Nightingale Fund


What’s best for the animals? That is the guiding question and overarching principle that Animal Adoption Center co-founder and Former Board President Tom Patricelli has encouraged everyone at the AAC to ask as we pursue our mission to save the lives of homeless animals and find them forever homes.

From his role in creating the long-term strategic plan for the AAC, to leading the capital campaign for the new AAC building in downtown Jackson, and to shaping AAC programs, Tom has always used the mantra of “what’s best for the animals” during his 15 years of leadership at the AAC.

Most recently, Tom, along with his wife Caroline and their two young children, established the Nightingale Fund within the AAC. This is a specialized fund that is used to help sick and injured animals. Those who are gravely ill or suffering with serious injuries. Animals that would have no hope of making it out of a shelter, escaping abuse, or finding a loving home without serious medical intervention.

“We want to help the neediest of the needy,” said Tom. “This fund provides life-saving and life-changing surgeries, veterinary care, and rehabilitation to animals who otherwise would spend their remaining days in pain and suffering before being euthanized in a shelter. Too often an animal is given a death sentence because there just aren’t the resources to help them. We are going to help change that. Going forward, the AAC will be rescuing serious medical cases from shelters and situations of neglect, abuse, and abandonment who can directly benefit from the Nightingale Fund. We’re going to save them,” said Tom.

“Over the years our family has taken in serious medical cases – from an Alaskan Husky with a broken back and head injury, to a Beagle with Cushing’s disease, a parathyroid tumor, and life-threatening electrolyte imbalances, to several cats requiring surgery,” said Tom. “Our children are growing up knowing how important it is to take care of animals who are very sick and need our help, and these animals have been part of our family. In a sense, we’ve been running our own Nightingale Fund in our home for years, and now we get to do it through the AAC so that we can help even more animals. We’re very excited about that,” said Tom.

This fund will not only help the sick and injured, it will also open up space in overcrowded shelters that do not have the resources to care for these animals. To make a gift towards the Nightingale Fund, please follow our donate page and put “Nightingale Fund” in the comment box.