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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

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kathy191

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Pet Project and have been a volunteer with many other animal groups in the past. I would rate Pet Project as one of the best. They address a unique concern in the community - helping people in financial crises (mostly due to medical conditions) feed and care for their pets. Without Pet Project, these animals would add to the overwhelming shelter population. The only funding is through donations and a rare grant or two. I would love to see this organization gain more recognition in the community, so that it can continue to grow to meet the ever increasing demand they are facing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great store, nice people, excellent cause! Please donate or volunteer your time!

Gail43

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I visited the thrift store run by Pet Project for Pets and was delighted. The store had a great selection of merchandise and a really really nice new boutique. I love supporting a non profit that has such a fantastic goal - keeping people and their pets together!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without the support of the Pet Project many terminally ill or disabled people would not be able to care for their pets. This organization helps both animals and people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a unique & innovative approach to rescue. When chronic/terminal illness strikes, The Pet Project for Pets intervenes BEFORE the crisis keeping beloved animals at home with the humans that cherish & need them. Presently, more than 1050 animal & their pet people have been spared the heartbreak of separation and in so doing, helps lessens the burden on over crowded shelters. The Pet Project supplements pet food & pet care costs. A smart solution to a deeply disturbing situation.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Pet Project by the Franciscans at my parish of Saints Francis and Claire Church. The Pet Project is a unique non-profit that goes above and beyond to ensure that folks can keep their closest, most-loving companions with them when they need them the most. These companions, of course, are people's pets. What could be harder than dealing with illness or hardship and then learning that that pain will be compounded because you have to surrender your pet. Pet Project stops that from happening. Pet Project's vocation is compassionate and kind. Every day, Sue Martino, along with the Pet Project Board, aspire to the mission of helping People and saving Pets.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am one of the Volunteers who delivers pet food to the Ill. disabled, and financial strap once a month. Since I started almost a year ago I have made some nice new friend /people. They appreciate the food and the Pets do too.
The Hidden Treasures thrift shop supporting "Pet Project for Pets "has great finds and the other volunteer are very nice people and assist the shopper in finding the deals
The Other events like doggie pool parties and dog wash are fun and well attended

Emily92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Pet Project for about a year now helping with publicity outreach. I have worked with numerous non profit organizations and Pet Project has the most heart of any of them. I have never seen so many people so dedicated to their cause. It is such an important organization that helps so many people and I am very proud to be a part of it.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to The Pet Project for Pets through St. Francis Church...a parishioner was looking for a temporary foster home for his cat because he had to go into the hospital. The Pet Project found a temporary home, unfortunately this person did not come out of the hospital and Pet Project found a new home for the cat. This cat was kept out of the shelter system and possible euthanasia. They also provided vaccinations free of charge so this cat would remain healthy in her new home.
I worked in the shelter system locally for years and am very aware of how many animals are put to sleep on a daily basis. It is truly heart shredding.. In many cases there are no other alternatives except to surrender.
I can't imagine having to give up a "family member " . It is a proven statistic that our pets keep us healthy and to not have my pet when I returned home is unimaginable.
The Pet Project for Pets fills a badly needed void in the system that has for the most part been totally ignored. They provide food, vet care and temporary foster care .
I now volunteer...I have been fostering a male cat named Charlie for 3 months after his owner was violently broken into and his apartment destroyed...he himself is living in a shelter trying to get back on his feet...he will get his precious pet back when ready.
The Pet Project for Pets fills a need for our community that no one else does.

Michael Antonio L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet Project For Pets was instrumental in keeping my dog Rudy and me together when no one else was able to help us. it is the best organization "that helps keeps pets in their homes" and can't say enough great things about Sue Martino, Felix, Joel and all the volunteers that help out at all the events and the thrift store!!! There are over 1000 pets that are able to still be a family in their homes that's to Pet Project mine being included!!! God Bless Sue and the whole organization. That's why I'm not only a client but a volunteer as well :-) all the best always, Michael and Rudy!!Z, ruff ruff ruff

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I cant rate this agency as a 0 star, so I am forced to rate it as a 1 star. I am a former client of PP4P and when I found out they got rid of Henry Laster that was the best volunteer this agency ever had to their name I immediately told them to cancel my services. Henry Laster really knew how to treat someone. He always returned phone calls unlike the Executive Director Sue Martino. She never returns any phone calls. Henry used to work 7 days a week until his former roommate in Oakland Park, FL. got to them. Henry was a great Client Services representative. I have told many other people that I know to stay away from this agency. They have also stolen property that belonged to Henry Laster such as a netbook, a laptop, digital camera, digital converter box for TV's, antenna's for TV's, a DVD player. DVD's, money, amongst other things. When he called to get his stuff the staff person by the name of Maggie Martino aka Sue Martino's lover told him that none of his sh*t(her exact words)was there. Then he called back and asked to speak with Sue Martino herself and there was a person by the name of Felix DeBruin that answered the phone and he told Henry Laster that he was no longer a client, he was never to step foot on the property again or he would be arrested, and they never want to see him again.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Executive Director for Pet Project for Pets since 2009. The invaluable work that we do for our clients and their pets is immeasurable. We provide pet food, pet supplies and pet medications and vaccines to those individuals who are financially challenged due to illness, disability, aging, economy so that they can KEEP THEIR PETS. It is amazing when clients pick up their pet food and supplies and tell us their stories of how much we have helped them in their lives. They are so grateful for our services. Imagine being diagnosed with a terminal illness and you now have to choose between your own medication or feeding your beloved pet companion...or imagine being that pet who now will have to be surrendered to a shelter and live in a cage wondering what they did wrong...this is what we at Pet Project for Pets make sure does not happen. We keep pets and their humans happily together in their own homes thus preserving the so important Human / Animal bond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i helped with a bake sale to help raise money to help buy medicine and food for the pets. In this bake sale i heard lots of people say to me how great the pet project for pets has helped them keep there animals.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The pet project for pet provides a wonderful and much needed service to the community. By providing pet food & supplies to people who are medially or financially challenged they enabled them to keep their pets thus keeping animals out of shelters and their home.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I found out about Pet Project for Pets at a parking lot sale. After a short time of checking it out I found it to be an excellent charity. They're helping a lot of people who if we didn't help would lose their animal(s). That's the main reason I volunteer. I was in a situation a short time ago where I had to figure out how to keep my dog. I wish I had known about an organization like this then.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I must tell you that when people learn more about this organization they are struck in the heart. We are the Pinnacle for maintaining The Human/Companion Animal Bond. This is done by helping ones who are financially burdened or Medically challenged and my lose the one thing which may be only what they really have besides material objects. By us being able to help them keep their pet..They live happier and healthier daily lives..

3 sue24

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Pet Project provides the means for people who are financially or medically challenged to be able to keep their pets. In so doing it keeps pets out of shelters or worse while preserving the human / animal bond. The Pet Project is a unique organization and I personally experienced the importance of it's work when I delivered pet food to a few of the disbled clients and listened to their stories about how much their pets mean to them. One client told me that an alarm had gone off in her home while she was sleeping, her dog woke her up and in the dark guided her to the front door. Fortunately, there was no emergency in this case but had there been it was her pet who would have saved her. When I have looked into the eyes of the peole we serve and their pets I can see the greatfulness they have for what we do at Pet Project and for me it is the most rewarding work I have ever done.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity I spend one day a week giving my time and helping out at the Pet Project Thrift Store, and I'm also involved with their community outreach projects. This is a great cause and i have supported this organization for years, both personally and through the business I work for. I hope they continue to support those in need and to grow larger in the years to come.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Pet Project is a valuable service for both pets and ill people who want to keep them. It enhances both animal and human lives. The terminally ill are often under served and forgotten about in this country (as are the elderly)I think the Pet Project deserves more funding and media attention for the wonderful work they do. They deliver food, provide vaccinations and many other services that keep the pets healthy and safe. The human animal bond is invaluable in many folks lives and for the cost of a few cans of cat food we can make such a difference.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a pet rescue, so we get people giving up their pets all the time but not everyone wants to, they just need financial help. The Pet Project has been able to help some of the terminally ill people keep their pets by providing pet food and veterinarian care. For pet lovers not being to have you fur kid is heartbreaking especially when you are going through a devastating time. The Pet Project also places the pets in qualifies home when their owners pass. Their cause has blessed many people and pets all over the country!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about this wonderful organization from a volunteer. She shared that someone she knew was beaten serverly and was unabe to care for his pet. The Pet Project for Pets took the man's dog in, cared for it and placed it in a forever home. The original owner had no hope of recovery and eventually pased away. I attended a number of fundraisers and found the groups organizer's to be wonderful, kind, caring people providing loving care to pets, when the owner was unable to care for them. I am so glad this organiztion exists, as I could easily find myself in need of their services, as a single person. When I heard they have a thrift shop, I cleaned my closets out and donated a huge amount of goods. They came out and collected everything, even though I offered to deliver it myself. I am wiling to do anything in my power to support the Pet Project for Pets.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked at several outdoor street festivals where the pet project has a booth.I met many people who have been helped, or who had a friend helped by this organization.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pet project is unique in its approach. They provide pet food, pet vaccines and flea medication, in home pet care, and funds for vet care to terminally ill, disabled, elderly, crime victims, and people who have lost their jobs. In this way, Pet Project preserves the Human/Animal bond, which is documented to have healing benefits. The pet remains in a loving home, instead of a shelter, or prematurely euthanized. Pet Project has administrative costs underwritten, so 100% of donations goes to client services.