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A Faithful Friend from the First State: Interview with Jane Pierantozzi

Jane Pierantozzi of Faithful Friends in Delaware is a 2010 recipient of the Henry Bergh Leadership Award.
Jane Pierantozzi of Faithful Friends in Delaware is a 2010 recipient of the Henry Bergh Leadership Award.
Jennifer Corbett/The News Journal


  • Karen 5 years ago

    Beautiful interview, thanks so much.

  • Elainea 5 years ago

    I live in DE and I agree with some of the things in this interview. But what Jane is not telling you about the other shelters in DE is that Delaware SPCA has closed it doors to accepting all animals. They are no longer publicly funded and send away the animals that they think are unadoptable. These animals are taken in by the only open access shelter in DE. That is how they have decreased their euthanasia numbers. The other shelter now has to deal with all the other animals in DE that every other shetler turns away because they are full, the animals are unadoptable, or the owners cannot pay the surrender fee. This includes Faithful Friends. Faithful Friends has even stopped taking animals from the full service facility at the KCSPCA.
    I think if you are going to run a story, you should get the whole story first.

  • Jane Pierantozzi 5 years ago


    The DESPCA has the dog control contract for the City of WIlmington and has to take in all kinds of animals even unadoptables. They are open access for city stray dogs. They also have triped their cat space and increased cat adoptions dramatically. Whether your agency is open access or not you job is to save animals and treat them with digity and it starts at the top or it doesn't happen.

    The DESCPA's standards of care are dramatically better with the new Director and they are doing everything they can to read the national goal of a 90% save rate without blaming the public for the problem. Their leadership has reached out to Nathan Winograd and other leader who have turned around the kill rates in open access shelters with animal control just as you speak about.

    That is the whole story - we have to stop making excuses for the killing and start being proactive about saving lives. That is why we are in these jobs otherwise we dont belong in this business.

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    Valerie Hayes 5 years ago


    Please refrain from making false and unsubstantiated claims. Lies do nothing to further the discussion. I do not tolerate such nonsense in my comments, nor do I welcome killing apologists. If you wish to discuss ideas regarding how to save more animals and bring the day when shelters are truly places of refuge for lost and homeless animals closer, then you may do so here. If you want to spread the same tired old lies about those working towards that end or make the same tired old excuses for those working against it, then about the most polite thing I have to say to you is "get lost".

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    Valerie Hayes 5 years ago

    Perhaps it would help us all understand where you're coming from if you told us a bit about your experience in animal welfare and sheltering.

  • Lynn 5 years ago

    Every story about a successful move towards no-kill is immediately followed by someone claiming the no-kill (or low-kill) shelter no longer accepts open admissions. I wonder why that is.

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    Valerie Hayes 5 years ago

    The No kill movement is all about creating No Kill communities. No kill shelters have existed for many years, and generally take in only as many animals as they can handle and thus avoid population-control killing. Nothing wrong with that, as long as they are using their available resources to save as many animals as possible. It is important to keep the distinction between a no-kill shelter and a No Kill community in mind.

    The Tompkins County SPCA became the first open-admission animal control shelter to comprehensively implement the No Kill Equation almost 10 years ago. In so doing it created the first truly No Kill community in the country, saving all healthy and treatable animals while turning none away. Others have followed, including Charlottesville, VA and Reno, NV, and others. Still more communities are closing in on their No Kill goals. Unfortunately, the facts don't stop naysayers intent on furthering their own agendas and defending those that kill in the face of lifesaving alternatives.

    Saving lives is fraught with controversy. Who knew?

  • Anonymous 5 years ago

    What Elainea is saying may or may not be true but to dismiss her claim and not interview the shelter she is referring to is to do exactly what you accuse your detractors of doing. One should always investigate both sides of a story because the claim that "No Kill" shelters are not as open as they say if not proven false once and for all with only impede progress to the absolute no kill goal.

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    Valerie Hayes 5 years ago

    Please re-read the article. Slowly.

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