The city’s animal shelter reached a 90% “no-kill”  lifesaving rate for canines during June, one of the busiest months of the year


Despite the summer months being the busiest time of the year for the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly), the shelter has managed to achieve a 90% lifesaving rate for dogs during a time of year that intake numbers are soaring. The shelter has achieved a 90% lifesaving rate in October and November of last year, but fall and winter months are much slower for Philadelphia’s animal shelter.

A 90% live release rate for dogs in the summer months is a historic milestone for ACCT Philly,” said Jon Gray, Senior Manager of Lifesaving at ACCT Philly. “This accomplishment is the result of a community-wide effort, and was only possible due to the combined, tireless efforts of our staff, volunteers, and especially our Love Local Partners. The animals of Philadelphia are fortunate to have such caring and dedicated advocates looking out for them, and we are excited to continue saving as many lives as possible with our Lifesaving community.”

ACCT has been working in close partnership with many rescue organizations throughout the Philadelphia region, and since the inception of the Philadelphia No Kill Coalition at the end of 2017, has been tackling the issue of increasing the lifesaving rate of dogs. Large dogs have always been the most difficult category for ACCT Philly to increase life-saving rates on.

“This achievement is the result of the tireless efforts of so many.  Our organization depends on adopters, transfer partners, fosters, and pet owners to get pets out alive, and this month is a testament to their efforts. Additionally, our work through the Philadelphia No-Kill Coalition has been instrumental in solidifying resources available to pet owners and in mobilizing our rescue partners to meet the needs of homeless pets in our community. We are so thankful for all of their commitment in reaching this milestone towards making Philadelphia No-Kill. ”

Fellow members of the Philadelphia No-Kill Coalition were equally elated to hear the news that their hard work is paying off.

“This is a moment to celebrate, and demonstrates that our collective efforts are working,” says Melissa Levy, Executive Director of PAWS, a co-founding member of the No-Kill Coalition and ACCT’s largest rescue partner. “We are proving as a community that it is possible to save every healthy and treatable pet who enters the shelter. Now, we have to keep building on all we are doing so we can repeat June’s success in the coming summer months and beyond.”

“Through partnership and collaboration, it clear that we are moving toward the time when Philadelphia will become a no-kill city,” said Julie Klim, PSPCA CEO and co-founding member of the No-Kill Coalition. “We applaud this momentous step in lifesaving, which is a testament to the tremendous progress we’ve been working toward collectively for many years. Together, we will keep strengthening the safety net until every savable homeless animal finds a home.”

You can also learn about the Philadelphia No-Kill Coalition and the work they are doing for Philadelphia’s pets at