Special Furry Friends


Here are some amazing furry family members who will live on in our hearts forever. A tribute gift to Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary is a way to honor or memorialize loved ones who have touched your life. If you are interested in featuring you pet’s legacy via our memorial page, click here to contact us. Please join us in honoring these beloved family members who will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.


bella memorialBella was originally found on the side of the road after being hit by a car. She was a very young dog at the time and was brought to VCA Apache Junction Animal Hospital where she was treated for a broken pelvis. She healed nicely and was adopted by my sister Lesa and her husband Gary. Bella was a very sweet, easy going and full of love to give. She lived a long and fulfilling life with Lesa and Gary. She loved hiking and was a great traveling companion.  Sadly, the family recently had to say goodbye to beautiful Bella as she crossed over the rainbow bridge.   Although Bella lived a long and fulfilling life with Lesa and Gary, her memories and sweet cuddles will sadly be missed.   Rest in Peace Bella.   You will forever live in our hearts and forever be remembered.   With our love, Barb and John Titus



charliesara1Charlie was dumped (most likely by backyard breeders) in Laveen, AZ with two other dogs.  He was badly matted, covered in ticks and a bit shy, hanging behind the two other dogs.  A good Samaritan rescued Charlie and reached out to Sara Priestly, Panacea’s Board Member, who took Charlie under her wing as her own personal sanctuary pet.  Based on the abuse Charlie suffered the doctor had to remove 1 inch of Charlie’s jaw due to breakage (which left Charlie in a condition with his tongue hanging out) and perform various treatments to get him healthy.  From that point on,  Charlie had a second chance at life, eating well, chewing on toys, playing with other dogs, sleeping comfortably and loving his momma dearly. In time, Sara just referred to Charlie as her “little shadow” because he just wanted to be close to to his human as much as possible.   Charlie passed away in his sleep during the holiday season of 2015.  For that little point in time, Charlie knew love, comfort, friendship and kindness. Charlie passed away in his sleep during the holiday season of 2015. He went peacefully, but way to soon, but will surely be missed.



ChChestercloseupester “Chip” was the best furry friend we ever had and Uncle Chip to all our pups. He passed on December 4th 2012 and is missed greatly by all of us. Originally from Oklahoma, he was fondly known as our Oki Hound Dog. Chester was very intelligent to the point of showing us new tricks he came up with all on his own. He helped raise and mentor all of our pups and had an amazing ability to teach them all right from wrong along with having good manners with others. Chester was instrumental in the rehabilitation of Lucy, Miss November 2009, one of Panacea’s very first rescues who had suffered abuse as a 3 month old pup and became inseparable as time went on. In memory of Chipo-D (Large) – His Dad’s nickname, please donate to Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary by clicking here or volunteer if you can. We know it would make him jump hoops. – John & Carol Scairpon and the Meyerwood Pack.




SUNDANCESUNDANCE was a furry ambassador of love whose physical body left this world on January 25, 2014, but whose spirit will remain in our hearts forever❤. He loved everyone so wholly and completely, that we cannot think of a better way to sustain his legacy into the future, than by encouraging your support of Panacea Animal Wellness Santuary & The Rescue Pawtique Adoption Center in his name. Dawn and I would wish that you donate to Sundance’s chosen fund whenever possible and in lieu of any holiday or birthday gift by clicking here. Nothing could make us or Sundance more grateful. – Ron Pinkowski & Dawn Carroll






BUDDIE (March 3, 2003 to July 3, 2013).  As a 5 month old puppy, Buddie dumped in an abandoned field in Queen Creek.   Buddie knew he had to make his own destiny and saw this nice lady in a car coming down the road. He must have sensed this is “the one” I can claim as my owner (though she just didn’t know his plan).   So he did what any smart puppy would do and jumped in front of her car knowing she would stop.  So here is this nice lady dressed in silk running through a wet, muddy field  now playing “catch” with a silly puppy.  After about 30 minutes of playtime, the lady looked exhausted so he knew it was time to hop in the car.  After months of trying to find his owner, Maggie knew that fate had brought them together.  Buddie finished an 18 week training program and became one of the best hospice therapy dogs in the Valley.   Families throughout the Valley asked Buddie to accompany their loved ones as they left this physical world and to remain with the families in providing comfort long after someone had passed on. So when Buddie himself was diagnosed with a tumor in his chest, he retired and spent a great deal of one on one time with momma Maggie.  July 3, 2013 Buddie’s physical body gave out, but his memory will never be forgotten.   Maggie says “Buddie was my heart dog, my comfort, strength and companion for 9.5 years. REST IN PEACE MY LITTLE MAN!  Mommy misses you!”   Each year Maggie asks friends and family members to make a donation by clicking here in memory of Buddie.   He is an Angel watching down on all of us❤  — Margaret Sipko Hetrick





HEIDI was seized in an animal neglect case. While Panacea was trying to find her a forever home, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. Heidi passed away on July 15, 2011. We will miss her smiling face, constantly wagging tail, and big sloppy kisses.





“I would like to make a donation in memory of my most loyal and sweet friend and buddy, NED GOLDBERG, who passed away on July 7th. I miss his little face every day. I also miss the pitter patter of his little feet when he was frantically trying to locate me. He was such a grateful little boy.” – Dr. Eva DeCozio-Bush






MERCEDES & SPENCER were both rescues with baggage. Mercy was old and past her adoption ‘prime’ and poor Spency was completely blind from suspected abuse and unable to trust. These two are testament to what smothering with love will do to any ‘broken’ animal.” – Lisa Valeri




NICKY was adopted from the pound in March 1994. He passed away on May 5, 2011, but brought us 17 years of joy, love, and laughter. Nicky will always be in our hearts.” – Michele and Scott






BEAR was loved by all. He taught his daddy and me how to love. Bear lived to the ripe age of 15 years. He’s now in his forever home in heaven and with us always in spirit. We donate to Panacea and Amelia’s Fund in honor of Bear. Thank you for everything you do Panacea❤” ~Angela




A Prayer for the Animals

Hear our humble prayer O God,

for our Friends, the Animals,
especially for animals who are suffering;
for any that are hunted or lost,
or deserted or frightened or hungry…
for all that must be put to sleep.
We entreat for them all thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them
we ask for a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us to be true Friends of the Animals
and so to share the blessings
of the merciful.
~ Albert Schweitzer