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Pet Community Center established Phrannie's Phriends in 2020 to honor the memory of animal welfare visionary Phran Galante who passed away after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer in 2019. The giving society celebrates donors to PCC who give $1,000 or more annually.

Members of Phrannie's Phriends are offered the following benefits:

  • Recognition on the Pet Community Center website

  • Recognition on the Phrannie's Phriends donor wall in PCC's clinic lobby

  • Pet Community Center swag

  • Dedicated Phrannie's Phriends e-mail content

  • Recognition in Pet Community Center's annual report

  • Tours of the spay/neuter and vaccine clinic

For more information about becoming a Phrannie's Phriends member, please contact PCC's Director of Development & Communications at

To make a donation online now, please click the button below and write "Phrannie's Phriends" under Tribute Name.

About Phran Galante

Phran Galante was a pioneer in the animal welfare field in Nashville.  In 1996, the city's Metro Animal Control shelter was ranked as the worst in the nation.  She helped lead the Animal Care Task Force and pushed city leaders for change.  She personally volunteered in the shelter; cleaning, feeding, caring for the animals, until finally, in 2001, a new shelter opened under new leadership. 

Things improved, but Nashville still had a lot of work to do as the city struggled with a shelter euthanasia rate in the 80% range. Once again, Galante was at the forefront as she stepped into the Chair role to lead a coalition effort known as United Partnership for Animal Welfare and served on the advisory board of Metro Animal Care and Control.

Phran Galante holds two small dogs

Over the next five years, Galante led efforts including a rewrite of city ordinances; spearheading outreach clinics in disadvantaged neighborhoods; and lobbying to end puppy mills and animal fighting. She was fearless and willing to use her voice for the voiceless. In 2017, PCC honored Galante with the Jourdan Parenteau Leadership in Animal Welfare Award, their highest honor.

Phrannie's Phriends Members

Individual Donors

  • Gail and Jim Alexander

  • Sarah Ames and Andy Aaron

  • Anonymous

  • Melissa Ayers

  • Melinda and Jeff Balser

  • Holly and Austin Benedict

  • Julie Boos

  • Beth Brennan

  • Susan Brown

  • Rebecca and Stan Burcham

  • Renee and Joey Butler

  • Carly and David Carter

  • The Cavezza Family

  • Lisa and Jamie Cheek

  • Chief Cares Fund

  • Katherine Cigarran

  • Kelly Clague

  • Chuck Coker

  • Kym Colella

  • Natalie Corwin and Paul Holt

  • Mike Curl

  • Brenna Davenport-Leigh and Derek Leigh

  • Chris Dawson

  • Oleta Dodson

  • Brandon Dyce

  • Stephanie Emhoff

  • Laurie and Steven Eskind

  • Monica Foster

  • Patti Freeman

  • Jennifer and Billy Frist

  • Joe Galante

  • Ellen Gennaro

  • Leanne Gossels

  • Sherrie and Jeff Harris

  • William Healy

  • Melanie and Doug Hirt

  • Kaye Humphrey

  • In Lotus Blossom's Honor

  • In Quinn's Memory

  • Lisa Jaeger, MD and Shane Spinner

  • Marion Kraft

  • Chanda and John Lanier

  • Deborah Lannigan

  • Randall Leonard

  • Mary Ann and Sam Lipshie

  • Elaine K. Lytle

  • Becky Meagher

  • Elizabeth Melvin and William Templeton

  • Kim Miller

  • E. Marlee Mitchell

  • Shelley and Andy Moats

  • Jennifer Mosley

  • Megan Naughton and Christie Livingston

  • Erica Niedbalec

  • Jourdan and Peter Parenteau

  • Mary and Mark Pierce

  • Brenda and Colin Reed Family

  • Micaela and Sam Reed

  • Caroline Richard

  • Phillip and Christy Robinson

  • Shelley Spainhour

  • Diana Springfield

  • Andrea Teta

  • Maryglenn and Tim Warnock

  • Erik Weghorst

  • Libby Werner

  • Damon Whiteside and Craig Dunn

  • Shawn Williams

  • Frank Zier

Foundation and Corporate Sponsors

  • Animal Friendly License Plate Fund

  • Animalia Health and Wellness

  • Anonymous


  • AWC Family Foundation

  • Bluebird Cafe

  • Celebrity Adventures in honor of Terri Clark

  • Elanco

  • Endeavor Goods

  • First Horizon Bank

  • Friends of MACC

  • Happy Retales

  • IM Mike Curb Foundation

  • IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.

  • Laura J. Niles Foundation

  • Lisa Ross Parker Foundation

  • Louie M. & Betty M. Phillips Foundation

  • Mars Petcare US, Inc.

  • Memorial Foundation

  • MuttNation Foundation, Inc.

  • On Purpose

  • Patricia & Edward J. McGavock Humane Treatment of Animals Fund of CFMT

  • Pearl Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

  • Petco Love

  • Pinnacle Financial Partners

  • Ryman Hospitality Properties Foundation

  • Sound Emporium

  • Style House Salon

  • Summerlee Foundation

  • The Gause Foundation

  • The Grey Muzzle Organization

  • Tiny But Mighty Fund

  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka

  • Tri-Star Kennel Club of Tennessee

*This list reflects donations made between January - December 2023.

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