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COMPASSION IN ACTION AWARD to honor Sidewalk Angels

Sidewalk Angels Foundation is honored to be receiving the Compassion in Action award from The Humane Society of the United States. It is truly humbling for our small grass roots Foundation to be recognized by one of the world’s leading animal advocacy organization

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7th Annual Sidewalk Angels Foundation Benefit Shows

Sidewalk Angels Foundation is happy to announce that the 7th Annual Sidewalk Angels Foundation benefit shows are coming January 12-14, 2018 at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa! Tour club presale begins tomorrow



2017 Global Lyme Alliance NYC Gala

The 2017 Global Lyme Alliance NYC Gala will be honoring President of Sidewalk Angels Foundation, Marisol Thomas on October 11, 2017. She will be honor for her courageous battle with Lyme Disease bringing awareness to so many.



RT fans donated to SWA to honor Rob’s birthday!

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Sidewalk Angels Foundation Benefit Concerts 2017

Happy to announce our annual benefit shows at in January 2017. Public on sale Friday, VIP tmrw


swa tsGet happy! Brand new Sidewalk Angels Foundation merch is being released at next weekend’s shows in Atlantic City Borgata Hotel & Casino.
The tees should be available for online purchase within the next week and a half.

See you there!

Rob Thomas shows at Borgata – Atlantic City

Rob Thomas will be having three shows benefiting Sidewalk Angels Foundation at The Borgata in Atlantic City on January 15, 16, & 17th.

Sidewalk Angels Foundation Donates Barns to Pets Alive Sanctuary For Farm Animal Program Rejuvenation and Expansion

Saturday, May 17, 2014 was a joyous and meaningful day at Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary in Middletown, NY. The no-kill rescue brought together nearly 50 of its closest supporters in an intimate ribbon cutting ceremony marking the opening of two new handcrafted barns donated by Rob and Marisol Thomas’ Sidewalk Angels Foundation. The rescue, which has been operating for nearly 35 years, has a rich history in providing safe haven to abused and neglected horses and other farm animals. “This gift is crucial to our ability to save more horses than ever before and we could not be more grateful to the Thomases for making it possible,” Jen Cutler, Pets Alive CEO. Cutler also noted that Pets Alive is one of the first rescues to provide sanctuary to New York City Carriage horses and they continue to be a resource to the many organizations working to end the abusive carriage horse industry.

The new barns are the first step in growing the Pets Alive Sanctuary Farm Animal Program. “Many of our guys have specific needs. We have a knowledgeable staff and the ability to deal with these delicate issues. Most equine and farm animal sanctuaries are full and have difficulty finding adoptive homes. Last year we adopted out 5 horses and 5 pigs while also rescuing 7 horses and 6 goats from neglect cases. I am very excited, with the donation of these beautiful barns, to kickoff off a rejuvenation of the farm at Pets Alive,” Cindy O’Brien, Pets Alive Farm Animal Manager. The animal rescue is now launching a campaign ( to raise the additional funds necessary for the expansion project. A $27,000 goal has been set and the organization is hopeful that it can reach this objective in the next six weeks.

Maria Maldonado, Sidewalk Angels Foundation Board Member and Pets Alive Board Member shared remarks on behalf of Rob and Marisol Thomas, “Pets Alive has been helping horses since they first opened their doors but their finances were stretched so thin with day to day operations of the entire sanctuary that they struggled to develop a structure that could allow them to do the work they truly wanted for the farm animals. We are hoping that these horse barns will be sturdy and strong enough to help their ability rise to the level of their passion.”

The ceremony which took place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 included a prayer at one of the site’s memorial gardens honoring those horses who have passed on while living at the facility and a blessing of the new barn and future animals who will find refuge at the sanctuary. After the touching and at times tearful service, the group took a tour of the current barn and paddocks where they met some of the farm animals currently living at the sanctuary and saw firsthand the achievements of the organization’s Farm Animal Program as well as the needs outlined in the rejuvenation and expansion plan.

More information about the Pets Alive Sanctuary Farm Animal Program Campaign please visit

About Pets Alive

Pets Alive is one of the oldest and largest no kill organizations in the United States saving more than 2,000 animals each year. Pets Alive is internationally recognized as a leader in developing alliances to end the killing of and promote the humane treatment of companion animals. The mission of Pets Alive is to improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education.  Pets Alive operates three locations: Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary in Middletown, New York; Pets Alive Westchester in Elmsford, New York; and Pets Alive Puerto Rico in Utuado, PR.  Pets Alive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity operating solely on individual donations, receiving no funding from city or state. For more information, please visit  To become a fan of Pets Alive on Facebook, go to  To follow Pets Alive on Twitter, go to

Letter of gratitude from Equine Rescue Inc.

Dear SideWalk Angels,
Last year you supported Equine Rescue Inc. in a big way.
We wanted to tell you what we did with your money.
Thanks to you, we changed the lives of 12 horses that were victims of extreme cruelty.  They came to us starved and beaten – both physically and emotionally.  With the funds you provided to us, we were able feed them, provide much needed medical care and most of all we were able to love them back to health. You should see them now!  We are so proud of the work you help us do.
We know that there are hundreds of rescue organizations that must vie for your attention, and we wanted to let you know that we feel blessed and encouraged that last year you chose to support US. We hopeful that in 2014 – The Year Of The Horse – you will again have faith in us. 
This year we are faced with a loan that is coming due in March. If we don’t raise the money, we may be faced with shutting our doors to any more horses for the foreseeable future.  We are hoping that you will consider another donation to help us, (and to help the horses of our community) once again run across green pastures.  No one here takes a salary.  We are all working ONLY because of the love we have for these amazing animals.
We thank you for your support in the past and ask that you please consider supporting us again this year.
With warm regards,
Lynda Roemer
Equine Rescue Inc.

Bully Breed Rescue Inc. a great rescued helped by Sidewalk Angels, helping to save this great breed.

This is a testimonial by President Heidi Lueders:

  “Bully Breed Rescue Inc. is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to the rescuing and rehoming of dogs in the pit bull class, including American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, bulldogs, and pit bull mixes. Our mission is to find forever homes and improve the reputation of this wonderful yet misunderstood breed.
We primarily take in dogs from kill shelters, owner surrenders, and neglectful situations.  Currently, Bully Breed Rescue Inc. has 16 homeless dogs in our care awaiting their adoptive homes.  We provide complete medical care, housing, food, training and stability.  We have averaged as many as 35 dogs in the rescue’s care at one time.  In 2010, we matched 73 dogs with their perfect forever families. Our adoption track record is excellent because of the methods we use to evaluate, train and place our dogs into their forever homes.  Every dog accepted into Bully Breed Rescue Inc. goes through at least a two week rest and stabilization period, so they can then be carefully evaluated.  Training is given as needed and adopters are rigorously vetted to ensure the best match possible. While these methods take longer and cost more, our successful adoption rate speaks for itself.
            While adoptions are our primary function, our outreach initiative to help people keep their pets is critical to our mission. We offer help with behavioral training or basic needs to help prevent more animals from entering the shelter systems or becoming public nuisance as strays on the streets. We have in the past coordinated the distribution of donated dog food to pet food pantries and connected pet owners in need of financial help with these other sources.
            Education is the third part of our mission. A major part of education is awareness.  Our goal would be to go into schools and after-school programs, to educate youths about dog fighting, breed discrimination, abuse and neglect, and why it is damaging not only to dogs, but to the community as well. Highlighting the prevention of unwanted litters, as well as unwanted health problems in pets is also key, by stressing the importance of spaying and neutering.  We have recently been working on creating a pilot program with a local youth center to involve teens directly with rescue, rehabilitation, and proper animal care.  This will help teach teens responsibility and hopefully to value and care for all animals.
With help from SWA and their amazingly generous grant, we have been able to continue to save homeless, neglected, and unwanted animals from lives on the streets or euthanasia in shelters. We are also able to help owners in need of financial assistance and public outreach and education with the resources provided monetarily from SWA. We, and our homeless dogs, are extremely grateful for their gift and can not begin to explain our gratitude! Thank you so much!
     Heidi Lueders
     Bully Breed Rescue Inc.