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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

  • Anonymous

  • Sarah Ames and Andy Aaron

  • Susan Brown

  • Wendy Buck

  • Anthony Bulgarino

  • Rebecca and Stan Burcham

  • Pamela Burton

  • Renee and Joey Butler

  • Morgan and John Calhoun

  • Carly and David Carter

  • Terrie and John Castleman

  • The Cavezza Family

  • Lisa and Jamie Cheek

  • Charles Coker

  • Morgan Corbin

  • Natalie Corwin and Paul Holt

  • Laura L. Culbertson RVT, LVMT, BSVN

  • Mike Curl

  • Brenna Davenport-Leigh and Derek Leigh

  • Christian Davies

  • Brandon Dyce

  • Stephanie Emhoff

  • Nicole and Louie Escobedo

  • Laurie and Steven Eskind

  • Patti Freeman

  • Joe Galante

  • Leanne Gossels

  • Margaret Hamilton

  • Sarah and Chad Hannah

  • Sherrie and Jeff Harris

  • Vickie and David Haspel

  • Suzy Heer

  • Anna Henley

  • Melanie and Doug Hirt

  • In Quinn's Memory

  • Ann Ives

  • Lisa Jaeger, MD and Shane Spinner

  • Brooke and Tom Jayram

  • Marion Kraft

  • Chanda and John Lanier

  • Randall Leonard

  • Debbie and Stephen Linn

  • Elaine K. Lytle

  • Christine McCann

  • E. Marlee Mitchell

  • Sarah and Jeff Moats

  • Shelley and Andy Moats

  • Megan Naughton and Christie Livingston

  • Corey Neal

  • Sandra Nixon

  • Jourdan & Pete Parenteau

  • Mary and Mark Pierce

  • Brenda and Colin Reed Family

  • Christy and Phillip Robinson

  • Lisa and John Robison

  • Steven Salstein

  • Lori Sharp

  • Kim and Nan Shinn

  • Diana Springfield

  • Carolyn Springfield-Harvey

  • David Taylor

  • Ashleigh and Andrew VanLandingham

  • Tara Vernon

  • Amy & Gregg Waller

  • Maryglenn and Tim Warnock

  • Libby Werner

  • Damon Whiteside & Craig Dunn

  • Carol and Wayne Williams

  • Deborah Wilson

  • Julie and Tim Wright

  • Lee Wright and Wes Vause

  • Trisha Yearwood

  • Frank Zier

*This list reflects donations received January 2022 - December 2022.

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