Celebrity Chef Donates Dog Food to Local Nonprofit Organization
The current economy has strained the finances of families nationwide. Consumers are watching what they spend on food more than ever before and some worry that this will take a toll on the nourishment of the whole family, including our furry friends. An example of this trend is The Shakespeare Animal Fund, located in Reno, NV. This organization exists solely on donations and has helped more than 3,000 animals meet their required needs. Unfortunately the amount of people thinking about the nutrition of their pets in addition to their human family is significantly decreasing!
Rachel's Rescue, the creation of celebrity chef Rachel Ray is donating one ton of the super premium dog food line Rachel Ray Nutrish to help these people concentrate on what really matters--the health and wellness of the area's canine crusaders!
Jennifer Webb, Founder and Executive Director of the Shakespeare Animal Fund, is available for interviews to discuss how with the help of the donation, the organization can:
Help pay vet bills for elderly and low income individuals who can't afford the expense
Provide pet taxi services for those physically unable to bring their pets to the vet
Host their Halloween Howl costume ball fundraiser
Pet Loss Support Group
Shakespeare Animal Fund is proud to sponsor a pet loss support group for
those who have lost a dear pet, and need to have the support from others
to deal with the loss. Please pass this information on to anyone who can
use it. There is no cost.
We will provide you a template for creating your own branch, we will
walk you through it and will fly in to your area when you're ready to
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Our mission is to make sure no pet is suffering, and with your help we
are able to help many pets in this community, and their people. Thank
you for your support!
Animal lovers support each other in time of grief by
Cortney Maddock Apr 13, 2008
Tribune/Nathan Orme Suzy Anderson pets one of her horses next to the grave of Bobby, the 16-year-old thoroughbred who died last year. Anderson said the other horses will lay at Bobby’s grave as part of their own grieving.
Tribune/Nathan Orme Grief counselor Joseph Galata listens to Suzy Anderson talk about the death of her horse Bobby during Wednesday’s pet loss support group meeting.
It's the happiness of coming home to a dog's wagging tail, or the
love felt by the purring cat sitting in your lap. But what happens
when the companions that have given so much love die? What do their
The Shakespeare Animal Fund (SAF) in Reno, created out of the loss
of a pet, has started a support group for people who have lost their
“This idea came from a combination of reasons as we looked at way to
help the community,” said Shakespeare Animal Fund founder Jennifer
Webb. “We discovered there was no pet loss support group to offer a
solid place to talk and understand that you are not alone.”
Webb’s motivation to start the SAF came after her loyal cocker spaniel,
Shakespeare, died in November 2003.
“I think the need is always there,” Webb said “Any time you love an
animal and it dies, there is grief.”
When a pet owner calls, Webb explained, SAF
will contact a local vet for the pet owner and will give money to
have the animal seen immediately.
“For our phone volunteers, it’s like manning a crisis call line,”
Webb said. “Our organization allocates money to help. We pay enough
to get the animal seen and get treatment.”
Webb said the non-profit organization does not have the funds to pay
for higher-cost vet bills, but that if an animal is in pain
SAF will pay for euthanasia.
“While there is limited fund, we never let an animal suffer,” Webb
said. “And we never ask for money back.”
But for the pets that medical care cannot save,
SAF’s pet loss support group is there to help comfort owners.
The comfort of
In a corner of the Sierra Association of Foster Families offices on
Lakeside Drive is a small cluster of tables with a box of tissue
sitting in the middle. As people trickled in to the 7 p.m. Wednesday
meeting, there was no tension in the air and conversation is casual,
even with an occasional laugh.
“Humor cures us all,” Counselor Joseph Galata said with a smile.
SAF asked Galata, who has “a zillion
years” of counseling experience with foster families and terminal
ill children, to help run the first support group meeting. There to
help facilitate the meeting and assist Galata was Zoe Gerhart, a
marriage and family therapist.
“There really are no stages or steps to grief,” Galata said at the
beginning of the meeting. “It’s the same for pet loss, for all of us
have lost a pet.”
Galata started the meeting by having everyone introduce themselves
and then talk about what they wanted the support group to be, since
it was the first meeting and, as Galata explained, has the ability
“It’s not just about the pet’s it’s also about the people,” Galata
said. “SAF wants to create resources for pet owners.”
Galata said the meeting location was chosen because of its proximity
to a bus stop, making it easier for seniors, disabled people or
people without transportation to participate. The seven people who
came to Wednesday’s meeting discussed how their pets affected their
Amy Anderson, who works in marketing for Renown Health, told the
group tearfully that she lost her 14-year-old basset hound, Ripley
Sue, over a month ago but her grief was still new. As Anderson
explained the painful process of going through homeopathic
treatments to help Ripley Sue’s ailing health and then the decision
to euthanasia her pet, the entire group felt her pain.
For Anderson, Riley Sue was a present given to her by her parents to
mark a milestone in her life.
“She was my college graduation present,” Anderson said.
Gerhart acknowledged that pets mark events in our lives and often
remembering those events will trigger an emotional reaction to the
“The pain we feel is a reminder of how much we loved,” Galata said.
SAF volunteer and pet owner Suzy Anderson
(no relation to Amy) recalled the death of her horse Bobby.
“Our other horses mourned the loss of our horse Bobby,” Suzy said
after telling the story of his death one year ago.
Suzy said that having to bury Bobby was difficult because he was
such a large animal and there are not services to help pet owners
with that. During the burial process the other horses would lay next
to Bobby’s body, which Suzy said was difficult for her to watch
because the herd was mourning his loss, as well. Suzy said that
although SAF does not have the resources
to give medical help to horses, all animal owners can still find
comfort with the SAF support group when
their animals die.
“Have you read the book ‘When Elephants Weep’?” Galata asked the
group. “It’s about how animals love and grieve and feel joy. It’s
about seeing that we’re not the only wounded species.”
In an effort to help the wounded species in the room, each
participant cried, laughed and verbalized the emotions that they
“Our society would have you fell that something was wrong with you
for needing help for losing a pet,” Gerhart said.
“Grieving is private, you can grieve at three in the morning by
yourself, you mourn collectively with others,” Galata said.
“This is a loving place,” Suzy added of the environment of the
“We really do know how you feel here,” said Paula Rightmire, Suzy’s
friend, neighbor and fellow horse lover.
As the stories of love and loss continued and the therapeutic
feeling of being understood furthered the healing process, the group
discussed the ideas of a pet cemetery, guest speakers for the group
and the possibility of incorporating foster care children who have
been taken away from their family pets into the group. During the
meeting, each participant was able to cry, laugh and verbalize the
emotions that had been on their minds.