ACCT Philly Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:40:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Euthanasia at Philadelphia’s animal control shelter falls to record low in 2014 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:06:31 +0000 In a record shattering year, euthanasia fell to a record low in 2014 at Philadelphia’s animal control shelter managed by the nonprofit Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT Philly). The number of animals euthanized tumbled by 29% from 10,355 in 2013 to 7,383 (or 26% of incoming animals of all types) in 2014, a reduction of nearly 3,000 animals.


Key contributing factors in the reduction of euthanasia included expanded adoption and foster care programs and intake reduction strategies with the support of national organizations.

2014 saw the grand opening of the Everyday Adoption Center in PetSmart, Plymouth Meeting with housing for both dogs and cats made possible by PetSmart Charities Inc. Through this and ACCT Philly’s other adoption locations and adoption events, adoptions hit a six year high with just over 8,200 placements.


Foster care saves the lives of animals too young to be adopted as well as animals in need of medical recuperation or helping to relieve shelter overcrowding.  With grant support from Best Friends Animal Society our foster care program handled 3,887 animals, or 14% of ACCT Philly’s total annual animal shelter population. Each of these animals spent time in the homes of hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

foster care

Key partnerships with The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets For Life program and Best Friends Animal Society’s Community Cats Program, as well as shelter strategies to focus intake solely on the animals most at risk in our community helped reduce intake by 9% compared to 2013 and established a six year low.

Incoming animals

Year over year emphasis on improvements at reuniting lost pets with their owners and helping pet owners recover their pets after surrender or impound ACCT Philly has achieved an increase in owner returns that exceeded 1,000 animals for the first time in recorded history. Strategies including Philadelphia resident dog licensing and community involvement in ACCT Philly’s Lost and Found Pets Philadelphia Facebook page have helped reunite more animals than ever before, with some finding their way home without even having to enter the shelter. Animals returned to their owners accounted for 4% of all incoming animals and 6% of incoming stray animals up from a six year low of 2% and 4% respectively.

Return to Owner

ACCT Philly reports monthly and annually on its Live Release Rate. Live Release Rate examines outcomes, specifically the rate of animals who had a “live” exit such as adoption, as opposed to being euthanized at the shelter. ACCT Philly uses an industry standard Asilomar Live Release Rate formula. ACCT Philly has not previously subtracted out the euthanasia of animals brought to the shelter at the end of their lives when owners could not afford humane euthanasia at a veterinarian’s office (owner requested euthanasia) nor animals whose euthanasia is required by law such as rabies vector species. The Live Release Rate accounts for all incoming animals and in 2014 hit a record high of 72%. When adjusted for end-of-life owner intended euthanasia the Adjusted Live Release Rate for dogs was 74% and the Adjusted Live Release Rate for cats was 75%.

live release rate

Through our partnership with Best Friends Animal Society we will begin tracking our Save Rate for dogs and cats. The Save Rate is a different formula than the Live Release Rate. Save Rate examines the rate of intakes that have not resulted in euthanasia or death whereas Live Release Rate does not take intakes into consideration. In the charts below the Save Rate reflects owner intended euthanasia beginning in 2014. 2014 saw a 74% Save Rate for dogs and a 73% Save Rate for cats.

Save Rate

cat save rate

Thank you for being a part of Philadelphia’s success! There’s still more work to do however, so here’s to another record setting year in 2015!

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February Adoption Prices and Promotions Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:34:42 +0000 Adoption Pricing for February

Kittens: $75
Adult Cats: $30
Seniors: Free with FAQ handout
Cats with kitty colds: Free with FAQ handout
Puppies: $200
Adults dogs: $40
Pen Pals: $30
Benefactors: $250

Adoption Promotions & Events

The following events take place at ACCT Philly, to view offsite adoption events please click here.

groundhog day flyerGroundhog Day at ACCT Philly
February 2, 2015
Celebrate Groundhog Day with ACCT Philly by adopting a pet in need!  If Phil sees his shadow and predicts six more weeks of winter, enjoy $10 off adoption fees.  If he doesn’t and spring comes early, enjoy 1/2 price adoption fees!d and share the flyer!

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find your sweetheartFind Your Sweetheart at ACCT Philly
February 7-12, 2015
All pets who have been looking for love longer than two weeks are 1/2 price! Come find your sweetheart, they are waiting for you!

Download and share the flyer!



the one cat flyer“The One”
February 13-16, 2015
This Valentine’s Day, find “The One”! Adopt a pet for only $10.

Download and share the flyer!



Give love get love flyerGive Love, Get Love
February 21-22, 2015
Adopt a pet and find the love of your life! Adoption fees are 1/2 price for all pets.

Download and share the flyer!



doggie dollar discount days“Doggie Dollar” Discount Days
February 23-28, 2015
Pick a “Doggie Dollar” and pay that price ($1, $5, $10 or $20) for any large breed adult dog!

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Cat Specialist Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:00:47 +0000 Looking to make a difference in the lives of animals in Philadelphia? Have a love of cats and everything feline? Are you fluent in Spanish and English? If so, then ACCT Philly’s Cat Specialist may be the job for you. The Field Services Department at ACCT Philly is seeking full-time Cat Specialist. 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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Miracle puppy rescued from freezing cold Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:13:03 +0000 An abandoned puppy is lucky to be alive tonight after being rescued from the freezing cold by ACCT Philly Animal Control officers. Now named “Summer Reign”, the puppy was ice cold to the touch and unresponsive upon arrival at the shelter, but ACCT Philly’s veterinary team sprung into action, warming her using warm water and oral sugar solution. Amazingly, the puppy revived and was able to eat some canned food before being placed in a kennel with her littermate, also rescued from the cold. Both are tired and fighting skin infections, but vet staff is cautiously optimistic for a full recovery.

Take action now to save pets like Summer Reign with your donation.


Summer Reign is eating and expected to make a full recovery!

Summer Reign is eating and expected to make a full recovery!

Summer Reign's brother checks in with his sister.

Summer Reign’s brother checks in with his sister.

To keep Summer Reign dry during her warming "bath", she sat in a water tight plastic bag placed in a sink of warm water.

To keep Summer Reign dry during her warming “bath”, she sat in a water tight plastic bag placed in a sink of warm water.

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ACCT Philly Pledges to Help Save One Million Cats Mon, 05 Jan 2015 21:12:20 +0000 MCC_logo4Philadelphia, PA.– The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) is joining animal shelters across North America to save the lives of one million more cats in the next five years. It’s all part of a joint campaign of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

catThe Million Cat Challenge is based on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats. Over the course of 2014, by implementing new programs and expanding existing programs, ACCT Philly reduced euthanasia by more than 2,000 cats in just one year setting an all-time low for cat euthanasia in Philadelphia’s recorded history.

“The shelters who have taken the Challenge are leading the way in finding and implementing new approaches to saving cats’ lives,” said Dr. Kate Hurley, director of the UC Davis program.

“With cats arriving at our shelter at nearly twice the rate of dogs the Million Cat Challenge key initiatives have the potential to dramatically reduce euthanasia both here in Philadelphia and across the country,” says Susan Cosby, ACCT Philly Executive Director. “We are thrilled to be a part of such a progressive, lifesaving and life affirming challenge.”

About the Million Cat Challenge

The Million Cat Challenge is a shelter-based campaign to save the lives of one million cats in North America over the next five years. The core strategy of the campaign will focus on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats. For more information, visit

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Christmas Day live tweet #dayattheshelter event Thu, 25 Dec 2014 18:19:30 +0000 ACCT Philly is open each and every day of the year. This year on Christmas Day we are live-tweeting #dayattheshelter with all the action that happens at the region’s busiest shelter on the holiday! Follow us on Twitter @ACCTPhilly!

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Winter is here, keep your dogs warm! Tue, 23 Dec 2014 22:07:23 +0000 (Philadelphia) – ACCT Philly is urging Philadelphia residents to keep their dogs warm, and ideally indoors during the cold days ahead. This winter marks the first year where Philadelphia ordinance requires residents provide adequate indoor shelter for their dogs or face penalties.

“Keeping dogs safe and warm is a basic need,” says Susan Cosby. “Don’t risk fines by taking steps now to ensure your dog has protection from the elements.”

Philadelphia residents must provide indoor shelter for their dogs during periods where Philadelphia declares a Code Blue or Code Grey advisory for extreme cold weather. Designed to preserve the lives of chronically homeless individuals, a Code Grey is declared when the National Weather Bureau predicts high winds and/or heavy rains or  frozen precipitation with temperatures above 32 degrees. Code Blue emergency is declared when the temperature, wind chill and precipitation combined together result in real-feel temperatures near or below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Codes Grey and Blue are in effect when declared by the City of Philadelphia.

ACCT Philly urges residents who keep dogs outdoors some or all of the time to take action now, before a Code Grey or Blue advisory is declared. Steps to take include:

  • Acclimating your dog to spend most of his or her time indoors.
  • Ensuring any housing provided for your dog is in good repair, moisture-proof, windproof and has a raised floor at least two inches from the ground.
  • Supply plenty of clean bedding material of stray, hay or cedar shavings.
  • Add a heated water bowl – dogs can’t drink ice!

Philadelphia residents who need help or advice to improve housing for their dogs are urged to contact ACCT Philly at for assistance.

If you would like to report a dog left outdoors in severe weather call 267-385-3800 and dial 0 to speak with the dispatcher or file a report online here with all the details you have available.

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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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