Voicemail from Brendan. Transcript edited for clarity – click below to play the original!

Hi Daniela,

This is Brendan, Brendan Flaherty. Last weekend, I was just, y’know – it came to me, and came to me and came to me. I want to thank you SO, so much. Y’know, the bottom line is I give my dogs love, I give my dogs shelter, and I give my dogs walks, and YOU do everything else. And I don’t think I’ve ever really said “thank you.”

You guys are terrific, and I know, without exaggeration, what would I do, and how would I do it, if it wasn’t for you? Thank you, thank you, thank you so much.

Letter from John

I am a client of Phinney’s Friends since 1999.

It all started when I adopted Abigail and Rosemary — two female cats. I asked for a young cat, which I could have got, but it turns out to be that Abby and Rosemary needed a home. And I was so lucky to be asked if I would take them. It’s a blessing to me. I wouldn’t give them up for anything.

They were 9 years old when they came to me, and now they are 19. That’s when I found out about Phinney’s Friends. And, believe me, they are more than just friends.

They helped me with shots, food and friendship. When I found out that they were closing, it hurt not because I would have to pay for everything. But I felt like I was losing part of my family.

I live with HIV and been living with it for 18 years. That’s why I felt abandoned when Phinney’s Friends had to close.

But then I found out the some volunteers decided to keep it going, which means God works in strange ways because I realize that people do care about what happens to you.

I can’t express how much I am grateful to have people who care back in our lives.”

John, Abigail and Rosemary

Letter from Laverne

I am a Phinney’s Friends client and have been for the past 12 years. I have had the opportunity to have two cats during this time. One of them was able to give me joy, laughter and unconditional love

She was able to live with me only because of the Phinney’s Friends and their volunteers. The program was set up to help and support people with HIV and their needs, and give them a life of hope.

The volunteers did that for me. They helped when I had chemotherapy. They helped with food, picking me up at the house to take me and my cat to get her shots. When she got sick, they were there to help with her medicine. When I was in the hospital, they took my cat in and housed and fed my cat, which was one less thing I had to worry about, so I could get well and come home.

Recently I had to move from a very unsafe place. Phinney’s people were right there to follow the moving truck with me, cat, personal belongings in their own car to our new home.

These are some of the things Phinney’s has done for me. These things have given me hope mentally and physically. It takes very special and compassionate people to give of themselves to others. I recommend them for this cause for anyone.

Recently my first cat passed away. She was very ill at the end. She lived 18 good years because of Phinney’s. I wanted another cat. I called to let them know about my other cat passing. Everyone was sad and concerned.

About a month later I got a phone call asking if I was still interested in getting a cat. Yes, I said. The person wanted someone special who would take care of the cat. I am very happy to have been chosen. I feel like she has been here for a long time. She is so funny and very lovable.

So if you can, please consider Phinney’s. I need them, and other people need them. I recommend them because they make me feel alive. Pets really keep you healthy mentally.