Mary Elizabeth Lord was the daughter of the first mayor of Buffalo, and the wife of John Lord, founder of the Central Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Dr. Lord, as she was referred to in her day, was an extremely interesting woman with many accomplishments. She is best known for founding the Erie County SPCA in April of 1867.

The SPCA’s Mary Elizabeth Lord Guild honors the philanthropic leadership and vision of individuals who have provided for the future of our beloved institution by making a legacy gift. Membership benefits include:

Invitations to special receptions and events
VIP tours of the SPCA facility
A subscription to the SPCA newsletter, Animals at Heart

Our Mary Elizabeth Lord Guild is growing. Becoming a member encourages others to join the Guild thereby creating a more compassionate community.

To notify us that you’ve made a legacy gift to the SPCA, please contact Jennifer Gurz at or at 716-875-7360 ext. 219.

Download a Mary Elizabeth Lord Guild membership form.

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