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.
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 Journey to Make Delaware a No-Kill State
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, and publicly post animal outcomes.
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.
Quiet phase of Capital Campaign continues.
Faithful Friends led the creation of a registration fee increase to manufacturers on the sale of pet food in Delaware, adding to the state’s spay/neuter fund.
Shelter and Operations Staff
Veterinary Medicine Team
Ellice McDonald, Jr.
Board of Directors
Robert Wasserbach, Esq., CPA – President
Sharon Struthers – Vice President
Erin Salamone – Treasurer
Rebecca Frederick – Secretary
Jeffrey M. Bross
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