Francisvale News


Posted on: Friday, March 2, 2018

A big thank you to everyone who submitted ideas for the 2018 HairBall Theme Contest, we received so many great entries.   After a long and difficult deliberation, we finally have a decision.  And the winning theme is….


The winning theme was submitted by Kyle Lukacik and he is now the proud owner of 2 tickets to this year’s HairBall!

We are really excited to plan our 2018 HairBall around this theme and hope that you will consider attending Francisvale’s largest fundraiser.  So mark your calendars for October 20th, 2018, and hope to see you there!

Posted on: Friday, December 25, 2015

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and Francisvale will receive a SCOOP of Royal Canin pet food donated to our shelter!!!

Thanks to Ardmore Animal Hospital and Royal Canin for sponsoring us!

Posted on: Sunday, August 16, 2015



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

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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.

For more information, visit

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.

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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

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