Mary Elizabeth Lord Guild

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 and is best known for founding the Erie County SPCA in 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 facilities
  • Subscription to the SPCA newsletter, Animals at Heart

Our Mary Elizabeth Lord Guild is growing rapidly. Becoming a member encourages others to do the same.

To notify us that you've made a legacy gift to the SPCA, and that you've become a member of the Mary Elizabeth Lord Guild, please contact Jennifer Gurz at or at 716-875-7360 ext. 219.