Liberato's Memorial Garden at Father John's

For 20 years now Father John's Animal House has been taking in, caring for, and re-homing homeless pets. Many people and pets have left a legacy through their work and companionship. So when a supporter of Father John's asked that someone who meant a lot to them be remembered by having their name memorialized at the shelter, it prompted us to want to create this opportunity for all animal lovers and their beloved pets alike. This is when the idea of a memorial garden was born. 

Volunteers from Home Depot, Selective Insurance, Father John's and many others rolled up their sleeves to help construct our memorial garden here at Father John's Animal House.

The garden was built in memory of the late Liberato "Chris" Schinaia, a Franklin resident and animal welfare advocate who passed away in January 2018 at the age of 97. The garden is named Liberato's Memorial Garden and has its entrance way bearing his name. Construction of the garden was made possible by a bequest left to the shelter at the time of Schinaia's death and by an additional grant from The Home Depot Foundation.

Now, supporters of our mission have the opportunity to donate and have a personalized granite stone or brass plate placed in this peaceful, beautiful area. 

We welcome all inquiries and hope to see this garden grow and evolve over time into a spectacular sight. We thank all of our volunteers and supporters who continue to make dreams come true and continue to help save the lives of those who cannot save themselves. 

Please fill out the form below to submit your donation. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you! 

A special thank you to Marty Carson who has many years of experience designing environmentally sound, deer resistant gardens that provide a living place of beauty, serenity, and peace. Her designs can be simple, easy maintenance gardens, beautiful woodland gardens, English style cottage gardens, the garden of your dreams. “You choose, I design”. She volunteered her time and direction to bring out garden to new heights!

Please visit her beautiful website HERE!

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