The Fetch Foundation is dedicated to saving lives in the animal and human communities through innovative strategies and unique programs that support, equip, and train first responders. We accomplish this mission by providing the life saving tools in The FIDO BAG® that is used by first responders to provide life saving intervention to family pets that are caught in a fire or other emergency situations. We want to see every fire truck and emergency vehicle in our nation equipped with a FIDO BAG®. We also work closely with other rescue organizations and shelters to identify dogs that have the potential to be trained to become Search and Service dogs or Therapy dogs for veterans or people with disabilities.The Fetch Foundation was formed as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in February of 2010 in order to provide a safe place for homeless dogs that were neglected or abused. While networking with other rescue organizations and shelters, founder Marie Peck realized these K9(s) could have a career! By connecting the right dog with a veteran in need of companionship, these K9(s) would serve a purpose beyond what anyone imagined. About the same time, Peck’s association with the fire department spawned the idea of saving a pet’s life with very specialized tools which became The FIDO BAG®. Peck decided that she would offer the FIDO BAG®s to first responders across the US and invite the community members to support their fire stations and be a community hero!!
The Fetch Foundation operates on a 100% volunteer basis and relies on donations from the community to operate. Any amount you can give helps and is appreciated.
Marie is the founder and director of The Fetch Foundation. Her love and appreciation of dogs and her realization of the need to protect man's best friend inspired her to do "something", and that something is outfitting first responders with animal life-saving equipment and to turn dogs destined for euthanasia into search and rescue or service dogs. Marie is the sister of a fire chief and mother of a fire engineer. Through her efforts not only are the lives of dogs saved but they are in turn saving and changing even more lives. Marie built a renowned and amazing housing and training facility for The Fetch Foundation Dogs and Programs in Cave Creek AZ.
Maureen (Reeny) has been a provider of emergency services since 1985 when she became an EMT and then a paramedic. As a field paramedic, she worked in some of the most remote areas of Arizona while employed in the private sector. In 1989 she expanded her capacity as an advance life support provider by becoming a flight paramedic with Air Evac serving in both helicopter and fixed-wing programs. Reeny reached her career goal of becoming a firefighter in 1998. She immediately expanded her rescue skills by becoming a technical rescue technician and an Urban Search and Rescue Canine Search specialist. Reeny was deployed to numerous national disasters as a Canine Search Specialist with her partner "Everest" including: Forth Worth tornadoes, World Trade Center 9-11 attacks, and hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Reeny and her K-9 partners have also been used in numerous local search in both human remains detection and live victim scent detection. Reeny continues to dedicate herself to helping others through her passion for search and rescue with Coconino County Search and Rescue and Southwest Urban Search and Rescue K-9s.
Gail had a successful career of 30 years for the wireless telecom industry. Gail's expertise spans business acquisition and transition, enterprise business solutions, as well as retail sales and marketing. Gail graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Throughout her career she served a variety of community organizations including The Boys and Girls Club of Phoenix and as a mentor for Fresh Start for Women. Gail also volunteered for the Foothills Animal Rescue(FAR), and later became the Shelter Manager for FAR. During her tenure as Shelter Manager the FAR team saved over 500 cats and dogs which was a huge success. When Gail learned about The FETCH Foundation's FIDO BAG® program she knew this was a powerful way to make a difference in the lives of family pets. She met with founder Marie Peck in April 2014, and has been assisting to help grow the organization ever since.