Grant will support ACCT Philly’s lifesaving work for homeless pets

(Philadelphia, PA, May 6, 2012) ─ Best Friends Animal Society® in partnership with PetSmart Charities® is pleased to announce that the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) has been awarded a grant to increase the number of cats saved from Philadelphia’s animal care and control shelter.


ACCT Philly is a participating member of the No More Homeless Pets® Network, a program of Best Friends Animal Society that offers help and support to animal rescue groups that save lives in their communities.

“This grant project will help address one of the critical components in the homeless pets issue. By helping animal rescue groups afford to spay or neuter animals they rescue and place for adoption, we can make a significant impact on the cats saved from the city shelter,” said Ellen Gilmore, manager of Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network.

Susan Cosby, ACCT Philly’s Executive Director said: “This grant will help our 168 active animal rescue partners save 1,951 cats in May, June and July, which is an additional 334 cats transferred out compared to last year. The spaying and neutering operations made possible by this grant will help offset the costs our partners assume when rescuing cats from ACCT Philly. We appreciate Best Friends and PetSmart Charities support to make our rescue partnership program a great success.”

This lifesaving grant is part of Best Friends Animal Society’s mission of No More Homeless Pets®. Every day, approximately 9,000 pets are killed in shelters across the United States because they don’t have a home. Best Friends and PetSmart Charities are committed to saving them.

About ACCT Philly

ACCT Philly is the Philadelphia region’s largest animal service provider, handling more than 32,000 animals in its North Philadelphia facility annually. Contracted by the City of Philadelphia to provide shelter, care and lifesaving efforts for homeless, abandoned and abused animals, ACCT Philly is the largest animal service provider in the region, directly assisting more than 32,000 animals in its North Philadelphia shelter. With nearly 20,000 animals re-entering the community through ACCT Philly’s many lifesaving programs, more families acquire a new pet originating from ACCT Philly than any other local source.

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About Best Friends Animal Society®

Best Friends Animal Society, named Animal Welfare Non-Profit National Brand of the Year based on the 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study, is a national animal welfare organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets®. The society’s leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah headquarters, the country’s largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of supporters and community partners across the nation.

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About PetSmart Charities®
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities® has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).