Casey Feldman Foundation Sponsors Spay/Neuter Day & More at Animal Shelter

Friday, June 6th, 2014

By Dianne L. Anderson

Casey had a kind heart, and that kind heart extended not just to humans, but to animals as well.  Among its many endeavors, the Casey Feldman Foundation has sought to honor Casey’s love for  animals in numerous ways. The most recent is a grant to Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR), through which  a Casey Feldman Foundation Spay/Neuter Day  has been scheduled for this Wednesday, June 11, 2014. As a result of this grant, four to five animals will be spayed and neutered.

Funds from this grant have also supported, Helga, a dog in need of medical care and will establish the “Casey Cam”, a camera installed in the training room to facilitate training classes and further volunteer education of animal training. Casey’s long time friend from Springfield, PA, Rachael Kemmey, who volunteers her time with the Foundation, organized this event and the distribution of funds with MLAR.

Casey's friend, Rachael Kemmey, greets some of the many animals at MLAR in Jan. while touring the facility with Casey's parents

Why spay and neuter? Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. – and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. Nationwide, more than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually (The Humane Society of the United States).  This sad and enormous number is as a result of un-spayed and un-neutered animals. One un-spayed female dog and one un-neutered male dog and their offspring can produce 4,372 puppies in 7 years. For cats it is even worse. One un-spayed female cat and one un-neutered male cat and their offspring results in 420,000 kittens in 7 years.

Helga - beautiful, but not happy wearing a cone!

Often, these animals arrive at MLAR and other shelters in need of medical care that goes beyond the basic and routine. Helga is just one of those animals.

A 5 year old German Sheppard who was rescued from a puppy mill, Helga had spent the previous 5 years in a rabbit hutch. She tried to rip off her own tail, which unfortunately had to be removed by the veterinary staff at MLAR. Helga was a spinner, commonly seen in dogs from puppy mills who have been confined in hutches; they spin for stimulation and to self soothe. Because Helga continued to spin after her surgery, trying to get to her absent tail, she was kept in a cone for an extended period of time. Helga was treated with several medications and has worked with a dedicated volunteer to help her gain the confidence needed to overcome her issues. After spending many weeks in the clinic under the watchful eyes of the MLAR medical staff, Helga is now in the main kennel and doing very well. It is not surprising that Helga enjoys exercise, something that was absent in the first 5 years of her life.

A limited number of supporters of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation who are animal lovers are invited to attend the event on Wednesday. The schedule is as follows:

Agenda for June 11:

Helga after her surgery

10:00 am – Representatives from the Casey Feldman Foundation arrive at the medical clinic

10:00am – 12:00pm

 Dr. Meg and Megan Anderson (Director of Animal Welfare and Enrichment) will introduce the animals before they go into surgery and share their stories.

 Clinic staff will share additional stories about the other animals currently in the clinic.

 Photos as appropriate

 Bring Helga down from the kennel for a visit.

 12:00pm – lunch will be provided in the development conference room

Spaces are limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Monday, June 8, 2014 by sending an email to [email protected]

3 of the 4 of Casey's and the Feldman's rescued cats

Please consider making a donation to the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation so that we may continue our good work in Casey’s memory.

One of the cat lounges at MLAR








Join Us: July 17, 2013, Day of Service at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital on Casey’s 4th “Angelversary”

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Casey Feldman

This year’s day of service for Casey Feldman’s  fourth “Angelversary” will take place at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, 1513 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. It has become an annual event on the anniversary of Casey’s death to perform a day of service in her honor and memory. Since Casey was an animal lover and animal rights advocate, the service thus far has included this aspect of her many passions.

Through the support of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, Magee  established its first Facility Dog program, in 2012, adding a new official member to the Magee team, Ford, the Golden Retriever.

This year, the Casey Feldman Foundation, together with Anapol Schwartz (Casey’s dad, Joel’s law firm), has sponsored Magee’s  second therapy dog, Joey, a Labrador Retriever/ Golden Retriever mix. “Anapol Schwartz has supported so many of our activities following Casey’s death and we are so appreciative of that support”, said Joel.

Through Magee’s Facility Dog program, Joey works alongside trained health and human service professionals to support patients in their therapy and facilitate the rehabilitation process. This program will be recognized as part of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation’s fourth annual “Angelversary” Day of Service.

Casey's brother, Brett, meeting Joey at Magee in May

Family, friends and supporters of Casey and the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation are invited to provide a few hours of service at Magee  and watch Joey in action as he leads patients in therapy sessions.  Service projects for the morning include filing, weeding the gardens, cleaning the parking lot and cleaning windows.  A lunch time ceremony will  take place at 12:30 pm and  the day will conclude at 2:00 pm.

Please RSVP by Monday, July 15th to join us on July 17th  at Casey Feldman Network Event or to Dianne Anderson, Casey Feldman’s mom, at 610-659-6995, or [email protected] or on Dianne’s Facebook Event.

Related Links:

[email protected], July 16, 2013: Because of Casey: Magee’s Facility Dog Program

CBS News Coverage 2012: Health: Dog Therapy To Honor Casey,

Previous articles regarding the annual “Day of Service”

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital

The Anapol Schwartz Foundation


Casey’s Love of Animals Will Make a Difference for Patients at Local Rehabilitation Hospital

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012


Casey loved animals, especially dogs. She understood how a dog’s unconditional love could make a difference in the lives of people. Casey also valued service-reaching out to help others.

Continuing the tradition of performing service on the anniversary of Casey’s death, on July 17th about forty of Casey’s friends and family gathered at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia and performed clean up services and work in the greenhouse and gardens, and learned about the latest gift from the Casey Feldman Foundation.

Magee showed off the talents of the newest member of its renowned occupational therapy team, Ford. Ford is an 8 year old Golden Retriever who is a highly trained facility therapy dog, the first in Magee’s history.   Support for Ford was provided by the Casey Feldman Foundation.

Mike Monheit (L) and Casey’s father, Joel Feldman performing cleanup work at Magee

Ford will work with patients recovering from strokes, spinal cord and brain injuries and amputations. Ford helps in all aspects of occupational therapy, including subtly increasing patient’s motivation to work a little harder despite pain. Among an incredible amount of tasks that Ford can perform are taking a patients’ socks off, picking up and delivering  to the patient all kinds of objects, including shoes, opening  and closing cabinets, pulling wheelchairs , turning  on and off lights  and providing  much-needed reassurance and stability for patients attempting their first steps.

“We are incredibly grateful and sincerely honored that the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation chose to remember Casey through the support of this innovative program,” said Jack Carroll, President and CEO of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. “Animal-assisted therapy is yet another way we can provide our patients with the highest quality care to help them achieve their goals and improve their outcomes, and is something we could not have done without the Foundation’s generous support.”

Casey’s friend, Phil Knasiak beauifying the garden at Magee

During a lunch time ceremony the occupational therapists who work with Ford, Cate Dorr and Christine Rineheimer,  described Ford’s integral role in occupational therapy and said that they were already seeing measurable improvements in patient’s progress who were working with Ford. Some of the patients who had worked with Ford described his gentle and loving presence and said it was comforting to have Ford with them as they began to adapt to new lives following life-altering illnesses and injuries.

Casey’s father, Joel Feldman, said “Magee is a special place where those who have devastating injuries begin to learn that there is a way forward and that there is hope. Having friends and family with us, Ford, and all the other loving and supportive staff at Magee is a perfect way to remember Casey.”

Friends and family gather for a group shot at Magee on July 17th


View photos from the day of service.

Related Links:

Photos from the day of service

CBS TV news coverage 

ABC TV news coverage

Magee Teams With Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation For Facility Dog Program

Not your typical physical therapist,

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital




Casey Feldman July 17, 2012 Day of Service Scheduled at Magee Rehabiltation Hospital

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Ford with his trainers at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital

This year’s day of service for Casey Feldman’s third “Angelversary” will take place at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, 1513 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Through the support of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, Magee has established its first Facility Dog program, adding a new official member to the Magee team: Ford, the Golden Retriever. Through Magee’s Facility Dog program, Ford works alongside trained health and human service professionals to support patients in their therapy and facilitate the rehabilitation process. This program will be recognized as part of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation’s third annual “Angelversary” Day of Service.

Family, friends and supporters of Casey and the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation are invited to provide a few hours of service and  watch Ford in action as he leads patients in therapy sessions.  A lunch time ceremony will be included.

Read the article posted by Magee about Ford and the upcoming day of service.

Please RSVP to Dianne Anderson, Casey Feldman’s mother at 610-659-6995 or at [email protected].

July 17, 2011 Day of Service Scheduled for Casey Feldman’s “Angelversary”

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Casey and Nikki at Ridley Creek State Park in Oct. 2008

To honor Casey Feldman’s memory, another day of service has been scheduled for Casey’s second “angelversary” on Sunday, July 17th. Locally, service will take place again at Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals, a nonprofit no-kill animal shelter in Radnor, Pa. Volunteers will work from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with service ranging from insulating an attic, working on a new outdoor doggie play area and indoor administrative tasks, for those preferring an air conditioned environment. Lunch will be provided, as will optional tours of the shelter.

Casey's brother, Brett (front), with Bob Gibson, Stephen Kennedy and Jason Spector painting at Francisvale last July 17th

Casey was an animal lover, having everything from chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, lizards, fish, turtles, and of course, cats and dogs while growing up. She was a big advocate of adoption and all of the household pets were strays and adoptees in need of a home. Even the chickens were left over from the local 4-H. The family German Shepards all came from German Shepard Rescue of Southeastern Pa, which included a beautiful tribute to Casey in their Summer 2009 Newsletter.

The Ceffaratti family wore their pink "I Brake for Pedestrians" shirts as they fed the homesless in Philadelphia last July 17th

Casey missed the family cats and dog while away at college and made time to volunteer at a no-kill shelter, Animal Haven, in NYC where she would love up the kitties and walk the dogs. The first puppy received by Animal Haven after Casey’s death was named “Casey” in her honor.

Casey & her Cousin Chris' dog Sasha in 2007

Some 40 volunteers offered their services last year at Francisvale on the first anniversary of Casey’s death. Within an approximate 6 hour period, the entire interior of the facility was painted. Friends and family agreed that it was a fun a fitting tribute to Casey’s life and memory. Additional service included feeding the homeless in Philadelphia, making and serving dinners at the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago, cleaning up the parks in Springfield, PA and volunteering at Beacon Animal Shelter in Ocean View, N.J.

As last year, family and friends outside of the local area, or who want to perform service elsewhere in Casey’s memory are invited to do so. Please  remember to send in your photos if you will be volunteering somewhere other that at Francisvale.

The day will conclude with a reception at the Feldman home from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

All are welcome to share the day with family and friends at Francisvale or at the Feldman home in the evening. To RSVP, respond to the events listed on the Casey Feldman Network site or, email [email protected].

Related Posts & Links:

A Day of Service and Remembrance on Casey Feldman’s First “Angelversary” – July 17, 2010

Photos – July 17, 2010

Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals

German Shepard Rescue of Southeastern Pennsylvania – Tribute to Casey Feldman

Animal Haven, NYC (see the puppy named after Casey)

Casey Feldman 14 minute memorial video (which includes footage at Animal Haven)

Three of the four Feldman family cats

A Day of Service and Remembrance on Casey Feldman’s First ‘Angelversary’ – July 17, 2010

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Bob Gibson, Steve Kennedy, Jason Spector and Brett Feldman (Casey’s brother-front) painting the interior of the shelter

July 17, 2010 marked the one year anniversary of the death of Casey, a  2006 graduate of Springfield High School and Fordham University senior who was struck and killed in a crosswalk last summer in Ocean City, N.J. In keeping with the spirit of this past year in honoring Casey Feldman’s memory in a positive way, the Feldman family and Casey’s friends dedicated the day to service. On her first “angelversary,” many of Casey’s family members and friends, as well as those who never even knew Casey but were inspired by her story, volunteered their time and service in different cities to remember and honor Casey’s life.

Melissa Zirolli, Annette Newlin, Emily Hobson, Joel Feldman and Matt Thornton painting the 2nd floor hallway

On the morning after the dedication of another pink tree to Casey’s memory in Cumberland County, N.J., over 40 volunteers traveled to the Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals in Radnor, PA, including Casey’s parents, Dianne and Joel, and her brother Brett. After the Day of Service, the whole interior of the two story no-kill animal shelter was painted.

Cousin Jamie Gallagher walking a dog at Beacon Animal Rescue on July 17, 2010

Rachel Kemmey, Amber Staska, and Jackie Cahill taking a break from cleaning Springfield parks

“This is a genuinely invaluable gift to Francisvale,”, commented Executive Director, Jodi Button, “The opportunity to put a new face on an over 100 year-old establishment will pay substantial dividends to the animals, volunteers, donors, community partners and staff alike – to say nothing of what a marvelous lift it is to morale.”

At lunch everyone gathered to acknowledge Casey’s contributions to the world, in her life and in her passing, and to dedicate the collaborative act of goodwill to her memory via a plaque that will hang forevermore in a prominent place at Francisvale.

The Chicago cousins baking cookies for the Ronald McDonald house

Casey’s cousin Jamie and Aunt Janice Gallagher remembered Casey by volunteering their time at the Beacon Animal Rescue in Ocean View, N.J. They walked dogs and donated food to the animals, a cause which was close to Casey’s heart.

In Chicago, Casey’s cousins, Drs. Ted and Marie Feldman and their daughters, Tess, Katie, and Julia cooked dinner for 18 families at the Ronald McDonald house. “We proudly wore our pink Casey T-shirts as we cooked and served the meal and we told Casey’s story to the director at the Ronald McDonald house,” the Feldmans said.

In Springfield, Casey’s friends Amber Staska, Rachel Kemmey, and Jackie Cahill organized a more intimate clean-up of three parks in town. The girls recalled fond memories of cleaning up the beaches in Sea Isle City during high school with Casey, and beautified Elson Glenn, Walsh Park, and Library Park in her memory.

Releasing pink balloons into heaven for Casey

The Ceffaratti family, family friends, fed the homeless in Philadelphia. Michael,” We had a wonderful day. We provided at least 75 lunches and lots and lots of ice cold water. We also got to spend time just talking and listening to homeless men and women. Many also asked us to pray with them. They loved our shirts and we were able to share Casey’s story and Casey’s love with them. One homeless woman asked me to bring her a Casey shirt next time. I know that Casey would like that….My mom [Rachael Ceffaratt] couldn’t come to Philly but she wanted to honor Casey, so she paid for the food in Casey’s honor.”

The entire staff at Bob’s Grill in Ocean City, N.J. wore the pink, “I Brake For Pedestrians” t-shirts in Casey’s memory (Casey had been walking to her job at Bob’s Grill last summer at the time of her accident) as did the staff at the 14th St. Bike and Surrey Rental. Visible on the entire fleet of Ocean City Municipal vehicles were the pink, “Stop For Pedestrians” bumper magnets.

Following the day of service, more friends and family gathered at the Feldman’s home in Springfield for dinner and to release some 60 pink balloons into the sky. Casey’s spirit was visible as everyone donned their pink “I Brake for Pedestrians” t-shirts and released a balloon into the heavens with a loving message for Casey.

View more photos from July 17, 2010 in the photo gallery of the Casey Feldman Memories website.  Contribute to the Casey Feldman Foundation and make this world a better place. Visit The Brotherly Love Project to learn more about the efforts of the Cefarratti family and others to feed the needy in Philadelphia.

July 17th Day of Service Scheduled to Honor Casey Feldman’s Memory

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Casey and Nikki - Oct. 2008, Ridley Creek State Park

July 17th this year will be spent doing service work to honor Casey’s memory on this first anniversary of her death.

Casey and her dad with Annie, Fall of 2000

The first service project lined up is at  Francisvale Home For Smaller Animals, a no-kill shelter in Radnor, Pa. which has been operating for over 100 years. Volunteers will work from mid morning to mid afternoon painting the interior of their small building. The day will conclude later in the evening for food and fellowship at the Feldman home. Other projects are being lined up in additional areas for those who are not local to the Philadelphia area.

Casey was an animal lover, having everything from chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, lizards, fish, turtles and of course, cats and dogs while growing up. She was a big advocate of adoption and all of the household pets were strays and adoptees in need of a home. The family German Shepards all came from German Shepard Rescue of Southeastern Pa, which included a beautiful tribute to Casey in their Summer 2009 Newsletter. While at college at Fordham University, Casey would get her “animal fix” and need to give back by volunteering at Animal Haven, a no-kill shelter in NYC. The first puppy that came into the shelter after Casey’s death was named “Casey” in her memory.

Consider joining us on July 17th. View the July 17th event on the Network site at and RSVP. If you are not a member of that site, consider joining. You need not have known Casey personally to become a member. Otherwise, RSVP here in the comment section below or consider your own way of honoring Casey’s memory on July 17th.

Casey’s family, friends, loved ones and those touched by her story look forward to a wonderful day of service to remember Casey.

Casey's friends Brooke Burdge and Kelsey Butler at Animal Haven with the puppy given the honorary name of Casey

Three of Casey's four family kitties. Cindy (top), Sandy and Blizzard.

Casey and her cousin Chris' Rottweiler, Sasha - Sept. 2007

Scholarship Recipient Brooke Burdge Recognized as Featured Volunteer at Animal Haven in NYC

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Casey Feldman Network site administrator, Brooke Burdge is the “Featured Volunteer” this month at Animal Haven in NYC. As many of you know, Casey and Brooke were friends and used to volunteer together at Animal Haven, taking the dogs out for much needed walks and giving love to all of the pets sheltered there, including the kitties. Despite
a hectic schedule between her studies, internship, working as a waitress and administering the Network site (, Brooke has continued to make the time to volunteer with the animals. The photo of Brooke selected by the shelter for their feature of Brooke is one of Brooke holding the “Casey puppy”. Shortly after Casey’s death, a spirited black puppy arrived at the shelter and was named Casey, in Casey’s memory. Fortunately, this loving little pup was quickly adopted. Maybe our Casey helped orchestrate that adoption! When told that our Casey was probably smiling on this recent honor bestowed upon Brooke, as featured volunteer, Brooke responded, “She would get a kick out of this. I always wanted to be in that newsletter! Haha!”

Congratulations Brooke! Thanks you for your tieless efforts on behalf of all of the animals that you helped, including those at Animal Haven.

Note: To view the video of Brooke at Animal Haven shelter talking about her experience volunteering there with Casey,  click here and fast forward to 4:51 minutes into the Remembering Casey DVD. Read the previous post on Brooke Burdge’s award of a Foundation scholarship . Give other deserving young people opportunities and contribute to the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation .