ACCT Philly Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:40:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Help ACCT Philly Empty the Shelter Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:40:18 +0000 The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia is wrapping up its most successful lifesaving year on record, which saw adoptions increase by more than 22% and euthanasia drop by a whopping 29%. But 2014 isn’t over yet, and they plan to go out with a bang – by emptying the shelter and finding homes for every homeless dog and cat!


Adopt Elf and help #EmptyTheShelter!

From now until the end of the year, adopt a homeless pet in need and not only will you save a life, you’ll be helping ACCT Philly set an historical new adoption milestone. No matter what kind of pet you’re looking for, ACCT Philly has a perfect match. As a special incentive, on December 27th and 28th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., you can adopt a new best friend for free during the Empty the Shelter adoption event.

“We are so grateful for the strong public support we’ve received this year, support that has allowed us to save more lives than ever before,” said Susan Cosby-Jennings, executive director of ACCT Philly. “We know Philly is a city of animal lovers and are hoping people join us in our goal to empty the shelter by adopting a pet this holiday season.”

Ready to adopt? Meet your new friend at the shelter on 111 W Hunting Park, or browse online. Hundreds of pets of all different breeds, sizes and ages await you! Pets like Elf, an adorable young mix breed dog who loves to play and can’t wait for a family to call his own.

“If you can’t adopt, there are still plenty of ways to help,” said Allegra Haldeman, community programs manager for ACCT Philly. “Follow us on social media to share posts about available pets, collect used towels, newspapers or dog treats, and make sure to tell your friends and family that ACCT Philly is the number one place to adopt a new friend!”

Don’t miss out on these other fun holiday events:

Holiday Open House
Help ACCT Philly staff and volunteers bring holiday joy to shelter pets during the 2nd Annual Holiday Open House! Held Christmas Day from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., all ages are welcome at this family friendly event. Enjoy warm beverages and festive snacks while making dog and cats toys, kitty blankets, and homemade pet treats. And as always, the adoption center is open 365 days a year – including Christmas!

Christmas Social Media Blitz
Be sure to follow us on social media on Christmas Day as we fill your news feed and twitter timelines with adorable adoptable pets! Help empty the shelter and find them homes by sharing your favorites! Be sure to use hashtags #EmptytheShelter and #WhoWillYouSave. Find us on Twitter (@acctphilly), Facebook ( and Instagram (@acctphilly).







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Lifesaving Counselor – Full Time Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:40:58 +0000 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 Lifesaving Department at ACCT Philly is seeking a full-time Lifesaving 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 to

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ACCT Philly a $10,000 winner in Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:01:34 +0000 Holiday Wishes graphicThe Petco Foundation, in partnership with Halo, Purely for Pets, recently announced the winners of its second annual Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign, designed to help the most dedicated animal welfare groups succeed in their mission to save pets’ lives – at the holidays, and year round!

ACCT Philly was named a winner in this year’s competition and awarded a $10,000 grant to support Philadelphia’s animal shelter’s lifesaving programs. ACCT Philly’s grant was awarded in celebration of Catelaya.

When Cataleya suffered a serious, gaping wound while trying to crawl under a fence, Delmar was devastated. His baby girl was hurt and he rushed to get her care. Turning to a low-cost clinic for help at a price he hoped he could afford, he lost hope. The clinic told him fixing Cateleya’s wounds would require skin grafts and cost thousands. The only option given to him was to turn his dog in to animal control if he couldn’t afford care.

cat fam aHis heart was broken. Cateleya had been with him her whole life, since she was just a tiny baby. Living with the family that raised her was all she knew… but she was seriously injured and Delmar was out of options. He made his way to Philadelphia’s animal control shelter but even as he was at the intake desk, dealing with the crushing blow of surrendering his baby, he explained one more time that the last thing he wanted to do was give up on his dog.

He came to the right place.

Serving the City of Philadelphia the Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT Philly) believes the best outcome for a dog like Cateleya is to return to the home where she is loved so dearly. But there was no guarantee that ACCT Philly could help and Delmar was on edge.

ACCT Philly staff veterinarian Hillary Herendeen, V.M.D. examined the vicious four-inch tear on Cateleya’s flank. It was large but she felt confident she could help the dog. “Using a different technique would have resulted in a less obvious scar, but that wasn’t the point. The point was to save her life and get her back to her family,” said Dr. Hillary. So she made a deal: Delmar would surrender Cateleya and the veterinary team would do its best to save his dog. If it was successful, Cateleya could return home. We even threw in a spay surgery for free.

Delmar jumped at the chance.

Cateleya’s surgery went well and for the next month, Dell supplied staff with a constant stream of adorable photos: Cateleya recuperating on the couch, Cateleya snuggling with Delmar’s son, Dillion. “Fat Cat”, as she is affectionately called, even showed up for a recheck appointment sporting a children’s sweater and doggie jacket, just to ensure she wouldn’t be tempted to nibble at her sutures.

cateleya fam3 snapshotA shelter’s job is to save lives. But that is so much more than finding new homes for pets; it’s also keeping pets and families together. The reality is if Cateleya arrived at ACCT Philly we would have tried to save her, regardless of whether there was an owner paying for the surgery, and then tried to find her a new home. Some might even say we should have found her a new home, a “better” home. But that assumes Delmar’s home is not good enough and seeing the love that Delmar has for his dog clearly proves that wrong.

Today, Cateleya is healthy, happy and loving life. When we called Delmar about this story, his joyful response said it all, “My baby’s going to be famous!” he laughed. “But seriously, anything for you guys, you saved my girl. Anything.”

ACCT Philly extends our deepest thanks to the Petco Foundation for recognizing and supporting our lifesaving work in the community. For more information on the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign or to read more about this year’s winners, visit Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the campaign hashtag #HolidayWishes2014!

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ACCT Philly featured in HeART Speak video Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:31:31 +0000 About a year and a half ago ACCT Philly supporters voted in a nationwide contest to bring the HeART Speak Perfect Exposure Project to Philadelphia. The two winners received onsite training and studio quality photography equipment for use by staff and volunteers. HeART Speak recently released a video celebrating the project’s success. Check out the amazing current and former ACCT Philly staff and volunteers in this heartwarming profile:

HeARTs Speak Perfect Exposure Project from HeARTs Speak on Vimeo.

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December Events and Adoption Promotions Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:48:16 +0000 December is always such a fun, busy month of lifesaving for everyone here at ACCT Philly.  We hope you can join us for some of our exciting upcoming events! Adoption pricing is below, please make sure to scroll down to see all of our adoption specials.

Adoption Pricing for December
Kittens: $65
Adult Cats: $25
Seniors: Free with FAQ handout
Cats with kitty colds: Free with FAQ handout
Puppies: $150
Adults dogs: $25
Pen Pals: $10
Benefactors: $200

Holiday Events


Santa Paws event flyerPhotos with Santa Paws
Saturday, December 20th and Sunday, December 21st from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dress up your pets in their finest holiday garb and come have their photo taken with Santa Paws! For a small donation, you will receive up to three digitally edited photos via email to print at your leisure. All pets and family members are welcome!



holiday open house flyer TSTHoliday Open House
Christmas Day, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Help bring holiday joy and love to pets in need; join us for the 2nd Annual ACCT Philly Holiday Open House! Held on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., this event is perfect for the whole family. Enjoy hot beverages, cookies and treats while you create holiday cards for shelter pets (and pets at home!), hand out treats and toys, and make kitty catnip blankets. The homeless pets will be so grateful for your attention and care.

Adoption Promotions


Bring-joy-to-your-world-flyerBring Joy to Your World
December 1st – 31st, 2014
Adopt an adult dog or cat for only $25!
Made possible through support from Best Friends Animal Society

Download and share the flyer!



national mutt day

National Mutt Day!
Tuesday, December 2nd, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
All mutts over 35 lbs. are only $12.02!

Download and share the flyer!




holiday-hero-adoption-eventHoliday Hero Adoption Event
Monday, December 15th – Sunday, December 21st
Half-price adoption fees on most pets

Download and share the flyer!




bark in the mew yearBark in the Mew Year
Sunday, December 28th – Saturday, January 3rd
A whole week of adoption specials to help you keep your new year’s resolutions!

Download and share the flyer!

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Stella Fund saves kitten’s life Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:31:27 +0000 Sandy-Web-003

Sandy in her foster home

All alone, the tiny kitten shivered on the dark street. When a good Samaritan scooped her up, it became clear being lost wasn’t the kitten’s biggest problem: her right eye was seriously infected and needed medical attention. Unsure of what to do, Sandy’s rescuer brought her to ACCT Philly and hoped we could help.

And help we did. Not only did Sandy receive veterinary care, we were able to save her life with a simple surgical procedure called an enucleation. Sandy’s eye was completely removed, eliminating the probability of lifelong recurring infections. Simple yet powerful medical procedures like these save hundreds of pets every single year. By establishing the Stella Fund, we hope to save even more.

Named after a beloved family cat, the Stella Fund directly funds procedures for otherwise healthy pets who desperately need care. Your support of the Stella Fund means we can save as many of these deserving pets as possible.

Sandy is now recovering comfortably in foster care with her rescuer, and quickly adjusting to life with one eye. With a gift to the Stella Fund, you can give hundreds of other homeless pets happy endings just like Sandy’s. Please make a donation today!


Soon Sandy will be looking for a forever home!

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Client Service Representative Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:00:05 +0000 Do you enjoy fast paced, exciting and dynamic environments? Have you thought about a career in providing service to the people and animals in the community? The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia, the region’s largest intake animal shelter, is looking for highly motivated, outgoing individuals. The Client Service Representative is the first contact the public has with ACCT Philly. If you enjoy helping people and animals, have good phone skills and are comfortable with computers, then you are encouraged to apply. For full job description, or to submit a cover letter and resume to

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ACCT Philly hits record number of adoptions Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:09:24 +0000 adoptions YTDPHILADELPHIA (November 6, 2014) – The Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT Philly) reached a milestone on November 5, 2014 with its 6,624th adoption this year, Garfield the cat.

Garfield’s adoption beats 2013’s number of adoptions, 6,623 for the entire year and represents the most adoptions ACCT Philly has done in any calendar year since assuming operations of the city’s animal care and control program in 2012.

With eight weeks left to go this year shelter staff are aiming to beat animal control’s all time high for adoptions of 9,008 performed by the city’s previous contracted provider the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA) in 2008.

To reach the goal ACCT Philly is hoping everyone in the Philadelphia region will become a Holiday Hero and adopt or donate this holiday season.


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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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