ACCT Philly Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:25:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 March Adoption Promotions and Events Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:29:55 +0000 Adoption Pricing for March

Kittens – $75
Adult cats – $30
Older cats (over 5 years old) – FREE with FAQ
Cats with Kitty Colds – FREE with FAQ handout
Puppies – $200
Adult dogs – $40
Pen Pals – $30
Benefactors – $250


Adoption Promotions & Events

The following events take place at ACCT Philly.

loves comes in all sizesLove Comes in All Sizes
March 1-31, 2015
Enjoy adoption specials throughout the month on pets great and small!

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St-Pitty-Kitty-Day-15-webSt. Pitty’s & Kitty’s Day Adoption Extravaganza
March 14-17, 2015
Adopt your lucky charm, all pets are 1/2 price!

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cabin feverBeat Cabin Fever, Adopt An Adventure Buddy
March 21-22, 2015
All large breed dogs are only $20 to adopt!

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Featured Offsite Events

(for a full listing of offsite events, please view our events calendar here)

kitties gone wild march 15Kitties Gone Wild
March 22, 2015
Adult cats $20, Kittens $40

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KP march 15KittyPalooza at Buzzy’s Bow Wow Meow
March 28, 2015
March Madness featuring crazy adoption specials on all cats and kittens!

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Executive Director Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:04:32 +0000 ACCT Philly is seeking a qualified, visionary, self-motivated and progressive leader to fill the Executive Director position. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of the organization, serves as its key spokesperson and visible community leader and reports to the Board of Directors and directly to the designee of the Philadelphia Managing Director for contract compliance. He or she will be instrumental in developing an organizational strategic plan, guiding existing and implementing new programs for continued lifesaving improvements and leading both fundraising/development programs and contract discussions for increased public and private support. Specifically he or she will ensure that ACCT Philly’s fiscal, operations, fundraising, public relations, human resource, and programmatic strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.

Download the complete position description and instructions to apply here: Executive Director Position Description.

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ACCT Philly Offers Free Straw for Supplement Outdoor Animal Bedding Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:47:54 +0000 Update, 2/23: Straw will also be distributed this weekend on Saturday, February 28 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 1 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) is offering free straw bedding to Philadelphia residents who are caring for animals that spend part or all of their time outdoors. This marks the first winter that Philadelphia’s extreme weather ordinance is in effect and ACCT Philly is aiming to help animal caretakers comply with the requirements of the law.

“We would rather see dogs safe and warm than give out tickets for violations,” said Susan Cosby-Jennings, executive director of ACCT Philly. “This will make it easy for caregivers to be in compliance with the law.”

Straw is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis at ACCT Philly, located at 111 W Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140. Philadelphia residents can pick-up straw on Saturday, February 21st from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. and supply permitting, Sunday, February 22nd from 4 p.m – 6 p.m. Straw is available to Philadelphia residents caring for an outdoor animal, whether it be their own dog or neighborhood cats.

While owners have always been encouraged to keep animals indoors during winter months, the passing of a new law by City Council means this is the first winter dog owners can be penalized for neglecting to provide proper shelter. Penalties include fines up to $500.

“During a Code Blue, our dispatchers receive about 20 calls a day reporting dogs outside without proper shelter,” said Tara Scherneke, Assistant Director of Operations, Field Services. “Our officers have been very busy; it’s good to know that Philadelphia is full of animal lovers who want to help.”

If you need help keeping animals warm this winter, please click here for shelter requirements. To report a dog outside without proper shelter during a city issued Code Grey or Code Blue, please use the online form found here or call ACCT Philly at 267-385-3800.

If successful, ACCT Philly hopes to make more straw available while the cold weather continues. To support the bedding project and other lifesaving ACCT Philly programs for pets, donate online now or call 267-385-3800 ext. 136.

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Fabric donations needed to create TNR trap covers Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:58:08 +0000 We’re collecting spare fabric, materials, sheets and curtains for a trap/neuter/return sewing party! The covers help calm trapped cats and make their journeys to the spay/neuter clinic and back to their outdoor homes more pleasant and less stressful.

You can drop-off fabric at ACCT Philly (111 W Hunting Park Ave) Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m,, and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Trap Cover Making Party:
To be held in March, exact date and time to be determined! Check back for details if you would like to participate, or email

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Trap Cover Sewing Event flyer

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Offsite Coordinator, Full-Time Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:12:18 +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 Life Saving Department at ACCT Philly is seeking a full-time Offsite Coordinator.The Offsite Lifesaving Coordinator is responsible for animal movement between ACCT Philly’s principal shelter and multiple offsite locations. For full job description, or to submit a cover letter and resume to

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Pitbull Prediction 2015 with Punxsutawney Pit Mon, 02 Feb 2015 22:35:10 +0000 Why should groundhogs have all the fun?! We did a little seasonal prediction of our own featuring the exceedingly adorable Punxsutawney Pit! Will he see his shadow? Which scroll will he pick?


After months of training, Pit is ready to make his big prediction debut! Here he comes... He gets a last minute pep-talk from his trainer and mentor Ed. Pit is dressed in his finest in honor of this momentous occasion. Pit cautiously approaches the ceremonial shadow viewing table. He looks to the shadow... Checks out the area in front of him...looks like he has made a decision... He has made the final indication with his paw! The scroll on his right will reveal if he has seen his shadow or not and what weather awaits us in the upcoming weeks. Now the big moment...the unrolling of the scroll by Honorable Animal Control Officer Danny Rivera... And Pit has predicted 6 more weeks of winter! Good job, Pit! ]]> 0
Client Service Representative, Part-time Mon, 02 Feb 2015 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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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!

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

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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.

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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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