Archive for the ‘Dog’ Category


Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Is it a moose…a horse…a bull?  No!  It is Sonic the 86 pound bouncing, full of life, hold on tight to that leash Labrador and Great Dane mix!  Sonic is a magnificent puppy who has no idea how big he actually is.  We are looking for an experienced owner who is ready to give Sonic Boom all the training he deserves.  He is very enthusiastic to meet new people and give gigantic hugs.  Sonic is a happy, go lucky goofball!

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Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Energetic, beautiful Grace is a wonderful girl.  She is playful, sweet and always up for a walk or snuggle.  This beauty needs an active family to come scoop her up!



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Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Meet Harvey!  He is a spunky, adorable, full of life little boy.  His heart is so big and he cannot wait to find his forever family.  He was found as a stray and unfortunately no one had taught him the basics of life yet.  He needs someone with a flexible schedule, patience and a lot of love to house break him.  He loves playing with other dogs and will keep your family laughing.  harveynew1


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Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Can’t you just visualize yourself hanging out with this little guy whose big eyes will just melt your heart and whose spunk will make you laugh and fill your life with joy? This little terrier mix is a bundle of joy and happy exuberance! Buddy, the perfect name for this four-legged happiness generator, is a young-at-heart 9 ½ year old pup. His wiry-grey coat suits him just fine, and his terrier pedigree makes for minimal shedding. Buddy has had his share of disappointment…his original family could no longer take care of him and his closest pal in the world, Bailey, and so they came to be surrendered at Francisvale. Then, Bailey was adopted, leaving her Buddy behind. Despite losing his best waggly friend ever, Buddy’s optimistic outlook on life is still going strong. He will joyfully match you step for step on nice long walks. He cheerfully accept any treats you might be inclined to share and let’s not even get started on the benefits of belly rubs! Buddy is fit and trim at 20 pounds and as healthy as they come. Being a true terrier through and through, Buddy is always ready for action! This guy gets a kick out of silly behaviors and high squeaky voices telling him he is the cutest boy in the world. Except for the occasional foot fetish, Buddy wears his heart on his sleeve. Snuggling with Buddy while enjoying his high spirits is the best of both worlds. Make Buddy a part of your life and it’s a win-win for you both!


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Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Pint sized?? Not on your life!! Six year old Esmeralda’s personality and heart are as big as all outdoors but come packaged in a Chihuahua body. Shakespeare must have had this lass in mind when he wrote, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “And though she be but little, she is fierce!” This little lady has a world class personality as well as the wardrobe to go with it! She’d be glad to tool around town with you, dressed in coordinated outfits! Esmeralda, just like the “Emerald” she is named after, is a precious jewel of a pup. Hers is the classic rags to riches story, but, recently, she’s been down on her luck again and finds herself as a resident at Francisvale. She’s got style; she’s got grace, and knows she is gorgeous! You will, too, the minute you lay eyes on her. Esme may play it a little coy at first, but don’t let that fool you. She’s all heart and big love once she gets to know you. Let Esmeralda into your home, and your life will never be the same!




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Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Give yourself the gift of sunshine embodied in our beautiful Maisey girl. This charming, sweet cocker spaniel shines with a lovely lightness, both inside and out. The name Maisey derives from the Greek meaning “pearl”, and a precious jewel she is! This little girl is a stunning stand-out with her buff colored, tan and white coat and stunning, big brown eyes. This little lady “of a certain age” would love to be your only four-legged charmer in her ideal two-legged family. Marvelous Maisey will love you completely, sharing her “all in” affection by wiggling her entire body, tip to tail, in rapturous joy when she meets and greets! Maisey will gladly accept her role as your best ever playmate enjoying walks, squeaky toys, and treats. Maisey’s past has had its share of bumps in the road, but that has not dimmed her ebullient spirit. April showers may bring May flowers, but, this spring, it could bring you a new best friend!






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Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Meet Moose…or should we say “Mousse” because this sweetheart has all the earmarks of that deliciously spectacular dessert. Just like mousse is that melt-in-your-mouth comfort food, our Moose will melt your heart and wrap you up in his endless joyful love for you. This boy has learned a fundamental truth in life…no matter what challenges you have faced, greet every day with the wonder, happiness, and positive outlook that it deserves. Moose has a happy-go-lucky, good-natured approach to life that is sure to make you smile and encourage your own sense of joie de vivre. A perpetual smile on a handsome face makes Moose simply irresistible. Moose has it all wrapped up – he’s equal parts gamer and snuggler and a 100% all heart. Who can resist the promise of a new best friend who will delight in the pleasure of your company every minute of every day? Talk about a gift that keeps on giving! Bring Moose into your life…he’ll be your best dessert ever with not a calorie in sight!




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Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

A baseball diamond evokes images of family fun, exciting games, and happy times shared with friends. Our Diamond can be your very own at-home, every day experience of that same exuberance, love, and energy which goes into a spectacular game of baseball. This sweet dog knocks it out of the park with her gorgeous, dark eyes, velvety white and tan coat, and a lush plume of a tail that hits homeruns with its joyfully ebullient greetings. Like all rookie players, four-year old Diamond has come up through the ranks, experiencing rough patches and challenges but, ultimately making it to the major leagues by becoming a star. If you give Diamond a little time to get to know you, you will be rewarded with a wiggle worm who will be over the top each time you get to meet and greet. This pup has become a favorite among the volunteers…she is a tremendous walking partner, running partner, and playing partner. It doesn’t get any better than that! Let Diamond slide into home base with you and become part of her forever family.




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Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The old saying “You can’t see the forest for the trees” is quite apropos when it comes to our boy Forrest, aka Forrest Gump. If you feel that your life is overrun with details and that you’re sweating all the small stuff all the time, do yourself a favor and come meet Forrest. This guy will help you reset your happiness meter in no time flat. An easy-going sidekick, Forrest is all about embracing life with enthusiasm and joie de vivre. This down home guy, with his homespun good looks, is just a happy-go-lucky, perennial kid at heart. Need a fun-loving pal to liven up the day-to-day humdrum as well as a “chillaxin” buddy at day’s end? Then, look no further. With boundless optimism, he marches through life only looking for the best. Even though our boy is a sweet, happy goofball at heart, Forrest also knows the importance of good manners and dignified behavior. Forrest will celebrate his third birthday this upcoming January. What a great gift for him to celebrate in his very own, forever home.



Portraits by Mary Hunt Davis Photography


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Monday, September 23rd, 2013

In contemporary slang, the word “dax” is defined as someone who is cool, smooth, and popular — a real charmer. Well, our mini pinscher, Dax, fits this bill. When he catches sight of you, his tail starts wagging telling you how happy he is that you are there. When you sit down, he loves to snuggle on your lap and relax with his head lying gently on your shoulder. When he looks at you with his sweet, warm eyes, both you and he know that all is well with the world. Dax knows that when there’s work to be done, he’ll keep you company and do the resting for the two of you. Just like people, Dax likes his routines: Breakfast, a nice walk, a sunbath in the yard, and, then, a nice, leisurely two-hour nap on his back with his legs in the air. Ah, life. Does it get any better than this? Dax will need his new family to help him with his insulin shots, but, diabetes doesn’t stop this pup from enjoying being with you. At 10, he has a bit of a challenge with his eyesight, but, once you show him the lay of the land — no problemo. He’s cool with other dogs so he could join your two-legged and tail wagging family with ease. Drop by Francisvale and meet our dashing Dax. You’ll be glad you did.

All portraits by Mary Hunt Davis Photography


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Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Hi!  My name is Santana! I am a sweet handsome boy with a gigantic heart.  I came to Francisvale when my owner became very ill.  I am so lucky as I get to live in a foster home. I have so much fun everyday as I wait for my forever family to come along.

Please don’t discriminate against me because of my breed. I have all of the best Pit Bull qualities and if you take me into your home and heart I bet Pit Bulls are all you will ever want.


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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Hello! Hello! Hello! My name is Farrah. The staff named me after Farrah Fawcett because I was just so beautiful. I was brought into the shelter as a stray. Nobody was able to find my owner.

When I came in my eye was very red and wasn’t looking too good. Off to the doctor I went and I found out that I had a mass on my eye. Yikes! Talk about scary.  Luckily it was non-cancerous, but they removed my eye anyway to be on the safe side.

But it’s all good. It doesn’t affect my life a bit.

I’m a cuddly girl.  I’d be a great addition to a family. I’m well-behaved with everyone.  I can be a bit stubborn.  I currently reside in the shelter kitchen and my favorite place to nap is in front of the kitchen door. People come in and out, but I don’t move.  As far as I’m concerned I’m comfortable, they will just have to find a way around me.

I also love car rides! They are the best. There was a point when I first got to the shelter where I would rather spend the day in the car then in the shelter. I had a nice comfy bed, bone and water. Everything I needed.

I do have a pet peeve. I hate shiny things that reflect off of walls. Metal bowls, camera lights, etc.  Hate them! They drive me crazy and I will bark at them until they go away.

So now I’ve told you a bit about me, why don’t you come in and tell me about you. I would love to meet you.



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Friday, January 27th, 2012

Here’s a little boy who could really use the help of a very special someone. Spot experienced rough times early on when the people in his life did not respect his need to feel safe, and overly rambunctious behaviors scared him so much that he became fearful and insecure. Thanks to the folks at Francisvale and to the behavioral team from the University of Pennsylvania who see past his nervousness to the sweetness in his heart, Spot is learning that he can trust people to take care of him and to treat him with the gentleness he needs and deserves. This little seven year old toy fox terrier mix likes to ease into his getting to know people, so, if you spend a little time, have a little patience, and share a few treats, you will find that Spot is a truly loving, playful, and happy little soul. He is proving himself to be very smart and adept at learning all the things he needs to know to be the best companion he can be. He will also delight you with all the fun tricks he knows how to do! Spot would love to share his life with a calm, serene, and peaceful family. In return, he will be a steadfast and loving companion, eager to share long walks with you as well as to quietly sit together enjoying each other’s company. On the surface, Spot is a diamond in the rough, but, scratch the surface, and you will find a treasure.


I love fall when I can jump in a big pile of leaves and then burrow through them!


This is me at the park!






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Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Having just turned nine in February, this old salt has logged a lot of miles under his collar but that just means Nemo’s rich with personality and the wisdom that comes along with age. Nemo has learned the advantages of being a one person dog. If you and Nemo hit it off, you will never find a companion more trustworthy or deserving of your love. You will certainly have his undivided devotion. This boy is into living life’s adventures one hundred percent…loving those long walks, sweet treats, and mutual hugs and kisses. That said, he also likes mellow time with his one and only…nothing like sharing a couch together in companionable silence or a quiet sit down in the yard to commune with nature. Nemo’s past experiences makes him a little shy, at first, but, if you let him get to know you and trust you, his connection with you will be a bond forged in steel. Lovable, loving, faithful, and true – who could ask for anything more?

Professional portraits by Mary Hunt Davis Photography





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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

If you’re looking for a totally rockin’ relationship of the four-legged variety, then look no further, Champ’s your guy. This 7-year-old bundle of unbridled love is the sweetheart you need. Champ, a handsome, black and white pointer mix, will devote his whole heart and soul to his forever family. He is loyal, affectionate, fun, and playful — a winning combination, don’t you think? Champ is an open-hearted boy that loves to love people — how great is that? He’s a bright boy that would be happy to learn all kinds of new things with his best friend. He loves to sleep with his stuffed teddy bear, but he’d be happy to share his bear with you if you want a cuddler in bed. Speaking of cuddling, this active guy also appreciates the fine art of relaxation. He would be soooo happy to curl up on your lap with you to enjoy some sweet down time together. Don’t be surprised when he reaches up to send a few kisses your way … that’s just his style. Being the free spirit that he is, Champ appreciates the freedom of moving around his environment at will. Champ’s a winner. Why not make him your winner?

Portraits by Mary Hunt Davis Photography


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Friday, January 14th, 2011

Leo is one handsome dude, with his glossy, smooth tricolored coat and boyish good looks. And that expression on his face? It’s Leo wondering if you’re the one who will take him home for a wonderful life together. Leo can just imagine those walks where you and he explore the adventures along the way and get your outdoor exercise — so healthy and fun for all! Then he pictures you both settled in afterward, relaxed on the couch, doing not much of anything.

A Treeing Walker Coonhound mix, now nine, Leo is hoping to get lucky — after being pretty unlucky for a while. He was rescued from a dog hoarder and taken in by Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals in Radnor. It’s been a long wait, but he’s still confident that someone will come along soon and see how special and deserving he is. He holds back at first until he gets to know you, but once you know Leo, you’re bonded forever. He loves his dear friends with all his heart.

His other favorite thing: after a walk, flopping lazily in the sun and falling asleep – he’s working on his tan! Leo is a great companion — sweet and delightfully goofy. When he runs, he looks like he’s all legs and makes the Francisvale volunteers who walk him laugh affectionately. Can’t you just see it? You and Leo? He’d like to be your only pet; so here’s hoping! Let’s get started!



Portraits by Mary Hunt Davis Photography



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Friday, January 14th, 2011

Young-at-heart, ­­senior girl Ellie knows that the secrets to happiness lie in sharing your joy and love with everyone you meet; savoring quiet times with your family and friends; and enjoying your ride through life. Ellie has also figured out that you must choose your outlook on life, and her pick is to embrace it with such loving gusto that she inspires everyone around her to feel the same. If you would love a companion who enjoys nice long walks, companionable sit-downs on the porch to watch the world go by, playing some games together, and, at the end of the day, cuddling up on the couch, enjoying a nice belly rub, and settling in to watch your favorite TV shows, then our Ellie is for you. Sweet Ellie is a down-to-earth bundle of love who is low maintenance and happy to go with the flow. This serene lady is secure enough in her own skin that traveling around and hanging out with her favorite stuffed toys is no problem for her. Blessed with a sensitive, kindly heart, Ellie knows how to support her canine brothers and sisters in times of need. When she senses that one of her friends is scared or nervous, Ellie’s got their back and will help them through by showing them how to overcome their anxieties. She’s all heart, this girl! This quintessential sweetheart of a dog will add a calming serenity to your life and, when those soulful, liquid brown eyes of hers meet yours at the end of a long day, you’ll know that you are home, and that you are loved.




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Friday, January 14th, 2011

You would be so impressed on A cedar tree is known for its beauty, strength, and resilience. Well, those are the very qualities you will find in our Cedar, a gorgeous lab mix. Almost ten years old, Cedar has sadly spent the majority of his life in and out of shelters. As a bright-eyed, happy-go-lucky pup, he ended up in a home full of boisterous behaviors, loud, scary noises, and utter chaos. As you can imagine, for an innocent, wee puppy these experiences were frightening, and memories of those times have left him kind of vulnerable – easily scared and anxious, so he needs a guardian angel who will understand his fears and love him unconditionally. It’s important for Cedar to be with an experienced caregiver who will protect him and help him to feel safe if the going gets rough. He just longs for the time when he will find his forever home – that special place for him where he will feel the unfailing love and protection of someone who has the compassion to understand his needs for stability, peace, and safety. Despite the fact that Cedar’s life has been challenging and disappointing for him as people have not always done right by him, he still has the optimism to believe that love conquers all. Although a bit shy at first, when you get to know Cedar, this boy will open up his heart to you – hugging, kissing, and wagging to beat the band. He just needs to be able to shine his light, and you will be dazzled by the beautiful soul that he is. Cedar has worked very hard to be the best boy he can be. He is an expert walker and handles the leash like a pro. He is exemplary at knowing cool things like “Sit” and “Stay”. He is a perfect gentleman around the house – laidback, playful, quiet, and dignified. Share a walk and some relaxed, quiet time with Cedar at Francisvale and get to know what a special boy he is. You won’t be sorry!



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  • Adoptions & Surrenders:
    Monday to Sunday by appointment only.
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