Companion Pets in Crisis (CPiC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Phoenix, Arizona. We provide emergency response services to first responders and Fire Departments in the valley with the intention of keeping pets and their families together in times of crisis.
CPiC is the ONLY boots on the ground type of organization resource to our local Fire Departments and The Red Cross to assist with 9-1-1 and crisis calls involving pets.
Lisa Martin, the founder of CPiC, started our organization in 2015 when she was volunteering for the Phoenix Fire Department as a crisis responder and realized that by providing these important services CPiC offers to our communities, anxiety and stress can be eased for both family and their pets.
Who We Help
CPiC is an Animal Emergency Response Agency who provides on scene emergency support to families and their pets in a crisis situation.
We provide on scene emotional support, pet supplies, food, emergency temporary shelter, after life care, resources and shelter intervention for pets and their family who are affected by residential disasters or tragedy.
Meet The Team
Lisa Martin Founder & Executive Director
Lisa Martin's passion to help animals started at an early age. She spent a lifetime volunteering for non-profit animal welfare organizations.
In 2012, after Lisa hung up her stethoscope from nursing and accomplished her dream by becoming a National Registered EMT not realizing what doors it would open.
In 2012, she started volunteering with the Phoenix Fire Department as a Crisis Responder.
In 2013, she was awarded the City of Phoenix Volunteer Impact Award working countless hours serving our Phoenix residents in a crisis.
She soon recognized a critical void in the Emergency Service division between human care and pet care.
Bringing awareness of what happens to pets when their family experiences a life altering crisis which puts their pets at risk of losing their home and sometimes even their family.
This was a great need which was not being met.
In 2015 Companion Pets in Crisis was created to be a resource to our first responders to assist families on scene with pets experiencing an immediate crisis situation.
Living life with her own pack she couldn’t imagine life without them.
When not rescuing animals Lisa enjoys the outdoors, camping, kayaking, hiking, or just chilling with her own rescued pups Eli, Rudy, Chloe, Snuggles and Sophia.
Sheri has been an animal advocate for many years. Sheri currently volunteers for Lost Dogs Arizona, Companion Pets in Crisis and fosters for rescues around the valley. Sheri started Animal Lovers of Chandler in 2016, a group dedicated to educating and ensuring pets had collars, ID tags and microchips in the city of Chandler. This ultimately helps keep pets out of the county shelter. Sheri now spends most of her time helping lost pets get back home and networks at-risk pets to find rescues to intake them and find good homes.
Sheri’s passion is helping pets get back home, helping pets find a place with a rescue. When someone is rehoming their pet(s) she tries to intervene to make sure the pet is safe.
Sara Steffen Grew up in a military family, which required moving every 4 years. Parents got stationed at Luke AFB in 1993, and have been in the Phoenix area since. Graduated from ASU with a Masters in Social Work in 2003, and started working for Glendale Fire Department’s Crisis Response Program as a Crisis Intervention Specialist ever since.
She’s volunteered with other organizations such as The M.I.S.S. Foundation, Wind and Fire MC, and now Companion Pets in Crisis.
In her downtime, Sara enjoys reading, hiking and biking with her family. Sara and her family are currently looking for the next 4 legged member(s) to add to their family.
Stephanie Lee Ehrbright
Stephanie Lee Ehrbright After living in California, Mississippi, Texas and New York, about 15 years ago Stephanie settled down in Arizona to be closer to her family. She is an attorney who has been practicing Criminal Defense and Family law in the Valley ever since. In addition to having her private practice, she represents clients with Serious Mental Illnesses, development disabilities, and other cognitive challenges who have been arrested in the City of Phoenix. Stephanie has always had a love of animals and sees how much these companions mean to clients who are struggling.
During her time off, Stephanie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, friends, and two rescue dogs Sadie and Annie. Meanwhile, her rescue cat 'The Mayor' rules the roost at home. Stephanie enjoys giving back to her community through volunteer activities such as serving on State Bar committees, coaching High School Mock Trial, helping coworkers through a Peer Support Network, and volunteering on the Pinal County Search and Rescue Posse.
Dr Lara Sosnow graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. A Phoenix native, she previously worked for over 12 years in the Financial Services Industry after earning her MBA at New York University.
She is happy to be back in the Valley of the Sun following her veterinary dream. At home, Lara has a noisy Plott Hound that keeps her up at night, a cylindrical mixed breed named Olivia, and a ch-ch-ch-chihuahua with lots of personality.
Dr. Lara Sosnow
Dr Hugh Giffords is a graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to his veterinary career, Dr Giffords served as a police officer with the NYPD and as a firefighter with the FDNY.
He is motivated by compassion for those who can’t speak for themselves and is passionate in his belief that our four-legged friends receive the finest medical care possible. He has additional training in Small Animal Medicine from Kansas State University. Jack the Akita is his constant companion.