About Animal Care & Assistance Fund

Our Mission

Formed in 2008, Animal Care and Assistance Fund (ACAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists qualifying family-owned pets in the greater Pittsburgh region who need emergency or specialty care at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (PVSEC).  Our objective is to offer pet owners, in financial crisis, an alternative to euthanasia when their pet faces a treatable, yet life-threatening condition.

Organizational Goals


  • Raise awareness and grow the Rogan Rexford Animal Blood Bank
  • Host three annual fundraisers (Uncorked & Unleashed, Golf Classic, & Vegas Nite)


  • Support Humane Research and Clinical Studies to control diseases and benefit long-term welfare of animals.
  • Establish an Ambulatory Care Service for animals.

Board of Directors

Animal Care and Assistance Fund (ACAF) is governed as a single, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization by a volunteer Board of Directors, and is managed from its offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Because the Fund is organized as a single organization rather than as separate local legal entities, ultimate responsibility for the operation of ACAF lies with its Board of Directors. Although the Board of Directors cannot delegate its broad legal and fiduciary responsibilities, it does delegate responsibility for day-to-day operations to the president and chief executive officer, who in turn delegates responsibilities to his management team.

Board Members and Officers of ACAF

Board Chair & President
Dr. Kenton D. Rexford - Partner, PVSEC

Board Vice Chair
Jamie Sarris - Co-Owner, Sarris Candies

David J. DelFiandra - Attorney, Leech Tishman

Joseph Ross- Owner, Joseph M. Ross Professional Dog Training

Anita Domalik - Counsel, Benefits and Employment, Mylan Inc.

Kristi Gedid - Manager: Contract Management, Mylan, Inc. 

Shea Murtaugh - President, Hoffmann Murtaugh Advertising

Christopher Owens - Attorney, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP

Alicia Passerin - Attorney, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP

Stefanie Pate - Attorney, LeechTishman


Advisory Board

Charles Aftosmis
Laura Aftosmis
Linda Bagley
Victoria Berdnik

Heather Cianfrocco 
Bridget Fare
Kathy Newill 
Val Porter 
Suzy Silliman
Sally Wiggin
Kristy Wright


Program Director

Jessica Balogh - jbalogh@animalcarefund.org