2018 was a pivotal year for Animal Care Sanctuary. Your support and commitment helped us make excellent progress toward our three major goals:

  • Substantially increase adoptions with our own new initiatives and recommendations from Maddie’s Fund.

2017- 462
2018 – 694    50% increase.

  • New Director, Rachel Preble, hired to renew our commitment in Wellsboro to be a vital part of the community.

Made the Feline Flat a gathering place for volunteers, visitors and adopters.
Held a Fall Fest in October for community.
Attended many community events throughout the year.

  • Finalize our decision to reconstruct the kennel.

We made a concrete (no pun intended) decision on our new kennel. It was originally to be renovated but after much study and discussion the best solution was to start over. Our winters here at ACS are brutal, and the kennel was worn out. With our strong adoption team, our length of stay has been reduced from 47 days in 2017 to 25 days in 2018, including our sanctuary dogs, and consequently we do not need a large number of runs. Instead, we felt it important to add the new community clinic to the end of the kennel. This will allow significantly more animals to be cared for by our vet team and also bring in more revenue for the organization.

Our transport program funding was started in 2018. This is a program to transport, treat and return companion animals from rural owners and rescuers who lack access to affordable medical care for spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and other needed wellness care. Along with providing this service at least once a week, we will go south and rescue dogs at least once a quarter. Tioga Downs and Banfield Corporation jump started our grant support, and much more is expected in 2019.

Our vet team has done a terrific job in our spay/neuter clinic providing 4909 surgeries in 2018. We are beginning to see the effects through empty communals in the cattery, a smaller waiting list to surrender, and aiding other shelters by taking their cats, thereby avoiding euthanasia.

We traveled to Harrisburg to celebrate the passing of Libre’s Law with Governor Wolf. After all the hard work to get this passed, PA moved from 36 in ranking on animal welfare issues to 11. That was something to celebrate – our goal is now to continue moving toward #1 by advocating to pass Victoria’s Law in 2019. Working together we can do so much.

As always, thank you for supporting Animal Care Sanctuary for another remarkable year.


Joan Smith-Reese, Executive Director


Is to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt homeless animals and to advocate for the wellbeing of all animals


Ellen Feldman, Chair

David Burch, Vice Chair

Sharon Walsh, Treasurer

Cindy Opeka, Secretary

Julie Newman

Robert Barnes

Barbara Decker

Kristi Dunn

Stephanie Rogers Robinson

Mary O’Malley-Trumble

Maggie Ulkins


Joan Smith-Reese, Executive Director

Rachel Rossiter, Assistant Director

Rachel Preble, Wellsboro Director

Bobbi Lee, Accountant

Dr. Karen Gillette, Veterinarian

Emily Shaffer, Adoption Coordinator

Emily Blade, Director, Feline Care

We engage lawmakers about the importance of passing animal welfare legislation at both the state and federal levels
We offer preventative health services for dogs and cats at a subsidized rate, including spay and neuter surgeries.
Humane education serves as a strategy for large-scale change in the quality of animal’s lives through prevention and intervention programs designed to create a culture of empathy and compassion. We offer programs from pre-school through college.
Financial hardship wreaks havoc on people’s lives and the well-being of their pets. We serve low income, elderly, veterans and those facing job loss who may otherwise be unable to care for their pets due to financial hardship.
Our “Love On A Leash” program trains community residents and their dogs to become therapy animals who are ready to greet residents in nursing homes and hospitals.
“Smokey’s Fund” was established to assist with the care of senior animals that need medical care, above what normal care would cost in the sanctuary.

The Future for Animal Care Sanctuary’s Kennel
and Clinic

“It’s not that people 30 years ago were any less concerned than they are today. Kennels were simply built for the wrong reasons. Little value was placed on housing and rehoming the dogs.” This was a quote from an article Julia Morris, SVP at ASPCA wrote for Petfinder and mimics the old kennel at ACS. Our kennel was center aisle, chain link barrack-like – always clean and neat but not what is needed today.

How exciting it will be to have natural light, solid walls to minimize the noise and stress, walkways filled with greenery that welcome visitors that come not only to adopt, but volunteer with our dogs. There will be a separate unit for medical runs and intake runs for new admissions.

In the future, our shelter will be a short respite stop for our special guests that need love, medical care, and the opportunity to shine as they meet perspective new families. Dogs live in the present, so our goal is that the dog is better behaviorally, emotionally and physically today than yesterday.

Shelters are not only for the dogs but for the communities we serve. That is why we are so excited to finally be able to have a new canine care unit for our dogs. The building has begun after a long winter of cold and then rain. And through the summer while we wait, the dogs can enjoy our land, walking in the woods, playing in the dog parks and swimming in the ponds.

Along with the kennel, we are building a new community clinic. This will make a huge difference to the comfort of our animals and their owners, our staff and our bottom line. We will be able to provide an increased amount of spay/neuter services and perform appointments at the same time. Today we have to do one or the other because of limited room, especially with lack of recovery space.

The project is over 2 million dollars with over half now raised. We are opening the campaign to the public for contributions to the kennel and actively soliciting for the clinic. We would be happy to meet with anyone on our naming opportunities and share the blueprints of the project. Donations can be given through our website, animalcaresanctuary.org, by check, or through text-to-give 77948 – give2-acs.


The generosity and foresight of generations past have made possible much of what our sanctuary is today. For over half a century, Animal Care Sanctuary has been steadfast to its commitment to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt animals instead of euthanizing them, making it one of the largest no-kill shelters in the nation. Currently home to over 250 dogs and cats, ACS strives to find well-matched, lifetime homes for the animals with continuing support when needed. ACS adopters and donors come from throughout the United States.

To sustain the magnitude of work required to save a large number of animals is a tremendous and ever-present challenge. While annual giving helps sustain the organization from year to year, you can leave a lasting legacy for the animals through a bequest in your will, a trust, or other planned gifts to help ensure that animals continue to be rescued and protected. A planned gift enables you to make a significant gift for endowment, capital projects, operations or program development while also reducing the taxable portion of your estate. Planned gifts can be constructed to help you reduce or eliminate capital gains or estate taxes, obtain significant income tax benefits and provide annual income.

There are many ways to give to Animal Care Sanctuary

The Gift by Will: Just as you arrange for the financial and personal security of loved ones including pets in a will, so can you provide for the ongoing work of Animal Care Sanctuary through a will. Gifts by bequest can assist in such areas as endowment, capital needs and program development, connecting you with the Sanctuary in a very special way for years to come. A bequest assures you of complete use of assets during life and assures that your philanthropic intentions will be accomplished while tax benefits minimize the costs to your heirs. There are several different types of bequests.

The Gift by Trust: A trust enables you to make a significant gift to the Sanctuary while receiving income from capital, securities or other property and significant tax advantages. The unitrust and annuity trust, two of the most common charitable trusts, provide income to you during your lifetime and, if you so choose, the lifetime of a beneficiary.

The Gift of Appreciated Long-Term Securities: These gifts may enable you to avoid capital gains tax while taking a charitable deduction

The Gift of Personal Property: An outright gift of your residence, vacation home or other real estate to Animal Care Sanctuary qualifies you for a charitable deduction. This type of gift may also enable you to avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation of the property.

The Gift of Retirement Assets: Designating ACS as a beneficiary of your IRA or other retirement plan can help reduce income and estate taxes.

The Gift of Life Insurance: The gift of a new or existing life insurance policy allows you to create a substantial gift to ACS irrespective of your present assets or estate, and can help reduce income and estate taxes.

This information is intended to provide general gift planning information only. Please consult with your own legal and financial advisors for specific legal, tax or investment advice before making any gift. We’ll be pleased to assist you with specific details as to how.

For more information, please contact Ann Lewis, Director, Planned Giving: alewis@AnimalCareSanctuary.org or 818-314-4032

The Story of
Maunallen Gregory

“Maun continues her support of ACS “because of their consistent approach to animal welfare, rescue, rehab and placement of animals but also for their commitment to seek new legislation and upgrading existing laws to improve the humane treatment of all animals.”
Maunallen (Maun) walked into ACS on 2013 and walked out after an hour of great conversation as a renewed friend. Maun knew our founder, Leslie Sinclair. Both Leslie and Maun came to America from England and started their life long career of loving and caring for animals.

While Leslie was in New York City working as an interior designer, Maun was climbing the ladder in the banking industry after getting her law degree at Temple University and working for the Bank of England. Maun’s career grew with the corporate world traveling, and she traveled to far- away places but always came back to her animals.

Maun’s passion is rescuing Salukis – both domestically and in the Mideast. Maun’s grandparents raised Salukis. Maun’s grandfather was gifted a Saluki from Haille Selassie who was made Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930 and assassinated in 1975. Her grandmother bred Salukis in the 1930’s. Maun began working with Egypt, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and recently rescued two-year-old Layla, who was abandoned in Qatar. Her ears were chopped off, and she was discovered dying. After six months of rehab, she is now in her forever home with Maun, along with Nismah, Layla’s best friend. Nismah was also mutilated and beaten, as well as many other Salukis over the years, with sad beginnings and happy endings.

Maun also has rescued donkeys, raised Arabian Horses, and her farm in Ulster is an animal refuge for dogs, cats, horses, donkeys and any other four-legged creature that appears (or are dropped off) on her property.

Along with her own refuge, Maun has been a supporter of ACS, not only monetarily, but also by donating a van when we desperately needed one to take animals to adoption events. Maun has also included ACS in her estate. She talks about her beginning with ACS, “I was captivated many years ago by the vision of Leslie, who recognized spaying and neutering as a necessity to prevent unwanted over population.” Maun continues her support of ACS “because of their consistent approach to animal welfare, rescue, rehab and placement of animals but also for their commitment to seek new legislation and upgrading existing laws to improve the humane treatment of all animals.”

Ways To Give To Animal Care Sanctuary

For more on planned giving:
Ann Lewis, Director Planned Giving