Foster Hospital Renovation Campaign Underway

This entry is article 1 of 6 in the December 2013 issue

Artist’s rendering of the Foster Hospital’s client and patient lobby

To better provide 21st-century care for animals and enhance services for their owners, the Cummings School has launched an initiative to renovate and expand the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals.  “This project is necessary so that we can continue to provide the high level of service that our clients have come to expect – the kind of care that inspire families to bring their pets to us and veterinarians to make referrals here,” says Cummings School Dean, Deborah Kochevar.

When the Foster Hospital opened its doors in 1985, veterinarians anticipated providing care to 12,000 cats, dogs and other companion animals a year.  Last year, the hospital saw 28,000 cases.  The 30-year-old building is at its capacity and renovations are needed to continue to deliver our best in patient care and client service.

Elements of the renovation will include:

  • Larger, more welcoming reception areas to help reduce stress on patients and their families while waiting to see their caregivers
  • 25% increase in the number of state-of-the-art patient exam rooms
  • New larger treatment rooms for specialty services in ophthalmology, cardiology, neurology and dermatology which will reduce client wait times for such specialized care
  • A reflection room offer hospital clients a quiet comforting space to carefully consider important decisions regarding their beloved animal’s care

A “Renewing the Healing Spaces” website shares awareness around the hospital renovations plans along with an impact video.

Over the last six months, in the early stages of the hospital renovation campaign, the school raised over $1M toward the $8M renovation goal.  In December, the campaign was given a boost by a challenge gift granted by the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund*.  For every $2 raised or pledged between now and Dec. 31, 2014 the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund will donate $1 for up to $2.5 million in matching funds. “The challenge permits the school to accelerate its fundraising horizon for the project, and potentially steers us toward the $8M goal a full year ahead of the previously anticipated timeline,” says Ana Alvarado, Sr. Director of Development for the Cummings School.

Those interested in learning more about the hospital renovation are encouraged to contact the Cummings Advancement Office at 508-839-7905.  Staff directory online at:

*Amelia Peabody  1890 – 1984                     
“If I ever do take up charity, I intend to do it, and not half do it.”
– Amelia Peabody, 1912

aphistory1Amelia Peabody was a very private person with a public conscience.  Over her long life, she quietly distributed her wealth for the benefit of tens of thousands, most of whom, according to her wishes, never knew her name.   In 1964, she extended her legacy of giving in perpetuity by establishing the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund.

Brought up to be “a lady of society,” Miss Peabody did not attend college, but studied sculpture with a passion in Boston, New York and Paris.  She built a solar studio and continued sculpting her whole life.  Her work was exhibited widely, including at the New York World’s Fair (1939 and 1940), the Whitney, and the Boston Athenaeum (the last in 1975, at the age of 85).  During and after World War I and II, she worked with returning and injured veterans, teaching occupational arts and crafts. 

apfullsculp1In the early 1920s Amelia Peabody began buying farms and farmland in Dover, Massachusetts, where she devoted herself to horse riding and animal husbandry.  She bred and raised race horses, white-faced Hereford cattle, and Yorkshire pigs—all of which were recognized for their breeding and bloodlines.  In 1981, in one of the rare departures from the anonymity that characterized her giving, she founded the Amelia Peabody Pavilion, which houses a large animal clinic at the Tufts-New England Veterinary Medical Center in Grafton, Massachusetts.

Amelia Peabody also continued the medical philanthropy of her father, step-father, and uncle with generous donations to a number of institutions in the Boston area dedicated to the relief of human suffering.  A life-long love of science led Amelia Peabody to be especially supportive of ground-breaking research to prevent illness or discover new treatments.  

apopThis love of science and a remarkably prescient concern with the conservation of nature and natural resources led Amelia Peabody to one of the world’s first solar energy projects in 1948.    She funded the work of solar science and agricultural engineering pioneers in the design and construction of a solar house on property she owned adjacent to her farm.  The house was visited by literally thousands of scientists and industrialists and relied on solar energy technologies that would emerge in a more mature form in the 1970s.

In her later years, Amelia Peabody’s farm became all the more dear to her and she declared her “porch at Mill Farm” her favorite place in the world.  She continued to quietly increase her land-holdings and to fund the preservation of forests. As she grew older and was unable to ride, she relished seeing others gallop by and enjoy the land.  Shortly before her death on May 31, 1984, she looked out the window of her farm to the paddocks and forest and whispered, “Great day.”

Gifts for your pet this holiday season

This entry is article 2 of 6 in the December 2013 issue

Pets need gifts too! Here are some ideas to give your pet this holiday season to make him feel loved all year through!

  • Fetching stick
  • Personalized pet tags
  • Pet toys: plush toys and chew toys
  • Pet shampoos
  • Candy cane leash/collar
  • Pet blanket for warmth all year long
  • Pillow beds for your pet
  • Pet scarf/sweaters
  • Pet holiday bowls

Looking for a gift to give to a pet owner? Look no further, we have some ideas to make the holiday season purrfectly cheerful. Make this holiday season special for everyone with some of the top pet gifts.

  • Pet first aid kits
  • Pet -themed jewelry
  • Pet- themed wine glasses
  • Personalized pet calendar
  • Framed pet photo
  • Pet photo blanket
  • Books on training pets
  • GPS pet tracker

Client success story: Louie

This entry is article 3 of 6 in the December 2013 issue

Name: Louie

Age and breed: 9-year-old golden retriever.

Medical challenge: When Louie first came into Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals, he was in very bad shape. Louie had been diagnosed with adult-onset generalized demodicosis, which means he had an overgrowth of Demodex mites. His symptoms were severe hair loss, low energy, and not wanting to eat or play. Louie had been treated for demodicosis for a couple, but his owner, Bonnie from Waban, Massachusetts, felt that Louie was getting worse instead of getting better. She was considering euthanasia to end Louie’s suffering. Visiting Tufts was her only hope. Continue reading

Specialty spotlight: Dermatology

This entry is article 4 of 6 in the December 2013 issue

Did you know there are more than 400 skin diseases in cats and dogs alone? At Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals, our board-certified dermatology specialists, leverage cutting-edge technologies including video otoscopy and comprehensive intradermal allergy testing tools, to provide exceptional care for animals requiring specialized dermatology care. Continue reading

Holiday Safety for your Pet: Keep your pet healthy and safe this season!

This entry is article 5 of 6 in the December 2013 issue

For many, holidays are a time of cheer, however, for your pet it can be a dangerous time. Here are some tips on keeping your pet safe during this joyous time!

  • Plant dangers: holly, mistletoe and poinsettia plants are poisonous to cats and dogs.
  •  Avoid all chocolate for your pets; ingredients in chocolate are toxic to dogs, and signs range from GI upset and tremors for milk chocolate, to seizures and potentially death with dark (or bakers) chocolate.
  • Avoid fatty foods which can cause digestive issues and can lead to hospitalization.
  • Avoid nuts such as macadamia nuts, as they can cause neurological signs, and fruits, such as grapes and raisins which can lead to kidney failure and be fatal to your pet.
  • Christmas trees decorations can be hazardous. Glass ornaments can break causing injury, so hang ornaments high and out o reach.
  • Avoid tinsel or angel hair as decorations. Cats are attracted to it and if ingested, can lead to intestinal blockages.
  • Avoid low hanging holiday lights. Pets can get tangled or burned by these lights. Keep the lights as high as can be to avoid any dangers for your pet.
  • Avoid candles and potpourri so pets can reach them.
  • Avoid excess ribbons and strings when decorating packages; just like tinsel, these can cause intestinal blockages if ingested.
  • Secure your holiday tree to the wall. Your pet can be injured if the tree were to fall.
  • Avoid decorating your tree with food.
  • Avoid wires from electric cords to be out where your pet can reach them. Always keep these hidden or taped to the wall.

Get the facts about Brachycephalic airway syndrome

This entry is article 6 of 6 in the December 2013 issue

dog2Brachycephalic is a term for “short-nosed.” Several dog breeds and a few breeds of cats may experience difficulty breathing due to the shape of their head, muzzle and throat.

Shorter nosed dogs include English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers and many other breeds. The shorter than average nose and face in proportion to their body size can cause problems for these breeds at times. Continue reading