Francisvale News

Posted on: Sunday, August 16, 2015



Ashley Berke, Director of Communications, 215-898-1475/

John Donges, Communications Coordinator, 215-898-4234/

For Immediate Release

Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital and Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals Partner to Maximize Welfare and Adoptability of Pets in Need


[August 11, 2015; Philadelphia, PA] – Behavior problems are the leading cause of pet relinquishment. In order to maximize the welfare and adoptability of pets in need of forever homes, animal behavior experts from Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital are partnering with the team at the Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals.

Penn Vet’s Dr. M. Leanne Lilly, DVM, will begin a special internship at the shelter, assessing and treating animal residents with behavioral problems and establishing a training program for shelter staff and volunteers. Together, Penn Vet and the Francisvale team will monitor the progress and long-term outcomes of the program. An added benefit, Penn Vet will provide support to adopters by offering post-adoption behavioral counseling.

“This partnership presents an extraordinary opportunity to further enrich the lives of the dogs and cats that presently reside at Francisvale and of those who may find themselves at our doors,” said Dorothy Claeys, Executive Director of the Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals. “The collaboration will also provide an incredible educational opportunity for our staff and volunteers who will be working with and learning from the Penn Vet team. We cannot imagine a better way to advance Francisvale’s mission than by implementing a program like this to provide each one of our dogs and cats with the best possible chance at finding their forever home.”

“As a no-kill shelter, Francisvale is home to many dogs and cats that have lived in the facility for several years. This unique collaboration will enhance the welfare of these long-term residents, improve their behavior, and strengthen the training of staff and volunteers,” said Dr. Carlo Siracusa, Director of the Animal Behavior Service at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital. “The ultimate goal, of course, is to help animals find their forever homes and to reinforce the special bond between people and their pets.” 

About the Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals

Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals, located in Radnor, PA, is one of the oldest no-kill shelters in the U.S., providing a temporary home for rescued, unwanted, and abandoned dogs and cats. The goal of the shelter is to place animals in homes for life, offering individuals and families the love and companionship of a healthy, carefully matched pet. Since opening its doors in 1909, Francisvale has saved the life of tens of thousands of cats and dogs.

About Penn Vet

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 31,000 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles more than 4,000 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats nearly 36,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

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Francisvale Foster Care Program

Posted on: Saturday, August 1, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Francisvale’s Foster Care Program is up and running! So if you have been thinking about fostering one of our fabulous furry friends, just click on our “Foster a Pet” page to learn more about this wonderful program. And if you decide that fostering is for you, go to our Foster Application to get the process started.

It is our mission at Francisvale to enrich the lives of all of our animals, whether long term residents or new arrivals, and we are hoping that with the addition of the Foster Care Program, we will be giving them an additional chance at a forever home.

Francisvale named Best Of The Main Line 2015!!!

Posted on: Friday, May 29, 2015

Once again, Francisvale was voted the Best Animal Rescue on the Main Line for 2015 by Main Line Times!!!

Thank you so much for your votes and support!

Supporting Francisvale Is Quick and Easy!!

Posted on: Monday, March 2, 2015

If you are shopping on Amazon, consider using the link provided for Smile Amazon. Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase price (for most items) to Francisvale.  It’s an easy way to help make a difference at Francisvale.

Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals


We won!!! – Best of the Mainline

Posted on: Friday, April 4, 2014

Thank you so much for voting for us!  We are thrilled to be Best of Mainline 2014 Animal Rescue!

Time to Put a Senior Pet in Your Life

Posted on: Thursday, October 31, 2013

Had a bad day? Think coming home to a pet who loves you unconditionally would help? You’re right; it will. Being loved by a doting four-pawed best buddy will pick you right up, maybe even lower your blood pressure.

But maybe you’re not up for a frisky kitten or a puppy that chews and isn’t trained, adorable as they may be. The thing to do? Adopt a senior pet!  A dog or cat who’s mellowed out, calmer, doesn’t ask much, whose personality you know, who doesn’t require constant monitoring, picks up quickly on household rules, knows how to get along with others…the list of benefits goes on.


Pets that are seven or older are still lively and vigorous, with years of life to come. And are they ever grateful to love and be loved.

“With an older pet, you know what you’re getting,” says Heather Hennessey, shelter manager at Francisvale. Older pets can be especially perfect for older people, since these furry companions are gentler and less interested in romping about. And they can also be comforting companions to children as they are unwavering in their devotion.

That’s why Francisvale and are celebrating November as Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month. If you want to adopt a senior pet this month, Francisvale can introduce you to wonderful dogs and exceptional cats like those featured here.


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Posted on: Monday, April 1, 2013

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