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LETTER: Holiday Tree For Pet Lovers: A COVID-Safe Destination

Phinney's (also known as Phinney’s Friends), a local nonprofit that helps low-income people keep their pets by paying for vet bills, medication, and pet supplies, is trying something new this year in light of Covid-19 restrictions.
     Instead of its lively Holiday Festival at Lincoln’s historic mansion, The Pierce House, Phinney's has moved outside, decorating one of the beautiful evergreen trees on the grounds of the Pierce Park so people can get outside and into the holiday spirit.
     The plump blue spruce at Pierce Park is decorated with colorful rows of lights and hand-painted ornaments that feature some of the neediest pets in the Phinney's program. Be it an elderly dog with cancer who lives with an HIV-positive loving owner, or a lively cat who keeps her owner with cerebral palsy company, they all have stories of resilience and demonstrate strong human- animal bonds.
     When visiting the Angels Tree, people can scan the QR code to learn more about the pets featured on each of the hand- painted ornaments. And, the nonprofit offers a chance to join in on the love. With a donation of $25 or more, the donor gets the holiday ornament painted in watercolor of the sponsored pet. The donor may choose to have the ornament hung on the Phinney's Angels Tree, displaying a unique chosen message, or Phinney’s can ship it to the donor or to the person of their choosing as a special holiday gift.
     This year, there are 15 pets available for Angels Holiday Tree sponsorships, and all of the pets featured on the Angels Tree have stories and pictures posted on Phinneys.org.
     To learn more about Phinney's, visit Phinneys.org.
 
Laura Scott, PR Manager
Phinney's / Phinney's Friends
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