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about us

Lost Pet Services, Inc. and Whiskers & Wags Foundation, have joined forces for a unique collaboration to expand access to critical veterinary medical funding assistance for pet owners in need and increase awareness of financial challenges those seeking medical help for their pets face. 

We collaborate with a network of emergency vet hospitals.  If the case requires overnight care, it may need to be transferred to the Veterinary Medical Center of LWR for further hospitalization.   The Veterinary Medical Center of LWR recognizes the crucial need for financial assistance when families face unexpected and life-threatening medical emergencies for their pets.  The Veterinary Medical Center of LWR is currently the sole provider of 24/7 365 emergency medical services with overnight hospitalization in Manatee and Sarasota counties.  They are proud to work with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. 

Meet The Partners Involved

Together,  the PAWs Partners are poised to make a significant impact in the lives of pets and those who love them, ensuring that no pet is left without lifesaving care due to financial limitations. This collaboration reflects our shared commitment to animal welfare, community well-being, and the preservation of the human-animal bond.

Patty Giarrusso

Lost Pet Services, Inc.

Founder & President

Patty has been providing safety-net services dedicated to keeping pets home safe, healthy, and happy with the families they love through financial aid, education, and community outreach for over ten years.

Patty founded Lost Pet Services, Inc. (LPS) in 2017 after initially creating the extremely successful Facebook group, Lost and Found Pets 941, in 2013.  The nonprofit and Facebook group are dedicated to one objective:  keeping pets and those who love them together.   Today, the Facebook group is a large pet-loving community with over 52,500 followers and LPS has provided over $235,000 in financial assistance for pets in need.

Patty and her team's  impact on the community has not gone unnoticed.  In 2022, LPS earned the prestigious title of Small Business of the Year - Nonprofit Category from the Manatee Chamber.  SRQ Magazine also awarded her organization Best Nonprofit Organization, Best Nonprofit Leader (Platinum), and Best Animal Nonprofit (Gold).

Patty Giarrusso's story is one of compassion, resilience, and a deep-seated love for animals. As the President and Founder of Lost Pet Services, Inc., she continues to fulfill her mission of keeping pets and those who love them together.

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Kara O'Brien

Whiskers & Wags Foundation

Founder

Kara is the Founder of Whiskers & Wags Foundation,  a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing crucial financial assistance to pet owners struggling with unexpected veterinary expenses. 

Kara is also the ER Manager at the Veterinary Medical Center of Lakewood Ranch.  With over a decade of experience in the field, Kara's expertise in managing and overseeing critical medical situations for pets in need is beneficial to her organization and the PAWs Project. 

Her leadership and extensive background in the veterinary field uniquely position Kara to navigate the complexities of emergency care and drive the mission of the Whiskers and Wags Foundation.  Her ability to combine resources of Whiskers & Wags, Lost Pet Services, and other foundations in support of financial assistance makes her a pivotal force in the intersection of veterinary care and compassionate assistance.
 

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