St. Francis Guild
The St. Francis Guild will hold its next meeting on Thursday, April 27, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Memorial Room. The agenda will include a presentation by Mission Partner Pets With Disabilities and a discussion of plan for 2017. All are welcome to attend. Questions? Please email Sheila Ward.
The St. Francis Guild's Mission
Thus says the Lord, “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark." Genesis 9:9-10, 13
“The Christian Tradition holds that God has created the earth and all that lives herein. It teaches that all God created is ‘good’, and further, that we are held accountable for the right stewardship of God’s creation.” Episcopal Church, 76th General Convention: Merciful and Humane Treatment of God’s Creatures
Founded in 2011, the St. Francis Guild's activities include helping neighbors in need to meet their companion animals’ care requirements, and providing education on animal-related public policy issues, such as animal husbandry, wildlife management, and animal cruelty laws, that reflect our cultural conscience with regard to animals.
St. Francis Guild Mission Partners
Pets with Disabilities
Gift amount: $3,000
Contact: Sheila Ward
Pets with Disabilities (PWD) was brought to the Guild's attention by Alison Kenworthy (daughter of Stuart Kenworthy). PWD was founded by Joyce Darrell and Michael Dickerson who are dedicated to the rescue and care of dogs and cats with severe physical problems - loss of a limb, paralysis, blindness, deafness, etc. - resulting from accidents, abuse or congenital issues. PWD promotes the adoption of these animals. PWD is locagted in Prince Frederick, Maryland. Volunteer opportunities on a regular basis are limited, given its location. However, financial donations are always welcome and considering adoption of an animal. Visitors are welcome at the facility as interaction with these animals can be a joyful, life-affirming experience. For more information, visit: www.petswithdisabilities.org.
The Washington Humane Society (WHS), the District of Columbia's open-access shelter, is required to accept all animals relinquished to it. WHS cares for over 50,000 animals each year and sponsors a broad range of programs, including adoption, low/no-cost spay/neuter, an educational program for children, and community events. The Pets for Life program provides free vaccinations, spay/neuter services and pet supplies to D.C. residents who cannot afford regular veterinary care. Volunteer opportunities include: fostering animals, behavioral and socialization work, transportation, walking shelter dogs, assisting with community events; and office assistance.
Inreach Parishioner Service
Contact: Linda Gill
Several parishioners have volunteered to assist those who may need assistance caring for a pet during an illness, hospital stay, etc.