OUR MISSION Gwendolyn’s Wish, Inc. is a volunteer-run 501 (c) 3 charity dedicated to keeping pets of the greater Williamsburg community with the people and families who love them.
WHY ARE WE CALLED GWENDOLYN’S WISH? Gwendolyn’s Wish is named in honor of a dear friend and fellow animal advocate. Gwynn spent seventeen years giving volunteer time and support to Heritage Humane Society in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Co-founders Cindy, Teri and Peggy met Gwynn during their time as Heritage Humane volunteers. We were immediately impressed by her unflinching dedication to bettering the lives of shelter animals. As we spent more time with her, we had the pleasure of experiencing her kindness, her graciousness, and her delightful sense of humor. She was an inspiring role model for living life to the fullest and giving back to one’s community.
When we first began talking about forming a nonprofit to assist pet owners in need of financial assistance for vet care, Gwynn was very supportive and encouraging. It didn’t take long to realize that naming our new organization after her was a wonderful way to honor her years of service to the animals in our community.
Sadly, Gwynn passed away in 2018. However, she left a wonderful legacy by designating us as the recipient of annual grants from the Sawyer-Brinkley Family Fund established at the Williamsburg Community Foundation. We look forward to carrying Gwynn’s compassion for animals far into the future.