Rob Thomas Shows his Angel Side - Sends Life-Saving Gift to Hudson Valley Non-Profit

Sidewalk Angels Foundation - a New York based non-profit founded by Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty) and his wife Marisol - is an umbrella organization that distributes to grassroots projects. Since 2003 they have raised over a million dollars and distributed to regional entities doing critical work, enabling communities to help themselves. 

Sidewalk Angels Foundation is said to have been born from a line from Thomas' "A New York City Christmas" 

"Yeah I'm sending you a merry New York Christmas
And a prayer for peace on earth within our time
Hear the sidewalk angels echo hallelujah
We understand them, now more than ever"



Sidewalk Angels Foundation established in 2003 has been kind to an area no-kill shelter Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary. Their latest gift is an $80,000 donation in support of Pets Alive’s mission to rescue, rehabilitate and place animals in need.

"Sidewalk Angels continues to be a major supporter of Pets Alive and our lifesaving efforts. We are so grateful for their continued and commitment to our organization. Pets Alive has been able to save many, many companion animals over the years because of Sidewalk Angels. We're so grateful for this donation and our continued partnership."
 Audrey Lodato, Executive Director, Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary, Middletown, NY

Pets Alive is one of the oldest and largest no kill animal rescue and advocacy organizations in the United States, operating two facilities that serve to rescue, rehabilitate and find loving homes for dogs, cats, rabbits, and farm animals. Pets Alive will use the donation to care for the hundreds of animals within their two sanctuaries located in Middletown and Elmsford, NY. In 2014, Pets Alive saved 1,405 cats, dogs and farm animals from life-threatening circumstances, and they found forever homes for 1,472 animals.

“We are a private organization and rely solely on the generosity of individuals and organizations who support our life-saving work,” said Jenessa Cutler, Chief Financial Officer of Pets Alive. “This incredible gift will be used to fund our various adoption, enrichment, and rescue programs. We are so grateful to the Thomas’ and Sidewalk Angels Foundation for their continued faith and support of Pets Alive.”

Sidewalk Angels Foundation is dedicated to providing critically needed funds and support to grassroots groups across the country. The foundation also supports a myriad of other causes, from childhood health and wellness to the fight against homelessness. Since its inception the foundation has raised over a million dollars and helped many organizations in need.

 “Sidewalk Angels is proud to support Pets Alive and the thousands of animals they rescue,” said Marisol Thomas. “Rob and I are honored to be involved with such a wonderful organization and to provide much needed financial support through the foundation.”

About Pets Alive

Pets Alive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity operating solely on individual donations, receiving no funding from city or state. Their sanctuaries are located at 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY and 100 Warehouse Lane South, Elmsford, NY. For information about the Middletown sanctuary, visit and follow them on and For more information about Pets Alive Westchester, visit, and follow them at and


Cover Photo: Rob and Marisol Thomas visit Pets Alive