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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
It’s Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month: Bring Home the Love
Posted on: Thursday, November 1, 2012
What do you get when you adopt a senior pet? Some pretty big benefits, according to local senior pet adopters. You get “I-love-you-no-matter-what” devotion. You get a loyal and grateful companion; a mellow buddy by your side; a friend who’s always happy to see you. And the advantages go beyond that.
To celebrate all the good things that senior pets bring to life, Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals, the 103-year-old no-kill shelter in Radnor, and Petfinder, the popular pet adoption site, are celebrating November as Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month. And celebrating is the word. Francisvale adopters who have taken home older pets can tell you it’s a win-win.
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