The Little Guild of Saint Francis for the Welfare of Animals, Inc. was organized in 1960 when Muriel Alvord Ward and Eleanora Kleinschmidt developed a plan to alleviate the plight of homeless pets. In 1963 gifts from the Colonel and Mrs. Lee Garnet Day and other friends of animals made it possible to lease a permanent shelter space for dogs and cats in West Cornwall.
Unclaimed stray and abandoned dogs are referred to the Little Guild by the Animal Control Officers of all the towns in Northwest Connecticut. Stray and abandoned cats come to us from the people of Litchfield County who find and rescue them.
At the shelter, the animals are groomed, fed nutritious meals, inoculated and treated by a veterinarian. At the appropriate age the animals are spayed or neutered. While hundreds of pets are adopted each year, our policy of keeping animals until a home is found for them means that the Little Guild cares for some animals for months or even years.
The Little Guild finds homes for several hundred cats & dogs every year. Providing proper care for animals is expensive. Without your donations it would not be possible. Donations are the way we are able to provide for the shelter costs and care of the pets. Thank you!
At the Little Guild, we take the adoption process very seriously. We want all of our pets to go to the best homes we can find to ensure a long and happy life. A good fit is extremely important and we go through many steps to make sure the family and the new pet are happy with each other.
All year long we are looking for those who would like to volunteer at the Little Guild. We welcome any help with our animals from walking, assisting the staff, or just hanging around with the animals. Give us a call or just stop in and meet us! You can also fill out the form on our Volunteer Page.