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Foster Hospital Renovation Campaign Underway
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 ...
December 9, 2013

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.”