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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

  • Anonymous

  • Melinda and Jeff Balser

  • Garrett Blakley

  • Shannon Briese

  • Barbara and Kix Brooks

  • Susan Brown

  • Rebecca and Stan Burcham

  • Hilary and Allen Butler

  • Renee and Joey Butler

  • David Carter

  • Terrie and John Castleman

  • The Cavezza Family

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

  • Terri Clark

  • Charles Coker

  • Crystal and Randy Cooper

  • Nina Cornelsen

  • Natalie Corwin and Paul Holt

  • Mike Curl

  • Nicole and Louie Escobedo

  • Laurie and Steven Eskind

  • Lester Wayne Foreman Jr.

  • Joe Galante

  • Jeff Habberstad

  • Chad Hannah

  • Kim Hardy

  • Sherrie and Jeff Harris

  • Suzy Heer

  • Anna Henley

  • Melanie and Doug Hirt

  • Ann Ives

  • Lisa Jaeger, MD and Shane Spinner

  • Kristen King

  • Monte Koch

  • Sandy Koch

  • Marion Kraft

  • Susan Larue

  • Randall Leonard

  • Elaine K. Lytle

  • Christine McCann

  • Kristin Michelitch

  • E. Marlee Mitchell

  • Shelley and Andy Moats

  • Barrett Moore and Jason Ferrell

  • The Nafisi Family

  • Megan Naughton

  • Robyn and Matt Painter

  • Jourdan and Pete Parenteau

  • Mary and Mark Pierce

  • Brenda and Colin Reed Family

  • Christy and Phillip Robinson

  • Lisa and John Robison

  • Ron Samuels

  • Sandy Sangervasi

  • Jennifer Schildt

  • Diana Springfield

  • Style House Salon

  • Kelly Tipler and John Hood

  • Amy and Gregg Waller

  • Libby Werner

  • Damon Whiteside and Craig Dunn

  • Craig and KK Wiseman

  • Heather and Marc Wisner

  • Julie and Tim Wright

  • Trisha Yearwood

*This list reflects donations received January 2021 - August 2022.