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Little Guild of St. Francis for the Welfare of Animals Receives $12,000 Grant from ASPCA Featured

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Funds assisted displaced animals rescued during Hurricane Sandy

West Cornwall, Conn.—Little Guild of St. Francis for the Welfare of Animals has been awarded $12,000 in grant funding from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to provide medical care and treatment for animals displaced during Hurricane Sandy.

“The Little Guild is very grateful for the assistance from the ASPCA for the medical needs of the animals we rescued from Hurricane Sandy,” said Denise Cohn, executive director of Little Guild of St. Francis for the Welfare of Animals. “It is a huge help in ensuring we can provide the best medical care possible for the many animals that need it.”

“The ASPCA is well aware of the challenges animal shelters face in the wake of a natural disaster,” added Tim Rickey, vice president for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “We commend groups such as the Little Guild of St. Francis for stepping up to assist other shelters in need during these difficult times. We hope that our grant will enable them to provide medical care and treatment for displaced Sandy animals so they can be made available for adoption.”

Following Hurricane Sandy, Little Guild of St. Francis for the Welfare of Animals traveled to Philipe, W.Va. to assist Animal Friends of Barbour County, which was badly damaged and left without power, heat and water. Little Guild took 65 dogs and 23 cats, many of which required medical attention including spay or neuter surgeries.

The ASPCA is commonly called upon by state and municipal governments and other animal welfare agencies to lend expertise during large-scale animal rescue operations. Every year, the ASPCA assists thousands of animals in communities throughout the U.S. that were severely affected by tornadoes, flooding and storms. During Hurricane Sandy, the ASPCA assisted nearly 61,000 animals through field rescue, sheltering, pet supply distribution and mobile wellness clinics in New York and New Jersey. The ASPCA also responded to the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

For information on disaster preparedness and safety tips from the ASPCA, please click here.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

About Little Guild of Saint Francis
Founded in 1960, the Little Guild of Saint Francis is a 501 (c)(3) public charity for the welfare of animals. The mission of the Little Guild is to find adoptive homes for abandoned or distressed canines and felines while providing shelter and care until those homes are found. For more information please visit, “like” us on Facebook or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Jon Patch

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