ACCT Philly Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:21:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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!):

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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. 

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Snickerdoodle Wins America’s Next Top Mutt! Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:46:54 +0000 Snickerdoodle!


After a month of fierce competition, we are excited to announce that the winner of this year’s America’s Next Top Mutt photo contest is the adorable Snickerdoodle! Besides earning the coveted title of Top Mutt, Snickerdoodle will be our 2015 ACCT Philly calendar cover model and 2015 mascot. Congratulations to Snickerdoodle, her owner Liz and all of her supporters who voted her Top Mutt.

Snickerdoodle may be Top Mutt, but the real winners are all of the shelter pets whose lives are being saved and improved thanks to your votes! Because of your generosity, more than $5,000 was raised through the photo contest. We are so grateful to every participant and voter who helped make this fundraiser a success – thank you!

The ACCT Philly 2015 Calendar will be available for purchase online in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for updates, and make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Benni Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:32:12 +0000 This amazing fella is Benni (A23095342). Benni is a 3-5 year old terrier mix who weighs about 60 pounds. He was found as a stray and is the happiest pup in the world! He loves everyone he meets, including dogs! He’s very dog friendly and would do well in a home with other pups. Benni has a lot of energy to keep up with you on your runs or hikes; he will make an awesome adventure companion.   What a perfect way to show off your new best friend! If you’re looking for a friendly, active, adorable new roommate, Benni is your man! Come down to the shelter to meet him, or email for more information about Benni.

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Thank you to Philly Urgents for the great photos and write up! 



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Ubu Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:24:22 +0000 Here’s UBU (A23408153)! Ubu is a medium sized, 8 year old terrier mix. This charming fellow was surrendered by his owners because they could not afford to take care of him. He is a social guy who will come right up to you with the hopes of some attention and yummy treats. His favorite thing to do at the shelter is to go out into the yards (first to relieve himself,  Ubu is very housetrained) and then to sniff around and enjoy the sunshine. He is definitely a mellow kind of guy. Ubu is also a real cutie pie. He has a handsome brindle coat with a white face and chest. He also has funny little fold over ears that come to attention when he sees a friendly face coming his way. He is a real favorite with the volunteers because of the all goofy little faces he likes to make. You will definitely fall in love with this guy the instant you meet him. Stop by the shelter today and check him out or email for more information!

*more photos at:

Thank you to Philly Urgents for the great photos and write-up! 

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August Adoption Events and Specials Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:02:11 +0000 August Adoption Prices
Kittens (under 6 months): $25
Adult Cats (over 6 months): $15
Older 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
Benefactor Dogs: $250

In addition to general discounted adoption fees throughout the month, we’ve got Super Special Prices during our August events and promotions!

Adoption Promotions and Events

The following events take place at our shelter on 111 W. Hunting Park Ave in North Philly.

Hot-Dog-Mondays-version-2Hot Dog Mondays – All Month Long!
All dogs over 40 lbs are free on Mondays! The days and nights are heating up and ACCT Philly is FULL of hot dogs!

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Feline-Fridays-version-2Feline Fridays – All Month Long!
Forgot happy hour, start your weekend right by saving a life! All adult cats are FREE on Fridays in August!

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National-Ice-Cream-Sandwich-DayAugust 2nd – National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
All black and white pets are free, plus adopters get a free ice cream sandwich! What more can you ask for?!

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Kitten ShowerAugust 9th – Kitten Shower hosted by Philadoptables
Come celebrate the joys of fostering kittens! Meet with current and new foster parents to chat, swap tips, enjoy refreshments and play fun, kitten themed games. If you foster a littler of kittens, you’ll get a free goodie bag full of kitten supplies thanks to Philadoptables!

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catastic adoption challengeAugust 11th-24th – Catastic Countdown Adoption Challenge!
Help us find homes for 200 cats in 2 weeks! All adoptions are Pick Your Price (including dogs!) Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for adoption updates.

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National Creamsicle DayAugust 14 – National Creamsicle Day
All orange/tan and white animals are free, plus adopters will enjoy a free creamsicle!

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dog-days-of-summerAugust 25th-29th – Dog Days of Summer Adoption Event
Monday – Male Monday, half-price male dogs
Tuesday – National Dog Day, all dogs free, benefactors half-off
Wednesday – Woman’s Day Wednesday, half-price females
Thursday – Terrier Thursday, half-off all terrier mixes
Friday – Feel Good Friday, all dogs half-off

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made-in-americaAugust 30th-31st – Mutts in America: Shelter Dogs Are Rockstars!
The Made in America music festival is bringing tons of famous musicians to Philly, but we have rock stars right here at the shelter! All pets are Pick Your Own Price, come adopt your very own super star!

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Offsite Adoption Events, Cats Only
Summer is our busiest time of year and we are pulling out all the stops to find loving, forever homes for cats and kittens. All events feature discount pricing and a wide selection of adoptable kitties.

kittypalooza AUG 2014

August 16th, 2014 at Buzzy’s Bow Wow Meow
701 Montgomery Ave, Narberth, PA 19072
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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kittens gone wild augKitties Gone Wild Adoption Event
August 16, 2014 at Petco Unleashed North Wales
1210 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales, PA 19454
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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okcatpid flyer augustOkCatpid Adoption Event

August 23, 2014 at PetSmart Plymouth Meeting
2100 Chemical Rd, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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purrfect match adoption event augustPurrfect Match Adoption Event
August 30th, 2014 at Chic Petique on Liberties Walk
1040 N 2nd St # 401, Philadelphia, PA 19123
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Love is Positive jpeg Love is Positive! Adoption and FIV Awareness Event
August, 31st 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Venture Inn
255 S. Camac St. Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Cat euthanasia dramatically declines with goal to save every kitten Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:29:02 +0000 Cat Euthanasia Dramatically Declines at ACCT Philly with Goal to Save Every Kitten 

kitten project post_72Philadelphia, PA, July 16, 2014 – The Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT Philly), the nonprofit that manages Philadelphia’s animal control shelter, is celebrating a dramatic reduction of cat euthanasia stemming from a goal to save every kitten that comes through its doors. Compared to June of 2013, June 2014 saw cat euthanasia decline by 50% – an incredible feat during the busiest time of year for ACCT Philly.

Young kittens stream into the shelter during summer months, but this year they are being saved in record numbers through ACCT Philly’s newly expanded foster care program where volunteers raise them in their homes until they are old enough for adoption.

“We are thrilled that so many volunteers and rescue partners have stepped up to help save these innocent lives and help us meet the goal of saving every kitten,” says Maria Decker, ACCT Philly’s Feline Programs Manager. “With this targeted effort, more kittens are getting into foster care and rescue than ever before.”

While the increased foster care effort is not the only program affecting cat euthanasia reduction, it has significantly contributed to the sharp decline. During the first five months of the year, cat euthanasia at Philadelphia’s busiest shelter declined 15%, but in June when kitten intake starts to climb, cat euthanasia was reduced by 50% compared to June 2013. So far more than 1,600 cats have been placed in temporary foster care with volunteers this year, a 44% increase over last year.

But ACCT Philly staff knows that kitten intakes are the highest through July and August as cat breeding peaks in our area, and are seeking theBFAS help of the public to continue the success of the program. “It will be tough to save them all during the busiest time of the year,” says Susan Cosby, Executive Director. “But we are determined and feel confident that with help from Philly’s cat lovers, we can meet our goal.”

“Best Friends has helped San Antonio, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida, successfully establish kitten programs. We have seen what an important role these programs can play in shelter operations. It is exciting to support ACCT Philly and the City of Philadelphia in their efforts to save the lives of more shelter kittens,” said Liz Finch, senior manager, national programs, Best Friends Animal Society.”

To learn more about how you can help save kittens’ lives by becoming a foster home, contact ACCT Philly at, 267-385-3800 ext. 500 or visit the shelter at 111 West Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140 between 10AM and 8PM and ask to speak to the Lifesaving Staff about fostering kittens.

The foster care program and goal to save every kitten is generously supported by a grant from the Best Friends Animal Society.

Keep up-to-date with our progress towards saving every kitten by following us at and on Facebook and Twitter



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