ACCT Philly Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:12:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Saving Pets Challenge! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:10:10 +0000 We’re excited to announce that ACCT Philly is taking part in the Saving Pets Challenge, a fundraising campaign launched by Michelson Found Animals! And we’re raising money for a brand new, exciting way to help animals…The Stella Fund!

Each year thousands of sick and injured animals arrive at ACCT Philly – and simple medical procedures proved by the Stella Fund can save their lives. Named after a beloved family cat, the Stella Fund will help cover the costs of diagnostic tests, surgical procedures and treatments necessary to give pets their much deserved second chance.

Check out our Saving Pets Challenge fundraising page today to learn more and make a gift to support the Stella Fund!

BONUS CHALLENGE: The first 5 organizations to raise $500 between Oct. 21st at 2 p.m. and Oct. 28th at midnight win an extra $1,000!

LAST BONUS CHALLENGE: The organization that gets the most single donations (not the most dollars, just the number of donations) between Oct. 28th at 2 p.m. and Oct. 30th at midnight (the end of the contest) wins $3,000!



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Congratulations to our Duck Dash winners! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:32:29 +0000 The 2014 ACCT Philly Duck Dash was held Saturday, October 18th at 12 p.m. in Love Park.  Over 5,000 individually numbered rubber duckies were splashed into the fountain as people watched, enjoyed the spectacle and hoped their lucky duck would be chosen from the flock!  We are excited to announce this year’s lucky winners:

3rd Prize, ACCT Philly Swag Bag – Yevgenya Fleyshman

2nd Prize, iPad – Michael Dea

Grand Prize, $1,000 – Lisa Deeley

Congratulations to our lucky winners, and thank you to everyone who joined in the fun and helped support ACCT Philly’s lifesaving adoption programs!  Special thanks to Council Bobby Henon and Deputy Mayor and Managing Director Richard Negrin for their support of the Duck Dash.

Councilman Bobby Henon made quick friends with adoptable dog Mr. K According to Thea's dad, she is the "world's biggest duck fan!" ACCT Philly Executive Director Susan Cosby and Deputy Mayor Richard Negrin get ready to throw the first ducks into the fountain Cosby, Henon and Negrin throw the first ducks! Children and adults alike have fun watching the ducks splash around the fountain. The weather was beautiful! We had some pretty beats provided by this gentleman. We think he's trying to decide which duck will win! The water was dyed pink by the City in honor of  National Breast Cancer Awareness month. This duck is dressed to impress with matching magenta lips! What a happy coincidence Thank you to our amazing volunteers, including Leanne Rodriguez, pictured here, for making the event a success!





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National Feral Cat Day Events, Including TNR Clinics and Free Cat Adoptions Thu, 09 Oct 2014 19:30:24 +0000 National Feral Cat Day is October 16th, and Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) is honoring the occasion with two free spay/neuter clinics for feral and free-roaming cats, a feral cat box demonstration, and adoptions specials aimed to increase public awareness and understanding of community cats.

Observed October 16th every year, national feline advocacy group Alley Cat Allies first launched National Feral Cat day in 2001, making this year the 13th consecutive celebration of community cats and the people who care for them.

“There are so many cat lovers out there who want to make a positive difference, and we want to provide them with the knowledge and opportunity to do so,” said Sue Cosby, executive director of ACCT Philly. “The events taking place this week are a great way for concerned citizens to come together, learn from each other and start working towards a safer future for cats in our communities”.

Events held at ACCT Philly include:

-FREE TNR clinics on October 14th & 19th, email to schedule an appointment.  Must be Philadelphia resident.
-“Making Feral Cat Boxes” demonstration, October 16th at 6 p.m.
-And for those seeking a new friend, free adult cat adoptions on October 16th, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

ACCT Philly is located in North Philly at 111 W. Hunting Park Avenue. For more information about upcoming National Feral Cat Day events and other shelter activities, please visit our website at, call 267-685-3800 or email




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PetSmart Charities Funds New Everyday Adoption Center Thu, 09 Oct 2014 19:18:03 +0000 PetSmart Charities®, ACCT Philly Team Up to Save Hundreds of Pets in Philadelphia Area

(Philadelphia) – Homeless pets in the Philadelphia metro area will have a better chance finding a loving home thanks to a partnership between PetSmart Charities and the Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly). With support from Petsmart, the two organizations have teamed up to open a pet adoption center in the PetSmart store at 2100 Chemical Rd, Plymouth Meeting, PA.


Luna was the first lucky pet to be adopted from the Everyday Adoption Center

Harley, now named Luna Sarro, was the first lucky pet to be adopted from the new facility.  On Monday, September 22nd, 2014, Patrick Sarro was shopping for his cat when he saw the Everyday Adoption Center.  Recovering from recent back surgery, Pat had been considering adopting a dog to keep him company during the day while he regained his strength.  “I went back to the kennels, just to look. But when I saw Luna, she looked at me with her head tilted and her ears perked up, I knew she was the one,” said Pat.  He sent a photo to his wife, and the rest is history.  Luna has been a marvelous addition to the family, and according to Pat, even the cat is warming up.  We hope that Luna’s is the first of many, many happy adoption stories created at the  Everyday Adoption Center.

“Our partnership with the Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia allows us to promote pet adoptions and reduce pet homelessness in the local community,” said Jan Wilkins, executive director, PetSmart Charities. “We are thrilled to bring this Everyday Adoption Center model to Philadelphia; each of these adoption centers allows us to save, on average, more than 1,000 pets every year.”

“Everyone at ACCT Philly is so excited about the new Everyday Adoption Center and finding more homes for the pets in our care,” said Susan Cosby, executive director of ACCT Philly. “We are very grateful to PetSmart Charities for this amazing opportunity to save lives.”

The new Everyday Adoption Center in the Plymouth Meeting store will be open seven days a week during the store’s operating hours.  Amenities include:

− Kennels for adult dogs, puppies and small dogs
− Cat adoption center
− Play areas for dogs awaiting adoption
− Meet‐and‐greet areas for prospective adopters and their families to get acquainted with the pet(s) they want to take home

The Everyday Adoption Center is part of a nationwide initiative from PetSmart Charities with the goal of saving more homeless pets. Since May 2010, PetSmart Charities has helped save more than 65,000 pets by opening similar adoption centers in 12 states.

November 1st, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
2100 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA

ACCT Philly is excited to invite you to the official Grand Opening Celebration of the Everyday Adoption Center in PetSmart Plymouth Meeting, made possible by PetSmart Charities!  Join us on November 1st, 2014  from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. to participate in the festivities. Featuring a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting, adoptable pets, special adoption pricing, face painting, food and music, this fun event is perfect for the whole family – including furry family members!

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October Adoption Specials and Events Fri, 03 Oct 2014 23:39:39 +0000 October Adoption Prices:
Kittens (under 6 months): $50
Adult cats (over 6 months): $25
Older adult cats (over 5 years): FREE with FAQ handout
Cats with Kitty Colds: FREE with FAQ handout and medication
Puppies (under 6 months): $200
Adult dogs (over 6 months): $40
Pen Pal dogs: $20
Benefactor dogs: $250

Promotions and Events:

adopt-a-shelter-dog-month-2014Adopt A Shelter Dog Month
October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, and we are celebrating the occasion with free adult dog* adoptions every Wednesday from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. *excluding Benefactors
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October 1st – 17th
Pick a duck for 25%, 50% or 100% off your adoption fee! Enter the Duck Dash for an additional 20% discount PLUS get free swag!
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NFCD2014_EventPosterNational Feral Cat Day
October 16th, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free adoptions for adult cats!
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all treat no trick eventAll Treat, No Trick Adoption Event
Saturday, October 25th, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 26th, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Half-price adoption with donation of dog or cat treats. Free adoption if you come in costume!
PLUS: Halloween Treat Party, October 31st, 5 p.m – 8 p.m.
Come hand out treats to the shelter pets!
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megamatchupdatedv2ASPCA Mega Match-a-Thon
Friday, October 17th, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 18th, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, October 19th, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Pennsylvania SPCA, 350 E. Erie Avenue, Philadelphia
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kittypalooza october 2014KittyPalooza at Buzzy’s Bow Wow Meow
Saturday, October 25th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Buzzy’s Bow Wow Meow, 701 Montgomery Ave, Narberth, PA 19072
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kittens gone wild octoberKitties Gone Wild at Petco Unleashed
Saturday, October 25th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Petco Unleashed North Wales, 1210 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales, PA 19454
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PETCO Willow Grove Super Adoption Day
Saturday, October 4th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
2522 W Moreland Rd, Willow Grove, PA 19090

Petco Unleashed Fitler Square Adoption Event
Saturday, October 11th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 12th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Petco Unleashed, 520 South 23rd Street, Philadelphia

Fishtown RiverCity Festival
Saturday, October 11th, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Penn Treaty Park, 1341 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia

4th Annual Sproutfest
Sunday, October 12th, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Upper Merion Township Building, 175 W Valley Forge Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Outfest: A National Coming Out Day Festival and Block Party
Sunday, October 12th, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Gayborhood, 11th and 12th Streets from Walnut to Pine

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Adoption Counselor, Full Time Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:36:18 +0000 Adoption Counselor, Full Time

Ever wanted to work on the front lines of animal welfare? Want to make a difference in the lives of shelter pets? Passionate about saving cats, dogs, as well as reptiles, small animals, farm animals, birds and more?! The Life Saving Department at ACCT Philly is seeking a full-time Adoption Counselor. Must be passionate about animal welfare and adaptable to an ever-changing work environment. For full job description, or to submit a cover letter and resume, email

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Animal Advocate – Everyday Adoption Center, PetSmart Plymouth Meeting Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:13:25 +0000 Animal Advocate – Everyday Adoption Center, PetSmart Plymouth Meeting
Are you a jack of all trades? Want to make a difference in the lives of shelter pets? Passionate about saving cats, and dogs? ACCT Philly is seeking full-time and part-time Animal Advocates for the new Everyday Adoption Center at the Plymouth Meeting PetSmart. Must be passionate about adoptions and adaptable to an ever-changing work environment. For full job description, or to submit a cover letter and resume to

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We Have A Full House! Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:12:09 +0000 We have a full house at ACCT Philly – our dog kennels are completely full and every dog is urgent.  To help these dogs find loving homes, we are offering special adoption prices until Sunday, September 14th at 5 p.m.  All dogs have Pick Your Price or 1/2 price (Benefactor dogs) adoption fees. We have so many awesome dogs just waiting for a person or family to love, we’re confident we can find the right match for you!  Take advantage of this special pricing and save a life!

Available dogs (not a complete list, come on down if you’re looking for something that’s not listed!):

full house dogs


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Love is Positive FIV Awareness and Adoption Event Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:10:37 +0000 Thank you to Philadelphia Gay News for this great coverage of our upcoming FIV awareness and adoption event, “Love is Positive!”, held at Venture Inn on Sunday, August 31st from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Join us to meet adoptable cats & kittens (including FIV positive cats), learn about FIV and enjoy drinks, food and dancing!

Philadelphia Gay News

Awareness, adoption on tap at Venture Inn” by Jen Colletta

LGBT bar Venture Inn will host the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia this weekend for a unique event that seeks to connect infected felines with loving homes.

ACCT Philly will be on hand with a number of adoptable kittens and cats from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 31 at the bar, 255 S. Camac St.

The event will specifically raise awareness about feline immunodeficiency virus and other conditions like feline leukemia virus.

Samantha Holz, community programs manager at ACCT Philly, explained that the stray-cat population in the city explodes in the summer.

With the uptick, there is also an increase in the number of cats with FIV, which is transmitted among felines through mating, biting or scratching. The condition cannot be passed from feline to human.

Once infected, the feline has the virus its entire life. Some cats may never exhibit any symptoms or not until they reach advanced age, but symptoms can include enlarged lymph nodes, fever, weight loss, disheveled coat, shedding, poor appetite, diarrhea, eye inflammation, gum inflammation, frequent urination or behavior problems.

“Most cats, when they are positive, they are still able to live a long life, if not the longest life possible. But the medical bills certainly will not be extensive, unless it’s toward the end of their life. Generally, they don’t show symptoms and it is not a rapid death,” she said. “The only real concern is that if you have an infected cat and another cat, there’s the chance of the one becoming infected if they’re fighters and would bite or scratch. But they can share litter boxes, dishes.”

Holz noted that, because of the stigma of the virus, cats infected with FIV are often less adoptable than others and may be euthanized at high-kill shelters like ACCT, which she said is overrun with cats needing good homes.

The Venture Inn event is meant to raise awareness about FIV.

“A lot of times when potential adopters come in, they overlook cats that may be infected with FIV. So we want to raise awareness about what the virus actually is, how it’s spread and how the cat really can live a healthy life with it,” she said, noting that it was an HIV-positive adopter who gave her the idea for the Venture Inn event. “He was recently diagnosed with HIV and came in specifically to adopt an FIV-positive cat. You don’t hear that often and I really thought that was sweet and it made the lightbulb go off. Being infected with any virus doesn’t take away from who you are as a human and it shouldn’t for animals either.”

ACCT Philly will have FIV-infected felines up for adoption at the event, as well as their non-infected “supportive” feline friends. All cats will have already been spayed, neutered and vaccinated for the next year. Adoption fees are $25 for kittens and $15 for adult cats; the organization is offering a buddy program that waives the adoption fee if an adopter takes home a second cat or kitten. Holz noted that other cat-rescue groups may also be on hand, and their adoption fees may differ.

Goodie bags will be given to adopters, and vet technicians will be on hand to answer questions. Venture Inn is creating a special menu and drink specials for the event.

For more information about the event, contact Holz at or 267-385-3800 ext. 110. For more information about ACCT Philly, visit or visit the organization’s Facebook page.

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ACCT Philly 2014 Duck Dash Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:03:17 +0000 Duck Race header test2

Adopt A Duck, Win A Prize, Save A Life!

Are you an animal lover? Want to help save and improve lives of pets in need? The ACCT Philly 2014 Duck Dash is an easy way to do just that, AND you might even win a prize!

What is the Duck Dash?

On October 18th, the JFK park fountain in iconic “Love Park” will be invaded by ducks … RUBBER DUCKS! Each duck taking a dip and dashing through the fountain will be individually numbered. At the end of their swim, winning ducks will be drawn from the flock!

At least 5,000 ducks are taking a dip.  Adopt one (or more!) today for a chance to win prizes like $1,000 cash and an iPad!

How does this help ACCT Philly?adoptaduckbutton

More than 30,000 pets come through the doors of ACCT Philly every single year – that’s a lot of pets to care and find homes for!

All funds raised through the Duck Dash will support ACCT Philly’s lifesaving programs for pets, including our adoption center that is open 365 days a year. More animals are adopted from ACCT Philly than any other area shelter or rescue, and with your support, we can continue to save lives.  Learn more and adopt a duck here. 

Download and share the flyer to help us spread the word! 

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