes such a difference. Empty Bowl Pets is so fortunate to attract quality leadership that allways us to do so much with so little!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am happy that such an organization exists for people and their pets. Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry fulfills a great need in our communuity. CJ is always looking to expand so she can help them even more.

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cj__2 05/10/2015

It is our "neighbor helping neighbor to build community" approach that is making such a difference. By aiding people to see that this is happening to my neighbor, my friend, a family member or even a coworker on the edge of going under, just a little effort by each makes a HUGE difference in a way that is so meaningful! As a founder, I believe in a persons right to do thing "their way". So I just figure out how to make it work, rather then fitting their (your) round peg in our square hole!

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to CJ Anderson as Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry's CEO for her heart towards pets and their owners and our community.
I have never been involved in such a fulfilling role as a board member to this loving and caring nonprofit.
I have seen the qualtity of help given to so many in need in our community. The blessings given out can never match the blessings received by those of us that volunteer.
I have seen first hand how people in need will not speak up for themselves but will speak out for their beloved pets. Since Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry teams up with groups of organizations that help people in need we can serve a larger number of communities.
We currently provide disaster services in addition to our other services to not only Arizona but adjoining states as well.
Respectfully Submitted,
Pamela R. Checkley

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cj__2 05/10/2015

Pam, as an officer of our organization, you hold the heart of Empty Bowl Pets; because the Heart knows the truth of what is service. You make sure that we are not so caught up in non-profit dogma, that we lose sight of the people (and their pets) that we are working to help stand back up on their feet and into a sustainable life - whether because of illness, disability or economic challenges!

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful thing this organization does for our community, not only for the animals they help, but also the people. They help lift spirits and motivate people to get back on their feet in desperate times. From the homeless, to the people who lost their jobs and can't feed themselves, their family or their pets, to disaster victims, domestic violence victims and so much more, Empty Bowl will donate their time, food and most importantly, their love to those who need it most. I am so grateful to have met CJ and her team and plan to help them out for years to come. Thank you Empty Bowl for all that you do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Empty Bowl serves a vital service in our community. Often times, people will provide for their pets before they care for their own needs. Recognizing this strong bonds between family members and pets, Empty Bowl helps to protect both animals and people. By providing food and other supplies to the pets of people in crisis, they play a critical role in getting those who are struggling back on their feet.