We’re all About Saving Our Animal Friends
In 2000 a group of local animal lovers began to reveal the problem of pet homelessness in Delaware and expose the animal shelters’ reliance on mass euthanasia to free up space for more incoming pets. At that time, 80–90% of the animals entering Delaware shelters did not make it out alive! It would take nearly two decades to change this.

Founder and Executive Director
Jane Pierantozzi

Faithful Friends was founded with Jane Pierantozzi at the helm to fight for better outcomes for animals that end up in shelters. Today, Faithful Friends is committed to a No Kill philosophy. We strive to end killing for all animals who are not irremediably suffering, rigorously defined. Our approach can save ALL healthy, treatable, and trainable animals which in most communities across the country equates to a 90% or higher save rate. Faithful Friends Animal Society is an advocate for animal welfare, a shelter for homeless pets, a resource for pet owners and colony caretakers, and a beacon of hope for our community.

Our mission is to end the neglect, abandonment and killing of pets in Delaware and enrich the lives of people by promoting and providing compassionate animal-related welfare and social services.

Our Timeline


Group of citizens led by Jane Pierantozzi exposes the 90% kill rate in publicly funded shelters; starts the volunteer Pet Life Line to provide alternative animal welfare resources to the public.

2001 – 2003

Faithful Friends incorporates and opens a No-Kill shelter in Delaware.


Faithful Friends leads the creation of Delaware’s first spay/neuter legislation signed into law, and becomes a national model for animal welfare; public spay/ neuter fund is created to help pet owners on public assistance; and shelters are required to spay/neuter pets prior to adoption.


Faithful Friends opens the first free food and supply bank in Delaware, and encourages other local shelters to do the same.


Faithful Friends leads the creation of Delaware’s Animal Shelter Standards Law, a national model for animal welfare. Shelters are now required to provide basic medical care to animals; extend a 72-hour stray hold to include cats; perform lifesaving steps before continues. euthanasia; and publicly post animal outcomes, ending the secrecy of mass killing.


Faithful Friends requests that Delaware’s animal welfare services be consolidated and moved under a supportive state agency. The state legislature appoints a task force to review.


The Office of Animal Welfare is created and operated under the Department of Health and Human Services.


Faithful Friends expands their community veterinary services to two days a week to include basic sick care, wellness care, and special procedures, which provides pet owners with affordable alternatives to giving pets up to a shelter or euthanasia.


Faithful Friends renovates the building next door and expands community veterinary services to six days a week, serving over 5,000 pets a year.


Quiet phase of Capital Campaign kicks off for new Adoption and Community Resource Center to be constructed at 165 Airport Road in New Castle.

2019 – 2021

Quiet phase of Capital Campaign continues.

Our Team

Administrative Staff

Jane Pierantozzi
Jane Pierantozzi, ext. 106
Executive Director
Jeannie DiSabatino
Jeannie DiSabatino, ext. 104
Facilities & Human Resources Director
Pam Heissenbuttel
Pam Heissenbuttel, ext. 112
Chief Financial Officer
Shannon O’Neill
Shannon O’Neill, ext.110
Development & PR Director
Michelle Neef
Michelle Neef, ext. 133
Development Manager
Lisa Lange
Lisa Lange
Systems Manager
Kayla Mullen
Kayla Mullen, Ext. 134
Marketing & PR Manager
Alison Romano
Alison Romano, ext. 102
Volunteer & Community Affairs Manager

Shelter and Operations Staff

Bruce Barry
Bruce Barry, ext. 111
Animal Welfare Operations Director
Geannine Checchio
Geannine Checchio, ext. 100
Dog Department Manager
Lynn Albright
Lynn Albright, ext. 117
Cat Department Manager
Nicole Cunningham
Nicole Cunningham, ext. 107
Dog Placement Coordinator
Taylor Boyce
Taylor Boyce, ext. 125
Dog Behavior & Enrichment Coordinator
Ben Touchton
Ben Touchton, ext. 108
Dog Trainer
Zach Ruth
Zach Ruth, ext. 108
Dog Trainer
Brittni Hopkins
Brittni Hopkins, ext 122
Dog Transport and Foster Coordinator
Shezza Mohamed
Shezza Mohamed, ext. 136
Cat Foster Coordinator
Molly Barretta
Cat Adoption Coordinator

Veterinary Medicine Team

Dr. Gia Croce
Dr. Gia Croce
Medical Director
Ashley Weicker
Ashley Weicker, ext. 113
Lead Veterinary Technician
Kacey Jones
Kacey Jones, ext. 116
Community Clinic Practice Manager
Marina Moran
Medical Operations Manager
Dr. Kim Perley ext. 109
Associate Veterinarian and Shelter Medicine Supervisor

Honored Founders

Ellice McDonald, Jr.
Bill Farrow

Board of Directors

Robert Wasserbach, Esq., CPA – President
Sharon Struthers – Vice President
Erin Salamone – Treasurer
Rebecca Frederick – Secretary
Cheryl Bradley
Jeffrey M. Bross
Jonathan Choa
Kathryn Pincus

Board of Advisors

Sean Bavol-Montgomery, CFO, Integrity Staffing Solutions
Bonney Brown, Humane Network 
Jill Cantera,
 President, Bellvue Contractors, LLC
Kathy Gallagher, Owner, Michael Gallagher Jewelers
Jane Gibson, Philanthropist
Nancy Horisk-Sherr, Freelance Writer/Editor
Donna Kinzel, Executive, Ursuline Academy
Craig Prettyman
, Chief of Technology, University of Delaware
Ann C. Rose, Philanthropist
Laurisa Schutt, Philanthropist
Robin Starr, No Kill SPCA, Richmond, VA
Nathan Winograd, Esq., No Kill Advocacy Center
Connie Wittig, Diamond State Management

The Annual Numbers

What it takes to do what we do
People counseled via Pet Life Line
Animals found new homes
Animals spayed/neutered
Animals in sanctuary care or long-term care
Pets served at FF Veterinary Clinic
People reached in Pet Therapy/other outreach
Fiscal Year 2020 (7/1/19-6/30/20)