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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

  • 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 wellness 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

  • Gail and Jim Alexander

  • Roberta N Andrews

  • Anonymous

  • Melinda and Jeff Balser

  • Barbara and Kix Brooks

  • Susan Brown

  • Frank Bumstead

  • Rebecca and Stan Burcham

  • Hilary and Allen Butler

  • Renee Butler

  • David Carter

  • Melanie Carter

  • Terrie and John Castleman

  • Mr. and Mrs. Eric Church (Chief Cares Fund)

  • Nina Cornelsen

  • Christine and Cliff Corwin

  • Natalie Corwin and Paul Holt

  • Wanda Couey

  • Mike Curl

  • Ms. Delta Anne Davis and The Hon. Karl F. Dean

  • Laurie and Steven Eskind

  • John Esposito (Warner Music Nashville)

  • Patti Freeman

  • Joe Galante

  • Jeff Habberstad

  • Kim Hardy

  • Sherrie and Jeff Harris

  • Anna Henley

  • Doug and Melanie Hirt

  • Lisa Jaeger, MD and Shane Spinner

  • Amber King

  • Sandy and Monte Koch

  • Marion Kraft

  • Elaine K. Lytle

  • Virginia McCuen

  • E. Marlee Mitchell

  • The Nafisi Family

  • Megan Naughton

  • Lee Nutter

  • Mattison Painter

  • Jourdan and Peter Parenteau

  • Robin and Richard Patton

  • Mary and Mark Pierce

  • Brenda and Colin Reed Family

  • Christy and Phillip Robinson

  • Ann and Tom Roush

  • Ron Samuels

  • Diana Springfield

  • Style House Salon

  • Shane Tarleton

  • Kelly Tipler and John Hood

  • Robert Titley

  • Ashleigh and Andy VanLandingham

  • Amy and Gregg Waller

  • Libby Werner

  • Damon Whiteside and Craig Dunn

  • Julie and Tim Wright

*This list reflects donations received October 2020 - May 2021.