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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


Chester County Life Features Francisvale

Posted on: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We want to share a wonderful article written by Susan Shiber which appears in the July/August issue of Chester County Life, “Happiness is a Warm Wonder from Francisvale.” You can read it for yourself here.

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!

Ballet Recital to Benefit Francisvale

Posted on: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A classical ballet recital in June by students of the Pennsylvania School of Classical Ballet, performing unusual, rarely performed pieces from the classical ballet repertoire, will benefit Francisvale. The performance, on Saturday, June 8, at 2 pm, will be held at Radnor Middle School, 135 S. Wayne Ave. Half of the proceeds from tickets sales for the event will be donated to Francisvale. Please come; you can support animal welfare and the arts. And the performance – lasting about an hour – is a great way to introduce children to the art of classical ballet. Tickets will be available at the door, general admission, cash only, $20. To learn more about the Pennsylvania School of Classical Ballet, located in Wayne, and the June 8 recital, please click here.

Vertex Fitness to Host Fundraising Event to Benefit Franvisvale

Posted on: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Vertex Fitness Personal Training Studio will host its Third Vertex Fitness Pumped event on May 22 to raise awareness and funding for local non-profits, including Francisvale, that have a direct connection to the studio or its clients. The Pumped event will take place in a special tent set up at the studio’s Bryn Mawr location at 931 Lancaster Ave.

In addition to Francisvale, Vertex has chosen two other non-profits, the Hamels Foundation and the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network, to receive year-long commitments through sponsorships, cash donations from the Vertex Fitness Pumped event and the Vertex board.

The May 22 event, hosted by Steve Morrison from 93.3 WMMR’s Preston & Steve Show, will include refreshments from area restaurants and a musical program featuring “The Fort Washington School of Rock House Band.” Local vendors will also be on site to give guests an opportunity to shop. A raffle will give attendees an opportunity to win gift baskets filled with items donated by participating organizations and vendors.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the event and raffle from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free, as is the courtesy valet parking.

For more information, contact event coordinator Kaitlin Reilly or Sara Rosenberger at

Reception and Fine Jewelry Raffle Benefit Francisvale

Posted on: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Jay Michael Salon and Spa celebrated its Grand Re-Opening in St. Davids on March 3 with a reception to benefit and raise awareness for Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals. The cocktail reception, which raised more than $2,000 for Francisvale,  featured hors d ‘oeuvres provided by Executive Chef Michael Luongo of The Radnor Hotel and desserts by Pastry Chef Amelia Dietrich of Paramour at the Wayne Hotel, as well as a raffle of fine jewelry donated by Bernie Robbins Jewelers. At left, Beth Brooks of Jay Michael Salon and Spa with Francisvale Board Member Rosemarie Monzo and Garret. Read more about it here …

A Tiny Dog with a Big Problem …

Posted on: Sunday, February 10, 2013

Dear Friend of Francisvale,

Whenever we welcome a recently rescued pet here at Francisvale, I often catch myself holding my breath. If we’re lucky – whew! – the new arrival comes to us in good health, with a sunny disposition and few bad habits. But when a tiny Shih Tzu named Garrett was rescued not long ago, I knew we weren’t going to be so lucky.

As soon as he arrived, we noticed that he limped badly. It looked like he favored his right front leg. And his head bobbed when he moved – a sure sign of pain, as I’ve come to learn. A trip to the vet confirmed our suspicions: A deformed right front leg has affected his elbow and begun dislocating his shoulder. It’s not uncommon for Shih Tzus to have bone deformities. But Garrett’s problems are outsized for a dog so small.

Garrett shows a bit more spine than I would with such a painful problem. Our volunteers walk him daily, and he gets around as best he can. And considering his painful condition, in the best of spirits, too. In fact, he has proven to be one of the gentlest dogs under our roof, good with children as well as our other lodgers – cats and dogs both. And he never tires of lying comfortably in your lap.

Garrett is lucky in one respect; he came to Francisvale. As a no-kill shelter, Francisvale is committed to assuring that rescued animals like him get the medical attention they need. In Garrett’s case, that means extremely complicated arthroscopic surgery to correct the limb deformity and repair his shoulder.

After we got the good news that Garrett can be helped – whew! – came even more stunning news. Even after the vet’s huge discount, it would cost $5,000 for the surgery – far more than we can afford from our day-to-day budget for routine veterinary care.

It wasn’t long ago that I asked for your help meeting the day-to-day expenses of caring for the 90 abandoned cats and dogs who have found their way to Francisvale – hopefully on their way to happy, adoptive homes. But even with the generous donations we’ve received so far this year, I’m afraid Garrett’s operation will stretch us to the breaking point.

And that’s why I’m writing to you today. You and I share the belief that every animal counts, that even abandoned animals like Garrett deserve to live healthy lives, free from debilitating pain and fear. That’s why I am asking for your extra financial help to get Garrett the care he needs.

Garrett won’t die without surgery. But without it, he’ll be trapped in a life of constant pain and impaired movement. His operation is just a few weeks away, and we haven’t raised nearly enough to pay for it. If you can help, please, click the button below; it’s the quickest and easiest way to help Garrett.

Please, we could really use your extra help right now.

Most sincerely,

Melanie Shain
President, Board of Directors

Pet Portraits Net 20% for Francisvale

Posted on: Monday, February 4, 2013

The John H. Ansley Photography Studio in Devon is donating 20% of its animal portrait sales to Francisvale as part of its Annual Winter Pet Promotion. Portraits and fine art scenic landscapes by John H. Ansley are enjoyed throughout the Delaware Valley and hang on walls in homes and offices throughout the world. There are no sitting charges and portraits start as low as $55. Pets of all sizes and varieties are welcome. Check out these Ansley Pet Portraits by clicking here. Or visit the Studio at 219 Lancaster Ave., Devon, PA 19333.

Something to Chew On …

Posted on: Friday, February 1, 2013

Often preventable but overlooked tooth and gum problems can spell trouble for even the best-cared-for cats and dogs. That’s why the American Veterinary Medical Association has adopted February as its National Pet Dental Health Month.

“Good pet owners are concerned about their pets’ health and are careful to keep their vaccinations up to date, but may forget about the importance of oral health. Great owners know that this is a big mistake, as periodontal disease is the most common health problem that veterinarians find in pets,” explains Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA. Some of the signs your pet might have a problem? Bad breath; frequent pawing or rubbing at the face and/or mouth; a reluctance to eat hard food; red, swollen gums, and brownish teeth are the most common. The AVMA advises taking your pet to the vet if you see any of these.

To help pet owners prevent periodontal disease, the AVMA offers a video providing step-by-step instructions on how to brush your pet’s teeth and a video on periodontal disease. The AVMA website also has a webpage on pet dental health that offers links to an informative podcast and other information resources on pet dental health.


2012 Hair Ball Donors

Posted on: Friday, November 2, 2012

With Gratitude to Our Sponsors

The Fox Trot – Sustaining Medical Care

Brindisi Animal Foundation
Pat & Tim O’Toole

The Charleston – Vaccines

The Bryn Mawr Trust Company

The Salsa – Dog Food

Melanie & John Shain

The Cha Cha – Cat Food

Sheena Bowa
John Donnelly
Martha Miele & Bryan T. Davis
J & J Snack Foods

The Twist – Prescription Foods

Eadeh Enterprises
JoAnne Fredericks
Greenstone Energy
Joe McNally & Christine Lindstrom
RAIT Financial Trust
Mrs. George E. Smith
Mrs. Frank Ware

The Jive – Anti-Lyme Vaccine

Jodi Button & Luke McHale
Edward & Dorothy Carter
Cashman & Associates
Judith Ehrman
Matt & Anne Hamilton
Bob & Barbara Hauptfuhrer
Frederick L. Bissinger Architects
Frank & Melinda Mercurio
David Merriman
Mary & Greg Miller
Newman & Saunders Galleries
Ellen Funk & Ann O’Keefe
Jonathan & Johanna Tyburski
Bonnie & Harvey Weiner

The Rhumba – Heartworm Prevention

Joseph F. Ellis
Lynn Goldbenjamin
Keystone Volvo
Margaret Walz

With Gratitude to Our …


Marilyn Faris
Harriette S. & Charles L. Tabas Foundation
Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran


Ardmore Animal Hospital
William Marano & Susan Vincent
Conni & Desmond McDonnell
Ruth Sacco
Jerry Womer


Frank & Amy Allen
William Baker & Betty Prange
Cindy Kienzle
Robert Killen
Mr. & Mrs. Eric Noll
Kevin & Claudia Silverang
Philip S. Rosenzweig, Esq.

Auction Donors & Friends

Clay’s Creative Corner Bakery
Denise Bones
333 Belrose
Kelly Finch
A.B. Doran’s
Arlene Murphy
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Wayne
Sal Romano
Bahama Breeze
Tim O’Brien
Diana Mizer
Braxton’s Animal Works
Cardio Canine
Carol & Perry Apino
Champp’s Restaurant
Anne Sims
Chris Wheeler
Congressman Pat Meehan
Cutter’s Mill
Denny Moritz
Jack Campbell
Dorothy Narwich
Ellen Funk
Farnan Jewelers
Claire Farnan
Fellini Café
Fentimans Beverage
Frank Bennett
Frank Mercurio
Frankie’s Fellini Café
Frank Chiavoroli
General Warren Inne
Clyde Hailey
George Connell, Jr.
George Lemmon
George Rothaker
Grace’s Nails
Ki Suk Park
Heather Hennessey
Jackie Baver
Jay Michael Salon
JoAnne Fredericks
Jodi Button
John Aiken
John Ansley Photography
John Shain
Melanie Shain
Kayla Western
Lucky Duck Toys
Lisa Lestrange
Luke McHale
Act II Playhouse
Jennifer Adams
Albed Rug Company
Cheryl Ames
Armen Cadillac
Bahama Breeze
S.W. Bajus Ltd.
Bendit Family
The Boot
Bridget Steakhouse
Jan Berman
Bob Bukata
Jill Bukata
Nancie Burkett
Dottie Cleary
Amber Cooney
Delaware Valley Tennis Assoc.
The Dental Spa
Elmwood Park Zoo
Susan Ferry
Main Line Engraving
Jan Peters
Main Line Land Rover
Tak Papariello
Margaret Kuo’s
Mary Hunt Davis Photography
Paul Kuo
Newman & Saunders Galleries
Lisa Romano
People’s Light and Theatre
Drew Saunders
Pet Valu
Pam Wheelock
Riannon Walsh
Bob Moser
Salon D’Artiste
Lorraine Friedberg
Christine Cesarini
Seasons’ 52
Senator Daylin Leach
Sharon Sweeney
Sheena Bowa
Kim Turnbaugh
Sheraton Great Valley
Harry Deverter & Karen Vento
Ruth Silverberg
Tait Weller & Baker
Lauren Guttilla
Teresa’s Café
Nancy Schwab
Joe Ellis
The Artful Framer
The Radnor Hotel
Anita Sayers
Amanda Conti
Toppers Spa–Donna Sanno
Kathy Greeley
Toppers Spa–Natalie Villegas
Mary Hunt Davis
Toppers Spa–Patti Lenox
Conni McDonnell
Unleashed Pet Spa & Boutique
Barbara King
Valley Forge Flowers
Kimberly Riley
Villanova Theatre
Wade’s Cat Trees
Wade Batterton
Wagsworth Manor
Wayne Jewelers
Wayne Reid
Nancy Ganz
General Warren Inn
Giovanni & Pileggi
Chris Graham
Patti Gregory
Rachel Venghte
Hotel Palomar
Ann Johnson
Lisa Kelly
Lisa Kelly Cedar Hollow Inn
Allegro Grille
K.C.’s Alley
Keystone Gardens
Marty Grims
Charlene Nolan
Alberto Prado
Zinni’s of Philadelphia
Carolyn Zinni
Rene Coady
Mary Gingrich
Chris Turse
Maurice Furlong
Barbara Hauptfuhrer
Ann O’Keefe
Betty Prange
Linda Mueller
Margie O’Donnell
Maire Moriarty
Annie Johnson
Mary Ann Jantes
Carolyn Cavallo
Jack Kolton
Jennifer Szychter
Elinor Donahue
Emmet Robinson
Nina Saunders
John Woodcock
Melinda Smith
Susan Guitereau
Susan Fisher
Pat Quattrone
Lisa Contino
David Merriman
Nancy Levine
Conni McDonnell
Lyn Rae Photography
Rosemarie Monzo
Ralph Mazzeo
Martha Miele
Kim Kliamovich
Ann O’Keefe
Basis & Jonathan Pearson
Keith Pension
Keith Petrowski
Art Piano
Pennsylvania School of Classical Dance
Philadelphia Academy of Social Dance
Pat Quattrone
Rittenhouse Needlepoint
Greg Ranieri
Mary Beth Ranieri
George Rothaker
Ed Schmitt
Barbara Schwartz
Starr Restaurants
Sweet Salvation Truffles
Jim Veghte
White Dog Café
WHIMM Designs
Whittle’s Watch Works
Peter Whittle
Whole Foods
Anne Williamson
Jim Williamson
Patty Wolfe

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