The Somerville Foundation for Animals

The Somerville Foundation for Animals

The Somerville Foundation for Animals is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, established to raise funds for and awareness of companion animal-related issues within the community.

Through its efforts, the Foundation funds the Somerville Pet Food Bank, providing pet food to homeless and at-risk families throughout Eastern Massachusetts. The Foundation also strives to provide education and awareness about responsible pet ownership within the city, and to support, through donations and community involvement, local organizations in their efforts to provide care and education to pet owners and their companion animals.

The Foundation was founded in 2011 by Dr. Adam Parker, DVM and Marjie Alonso, CDBC, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, after years of community organization and involvement, including two large, successful initial fund-raiser events, the 2010 and 2011 Somerville Dog Festivals. They have been joined by Foundation Treasurer Jill Hourhian, Kelsey Roth, Sequoyah Brennan and Jessica Fry in the ongoing, yearly planning for the Festival and other events.

In addition to the Somerville Dog Festival, the Somerville Foundation for Animals holds smaller community events, offers free basic dog training clinics to the public, and raises funds through donations and corporate sponsorships.