<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News - Clear the Shelters]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/localen-usTue, 20 Aug 2019 16:21:07 -0400Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:21:07 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Top Stories]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:19:11 -0400]]><![CDATA[The Dodo]]>Wed, 14 Aug 2019 13:30:25 -0400]]><![CDATA[Before You Adopt]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:19:11 -0400]]><![CDATA[Amazing Animal Stories]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:19:11 -0400]]><![CDATA[Videos]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:48:24 -0400]]><![CDATA[After You Adopt]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:19:11 -0400]]><![CDATA[Full Archive]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:15:32 -0400]]><![CDATA[Second Chances]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:19:11 -0400]]><![CDATA[Po, the Bundle of Energy, Seeks Home at Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2019 09:52:03 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+po+08172019.jpg

Po was taken by police to the Women's Animal Center in Bensalem back in March. She's ready to leave the shelter and join a loving home that can keep up with her love of play during NBC10 and Telemundo62's annual Clear the Shelters event.

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<![CDATA[Bentley's Birthday Gift: North Philly Shelter Gets $10,000]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 21:35:39 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bentley+the+dog.jpg

Bentley, a dog who has been staying at the PSPCA animal shelter in North Philadelphia, got a special birthday gift in which the entire shelter can find gratitude: a donation from Greater Good.]]>
<![CDATA[Chase Utley Gives Clear the Shelters a Boost]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:02:52 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000006475379.JPG

The former Phillies star has always been a big supporter of Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Special Needs Pets Need Your Love Too]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 21:17:03 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000006475718.JPG

Meet Ty Marshall. He was born deaf, but that doesn't mean he isn't a loyal friend.]]>
<![CDATA[Ellie the Lovebug Just One of Many Pets Available at Clear the Shelters]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:03:22 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+ellie+08162019.jpg

Ellie showed up to the Pennsylvania SPCA with a host of medical problems, but now this pup is healthy and ready for a new home. Ellie will be one of the many pets up for adoption throughout the Philadelphia region Saturday, Aug. 16, as NBC10 and Telemundo62 team up with shelters all across the region during the annual Clear the Shelters event.

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<![CDATA[Breaking Down the Pet Adoption Process]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 08:51:45 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2019-08-15+at+3.44.42+PM.png

Thinking about pet adoption but feeling unsure or overwhelmed? The ASPCA's Kelly DiCicco breaks down the process of adopting and acclimating your new pet to your home. ]]>
<![CDATA[Find Big Love in Big Dogs During Clear the Shelters]]>Sun, 11 Aug 2019 14:56:16 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+leo.jpg

Leo is a Great Pyrenees who’s big in stature and big in heart. This gentle giant is just one of the adoptable pets that will be available during NBC10’s and Telemundo 62’s annual Clear the Shelters event, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 17.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: From Abuse to Loving Home]]>Sun, 11 Aug 2019 11:11:10 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+08112019.jpg

This pup is one of the many pets that have found loving homes through Clear the Shelters. This girl was abused but is now as happy as can be and loves playing with other dogs.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Jason the Mixed-Breed Sweetheart]]>Sat, 03 Aug 2019 13:08:08 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+jason+08032019.jpg

Jason is an adorable 5 month-old pup looking to find a patient family to show him that the world is not such a scary place. He comes off a little shy at first but opens up quickly and shows off his lovable side.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Orey Looking for Cuddles]]>Sat, 27 Jul 2019 14:30:57 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+orey+07272019.jpg

Meet Orie, she is kind, friendly and the best cuddler you will ever meet. She is a special needs dog who has her right let permanently broken but that doesn't stop her one bit.

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<![CDATA[Lightning Causes $30K of Damage to New York Animal Shelter]]>Sat, 20 Jul 2019 17:07:44 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/little-shelter-combo.png

Lightning struck the grounds of a Long Island, New York animal shelter, shattering a memorial fountain and shooting the shards across the facility, causing $30,000 of damage, the shelter said Saturday. 

Little Shelter said its industrial air conditioning unit was destroyed, along with a phone system control panel and the central alarm station were destroyed. 

No animals were hurt. 

A thunderstorm on Wednesday night was part of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Barry. A lightning bolt struck a tree at the Huntington shelter at about 10 p.m., then traveled to the fountain, the shelter said. 

The fountain shattered and pieces of it were strewn across the grounds, with one even flying over the cat building, the shelter said. 

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<![CDATA[Wee Pups to (Nearly) Take Wing at the Wiener Nationals]]>Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:14:03 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/wienernationalslosalamitos1.jpg

What sort of sound or catchphrase or verbal indicator might a Dachshund employ when she is ready to run very, very fast?

"Meep, meep" is already taken, of course. "I'm outta here" conveys the spirit of a Dachshund on the move, but that is something a human might say, not a pup who speaks in bark-ese.

Hmm. This is ruff, er, rough.

We'll just assume that the sweet but fleet Fidos that compete in Wienerschnitzel's famous Wiener Nationals have one thing on their minds: Reaching the end of 50 yards in an impressively quick amount of time.

And plenty of Dachshunds will do just that, on Saturday, July 20 at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California.

This summertime tradition is very much about doting on Doxies, and meeting other humans who love these hounds, but there's something even stronger at its strong heart: Raising money for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, which assists in "...finding home for stray animals in the Orange County area."

Lots of people show with their pooches, hoping they can run, but there are rules to know.

Like? A toy or treat may be employed to "entice" your pumpkin to run, but there is no jogging alongside (two people are permitted with each canine participant, one at the starting gate and one waiting at the finish).

Everything to know? Woof woof: It's right here. There's a release waiver, too.

The cost to enter and cheer on these lil' Lassies and Laddies? It's three bucks, and young people 17 and under will be admitted for free.

Los Alamitos calls the Wiener Nationals the venue's "most popular event" of the year, and over 8,500 people attend, per the course.

So arriving early, whether you have a racing pup in tow or not? Smart move.

Dachshunds are famously smart, after all, and if they could talk, they'd certainly advise anyone to head for the Cypress destination well ahead of the first race of the evening, which begins at 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.).

Nope, Dachshunds can't fly, but watching all four of their wee feetsies leave the ground at once, as they attempt to reach the finish line first, can make you feel as though you're heart is in flight.

Yes, we said "wee feetsies." Nope, we're not taking it back.

Photo Credit: Wiener Nationals]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Biscuit the Tripod Pup]]>Sat, 13 Jul 2019 10:05:48 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+biscuit+07132019.jpg

Biscuit had to have his leg amputated due to an infection, but that hasn't slowed him down. This pup loves to run around and play fetch and would do great with a family that loves to have some fun.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Adopt Philly, in Philly]]>Sat, 06 Jul 2019 12:52:31 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+philly+07062019.jpg

It doesn't get much more Philly than having a dog named Philly. That's exactly what you could get by adopting this sweet, energetic and oh-so-loving pup.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Adorable Puppy Trio Looking for Home]]>Sat, 29 Jun 2019 13:21:32 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+puppy+trio+06292019.jpg

Bashful, Dopey and Dot are a trio of adorable puppies who will soon be available to a loving family. These pups have great personalities to go with their cuteness.

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<![CDATA[Brandywine Valley SPCA Hosting Biggest Adoption Event in U.S.]]>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 13:46:09 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000005697522.JPG

Brandywine Valley SPCA is holding a mega adoption event this weekend, with 14 different shelters and rescues joining in. There will be more than 1,000 dogs and cats up for adoption.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Cylus the Three-Legged Sweetheart]]>Sat, 15 Jun 2019 10:47:00 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+cylus+06152019.jpg

This pit bull mix may have lost his leg in a car accident, but he's as energetic as ever. Join the PSPCA at Philadelphia Brewing Company Saturday, June 15, where you can meet Cylus or one of the adoptable cats on display for 'Caturday.'

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Nene the Bilingual Pup Looking for Home]]>Sat, 08 Jun 2019 10:38:53 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+nene+06082019.jpg

Want to practice your Spanish skills? Nene's just the pup for you. This bilingual dog is friendly, kind and lovable.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Denver the Hefty Senior]]>Sat, 01 Jun 2019 09:20:42 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+denver+06012019.jpg

Denver is a chubby, 8-10-year-old pup who's smart, loves to snuggle and gives warm kisses. After being surrendered by his owner, Denver is ready for a fur-ever home.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Lifesaver Nenny Looking for a Home]]>Sat, 18 May 2019 14:28:17 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+nenny+05182019.jpg

Nenny is an adorable 8-year-old pup who is ready to find a loving family. This little lady became a hero when she saved a cat's life through a blood donation, and now she's hoping you can be her hero by giving her a home.

Photo Credit: Jason Rothman/NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Adonis is Unchained and Totally Sweet]]>Sat, 11 May 2019 11:53:01 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+adonis+05112019.jpg

Adonis spent much of his life tied up with a chain and has the scars to prove it. But now this good, playful boy is unchained and ready to make you his best friend.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Golden Graham Gets Adopted]]>Sun, 05 May 2019 10:20:30 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+golden+graham+05052019.jpg

You might remember this little guy from a previous Clear the Shelters segment. We're happy to announce that Golden Graham has found his forever home!

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<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Boomer the One-Eyed Love Bug]]>Sat, 27 Apr 2019 12:30:41 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+boomer+04272019.jpg

Boomer is a 6 year-old foster in search of a loving, caring and calm home. This pup had to get his right eye removed, but that doesn't stop him from being an amazing companion.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sadia and Mr. Frankenfurter]]>Sat, 20 Apr 2019 11:22:57 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+cats+04202019.jpg

Sadia and Mr. Frankfurter are two special cats looking for a place to call home. Mr. Frankfurter is a partially blind 10-month old kitty who loves to play with his toys and with Sadia, a calm 3-year old snuggler. Both are currently at the Kitty Cottage Animal Adoption Center in Norristown.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Brie Brie]]>Sat, 13 Apr 2019 13:56:45 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+brie+brie+04132019.jpg

Brie Brie’s hoping her sad story has a happy ending. This pup was dropped off at ACCT Philly because her owner was severely ill and could no longer take care of her. Now, Brie Brie’s looking for a family to take her in and enjoy her energy and playfulness.

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<![CDATA[Got a Pet? Get Free Vet Care This Weekend]]>Sat, 13 Apr 2019 08:15:58 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Corgi-GettyImages-512536165.jpg

People looking to make sure their pets are nice and healthy will be able to get free vet care in North Philadelphia this weekend.

Harley's Haven Dog Rescue, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, and the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia are teaming up to offer no-cost services like spaying and neutering, vaccinations, microchips, flea and tick treatment and food.

ACCT Philly will also be giving away identification tags and selling Philadelphia dog licenses, which can be used to ID lost pets. The goal is to spay or neuter up to 100 cats and dogs, and microchip up to 500 pets.

The services will be offered on a first-some first-serve basis Saturday and Sunday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center at 2551 N. 22nd Street.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Mellow Marcy's Looking for a Home]]>Sat, 06 Apr 2019 12:55:58 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+marcy+04062019.jpg

Marcy was rescued after she was injured on the streets of Camden. This pup is very mellow and would love to chill out and watch a movie with you.

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<![CDATA[Stressed Out Shelter Pets Get Their Own Musical Playlist]]>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 16:54:10 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/shelter+playlist+04042019.jpg

Music. It soothes the soul. It mends a broken heart. It excites, it inspires, it motivates and moves and now, it may help find homes for pets.

Orchestral masterpieces are literally going to the dogs thanks to Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He's hoping his custom playlist will help find homes for stressed out animals at the Pennsylvania SPCA.

"I don't pretend it's the only playlist possible, but I think it's just an introduction to the classical music for pets," Nézet-Séguin said, cat in arms, at the PSPCA's Erie Avenue headquarters.

The 326-song, 34-hour playlist features recordings from Nézet-Séguin himself, as well as a mix of piano pieces and orchestral classics. He was inspired by playing music for his own cats, especially Parsifal, his first, eponymously named after the famed Richard Wagner orchestra.

"I started to make music for my cats ... and I noticed how they changed. Instead of being this empty silence, it's like a presence. That's why I just chose the music that they preferred," Nézet-Séguin said.

The goal with the playlist is to soothe the animals, who shelter employees said can get so stressed that they exhibit behaviors that make potential fur-ever families turn away.

Sometimes they bark. Other times they spin in their kennels. The cats sit in their litterbox.

"It is confinement. With any animal or any human in confinement, you're going to be stressed, there's no doubt about it. And animals experience the same thing," said Kayla Dorney, an animal enrichment and behavior specialist at the shelter.

But with the backing of an acclaimed conductor, these stressed out pets will hopefully mellow out, and people will see them for the great additions to the family that they really are.

"We're gonna evaluate how they respond. And I have no doubt it'll be a positive influence on them and their behavior," Dorney said.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Survivor Carl Looking for Fur-Ever Home]]>Sat, 30 Mar 2019 11:55:00 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+carl+03302019.jpg

Carl is an ultimate survivor. This little guy was hit by a bus and is looking to leave behind his bumpy past and find a loving home.

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<![CDATA[ACCT Philly Adoption Fees Waived This Weekend]]>Sat, 30 Mar 2019 09:16:09 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/5PACCTPHILLYAUDITBLACHERPKG_2590940.JPG

The kennels at ACCT Philly are once again full. To make more room and allow pets a chance at a fur-ever home, the shelter is waiving adoption fees March 30 and 31.]]>
<![CDATA[150 Years Later, Nation's First Animal Shelter Still Strong in Bucks County]]>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 13:12:36 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/4PWACWomensHistoryMonthCOLEMANPKG_3622572.JPG

The Women's Animal Shelter of Bensalem was started by a group of women in Philadelphia more than 150 years ago. Their mission to protect the rights of animals lives on today

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<![CDATA[Shelter Dogs Saved From Euthanasia Fly Into Delaware]]>Sun, 24 Mar 2019 13:14:46 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000004276817.JPG

The "Wings of Rescue" organization flew a plane of shelter dogs in need of loving homes. Volunteers from the Brandywine Valley ASPCA were waiting to welcome the more than 60 animals in hopes of preventing them from being euthanized. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Dynamic Duo Looking for New Home]]>Sat, 09 Mar 2019 16:02:36 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000004061808.JPG

Mercedes was sadly surrendered by her owners and she’s looking for a new home. This 9-year-old pup is great with kids and other dogs. Stitch is a little kitten who’s visually impaired, but that doesn’t stop him from getting around; he’s even great with dogs!]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Rambunctious Logan]]>Sat, 02 Mar 2019 15:21:32 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+logan+03022019.jpg

Little Logan was rescued from the freezing cold and is now looking for a new home. This 3-month-old pup is full of energy and is ready to play.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Fantastic Freya]]>Sat, 23 Feb 2019 15:31:19 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+freya+02232019.jpg

Freya was found as a stray by the Pennsylvania SPCA, but no one came looking for her. So now this silly girl is looking for a new home. Freya loves to play, is great on walks and enjoys other dogs and people.

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<![CDATA[Students at La Salle Will Be Able to Live With Their Dog]]>Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:04:34 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tibetan_spaniel.jpg

It's always a sad state of affairs when you're going off to college and staring back at you are the big, sad eyes of your childhood dog. You pat its head and head off, knowing the next time you see it probably won't be until Thanksgiving break, if not later. Maybe you shed a tear (or two).

But La Salle University is making the process of going off to college a lot less sad for both students and their pooches by announcing its first dog-friendly residence hall.

Beginning in the 2019 fall semester, upperclassmen living in St. George Hall will be able to live with their pups right on campus. The new dog-friendly residence hall expands the school's existing emotional support animal program to dogs that are only pets (though we all know that no dog is "just" a pet).

"We recognize that there are mental, physical, and emotional benefits to having a pet, and are excited to provide this option to our on-campus community," Vice President of Student Affairs Dawn Soufleris said.

Understandably, the campus doesn't want dogs going wild on campus, so there are a few restrictions to note.

For one, the dogs have to weigh less than 30 pounds, and only one will be permitted per unit. The pup will also need to be vaccinated and spayed or neutered.

But those dogs that do make the grade will have some perks to look forward to, including an exercise area, on-campus washing station and "dog-friendly lounge space," according to the university.

Applications for the dog-friendly residence are already open.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Butchy the Mellow Senior]]>Sat, 16 Feb 2019 12:43:51 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000003742072.JPG

Butcy is a senior dog who’s deaf, but he will occasionally surprise you with his spryness. This mellow guy is looking for someone who can spend plenty of time hanging out with him at home.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Cooper the ‘Perfect Angel’]]>Sat, 09 Feb 2019 11:36:41 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+cooper+02092019.jpg

Cooper’s a “perfect angel” who’s already learning tricks. This 1-year-old pup is friendly and playful, so looking for a family who will be able to match his energy.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sweet Dee Has Plenty of Puppy Energy]]>Sat, 02 Feb 2019 12:31:39 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000003526755.JPG

Dee is only 2 years old and has the puppy energy to prove it. She was found as a stray and her owners wouldn’t take her back, so she’s hoping for a new home where she can be active and go on adventures.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Richie the 2-Legged Pup Needs a Home]]>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 13:16:47 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000003422407.JPG

Richie made it from a monastery in Thailand all the way to Philadelphia to look for a loving home. He may only have two legs, but Richie can zoom on his wheelchair.]]>
<![CDATA[You Can Adopt a Dog at Half Price at ACCT Philly]]>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 10:37:17 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ACCT+Philly+dog+and+staffer.jpg

If you are looking to add a furry member to your family, ACCT Philly is hosting a Pro Bowl Adoption event. Workers will have the kennels split into two teams and each adoption will count as a vote for one team. All large adoption fees will be half price.

Photo Credit: ACCT Philadelphia]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Snow White the ‘Tripod Kitty’ Looking for Home]]>Sat, 19 Jan 2019 12:59:30 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000003317201.JPG

Little Snow White may only have three legs, but she’s very energetic. This kitty might also be deaf, but she’s very adaptable and recently relearned how to jump even after losing one of her legs, so she’d be perfect for a family with kids who want to play with her.]]>
<![CDATA[Philly Shelter Gives Pets New Orleans Names After Losing Bet]]>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:18:11 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Animals+New+Names.jpg

A Philadelphia animal shelter was forced to give three of their pets New Orleans-themed names after losing an NFL playoff bet to a Louisiana shelter.

The Morris Animal Refuge announced on Twitter Monday that they renamed their three pets "Sean Purrton," "Tchouppa" and "Nola."

The Refuge made a bet with the Louisiana SPCA prior to Sunday's divisional playoff game between the Eagles and Saints. The loser would have to give three of its own adoptable pets names associated with the winning shelter's city. The Eagles put a fight, jumping to a 14-0 lead before ultimately falling to the Saints 20 to 14.

While the Morris Animal Refuge lost the bet, they may have found a workaround. They encouraged local residents to adopt the three pets and rename them something more Philly appropriate. As if you needed even more motivation to adopt a pet, saving local animals from having the names associated with the team that broke our hearts should be enough.

Photo Credit: Morris Animal Refuge
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Jake Wants a Happy Anniversary]]>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 11:00:39 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+jake+01122019.JPG

Jake has reached a somewhat sad anniversary: he has been at the Brandywine Valley SPCA for an entire year. Jake is a great, well-mannered family dog and even learning a few tricks, so he would love to find a home. The shelter also recently took in 16 German Shepherds that are under-socialized but very sweet. The shelter is looking for fosters to take them in.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Help Diamond Shine Bright]]>Sat, 05 Jan 2019 11:43:09 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+diamond+01052019.JPG

Diamond has a New Year’s wish in 2019, and that’s to find a family. This pitty mix was found on the street, but she’s very mellow and would do great with kids.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Energetic Emma Wants Some Friends]]>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 11:46:22 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+emma+12292018.jpg

Emma may be a senior pup, but she’s got plenty of energy and is looking for a home. This little lady was surrendered to the Women's Animal Center by previous owners, which mean’s she’s housebroken and even knows some tricks.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Man-man Looking for a Foster]]>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 10:55:00 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+man-man+12222018.jpg

Man-man’s family lost their home unexpectedly and the poor guy has since been waiting in a shelter. This sweet and calm pit bull mix is looking for a foster family that can take care of him while he waits to be reunited with his owners.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Help Marina the Mellow Senior]]>Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:14:21 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+marina+12152018.JPG

Marina is a 9-year-old pit bull mix and she's perfect to snuggle up with. Despite her age, this pup is pretty healthy and won't mind just hanging out.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Snuggle Up With Snoopy]]>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 11:04:23 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+snoopy+12082018.jpg

Snoopy has been the longest-term resident at the Animal Care and Control Team’s Philadelphia shelter, and he doesn’t want to wait forever for a loving home. The ACCT is full and will be waiving adoption fees for Snoopy and other pets on Dec. 8 and 9.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Help Peach the Pup]]>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 11:32:59 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+peach+11012018.jpg

How can you say no to such a cute little pup? Peach is looking for a loving home. She has been with a foster family and is comforable living with other pets. Providence Animal Center is also hosting a "pup up" adoption event at the King of Prussia Mall.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Sweetheart Chino Needs a Home]]>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 11:09:00 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+chino.jpg

Chino may be a big boy, but he’s a very calm sweetheart and even knows some tricks. He and other pups will be up for adoption with a waived adoption fee at the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia’s Hunting Avenue location through Sunday, Nov. 25.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Meet the Stars of the 2018 National Dog Show]]>Thu, 22 Nov 2018 15:29:10 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Photo362.jpgThe National Dog show took place this past weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek]]>
<![CDATA[Former VP Biden Adopts New Dog From Delaware Shelter]]>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:33:01 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Joe+Biden+Dog+Lead+Photo.jpg

Former Vice President Joe Biden has a new four-legged family member.

The Delaware Humane Association said Saturday that Biden and his wife, Jill, have adopted a 10-month-old German Shepherd named Major.

Director of Animal Care Kerry Bruni said the Bidens had been providing foster care for the dog in their home for several months and were ready to make the adoption official.

Bruni said the former vice president reached out to see if he could help after the association posted on social media earlier this year that it had received a litter of sick German Shepherd puppies.

Biden recently returned to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic candidates and has said he expects to decide whether to seek the 2020 presidential nomination by early next year.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

Photo Credit: Delaware Humane Association ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Help Smokey Find A Fur-ever Home]]>Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:34:47 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+smokey+11172018.jpg

Emmy Homan from Morris Animal Refuge dropped by the studio with Smokey, an energetic 14 year old looking for a fur-ever home. Morris Animal Refuge is also close to reaching their goal in a clothing fundraiser. To purchase a shirt and help shelter animals like Smokey, <a href="https://www.bonfire.com/morris-animal-refuge/">here</a>.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Snuggle Up With 'Janet']]>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 15:49:12 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clear+the+shelters+janet.jpg

"Janet" was tied up and dumped at an abandoned lot, but she remains sweet and full of love. Help find this beautiful survivor a fur-ever home!

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Give 'Jackie' A Furever Home]]>Sat, 27 Oct 2018 10:31:49 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000002166385.JPG

Morgan Polley from Animal Care and Control Team dropped by the studio to introduce Jackie, a friendly pup who is looking for a furever home. Their shelter is more full than usual right now, so they are offering a deal where you can adopt a dog half price if you bring a bag of treats to the shelter.]]>
<![CDATA[New Pennsylvania Law Helps Police Rescue Pets in Hot Cars]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 10:40:57 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dog-GettyImages-100394559.jpg

Police in Pennsylvania are getting the legal authority to force their way into vehicles to rescue dogs and cats they believe are in danger.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed the bill that generally immunizes police, humane officers and other emergency responders from being sued for removing the animals.

The officers will have to first make a reasonable effort to find the owner.

They also must leave a note saying who they are, who they work for and how the owner can retrieve the dog or cat.

Experts warn that temperatures inside vehicles on warm days can heat up quickly and become fatal to humans and animals.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

Photo Credit: Getty Images/File]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Florida Pups Need a Forever Home]]>Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:19:35 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Florida_Pups_Need_a_Forever_Home.jpg

A family of puppies is looking for a home after being rescued from Florida. Check out this lovable pack.]]>
<![CDATA[Dozens of Rescued Beagles Begin Finding New Homes]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:46:35 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/beagles2.PNG

Dozens of beagles rescued from a home in rural Pennsylvania are finding new owners and new homes.

The Lehigh County Humane Society started accepting adoption applications Thursday after receiving thousands of inquiries.

The dogs were rescued this month from a home outside Allentown where a woman had been breeding them without a license before she died last month.

Adoptions were to continue Friday.

The Allentown Morning Call reports the man who owned the house where the dogs were kept has received three citations for animal neglect.

It also reports he was cited Tuesday by the state agriculture department for operating an unlicensed kennel and failing to show proof the dogs were immunized against rabies.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Take 'Baby Girl' Home Today]]>Sat, 13 Oct 2018 15:21:58 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Take_Baby_Girl_Home_Today.jpg

Guthrie Cunyngham from the Animal Care and Control Team dropped by the studio to introduce Baby Girl, who is up for adoption at their Everyday Center. ACCT is also hosting Sproutfest on Sunday, October 14th at the Upper Merion Township Building from 11 am to 3pm.]]>
<![CDATA[Kitten Found Beaten, Doused in Pepper Spray]]>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 23:26:26 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/JawbreakerCat.JPG

Jawbreaker has had a rough time in his first few months of life. The tiny fur-ball was found on October third on Lehigh Street in Allentown badly beat up with blood dripping down his face and a broken jaw. The kitten, who was named after his injuries, had one other thing bothering him, too.

As the veterinarians at the Lehigh County Humane Society worked to stop the kitten’s bleeding and begin working on his jaw, they realized they themselves were having trouble breathing properly. That’s when they realized the cat was covered in pepper spray.

Employees at the Humane Society say they believe a group of kids is behind the vicious attack, and this isn’t the first time they’ve seen animals brought in after something like this has happened.

“Every day we see things like this,” Mary Shafer of the Lehigh County Humane Society said.

Investigators are now working to figure out who did this to Jawbreaker.

In the meantime, Jawbreaker remains friendly and gentle despite the traumatic attack. He is being nursed to health with plenty of play time and medication, and will be available for adoption once he heals.

This is just the most recent case of animal abuse that the Humane Society is handling. Within the last week, the society rescued 71 beagles from a home nearby. The beagles were being bred and kept in deplorable conditions.

As for Jawbreaker, employees at the society worry about his attackers.

“Even if they are kids, what do you think should happen to the people responsible for this?” Shafer asked. “Parents are fined when their kids don’t go to school, parents should be fined when their children are behaving badly.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lehigh County Humane Society.

Photo Credit: Trevor Harman]]>
<![CDATA[Save a Stray: ACCT Philly Calls Dog Lovers to Adopt]]>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:25:34 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ACCT+Philly+dog+and+staffer.jpg

Their staffers have worked overtime, their partner organizations have offered assistance and their volunteers are doing everything in their power to help the dogs they care for.

But the Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) dog kennels are at full capacity, with risk of euthanasia on the horizon.

This weekend, they’re asking the community for help.

Because it’s an open-admission, city-contracted animal shelter, the organization cannot turn away stray or surrendered pets — even when space is severely limited. So if animals arrive faster than the shelter can find homes for them, the population becomes increasingly difficult to manage.

ACCT Philly has received a little over 4,000 dogs so far in 2018. 547 dogs came into the shelter during September alone.

Those intake numbers haven’t been met with equally high adoption rates.

Audra Houghton, Interim Executive Director of ACCT Philly, says her staff and volunteers have been doing everything they can, but it hasn’t been enough.

“We desperately need people to open their homes to a homeless dog,” Houghton said.

The shelter’s medical director also said they’ve exhausted their final options for space management. It’s no longer sustainable for the shelter, or healthy for the animals, to house so many residents.

This leaves ACCT Philly with some difficult decisions.

“We hate having to consider euthanasia as an option for our animals,” says Houghton. “We fight to avoid it at all costs.” At the same time, she adds, “We are so full that we are at the point of needing to euthanize for space.”

She’s hoping, instead, that the community will step up to care for animals in need. To encourage this, the shelter is offering pay-what-you-wish adoption fees for dogs weighing more than 35 pounds from now through Sunday, September 30.

In their own words, they’re playing the Philly Special — except their version is 4th down-and-50 (dogs).

Pay-what-you-wish adoptions are taking place at both ACCT Philly’s main shelter and their Everyday Adoption Center (EAC). For more information on their work and on how you can adopt a pet, visit their website here.

Photo Credit: ACCT Philadelphia]]>
<![CDATA[Help NBC10 Clear the Shelters: Meet Bonnie]]>Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:25:36 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Help_NBC10_Clear_the_Shelters__Meet_Bonnie.jpg

While Hurricane Florence has left many people without homes, it has also left many animals without without homes as well. Meet Bonnie, a rescue from North Carolina who will be up for adoption at Brandywine Valley SPCA the West Chester campus.]]>
<![CDATA[Adopt Champion Puppies at Pup-Up Adoption Event]]>Sun, 26 Aug 2018 09:32:49 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Adopt_Champion_Puppies_at_Pup-Up_Adoption_Event.jpg

Emily Craft from the Providence Animal Center was joined by Nan Porter, one of the center's volunteers, and two pups with special names as she talked about an upcoming adoption event. Kelce and Ertz, along with other puppies named after the Eagles' Super Bowl Champion players, will be available starting today at the shelter.]]>
<![CDATA[Woof! Scenes From Clear the Shelters 2018]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 18:08:10 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20180818+Clear+the+Shelters+Thumb+2.jpg

Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands of Pets Find New Homes During Clear The Shelters]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:22:24 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_36_21.Still003.jpg

Across the country thousands of animals are finding forever homes. Watch some of these lucky pets as they meet their new families for the very first time.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Adoption Fees Waived Saturday]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:43:40 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Adoption_Fees_Waived_Saturday.jpg

Have you been thinking about adopting a new furever friend? During Clear the Shelters today, adoption fees are waived!]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Lining Up to Save Animals Lives]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:40:35 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Clear_The_Shelters_Lining_Up_to_Save_Animals_Lives.jpg

Today, 50 animal shelters and rescues will waive all adoption fees for Clear the Shelters! The annual event hopes to find a "furever" home for animals across our region.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Adoption Fees Waived]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 09:41:51 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Adoption_Fees_Waived_Today.jpg

Help an animal in a local animal shelter or rescue find their "furever" home Saturday at the annual Clear the Shelters event! Adoption fees have been waived at 50 local shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet Lucky Lulu]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:43:15 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Meet_Lucky_Lulu.jpg

Mike Hoffman of the Camden County Animal Shelter spoke with us about what people can expect from their shelter during Clear the Shelters day.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet a Camden County Canine Up for Adoption]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 07:52:32 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Camden_County_Animal_Shelter.jpg

This pooch at the Camden County Animal Shelter is one of the 4,000 adoptable pets looking for a home today.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Puppy Yoga with Morris Animal Refuge]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:09:30 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000029289845_1200x675_1301348931552.jpg

These puppies aren't doing the yoga, but they certainly are adding to the class -- and helping to raise money for Morris Animal Refuge. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Special Needs Pets Looking for Homes]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:51:57 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Special_Needs_Pets_Looking_for_Homes.jpg

After one family adopted a special needs dog, they're hoping you open your home, and your heart, to animals in need as well.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Rabbits Looking for Homes]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:47:45 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Rabbits_Looking_for_Homes.jpg

When you think of adopting a pet, you probably think of adopting a dog or a cat. But, plenty of rabbits are looking for homes, too!]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Kitten Season in Full Swing]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:19:27 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Kitten_Season_in_Full_Swing.jpg

This time of year, shelters and rescues are packed with cats and kittens in need of homes. The animals include everything from adult strays to babies rescued from cat colonies.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Puppy Classes]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:18:10 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_The_Shelters__Puppy_Classes.jpg

After you adopt a new friend, you can take them to free classes to help socialize your pets.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Rescued Dog Gets a New Chance]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:56:39 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Rescued_Dog_Gets_a_New_Chance.jpg

We continue our commitment to clear the shelters this week! This Saturday shelters from across the country will join us in this effort with tons of discounts. One of those shelters, the Brandywine Valley SPCA, recently introduced a very special dog into the lives of a Chester County family.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Success Story: Meet Dawkins]]>Sun, 12 Aug 2018 11:03:15 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/0131D522.jpg

This little guy met his forever home in May. Now you, too, can help Clear the Shelters next weekend.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Mishka, a Sweet, Mellow Dog]]>Sat, 11 Aug 2018 10:55:54 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Meet_Mishka_a_Sweet_Mellow_Dog.jpg

It's almost time to Clear the Shelters! Even before the big event Saturday, August 18, there are great animals up for adoption. Morgan Polley from ACCT Philly introduces us to Mishka.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: 5K and Mutt Mile]]>Sat, 04 Aug 2018 09:21:24 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Clear_the_Shelters__5K_and_Mutt_Mile.jpg

Are you looking for a four-legged friend to add to your family? Now is the perfect time! Faithful Friends Animal Society is hosting Delaware's largest dog-friendly 5k, and you could walk away with a new addition to your family.]]>
<![CDATA[Philly Bully Team Helping Animals in Need]]>Sat, 28 Jul 2018 14:21:28 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly_Bully_Team_Helping_Animals_in_Need.jpg

Jess and Marvin Graaf of Philly Bully Team visited NBC10 with Nina, a 7-year-old adoptable pitbull, to talk more about their organization and the kind of animals they help.]]>
<![CDATA[Find a Shelter Near You]]>https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/larpbo1.jpg

Use the map to search for a shelter near you or search by zip code above.

Photo Credit: Sean Myers/KNBC-TV
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet Your Future Best Friend, Comet!]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 11:54:57 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Meet_Your_Friend_Comet.jpg

Morris Animal Shelter would like you to meet their lovable friend, Comet. Stop by and see if you'd like to make him your new best friend!]]>
<![CDATA[Providence Animal Center Hosting Two Adoption Events]]>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 14:24:55 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Providence_Animal_Shelter_Hosting_Two_Adoption_Events.jpg

Are you looking to add a furry friend to your home this summer? Providence Animal Center is hosting two adoption events this summer and will help you find the perfect pet for your family.]]>
<![CDATA[Caring for Pets in the Heat]]>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 10:32:56 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Caring_for_Pets_in_the_Heat.jpg

Morgan Polley of ACCT Philly, brought in two adorable puppies as she talked about ways to care for pets in the heat and during the fireworks. She also talked about upcoming adoption and fostering events.]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Madrid Police Dog 'Performs' CPR on Partner]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:28:49 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/20180626_cpr_dog_SOCIAL.gif

Poncho is ready to save a life! Madrid's municipal police department shared a video of K-9 Poncho "performing" CPR on his human partner as a way to promote adoption. ]]>
<![CDATA[Adoption Specials for Adopt a Shelter Cat Month]]>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 15:23:03 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Adoption_Specials_for_Adopt_a_Shelter_Cat_Month.jpg

Emily Craft, of the Providence Animal Shelter, brought in Sky and Stormy, two adorable kittens, to talk about adoption specials the Providence Animal Shelter is having in honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.]]>
<![CDATA[Free Adoption Fees at Philly Animal Shelter]]>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:44:39 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ACCTpets.jpg

If you're looking to add to your family with a furry new addition, this may be the perfect time.

ACCT Philly’s Hunting Park location is waiving adoption fees in hopes of encouraging people to adopt a pet and to clear some much needed space in the shelter.

The shelter is currently at full capacity due to an unusually high number of animals entering its care, ACCT Philly officials said.

Fees will be waived through Sunday, June 24. Anyone interested in adopting or fostering a pet should go to ACCT Philly’s main shelter. 

Photo Credit: ACCT Philly]]>
<![CDATA[Hunt for Your Perfect Pet During Adopt-a-Cat Month]]>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 11:14:06 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hunt_for_Your_Perfect_Pet_During_Adopt-a-Cat_Month.jpg

Morgan Polley, of ACCT Philly, and Hunter joined us in studio to talk about an upcoming event the shelter is having to celebrate adopt-a-cat month.]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Rosella, Who Is Touting the PSPCA's June Events]]>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 10:21:51 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PSPCA_Fundraising_and_Adoption_Events.jpg

Gillian Kocher, from the PSPCA, and Rosella came in and discussed upcoming events the shelter is having for dog and cat adoptions.]]>
<![CDATA[Adoptable Pets Near You]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 10:33:04 -0400]]><![CDATA[ACCT Philly Holds Kitten Shower]]>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:00:07 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ACCT_Philly_Holds_Kitten_Shower.jpg

ACCT Philly is holding a Kitten Shower adoption event Saturday sponsored by Philadoptables. Morgan Polley, of ACCT Philly, brought along Eeyore and Tigger to discuss the event and more about fostering and adopting kittens.]]>
<![CDATA[Honor Vets and Adopt a Pet]]>Sat, 26 May 2018 12:02:01 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Honor_Vets_and_Adopt_a_Pet.jpg

Guthrie Cunningham, of ACCT Philly, and Henry, an adoptable Pitbull, joined us in studio to talk about an adoption event that honors Military Veterans in honor of Memorial Day Weekend and another adoption event.]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Aphrodite: A Lover Of a Dog Up for Adoption]]>Sun, 20 May 2018 10:16:44 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/184*120/DdpU8YwVwAA1Q23.jpg

Linda Torelli from the Brandywine Valley SPCA brought Aphrodite to discuss their Mega Adoption Event. On June 2 and 3, the Brandywine Valley SPCA will have 1,000 pets available for adoption.]]>
<![CDATA[Paws and Feet 5K Race and Doggie Fun Day May 19th]]>Thu, 17 May 2018 14:38:34 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Paws_and_Feet_5k_Race_and_Doggie_Fun_Day_May_19th.jpg

Saturday May 19th the Animal Welfare Association of New Jersey will be holding a Paws and Feet 5k Race and Doggie Fun Day. There will be live music, barktini bars, puppy kissing booths and the event benefits their no kill shelter.]]>
<![CDATA[Spring a Shelter Pet]]>Sat, 12 May 2018 14:12:37 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Spring_a_Shelter_Pet.jpg

Jack Griffin and Cathy Malkemes of the Women's Humane Society brought along Oakley to discuss their upcoming Spring a Shelter Pet Event and how you can adopt a pet looking for a forever home.]]>
<![CDATA[ACCT Philly Spring Fling Coming Up]]>Sat, 05 May 2018 15:06:30 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ACCT_Philly_Spring_Fling_Coming_Up.jpg

In two weeks, ACCT Philly will be having a Spring Fling event at the Plymouth Meeting PetSmart. Morgan Polley, from ACCT Philly, and Dawkins, an adoptable dog, joined us in studio to talk about the event and how you can adopt a pet.]]>
<![CDATA[Cute Alert! This Adorable Pup Could Be Yours]]>Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:54:26 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Spring_Adoption_Event_at_ACCT_Philly.jpg

Guthrie Cunningham, of ACCT Philly, introduced us to Shea Butter, one of ACCT's adoptable pets, and discussed an upcoming adoption event.]]>
<![CDATA[Every Dog's Favorite Time of the Day: PSPCA's 'Yappie Hour']]>Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:46:34 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PSPCA_Yappie_Hour.jpg

Gillian Kocher, from the PSPCA, and her foster dog Daisy discussed some aspects of fostering a pet, plus a fun event the organization is sponsoring Saturday afternoon at City Tap, "Yappie Hour" where dogs are also welcome.]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrating National Pet Day With Jackie the Pit Bull]]>Sat, 07 Apr 2018 11:51:01 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Celebrating_National_Pet_Day.jpg

Morgan Polley and Jackie, from ACCT Philly, helped us do our part to Clear the Shelters. This week, ACCT Philly is having a cat adoption event at the Philadelphia Brewing Company and for National Pet Day, they want photos of your pets and why you love them.]]>
<![CDATA[Save a Pet this Easter Season]]>Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:57:48 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Save_a_Pet_this_Easter_Season.jpg

Guthrie Cunningham and Mr. Yip from ACCT Philly discussed Easter events at the shelter. There is a monster milers run will volunteers will take the dogs on a run to exercise, plus show off the adorable, adoptable pets and an Easter themed adoption event where you choose an easter egg with a prize inside. The prizes include waived adoption fees, free pet food, ACCT swag and more. NBC10 is committed to clearing the shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Six Kittens Need Your Love: Talking 'Kitten Shower' in April]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:28:21 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kittens+Clear+the+Shelters.jpg

Camden County Animal Shelter will host a Kitten Shower on April 28. Sarah Sharp brought six newborn kittens with her to talk about the event and more about how cat season, when there is an influx of cats coming in to shelters, is starting.]]>
<![CDATA[Find Your Sweetheart Puppy this Valentine's Day]]>Sat, 10 Feb 2018 13:30:55 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Find_Your_Sweetheart_this_Valentine_s_Day.jpg

NBC10's Krystal Klei was joined by Guthrie Conyngham, from ACCTPhilly, and Betty and Boop, four-month-old adoptable puppies, to learn about some of the adoption events coming up this month. There is a special Valentine's event as well as National Adoption Weekend where you can adopt a pet at a reduced fee.]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Happy, the Pup Saved from an Asian 'Meat Trade Market']]>Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:23:31 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_The_Shelters_Saves_Pup_From_South_Korea.jpg

Emily Craft from the Providence Animal Shelter tells us about Happy's long journey from South Korea, where Craft says Happy was part of the country's "meat trade market." They will be available for adoption today beginning at 11 a.m. at the shelter in Media, Delaware County.]]>
<![CDATA[Therapy Dogs Put on the Cutest Costumes to Visit Hospital]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 19:16:02 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/240*120/20171221+Therapy+Dog+Thumb.jpg]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet Dakota]]>Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:17:55 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Meet_Dakota.jpg

NBC10 continues our commitment to Clear the Shelters, as we introduce you to Dakota. She's a youthful, fun-loving dog looking for a forever home. NBC10's Krystal Klei interviews Ame Dorminy of the Animal Care & Control Team.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Gift Who Keeps Giving. Meet Heathcliff.]]>Sat, 25 Nov 2017 15:43:10 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/The_Gift_that_Keeps_Giving_Meet_Heathcliff.jpg

NBC10 is committed to clearing the shelters. First Alert Weather meteorologist Krystal Klei talked to Ame Dorminy of ACCTPhilly to discuss events this month and how you can adopt Heathcliff.]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Newton, Best in Show at the 2017 National Dog Show]]>Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:45:08 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Newton+Brussels+Griffin+Dog.jpgAfter hours of competition across seven canine classes, Newton the Brussels Griffon took home Best in Show at the 2017 National Dog Show. The four-legged furries gathered in Oaks, Pennsylvania, last weekend and the show was broadcast Thanksgiving afternoon.

Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek]]>
<![CDATA[Meet the Stars of the 2017 National Dog Show!]]>Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:43:38 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20171120+National+Dog+Show+Thumb.jpgIt's a ruff assignment, to tell the tails of the dogs who grace the stage of the 2017 National Dog Show, presented by Purina. Take a sneak peek at the canines who competed in Oaks, Pennsylvania this weekend. Then, watch to see who wins on Thanksgiving Day on NBC.]]><![CDATA[Foster a Pet at Camden County Animal Shelter]]>Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:23:54 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Foster_a_Pet_at_Camden_County_Animal_Shelter.jpg

Mike Bricker, of the Camden County Animal Shelter, and Queenie, a current pitbull mix foster, joind NBC10's Krystal Klei to discuss the shelter's foster program. NBC10 is committed to clearing the shelters, meet Queenie and find out how you can help!]]>
<![CDATA[Phillies' Rupp Adopts PSCPA Pup]]>Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:37:57 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Phillies+Cameron+Rupp+PSPCA+adoption.jpg

When a 2-year-old Cane Coroso was found abandoned and hog-tied outside the Pennsylvania SPCA’s headquarters in North Philadelphia on September 13, the Philadelphia Phillies’ catcher Cameron Rupp was the first person the PSPCA called.

The PSPCA knew of Rupp's love for dogs after having worked with him on several events. Rupp formed a service event with the PSPCA in July called Ruppapalooza and raised over $30,000.

Rupp came to the shelter and visited the stray Cane Coroso many times before deciding to officially adopt her on Oct. 3.

Rupp named the rescued dog Lola, and she now lives happily in her forever home with her canine brother and new best friend, Chief.

Rupp is the Phillies’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente award for his work with the PSPCA. That award recognizes a player for extraordinary contributions on and off the field, particularly for community service.

Photo Credit: Pennsylvania SPCA]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet Sage]]>Sat, 07 Oct 2017 13:13:28 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Meet_Sage.jpg

Ame Dorminy stopped by the studio with Sage-- ACCT Philly's longest resident who loves belly rubs and is looking for a fur-ever home. For more information on Sage and other adoptable pets, visit ACCTPhilly.org or call 267-385-3800.]]>
<![CDATA[Adoptable Animals Available for Free this Weekend]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:53:44 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chancelead.png]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet Harley]]>Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:08:54 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Meet_Harley.jpg

Talk about puppy eyes! Harley is a little one looking for her forever home. For more information on Harley and other pets like her, you can call ACCT Philly at 267-385-3800 or go to ACCTPhilly.org]]>
<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Meet Kiwi]]>Sat, 26 Aug 2017 14:37:18 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_The_Shelters_Kiwi.jpg

NBC10 continues our promise to clear the shelters, as Katy Zachry and Krystal Klei are introduced to Kiwi.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: From Abuse to An Impressive Resume ]]>Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:37:19 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CTS+aladdin+_24593563.jpg

Michelle Schaffer, community outreach director for Lilo’s Promise Animal Rescue, has worked with many dogs, but she says “We’ve never had a dog like him before.”

Aladdin is a five-year-old pit bull mix who was rescued after he was found starved, with his tail and legs broken and missing 12 teeth. “He was a skeleton,” Schaffer says.

“We pulled him into a rescue, gave him medical care, he came to my house as my foster and, within 8 months of getting him, he was a certified therapy dog.”

Now, his resume is better than most humans. He’s worked with the Philadelphia police department and their fallen troops, with special needs children, as a first responder in the Orlando pulse shooting, teaching humane education in schools and as a therapy dog.

Aladdin was awarded by the American Humane Association for his therapy work and was a finalist to receive the American Humane Hero Dog award. He is a model and ambassador for Show Your Soft Side alongside Eagles player John Dorenbos. These accomplishments do not even begin to sum up his life.

One major thing Aladdin does, every other Monday for four years to be exact, is therapy dog sessions at the Ronald McDonald House.

“He loves kids,” Schaffer says, “He loves everybody. I mean when we got him he couldn’t stand up, but when he would see somebody he would wag his tail.”

One of the kids who loves Aladdin in return is Matt Seward’s son who has nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a rare type of cancer. “It’s been real tough. It’s been real tough,” Seward says. “They say it’s like an older person’s thing but, you know, here we are.”

Seward’s son is 15.

Seward’s request is simply, “prayers for all the families. All the families that I’ve met, I try to say a prayer for them. All those prayers help, you know?”

He says his son loves Aladdin. “It helps a lot. You’d be surprised how much it lifts his spirits,” and Seward appreciates “any little thing that’ll bring their spirits up.”

Dogs like Aladdin are breaking shelter dog stereotypes. “You would think after what a person did to him, he would be afraid of people, but he loves everybody. He always manages to find the person who needs him the most,” Shaffer says.

Whether it through adopting animals, fostering animals, visiting animals or sharing about the shelter animals on facebook, Shaffer says that making a difference in these shelter animals' lives is worth it.  

“There are so many amazing dogs like him in the shelter and many people don’t realize that. Everybody thinks that I bought him… he’s just a shelter dog.”

Photo Credit: NBC10
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<![CDATA[Homeless Teens Help Animals Find a Home]]>Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:48:39 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Orphan_Teens_Help_Animals_Find_a_Home.jpg

NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal tells how local teens without a forever home are helping cats and dogs find theirs.]]>
<![CDATA[Therapy Dog Aladdin Helps Students]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:41:16 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Therapy_Dog_Helps_Students.jpg

Aladdin, a 5-year-old therapy dog, had a rough life. But now, healthier and happier, Aladdin is helping students at Wordsworth Academy. You can vote for Aladdin for the Hero Dog Awards here.

<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Adopt A Calmer Cat Named Calvin]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:16:58 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Calvin+sent.jpg

A new family can be an exciting adventure, but for some families a calmer new pet is just what they need. Calvin is a three year old cat with special needs.

Unfortunately, Calvin has hematuria.

This means the he has blood in his urine. When Calvin gets stressed he gets urinary blockage causing the hematuria. This condition can be life threatening.

At Calvin’s last home, he was tormented by another cat, according to Mary Keller, the marketing manager of Humane Pennsylvania. His anxiety level was high.

His condition, however, is not without hope! All this kitten needs is a prescription diet, wet food and a calm environment.

It’s been two months since Calvin has been sitting in a cage at the Humane Society of Berks County without a “furever” home.

Could Calvin be the cat for you? It's time to #CleartheShelters

Photo Credit: Searfoss Photography / Mary Keller]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Rebecca and Kobe]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:23:05 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Rebecca_and_Kobe.jpg

Nearly 50 shelters across the region will be waiving adoption fees for this weekend's Clear The Shelters campaign drive. NBC10's South Jersey bureau reporter Cydney Long introduces us to Kobe and Rebecca who are grateful for this program.]]>
<![CDATA[Pit Bull That Was Left to Die Gets A Second Chance at Life]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:28:12 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pitbull_That_Was_Left_to_Die_Gets_A_Second_Chance_at_Life.jpg

A pit bull named Cranberry was left to die in a Philadelphia park last year but has since been adopted. NBC10's Steven Fisher has Cranberry's story about her second chance and how she's helping raise awareness about animal abuse.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Inmates Train Dogs for Veterans ]]>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:38:42 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Leash_on_Life.jpg

This upcoming weekend NBC10 will host the Clear the Shelters Campaign. A South Jersey shelter got a head start by bringing dogs to jail. Inmates had the opportunity to train dogs so that they may become a service dog for veterans. NBC10's Cydney Long has the story.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Why You Should Adopt a Senior Pet ]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:20:21 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Senior_Pets.jpg

The weekend, NBC10 and Telemundo62 are pairing up for the Clear the Shelters Campaign. Here are the reasons why you should consider adopting a senior pet.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Adoption Application Deadline Coming Up]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:31:17 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/20507061_1497766483650092_6427526089417979079_o.jpg

Time is running out. The Gloucester County Animal Shelter pre-adoption application deadline is coming up for Clear the Shelters day, an day that shelters across the region often waive their adoption fees to encourage pet adoption.

The Gloucester County Animals Shelter is ensuring that, in the rush and excitement of the day, every animal truly goes home to the family it belongs with.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger says, “Completing and submitting your adoption application early will help you get pre-approved so that you are able to take your new family member home on Clear the Shelters Day.”

Adopting a pet means saving that animal and allowing more room in the shelter for the next animal to come through, but for the Gloucester County Animal Shelter pre-adoption applications are due by August 16.

Because “Determining what kind of animal you are looking to adopt can be a hard decision,” Freeholder Dan Christy, liaison to the Animal Shelter is also recommending that potential adopters come and check out the animals before the big adoption day.

“To ensure you find a pet that fits your lifestyle and will serve as your perfect companion, we encourage you to visit the Gloucester County Animal Shelter before the event to see all the animals available for adoption.”

Get a pre-adoption application or call 856-881-2828 ext. 1 for details.

Photo Credit: Gloucester County Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Meet the NBC10 Team at Clear the Shelters]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:30:46 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AHORA-MASCOTAS1.jpg

Clear the Shelters, which takes place August 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., some of NBC10 and Telemundo62 animal loving broadcasters will be at the shelters with the animals celebrating this special, free adoption day.

Clear the Shelters is an event where nearly 50 animal shelters and rescue organizations in Greater Philadelphia waive adoption fees so families can adopt a new pet.

NBC10’s Keith Jones and Jessica Boyington will be at the Brandywine Valley SPCA located at 1212 Phoenixville Pike in West Chester. Telemundo62’s Jaime Becerril and Christian Cazares will be at the ACCT Philly on 111 Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia.

This is the third annual nationwide pet adoption campaign and we want to meet you, so come on out.

“We are thrilled to bring our popular ‘Clear the Shelters’ event back again,” said Ric Harris, President and General Manager of NBC10 and Telemundo62.

“Each year we have seen the event grow as more and more people come out with their families to adopt a new pet. Our team is passionate about our pet adoption campaign and sharing the stories of the many animals who have found new homes.”

For a list of all participating shelter and rescues click here

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Moment RF]]>
<![CDATA[People Pet Vet Talks Clear the Shelters]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:07:34 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Talk+Stoop+Clear+the+Shelters.jpg.jpeg

People magazine Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle and celebrity pet vet Evan Antin stop by “Talk Stoop” to chat with Cat Greenleaf about the effort to “Clear the Shelters” on Aug. 19.

Dr. Antin’s biggest piece of advice for those planning on adopting a cat or dog: “Going to a local rescue or shelter and visiting with the dogs, and realizing whether or not this is a good move for you,” he says.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: A Message to Those Who Already Own Pets ]]>Sat, 05 Aug 2017 21:33:50 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CTS+kitten+season_24592769.jpg

Even if you can't adopt, you can help 'Clear the Shelters.'

“We get a lot of kittens in spring and summer because that’s when all the adult kittens are meeting their match,” Damon March, Chief Operating Officer for Humane Pennsylvania said.

Animals often have multiple babies at a time, and March is suggesting that pet owners can help the shelters in a non-adoption way. “With so many animals in the system, it would be really helpful if there were fewer animals out in the community creating puppies and kittens for us to handle.”

In short, if an owner does not intend to keep their pet’s puppies or kittens, March is asking owner’s to spay and neuter their pets.

March says often times the large numbers of animals in shelters “is because there is some breeding happening at home.”

According to March, there are many low cost, discounted and even free spay and neuter services.

Another way to help clear the shelters, know what you're entering into with pet adoption. “Most of the time, the animals that we get are because the owner had a different expectation,” March says.

Humane Society of Berks County provides counseling so that the pet adopter knows the adventure their entering into.

Owner responsibility does not only apply to those who own cats or dogs. “A lot of people don’t know that we see a lot of other types of animals as well. Every year we adopt out about 300 animals that are not cats and dogs. One of the most common animals we get are rabbits.”

March has also seen ferrets, guinea pigs, chickens, mice, rats, ducks, snakes, parrots, horses and larger reptiles.

So, March’s blunt advice on how to Clear the Shelters is know what to expect as an owner and spay or neuter your pets.

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<![CDATA[How to Bathe Your Dog]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 19:24:45 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-08-05-at-8.25.58-PM.jpg

Is your pup stinky? Watch Ripley the Chocolate Lab get a bath at Bideawee, a no-kill animal rescue in New York City, and see how you can safely bathe your own canine.]]>
<![CDATA[Puppy Left at Airport Bathroom With Heartbreaking Note]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:20:15 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chewy+Abandoned+Puppy.jpg

A miniature Chihuahua was left inside a Las Vegas airport bathroom along with a heartbreaking letter from the puppy's owner.

In the handwritten note, Chewy's owner reveals she's a victim of domestic violence and was escaping her "abusive boyfriend," but couldn't afford the airfare for her 3-month-old dog.

"She didn’t want to leave me with all her heart but she has NO other option. My ex-boyfriend kicked my dog when we were fighting and he has a big knot on his head. He probably needs a vet," the note, which was posted on the Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue (CMRD) Facebook page, said. "I love Chewy sooo much – please love and take care of him.”

Since sharing Chewy's story on Facebook, CMDR says there has been “tremendous interest” in the pooch. The Las Vegas-based rescue center said it reviewing all of the interest forms before it selects a new home for Chewy.

"However, there is but 1 Chewy and he can go but to 1 home. Please consider the hundreds if not thousands of "Chewys" loaded with love that are desperately seeking homes in shelters which are at max capacity, rescues are full! Please consider adopting another wonderful companion in his honor!" the shelter added.

Photo Credit: Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue
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<![CDATA[Special Needs Corgis Ready for Their Closeups]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:17:00 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/DSC_9647_Panda.jpgEach corgi in the series has either a behavioral, neurological or other medical need.

Photo Credit: Casey Christopher]]>
<![CDATA[Rescued Miniature Horses to Provide Therapy for Wounded Veterans]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:33:36 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Horse_Therapy_Helps_Wounded_Veterans.jpg

A riding center in Ramona is bringing together miniature horses saved from slaughter and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) in a program that helps heal all involved.

The Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center adopted two miniature horses on Thursday, and will use them in its program Operation Saddle Up, which provides therapy to wounded service members and veterans suffering from PTSD, according the center.

The miniature horses were rescued from slaughter in a Texas auction house by P.A.W. 4 The Foundation, an animal rescue organization founded by Charlotte Olhausen. 

According to Cornerstone, the horse therapy provided through Operation Saddle Up has brought an 85 percent decrease in suicidal thoughts, 75 percent decrease in PTSD and 90 percent decrease in anxiety for those veterans enrolled in their program.

In addition to helping service members, Cornerstone said the horses will be used to help children with special needs and serve as program ambassadors throughout the community once they are trained.

<![CDATA[Retriever Fever: America's Most Popular Dogs, in Photos]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:55:37 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/178*120/1GettyImages-519107508_master.jpgThe Labrador retriever is America's best best friend, according to the American Kennel Club. This gallery features "aw"-inducing photos of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in America, as judged by the AKC.

Photo Credit: Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[ALS Treatment for Dogs Could Benefit Human Patients]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 12:46:47 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ALS+Dog+1.JPG

Despite the increased awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, few people know that a similar disease affects our canine companions. 

Degenerative myelopathy is a disease similar to ALS that causes progressive paralysis in older dogs. Both neurodegenerative diseases are fatal and there is no cure. 

As in humans with ALS, dogs with degenerative myelopathy eventually die when the respiratory system stops working, but often pets are euthanized before. 

But researchers at the University of Massachusetts partnered with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton, Massachusetts, to test a new drug therapy in dogs that they hope could one day benefit human patients with ALS. 

Dogs participating in the trial, which began in December 2016, undergo tests and are checked every three months to assess their neurological and motor functions. According to Tufts, four dogs are currently in the pilot study. So far, the therapy appears safe in pets, but researchers say it's too early to determine whether it will stop the disease or reverse it.

"Does it work? That’s the question I wake up and go to bed with every day," said Robert H. Brown Jr., a UMass Medical School neurologist and one of the world’s foremost experts on ALS.

The failure rate with clinical trials for any drug is very high.

"Approximately only 10 percent of drugs that make their way into people is actually approved by the FDA for use in humans," said Dr. Cheryl London with Cummings School.

One reason is that tests are done on mice, which are given the disease or genetically engineered. London says because of these factors, the disease in mice don't accurately represent what researchers see in humans. But diseases in dog, cats and even horses do. Researchers also say because these animals are much closer in makeup to humans than mice, the likelihood of success is greater.

Greta, a 9-year-old boxer, is one of the dogs participating in the clinical trial of the drug therapy and her owner hopes it could stop her disease from getting worse. 

"Her contributing to the research was really important," Greta's owner said. "That it links to human ALS and research in that area, it just seemed like Greta could help dogs and humans, both."


If your dog has generative myelopathy and you would like your dog to take part in this study, click here to see if it meets the criteria.

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[PAWmicon: Comic Canines in Cosplay]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:04:11 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/pawmicon_19.jpgCoo over woofers dressed as superheroes, and villains, too, from movies and comic books, at a sweet San Diego fundraiser.

Photo Credit: The Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[Kristen Bell, Charlize Theron Gush Over Their Rescue Dogs]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:08:45 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/KristenBell-CharlizeTheron.jpg

As the Annenberg Foundation prepares to celebrate the opening of the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista, California, some of Hollywood's most famous dog owners are sharing their positive pet stories with fans.

In a new video posted on YouTube, Kristen Bell reintroduces viewers to her dog Lola, who she rescued at a shelter 13 years ago.

"I wanted a dog for my birthday, which was like my first dog as an adult and she was just staring at me from inside her kennel and I felt this instant connection and the woman at the pound said, 'You may not want that dog. She's been returned by two other families,'" the actress recalled. "And I said, 'Nope. That's my dog. That's the dog I want.'"

The rest, as they like to say in Hollywood, is history.

Stars Who Adopted Pets

Charlize Theron also stars in the video with her two beloved pooches Johnny and Berkley. The Hollywood actress couldn't help but emphasize how much pets can become part of the family.

"My children absolutely adore them and they adore my children and I cannot imagine my family without them," Theron shared. "What's better than opening your door and two friendly faces are just happy to see you no matter what? That's what Berkley and Johnny do."

She added, "They're strays, they look weird but they're so beautiful. You don't need a purebred dog."

The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is described as a community service and pet adoption center that includes veterinary care and animal education.

In fact, the center also focuses on "the celebration and study of the relationship between people and their pets -- and the important and beneficial impact of the human-animal bond."

"Looking out for another living thing is a way of learning how to look out for yourself, learning to have empathy and love and I think that's brilliant for kids," Stephen Moyer shared. "It's a great reminder for us."

Photo Credit: File/AP Photo
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<![CDATA[Nearly 1,000 Animals Rescued]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:17:08 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_rescuedanimals0621_1920x1080.jpg

Nearly 1,000 animals are being cared for after being found in an old moving truck in Fresno, California, Friday. Kendyll Lyons, a kennel worker at Fresno Humane Animal Services, has been working long hours to make sure the hundreds of birds, bunnies, quail and others. A total of 955 animals were rescued, but several have since died.

Photo Credit: KSEE-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Ultramarathon Dog Scores Book and Movie Deals]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:20:07 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17165751510592.jpg

Gobi, the stray dog who captured hearts when she adopted her human Dion Leonard during a 155-mile race across China's Gobi desert, will be featured in books and a movie depicting how the two met and bonded.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[34 Dogs Saved From 'Deplorable' Conditions in Calif. Home]]>Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:28:33 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/6-17-17_Dog_Seizure.jpg

Nearly three dozen dogs were rescued Thursday from woeful conditions in a Scotts Valley home, according to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

The rescue happened after someone reported that several dogs were suffering from "deplorable and inhumane" treatment at a residence. The animal shelter officers were familiar with the property since there have been similar complaints made in the past, the shelter wrote on Facebook. 

"The conditions were such that [the dogs] needed to be seized," Linda Puzziferro from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter said. "They were breeding the dogs, and there were many dogs. The conditions were not good."

With the help of warrants and assistance from the Scotts Valley Police Department, the animal shelter retrieved 34 dogs. Most of the canines were Boston terriers, as well as some Tibetan spaniels and one Chihuahua mix.

The pets were not being treated appropriately and will need to be examined by the veterinarians, according to the shelter.

The dogs' owner struggles with hoarding problems and recently suffered a stroke, a man who lives on the property where the dogs were seized told NBC Bay Area. The man added that he understands there were too many dogs in one location, but claimed the pups were healthy.

The shelter is stretched thin, officials said, and asked for donations.

People looking for more information can find it online.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area
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<![CDATA[Brandywine Valley SPCA Holds Mega Adoption Event]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:27:43 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brandywine_Valley_SPCA_Holds_Mega_Adoption_Event.jpg

NBC10’s Vai Sikahema gets the details on a mega adoption event coming up at the West Chester, Pennsylvania shelter.]]>
<![CDATA[Calif. Couple Accused of Hoarding 180 Yorkies Pleads Guilty]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 02:48:23 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Poway-Dogs-RESCUED.jpg

A Poway couple, accused of hoarding more than a hundred Yorkie dogs inside their homes and a restaurant pleaded guilty Monday, confirmed prosecutors.

Christine Calvert, 62, and Mark Vattimo, 73, will be placed on three years of probation at their sentencing on July 11, said prosecutors.

Calvert and Vattimo previously pleaded not guilty in March.

Deputy District Attorney Karra Reedy said it's most important that the defendants get help, in order to make sure this never happens again.

The defendants must undergo counseling and are not allowed to own any pets, as part of their plea agreement. They also will transfer the ownership of a 31-foot motorhome to the Humane Society as restitution in the case, said prosecutors.

After 18 months of probation, Vattimo and Calvert may apply to have their felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors, according to Superior Court Judge Kathleen Lewis.

Back in January, the Humane Society received a report from a concerned veterinarian that suggested the Poway couple was keeping 180 dogs in deplorable conditions. The dogs were kept in dark, unsanitary rooms filled with feces, urine, and mice at the defendants' home.

When Humane Society officials went to the scene, they were prevented from entering the home, said Reedy. After a few days, they were able to come in and 94 dogs were removed from the defendants' home within the next eight hours.

Later, 29 dogs were also seized from a restaurant the couple owned and nearly 50 dogs were taken from a motor home when Calvert was arrested last February in Primm, Nevada, according to prosecutors.

It was unclear why the couple kept so many dogs in terrible conditions, Reedy said. All the animals had health problems, ranging from ear infections to severe matting.

The couple was charged with 10 felony counts, including animal abuse and neglect, and one count of resisting an officer.

The dogs were placed in the care of the San Diego Humane Society. 

More than 1,500 adoption applications were submitted for the Yorkies, prompting the organization to close the adoption process earlier than planned.

Ed. Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the name of a defendant. The article has been corrected. We regret the error.

Photo Credit: San Diego Humane Society]]>
<![CDATA[Stolen Dog Reunited With SoCal Family 7 Year Later]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:06:59 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dog-reunion-060617.jpg

Pet microchipping led to a heartwarming reunion Tuesday for a Southern California family and their dog, who finally returned home seven years after she was stolen.

Kona, an 8-year-old pit bull, was dropped off by animal control at Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) Saturday in Camarillo, where workers scanned her for a microchip implant that led to her owner, Shannon Pratt.

The last time Pratt and her family saw Kona was seven years ago when the then-1-year-old pit bull was stolen from their backyard in Ventura County, according to VCAS. The family has since moved to Bakersfield and Kona's collar was left behind.

Upon receiving the good news from VCAS, Pratt and her daughters drove to Ventura County to pick up Kona.

Tuesday's emotional reunion, which was streamed live on VCAS' Facebook, shows Pratt and her three daughters happy to be reunited with Kona.

"It's just the best feeling when the microchip scanner beeps," said VCAS director Tara Diller. "It means the pet has a microchip, and the chances of reuniting pets with their owners increases exponentially."

Even though a microchip implant dramatically increases the likelihood of locating a pet's owner, the vast majority of lost pets do not have these implants, according to VCAS spokesman Randy Friedman.

This is also true of the lost pets at the Camarillo Animal Shelter. Few animals there have microchips, making it difficult to locate owners and move animals out of the shelter. The Camarillo shelter currently offers shelter to 240 animals, almost 100 animals more than its intended 150-animal capacity. The shelter has been far over capacity since it became a "no-kill" facility in 2014, Friedman said.

Microchip implants are the size of a grain of rice and last a lifetime, making them a "game changer" for lost pets, Friedman added.

Animal services officials especially urge owners to microchip their pets as July 4 nears. Friedman said that having a microchip implant will increase the chance that a pet will be returned if it gets lost after running from fireworks.

VCAS offers microchip implants for $10 at low-cost vaccination clinics that are held at different sites each month. Implants are offered for free for pets that were lost and have been returned to their owners.

Photo Credit: Ventura County Animal Services
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<![CDATA[50 Animals Rescued Following Animal Cruelty Complaint]]>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:15:04 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/NHSPCA+rescue+060117+1+EDIT.jpg

About 50 animals living in overcrowded, filthy conditions were rescued in New Hampshire and relocated to the New Hampshire Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (NHSPCA) in Stratham following an animal cruelty complaint, authorities said.

An NHSPCA spokesman says the animals include two horses, a mother dog and her four puppies, 27 rabbits and 15 guinea pigs.

All will be evaluated by a veterinarian.

The organization believes the dogs are suffering from worms and the horses appear underweight and without proper hoof care. Some of the rabbits and guinea pigs were suffering from urine burns on their paws.

"It is always devastating to see animals that were entrusted to the care of humans and those humans failed to provide it," said Lisa Dennison, the NHSPCA's executive director. "These animals have suffered at the hands of human seeking to make a profit from their offspring."

The NHSPCA says the owners of the animals are cooperating with authorities but are expected to face animal neglect charges. Their information has not been released.

Once the animals have recovered, the NHSPCA said they will be placed in homes.

The agency is seeking donations to help pay for their food, vaccinations and care. To make a donation, go to www.nhspca.org, call 603-772-2921, Ext. 102 or send it by mail to New Hampshire SPCA, PO Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

Photo Credit: New Hampshire SPCA]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet Elmore]]>Sun, 28 May 2017 10:50:21 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Meet_Elmore.jpg

Elmore the pit bull is one of several dogs available at ACCT Philly's Hunting Park Avenue shelter as part of the group's "Pittie Purchase" this weekend. For more information, call (267) 385-3800 or go to ACCTPhilly.com.]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Isis, the Bomb-Sniffing Dog Protecting You]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 12:30:13 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/052417+isis+the+bomb+sniffing+dog.jpg

ISIS was raised in prison, but she wasn't doing hard time. The bombing-sniffing pooch was trained by female inmates at Florida prison to become a service dog as part of a program called Puppies Behind Bars. NBC 6’s Julia Bagg reports.

Photo Credit: NBC 6]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet Nena]]>Sat, 20 May 2017 12:40:37 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020893215_1200x675_948967491686.jpg

ACCT Philly's Ame Dorminy introduces us to Nena-- a 4 year old terrier mix who loves belly rubs and kisses and is looking for a forever home! For more information on Nina and other adoptable pets, be sure to visit acctphilly.org]]>
<![CDATA[Service Dog in HS Yearbook]]>Fri, 19 May 2017 23:31:55 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/soldier+campbell+yearbook1.jpg

To see Kathryn Campbell smile, you'd have to look into her past. The once active, talkative little girl started having seizures at the age of ten.

"She has since lost her ability to speak with us, and she doesn't smile very much anymore," said her mother, Kim Campbell. "We have lost that outgoing little girl, and that has been absolutely the most difficult part."

Bringing comfort to the whole family is Kathryn's best friend, Soldier.

"He's a goofball, and he's a big old scaredy cat. He eats socks, which is his absolute worst habit," Kim Campbell said.

Soldier is Kathryn's service dog. Together, they attend Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth. He's by her side constantly — even in the school yearbook.

But his presence is for more than just comfort.

"He can smell the differences in her body before the seizures actually happen," her mother said.

His alerts range from licking to pawing and barking, and they give Kathryn's caregivers an average 45-minute warning before a seizure occurs.

"Every seizure is life-threatening," said Kathryn's nurse, Samantha Stringer.

Stringer said she uses the extra warning time to prepare oxygen and rescue meds.

When she jumps into action, Soldier waits. He's always on alert, and he's always by Kathryn's side—through everything.

As high school freshmen they went to homecoming together—and then prom.

Soldier is an active member of Kathryn's classroom, so when it came to student picture day, Soldier took part.

"There's lots of kids rolling through, it's like, 'Hey! Here's a dog, okay good,'" said photographer Jared Pyfer, who captured Soldier's student ID picture.

Soldier is not only featured in an article with Kathryn in the yearbook, he also has his own picture, alongside the other students.

Because of his name's first letter, S, Kathryn's sister separates them in the row of pictures. But Soldier is close by—just like always.

"I think it commemorates their bond that they have. They get to go through all of this together," student Amanda Barber said.

Soldier is a proud student with a life-saving sense of smell and enough love to give anyone who needs some comfort.

"Every life matters and everyone that walks into this school matters," Stringer said. "Even a dog's life can make an impact of life and death, and I think that's amazing."

"He's a blessing, all the way around," said Kim Campbell said.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Man Reunited With Dog Lost on Highway]]>Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:23:19 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dog+Recued+Delco+Dawgs.jpg

A New Jersey man had lost hope of ever seeing his beloved dog Chip after the dog ran off along a busy highway.

A couple weeks ago, Mike Ritchie pulled off the highway to let both of his dogs out and to stretch their legs. Chip, one of the two dogs, made it through one of the windows in the car after leaning on the automatic button and took off.

As the days passed, Ritchie thought Chip was gone forever. His family buried Chip's leash and bones, grieving over the loss of their beloved four-legged friend.

Ritchie says after that day, he drove back to the area on the highway several times to look for Chip.

"I finally realized I'd never see him again," Ritchie said.

But on Thursday, Chip's family got an unexpected call.

Jill Speckman says she and her friend Kim started Delco Dawgs a couple years ago after being frustrated with the lack of quality animal services in Delaware County.

For about ten days in a row, Speckman said she and her team received numerous calls about a dog running around Eddystone, a small borough neighboring Chester.

“We just assumed it was a runaway or a dump,” Speckman said, meaning a dog who was dumped nearby by its owner.

That assumption ended when Speckman and her team saw the dog wearing a collar with tags, meaning its owner had registered it.

From there, her team set a trap to catch the dog, who kept getting away. They finally caught the dog on Thursday and took it to the vet, where they traced the dog’s tag to an address in Pennsville, New Jersey.

And the magic happened.

When Speckman called the phone number attached to the address, the man who answered the phone said it couldn’t be his dog. But, after talking more, the family made the trip from Pennsville to Chester to see if their dream was really coming true.

“We knew right away,” Speckman said when first witnessing the dog with his long-lost owner. Chip jumped all over his old owner, kissing and licking him and wagging his tail.

Speckman said her team is happy and relieved for this happy ending and heart-warming reunion.

And Ritchie couldn't be happier with the ending, either.

"It opened my heart up to humanity again," he said.

Ritchie said since their reunion, Chip hasn't left his side.

“This owner and this dog were just so perfect, so happy together,” Speckman said.

By Thursday night, Chip was back with his family in New Jersey.

Photo Credit: Jill Speckman]]>
<![CDATA[Need a Dog Walker? There's an App for That]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:44:25 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/2017-05-15_0630.png

If you have a dog you have to leave everyday to go to work, you may feel a little guilty? What if your dog needs to go outside? Well, there's an app for that. News4's consumer reporter Susan Hogan shows us how a new app can make your day guilt free.]]>
<![CDATA[Pistons Coach Adopts Animal Shelter's Last Dog]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:37:33 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/US-MI-Last-Dog-Adopt-CR_1200x675_940425283974.jpg

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy and his family have adopted a Labrador retriever mix that was an animal shelter's last remaining dog following a pet adoption day.

Van Gundy, his wife Kim and their teenage daughter picked up Eastwood, a special needs dog, Tuesday at the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in the northern Michigan city of Harbor Springs.

Eastwood gained national attention last week for being the shelter's last remaining dog following a statewide "Empty the Shelters" free pet adoption day that found homes for nearly 1,600 pets at 66 Michigan shelters.

The friendly pooch was born with an eye defect and a leg deformity that may someday require surgery.]]>
<![CDATA[Duck Shows Up at Man's Home, Refuses to Leave]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 16:12:48 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_duckman0508_1500x845.jpg

A duck showed up at a Florida man's home a few weeks ago -- and he says it still won't leave the property. Lakeland resident Richard Martin says he tries to take the animal to a nearby lake but she always waddles back to his house.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet McGruff]]>Sat, 06 May 2017 09:54:54 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/227*120/McGruff_CTS.PNG

This 7-month-old puppy is looking for his fur-ever home! ACCT Philly's Ame Dorminy introduces us to McGruff as part of a continued effort to Clear the Shelters.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet Ivan]]>Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:24:16 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/220*120/Clear+the+Shelters+Ivan.PNG

This week, Ame Dorminy of ACCT Philly brings 4-year-old Ivan to the studio in hopes to find a forever family. Ivan will be at the 'Hike On Up With Your New Pup' event today in Plymouth Meeting. For more information and to see more adoptable pets, visit acctphilly.org]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Survives 15 BB Gun Shots]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 02:32:08 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chance-the-cat-la.jpg

An eight-month-old kitten is recovering after being shot 15 times with a BB gun earlier this week.

The stray feline came in to Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital with multiple puncture wounds, all of them aimed at his head, according to hospital officials. Five BB gun pellets went through the cat's skull; surgeons were able to remove all but one, which was too deeply embedded. 

Hospital workers have named the cat "Chance" because he miraculously survived the attack. Veterinarians said that cats are normally quick to run away once they've been attacked, raising questions about how 15 shots were fired at the kitten. 

"We would think he would have ran, so it's a possibility that he could've been held down or tied down," Dr. Janie Guirguis said. "But we're not sure."

Chance was found hovering under a truck just a few blocks from the Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital in Orange County, California.

Doctors said the shock of the attack left Chance blind, but they're hoping he'll regain his eyesight as he heals.

Chance will continue to recover before Nohl Ranch begins searching for a suitable home.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Lab Report: Gene Researchers Map Out Dog Family Tree]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:27:50 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/gretriever.jpg

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have come up with the most complete and definitive canine family tree to date, NBC News reported.

They've spent more than 20 years sampling the genes of 161 breeds of dog, sequencing them and comparing them to show how breeds were mixed and matched to make new breeds. The genealogy also gives a rough timeline and geographic map of what came from where.

"It's very subtle variation in small numbers of genes that account for that very large difference in morphology that we see across breeds," said Elaine Ostrander of the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the NIH.

The goal is to track disease-causing genetic mutations, which often translate to human disease genes, Ostrander said.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet Wren]]>Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:34:57 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020429928_1200x675_927302211900.jpg

ACCT Philly's Ame Dorminy is back with Wren-- a 4 year old pitbull mix who is looking for a forever family. For more information on Wren and other adoptable pets, visit www.acctphilly.org]]>
<![CDATA[Match for Mutts? Website Helps People Adopt the Best Dog]]>https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Golden-Retriever-GettyImages-522796697.jpg

There's a new way to find the perfect family dog. 

The founders of the website How I Met My Dog say people usually select a pet based on appearance and breed. But that's barking up the wrong tree. 

How I Met My Dog matches humans and potential pets based on what really matters - personality, lifestyle and behavior. Some are calling it a canine version of eHarmony or Match for mutts. 

People looking for a new dog can fill out a personality profile based on their lifestyle. 

The site then matches them with dogs at shelters or that need new homes that would complement that lifestyle. 

The service has rolled out in the Boston area, and the founders are hoping to go nationally later this year.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Brandywine Valley SPCA Saves 56 Animals from Puerto Rico ]]>Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:14:58 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brandywine_pets+1U.PNG

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Groups Offer Thousands to Help Cat Doused With Gasoline ]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 21:06:49 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Reading+Cat.jpg

Several organizations are offering thousands of dollars in reward money for information that leads to a conviction of the person responsible for dousing a cat with gasoline in Pennsylvania.

Humane Society officials say the animal was tied up, doused in gasoline and placed into a plastic trash bag that was nearly crushed in a Pennsylvania garbage truck Tuesday in Reading. Two workers heard the cat making sounds inside the bag, and it's being treated at the Humane Veterinary Hospital.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. The Humane Society of Berks County earlier posted a $1,000 reward. WFMZ-TV reports that Crime Alert Berks County also is offering reward money.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA['National Adoption Weekend' Helps Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 11 Feb 2017 13:47:47 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019321690_1200x675_875103299817.jpg

Its time to Clear the Shelters! Ame Dorminy from ACCT Philly stops by the studio with Sasha to highlight two events happening this weekend.]]>
<![CDATA[Shelter Kitten Beats the Odds, Ready to Find Forever Home]]>Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:25:40 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lil_bits_beforeafter.png

When Lil Bitz was found in Germantown along with his mother and four siblings in December, he weighed only five ounces -- compared to his brothers’ weights of 12 to 15 ounces.

By three weeks old, Bitz was about the size of an average new born kitten.

But now, after three months in the care of Philadelphia's Animal Care and Control Team, the runt beat the odds and has grown into a healthy kitten looking for a fur-ever home.

“Runts like Lil Bitz have a hard time surviving for many reasons, sometimes because of underlying medical conditions, or simply not being able to eat due to the stronger litter mates pushing them away,” said Dr. Hillary Herendeen, V.M.D., Medical Director of ACCT Philly. “But with supplemental feeding and careful monitoring, runts can make it.”

With the help of a foster home, bottle feeding three to four times a day in addition to nursing from mom, and a calorie-dense supplement called Nutrical, Bitz began to grow. He was soon back to playing with his siblings, however he wasn’t on the road to full recovery just yet.

Bitz developed a digestive problem that caused him a lot of discomfort. Doctors were not able to determine if the problem was congenital, a birth defect, or a condition called 'Megacolon'. His foster mom decided to treat his condition in hopes for a resolution and with the help of daily enemas, medication and lots of love and care from his mom and veterinary students from the University of Pennsylvania, Bitz was able to outgrow his digestive problems.

Bitz eventually became healthy enough to be neutered and will soon be heading to ACCT Philly’s Everyday Adoption Center at PetSmart in Plymouth Meeting to find a new home.

“It is tempting to keep him,” said Darcy Oordt, Bitz’ foster mom and Data Coordinator for ACCT Philly. “But I want him to have an extra special home. I know he will make someone very, very happy.”

To adopt Lil Bitz, visit him at the Everyday Adoption Center inside PetSmart Plymouth Meeting at 2100 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA. For more information, please call ACCT Philly at 267-385-3800 or email adopt@acctphilly.com

Photo Credit: ACCT Philly]]>
<![CDATA[Chesco Shelter Cats May Have Avian Flu: State]]>Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:37:44 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cat+playing.PNG

Pennsylvania agriculture officials are warning that a dozen shelter cats may have been exposed to an avian flu virus similar to one that spread through the poultry industry a decade ago. 

The state Department of Agriculture says the cats came from New York City shelters and have been put in quarantine in three Chester County shelters. 

Officials say the virus is not harmful to humans. But they are reminding people to wash their hands frequently during flu season. Authorities are also reaching out to anyone who brought cats home from the affected shelters to see if they have backyard poultry. 

The 2002-2003 outbreak caused millions of dollars in losses to the poultry industry in Virginia and Pennsylvania. 

State veterinarian Dr. David Wolfgang says there's no evidence any poultry flocks have been exposed.

More information about the avian flu can be found here

It was unclear which shelters were affected. NBC10 is awaiting details on the list of shelters that were included.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet Tinker]]>Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:03:22 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Clear-the-Shelters-Tinker.jpg

NBC10 continues our commitment to "clear the shelters," and find homes for adoptable pets. Philadelphia City Councilman and Animal Care and Control team board member Bobby Henon spoke with NBC10's Rosemary Connors about Tinker, a 7-year-old pit-hound mix in need of a new home. If you'd like more information about adopting a pet you can call the Animal Care and Control Team at 267-385-3800. You can also CLICK HERE to learn more. ]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Finds Dog in Garbage Bag in Philly Park]]>Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:58:54 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CranberrySPCA.PNG

A walk in the park turned into a rescue mission for the Philadelphia SPCA after a dog was found inside a trash bag Tuesday night.

Barbara Adams and her dog were walking in Wissahickon Valley Park when they came upon a garbage bag on the trail, under the McCallum Street Bridge. As the pair got closer, they found a dog’s head visible from the bag.

“I turned around and my dog was sniffing at this black plastic bag and when I looked closer, there was a dog’s head sticking out of it,” Adams told the PSPCA. “She was looking at me with very, very sad eyes.”

Adams called the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team who sent two officers to the scene. The pair were able to rescue the emaciated dog and bring it back to the shelter for medical care.

With the help of Adams and the PSCPA, Cranberry, named for the Thanksgiving holiday, is now being cared for by the shelter’s hospital team and is in guarded condition.

“In these cases, it’s the first 48 hours, first few days that are the most important to ensure that the animal survives,” said Nicole Wilson, director of PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement. “Our goal is to make sure that not only does the animal survive but that we find who’s responsible for this horrific act of cruelty.”

The PSPCA is asking the public for help in identifying the person who is responsible for dumping the dog in the park. Anyone with information can call the cruelty hotline at 866-601-7722.

The PSPCA has also set up a donation page to help Cranberry on her road to recovery.


Photo Credit: PSPCA
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet Cider]]>Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:17:16 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/ACCTCider.PNGNBC10 continues our commitment to Clear the Shelters. This week, meet Cider from ACCT Philly.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Litter of Nine]]>Sun, 13 Nov 2016 07:58:52 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pitbull+puppy+ACCT.PNGACCT Philly's Ame Dorminy is back, showing NBC10 viewers an 8-week-old puppy in need of a new home. The puppy, a pit-mix, is one in a litter of nine. For more information, visit www.acctphilly.org

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Pet Adoption Events Around the Area]]>Sat, 29 Oct 2016 10:34:03 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017701493_1200x675_796507203801.jpgIf you're looking to add a furry friend to the family, there are events going on this weekend you need to know about.]]><![CDATA[Delaware County's "Bark in the Park"]]>Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:13:16 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017639195_1200x675_793121859734.jpgThe Providence Animal Center in Delaware County is hosting “Bark in the Park”. Justina Calgiano and Emily Craft join Pamela Osborne to discuss their event and “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month”. More info here.]]><![CDATA[Officials Seek Owner of Dog Found on Bridge]]>Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:02:40 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/puppy+Delaware.jpg

A dog found trapped on a railroad bridge in Delaware is looking for its owner — or a new home. 

State animal welfare officials say the terrified dog was rescued on Sunday from the bridge over the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. A family on a bicycle outing spotted the dog. 

The female blonde beagle was trapped on a platform between the bridge and a concrete support brace. Rescuers say the dog was uninjured. 

The beagle was taken to Brandywine Valley SPCA in New Castle. She will be held for at least three days for her owner to claim her before being made available for adoption.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

<![CDATA[Emaciated Puppy Found in Cobbs Creek Dies]]>Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:26:49 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Benny+pic+to+use.jpg

An emaciated and a severely dehydrated puppy found in Cobbs Creek Park on Friday -- officials say it was likely dumped there -- died over the weekend.

The puppy, likely 2 or 3 months old, was brought into the Providence Animal Shelter in Media, Delaware County, where the staff named him Bennett, or "Benny" for short.

Officials there said Benny was "deathly ill", had zero body fat, and had a temperature too low for a thermometer to read. 

"He will be in critical condition for at least the next 3 days," Justina Calgiano of the shelter said in a release. 

Unfortunately, Benny died Sunday. "Our sweet Benny passed away this afternoon after we did everything possible to save him ... RIP, angel boy," tweeted the shelter.

Still no word on who dumped the pup.

Photo Credit: Providence Animal Center
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<![CDATA[Alabama Pet Turns Up in Pa.]]>Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:13:28 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dog-Reunion1.jpg

It was late August when a small black and white terrier was found along the side of the road and brought into the Bucks County SPCA in Quakertown as a stray. Turns out, this 4-year-old pup named Fancy had quite a story to tell, if only she could talk. 

Four months earlier, her beloved owner, a father of 8 and retired command sergeant in the U.S. Army who had survived an IED explosion in Fallujah back in 1998, was again fighting for his life in a hospital in small town Alabama. Sam Jordan had undergone open heart surgery and was still critical when his wife Pat went home to tend to the animals and wash up, taking a break from her vigil at his side. 

“I let Fancy out on the lead and Mabel, the Great Dane, and they came up missing. When I went back to get them, they weren’t there,” she said. 

Jordan told NBC10 she spent five hours looking for the dogs with neighbors before giving up to get back to her husband. The couple says they are sure someone took the dogs because the leads weren’t broken or damaged or tampered with. Fancy, the pup Sam calls his “hairy daughter,” and Mabel, the black Great Dane, were just gone. 

“I felt like I lost a child when I lost these dogs,” Sam said. “They’re companion dogs for me.” 

Pat says Fancy even alerted her when Sam suffered a stroke, likely saving his life. 

After months of searching, some good Samaritans came across one of the missing dogs 900 miles away in Pennsylvania, and the journey home was about to begin. 

Protocol for all strays brought in to the shelter is to check them for microchips. 

“I did this as they were still holding her, actually,” Vanly Pierson of the Bucks County SPCA in Quakertown said. 

Turns out the little dog had a chip and it tracked back to the Jordans in Alabama. Pierson made the call to tell them Fancy was found. 

“I just couldn’t imagine how they would have ever gotten to Pennsylvania,” Sam Jordan said.

The couple wanted to travel immediately to get their beloved dog but health issues prevented them from retracing Fancy’s journey. It took a collaboration of many organizations to help reunite her with the Jordans. 

A board member at the Bucks County SPCA, who also volunteers with PilotsNPaws, a nonprofit specializing in long-distance pet reunions, agreed to help fly Fancy part of the way. Two other pilots took the other legs of the trip to get her home. 

On September 12, Fancy was back in Sam’s lap in his wheelchair. 

“I’m humbled to say I cried like a baby,” Sam said. 

Yet while the couple reunited with Fancy, Mabel is still missing. 

“I keep praying every time the phone rings, it will be someone asking about my baby,” Sam said. 

He hopes to see Mabel again one day. 

Mabel is also microchipped. She’s a black Great Dane with white on her neck. 

The Jordans and workers at the Bucks County SPCA urge everyone to microchip their animals. It’s the best way to get them back if they somehow get away. As for Fancy, she was lying on Sam’s lap as he talked of her journey from his home in Alabama on Wednesday. Pat says Fancy won’t ever go out alone again.

Photo Credit: Kirsten Fiscus/The Anniston Star
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<![CDATA[Delco Shelter Steps in After Louisiana Flooding]]>Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:02:52 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cat+playing.PNG

A Delaware County animal shelter is stepping in after flooding in Louisiana claimed the homes of several pets.

“In these disasters, pets aren’t allowed in the shelters that are housing people and the shelters down there that are already helping the homeless animals, they got flooded,” Dayna Villa of Providence Animal Center said.

A torrent of about 2 feet of rain inundated the southern part of the state, devastating areas hit hard by Hurricane Katrina over a decade ago.

Providence Animal Center raised money for the transport of the animals and is now taking in more than 30 dogs and cats.

The shelter says the next step is to get those pets vet care and adopted out to permanent homes.

President Barack Obama will visit flood-ravaged Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday.

<![CDATA[Adoption Fees Waived at ACCT Philly]]>Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:10:37 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ACCT+Philly+Free+Adoptions.jpg

As the dog days of summer are coming to an end, now is your time to adopt a four-legged friend.

ACCT Philly is hosting free pet adoptions on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in an effort to clear space in their full kennels.

“Adoptions have been slow the past few weeks because of the heat,” Vincent Medley, ACCT Philly executive director said in a statement. “For anyone who has been considering adoption, we need you to come out now and save a life.”

For adoption procedures and a list of adoptable pets, visit ACCT Philly's website.

Photo Credit: ACCT Philly]]>
<![CDATA[Cats Find Forever Home After Owner Dies]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 16:07:45 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/Susan+Hawkins.PNG

Over 4,000 pets in our area found new homes this month during our annual Clear The Shelters event that ran through Saturday. Among them, two adult cats who were especially in need of a new home. They found one with New Jersey cat-lover Susan Hawkins.

"Within minutes of them being moved up to the available section in the adoption center, in walked this lovely lady in her cute little pink dress saying she was looking for two adult cats,” Public Relations and Special Events Director Justine Calgiano said in an Instagram post.

The original owner of the cats, Bryan Palmer, died while vacationing in France and ordered in-home services to take care of them while he was away.

After meeting the cats, Hawkins felt they were a perfect fit.

 “They come with a lot of love. She said she felt she already knew that after meeting them. Wherever he is, I’m pretty sure he sent her to us, and them,” Calgiano said.

Photo Credit: Justine Calgaino
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<![CDATA[Family Set to Adopt One Dog, Leaves With Two]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:01:40 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CTSJediSithDogs_1200x675_731049539547.jpgNBC 7's Dagmar Midcap speaks with a San Diego family who went to the San Diego Humane Society during Clear The Shelters on July 23, 2016 with the intentions of adopting one dog, but happily left with two new pets.]]><![CDATA[Brandywine Cats]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:40:46 -0400]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Pets Adopted Around the Country]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:53:00 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/ACCT+Othello+Dog+CTS.JPGThousands of pets have been adopted from hundreds of shelters across the country as part of Clear the Shelters, NBC and Telemundo's nationwide pet adoption initiative. Here are some of the animals that found their forever homes.

Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek]]>
<![CDATA[NBC10 Viewers Help #CleartheShelters]]>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:46:38 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/171*120/ACCT+LArry+Cat+CTS.JPGCats, dogs and other animals from nearly three dozen animal shelters in the Philadelphia region found new homes Saturday as part of NBC10's and Telemundo 62's effort to Clear the Shelters. Check out some of the cute pets needing and getting homes.

Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek, special to NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[#ClearTheShelters: Providence Animal Center]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 07:21:57 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Justine+Calgiano.JPGNBC10's Clear the Shelters event Saturday features animal shelters all around the region waiving adoption fees to hopefully give a lot of animals new homes. Justine Calgiano from Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania shows off an adorable puppy waiting for you.

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<![CDATA[Helping Your New Shelter Dog Adjust]]>https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CTS-2015-AcclimatingYourDog-Fixed_1200x675_505037891838.jpg

The first thing you might want to do after you bring a new dog home from the shelter is also something you probably shouldn't do: invite all your friends over to meet the cute pup.

Instead, you should first make sure that your dog is comfortable with its new surroundings. Then, invite one friend over at a time to make sure you don't overwhelm the dog.

That's just one tip that can help your dog adjust to their new home. Watch the video above to learn more. 

<![CDATA[#ClearTheShelters: Thousands of Pets Find Homes]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:20:12 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Providence+Animal+Shelter+Dogs.jpg

Thousands of pets around the Philadelphia region found new homes thanks to viewers flocking to animal shelters for NBC10's and Telemundo62's Clear the Shelters campaign.

More than 1,000 pets around the region had found homes Saturday alone. The adoption total, including the pets adopted in the days leading up to the event, topped out at over 4,000 animals.

Since the campaign launched on July 2, nearly 3,000 cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals had already found homes. A bearded dragon at EASEL Animal Rescue League in Ewing, New Jersey and a chinchilla at Gloucester County Animal Shelter even found loving homes.

Send your #ClearTheShelters selfie with your new friend. 

But thousands of cats, dogs and other animals were available for adoption on July 23. Thirty-five shelters in the Philadelphia region agreed to waive all adoption fees for the one day.

At Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania, they exceeded their goal to adopt more than 100 cats and dogs. Two of those pets were adult cats whose original owner died during an accident while vacationing in France. Justina Calgiano, the PR Director for Providence, told NBC10 friends of the owner, who lived in Philly, tried to find shelters in the city but there was no room. The cats were then moved to Providence where they were able to find a new owner Saturday. Calgiano shared the bittersweet story on Instagram.

Two other pets who were adopted at Providence Saturday were Roscoe and Brownie who were given up when their family moved into low-income housing that didn't accept Brownie's breed. Thanks to Clear the Shelters however, they were also able to find a new home.

The Ocean County Animal Shelter in Jackson, New Jersey adopted out five cats in its first 10 minutes of being opened. More than 70 pets found homes at the Camden County Animal Shelter and the Montgomery County SPCA in Conshohocken even adopted out a guinea pig.

And, thanks to Clear the Shelters, Wet Nose Rescue in Northeast Philly adopted out its handful of dogs and for the first time won't have any animals in foster care, the shelter said.

Here was the list of local shelters participating in Clear the Shelters.

#ClearTheShelters is a nationwide effort by NBC-owned and Telemundo stations to find pets new homes. More than 400 shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. The total amount of pets adopted this year already topped 45,000 by Saturday night -- well ahead of the 19,000 pets adopted in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Find Low Cost Animal Services Near You ]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:11:48 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/73e588382af246c98b377e2eb8871ac5.jpg

Throughout the Philadelphia area there are many low-cost, trustworthy places to take your pets when they need animal care services.

Here is a list of affordable services in our area:


PAWS Northeast Adoption Center and Low-Cost Clinic

18210 Grant Ave, Philadelphia PA 19115


Fridays & Saturdays: Low Cost Clinic; No Appointment necessary

Nail Trims, exams/treatments for common conditions, vaccines

PAWS Grays Ferry Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic

2900 Grays Ferry Ave


Spay/Neuter- (offered Monday-Saturday and includes rabies and distemper vaccinations if needed):

Cats: $60 Dogs under 40 lbs: $100 Dogs 40-90 lbs: $135 Dogs over 90 lbs: $185

Clinic appointments- (available seven days a week – wellness exams and treatments for common conditions): $25 for the visit, plus the cost of any tests/medications prescribed by our vet.

Walk-in vaccination clinics- Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. No appointment necessary, $25 per animal. (Walk-ins are for vaccinations only. For all other medical issues, please schedule an appointment.)

Pennsylvania SPCA

350 E. Erie Av, Philadelphia PA 19134


Low-cost wellness Clinic -Monday-Saturday 8am-5:30pm (closed on major holidays)

Low cost Vaccine Clinic- Every Wednesday & Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm (closed on major holidays)

Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT)

111 W. Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140


Specialty: Lost pets, found pets, dangerous stray animals in your neighborhood

Food Bank (must have proof of low income AND spay/neuter). Saturdays 9am-2pm (9-11am in summer)

Philadelphia Animal Hospital-Southwest Philadelphia

7401 Holstein Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19153


Full Service Veterinary Practice- this is NOT low cost clinic, but it is a more affordable option to some private practices and has a wider capability to treat advanced issues than the low cost clinics

Pet hotel and boarding


These are NOT necessarily low cost, but can handle anything, at any time.

University of Pennsylvania Veterinarians- Ryan Hospital Emergencies- University City

3900 Spruce St, Philadelphia., PA 19104


Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care- South Philly/Pennsport

1114 Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Keystone Veterinary Emergency Services East-Manayunk/Roxborough

4026 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127



Chester County SPCA- Shelter

1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA, 19380


Brandywine Valley SPCA Animal Health Center

9 Coffman St, Malvern, PA, 19355


Spray/Neuter and Health Center- Tuesday Through Fridays, Appointment required


The Spayed Club-Low Cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic

800 Chester Pike, Sharon Hill, PA 19079


Low cost Spay/Neuter and Primary Care Clinic - Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays- $25 exams; Appointment required

Providence Animal Center

555 Sandy Bank Rd, Media, PA, 19063

Phone: 610-566-1370

Low Cost Spray/Neuter and Vet Services Clinic- All Week


Montgomery County SPCA- Shelter

19 E Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, PA 19428



1006 Edge Hill Rd, Abington, PA, 19001



Animal Welfare Association

509 Centennial Blvd, Voorhees, NJ 08043


Spray/Neuter and Wellness Clinic- Appointment Required

Hundreds of animal shelters across the country will come together July 23 for Clear the Shelters, a nationwide push to place deserving animals in forever homes. Use #ClearTheShelters to join the conversation on social media!

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<![CDATA[#ClearTheShelters: The Health Benefits of Pet Ownership]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:30:01 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/CTS+Dog+PEt.JPGClear the Shelters is committed to placing shelter animals into permanent, loving homes. Dr. Robert Danoff says owning a dog can benefit your mental health as well as your body because walking your dog 30 minutes a day is key in maintaining or losing weight.

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<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Kate & Blue Need to Stay Together]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:34:38 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Kate+and+Blue+rescue+Dogs.JPGKate and Blue were orphaned when their owner was electrocuted during flooding. A family friend brought the duo to Mostly Muttz Rescue in Pottstown, Pennsylvania; now they are both looking for a forever family.

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<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters: Henry the Therapy Cat]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:57:04 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/FIV+Henry+Therapy+Cat.JPGHenry the cat is 11 years old, and has FIV, the feline equivalent of HIV in humans. Henry has a big effect on hospice patients he visits, providing comfort to those in need.

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<![CDATA[Olympic Athletes Play With Pups Ahead of the 2016 Rio Games]]>Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:58:44 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cts-olympics-thumb-triptych.jpgPuppies up for adoption in Southern California got their big break as stars of a People Magazine photoshoot with the Rio 2016 USA Olympic Team.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Picking the Right Dog for Your Family]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:25:12 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Puppy-GettyImages-175840390.jpg

It’s almost time for NBC’s Clear the Shelters event. Here are some tips on picking the right dog for your lifestyle.

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<![CDATA[Over 100 Cats Available in Camco Shelter]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:41:55 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016356330_1200x675_729040451610.jpgHelp NBC10 Clear The Shelters Saturday July 23, 2016. Over 100 kittens are ready for a new home at the Camden County Shelter in Blackwood, NJ.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: PTSD and Rescue Dogs]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:42:31 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Rescue-Dog-PTSD.jpg

A new program in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley is helping to pair dogs who need a home with veterans who need a friend.

Lynda Cole just opened a new training facility for a program called Dog T.A.G.S. (Train, Assist, Guide and Serve), which matches rescue dogs with veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Service dogs can help with simple tasks and serve as a watchful eye. They are also comfort vets who suffer from night terrors or flashbacks, or who feel anxious in crowds.

"They’re your best friend, someone you can always count on," said Cole. "They’re always there for you."

At the center, rescue dogs and their owners learn drills and practice being in public places, like a crowded airport or shopping mall. The dog’s job is to be a constant comforting presence for the combat veteran. For most, the program is free through the help of local non-profits raising money and is always looking for new candidates.

"If you have a brother, if you have an uncle or cousin who suffers from combat PTSD, now there’s help in the Lehigh Valley," said Les Houck of Operation Lost & Found.

Interested veterans are encouraged to give the center a call, find a dog and start training.

"It’s so rewarding. You’ve helped. You’ve taken these guys from a point where they couldn’t handle a task to a point where they can," said Cole. "There is no words to describe it. It’s awesome."

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Rocco's Success Story]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:13:46 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016350184_1200x675_728615491651.jpgLast year at the first ever Clear The Shelters event, Melissa Signs told herself she would take home any dog that was left behind at the end of the day. Here she is with Rocco.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Penn Vet Student Adopts Louie]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:30:41 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Louie+Dog.JPGMany local shelters will discount or waive adoption fees so you can become the proud owner of a dog like Louie, touched the heart of Amanda Nebzydoski and her fiance.

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<![CDATA[10 Shelter Stories That Will Make You Smile]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:27:21 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cuties_split.jpg

An unlikely friendship. A mutual rescue. An unbreakable bond. The stories of these 10 lucky pets are sure to tug on your heartstrings.


When Eric O'Grey remembers his shelter dog Peety he wonders, "Who rescued whom?"

In 2010, O'Grey weighed 340 pounds and struggled with high blood pressure, cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes. His doctor told him if his lifestyle didn't change, he would be dead within five years.

O'Grey went to the Humane Society in Silicon Valley and asked for "an obese, middle-aged dog so that [O'Grey] would have something in common with him," he said in a video published by SFGate.

The two formed an inseparable bond. They took long walks together every day — 'Grey lost 140 pounds and Peety dropped 25. It wasn't long before O'Grey finished his first marathon.

Sadly, Peety developed a large cancerous growth on his spleen and died. O'Grey will never forget the way Peety changed his life — and hopes to return the favor with his new shelter pup, Jake.


Estella, a 2-year-old guinea pig from California, was found last fall in a carrying case on the side of the road, unable to move the lower half of her body.

She was brought to the Harvest Home Sanctuary in San Francisco, where volunteers realized a child must have squeezed her tight enough to break her back, according to the animal rescue organization.

After quickly raising $500 on social media, the Harvest Home Sanctuary was able to fit Stella with a tiny wheelchair, making the little guinea pig ready to roll.


A lonely puppy found his new family and now has five brothers and sisters — they all just happen to be feline.

Bobby, a 5-week-old Chihuahua mix, was taken to the Michigan Humane Society in April after his mother was struck by a car and killed, the "Today" show reports.

At the time, the shelter was housing a cat named Gwen who had just given birth to five kittens. Gwen had enough motherly love to go around and took in Bobby as one of her own.

Eventually, the shelter will find Bobby a home with other dogs, but for now the adorable family is happy and thriving.


A collegiate baseball team in Georgia took on a furry new member this spring.

Daisy, a 7-week-old puppy, was found alone and crying last month outside Grayson Stadium in Savannah, according to the Savannah Bananas' team website.

She had no tags or microchip and quickly found a new home with team president Jared Orton and his wife Kelsey.

"It was just meant to be that we’d have a team dog as part of our staff," Orton said in a statement posted on the team website. "We took Daisy to the vet and aside from being hungry and dehydrated, she was in pretty good health."

Daisy has been appointed "bat dog" and helps out in the office every day.

"We aren’t sure how big she’ll get, so it’s hard to say if she’ll be able to pick up a bat or just coach first base," Orton said. "But as she grows, she’ll be a fixture at the ballpark."


Two severely injured rescue dogs shared a touching moment that captured hearts nationwide.

Photos of Sammie and Simon went viral when the Paws & Claws Animal Clinic posted them on Facebook. Simon, a rescued border collie, is seen comforting 3-month-old Sammie after surgery at the South Carolina clinic.

Sammie arrived at the clinic from New York in early May. He had been shot in the head, dragged behind a car and sprayed with bug repellent that turned his fur blue — then left outside for three days, according to the clinic's Facebook page.

Simon was rescued from another shelter where he would have been euthanized. When he got to the clinic in late April, he was emaciated, had hook worms and was "in so much pain he cried when he moved or if you touched him," the clinic wrote.

According to the shelter, Sammie is healing faster than expected and Simon looks better every day. Both dogs have returned to New York to find new homes.


Life hasn't always been easy for Fleetwood Mac the Chihuahua, but she fits right in with her new family.

The Umbrella of Hope animal welfare organization had long tried to find a home for 8-year-old Fleetwood Mac. But a rare condition called ectrodactyly, which causes fused digits on the hands and feet, deterred potential adopters, the "Today" show reports.

The organization shared Fleetwood's story on a Facebook group for people affected by ectrodactyly. It caught the eye of Victoria Campos, whose daughter Grace was born with ectrodactyly in her hands and feet, as well as a cleft palate.

In early March, Fleetwood traveled from California to the Campos' home in Hobart, Indiana. The family hopes Fleetwood will help support Grace as she grows and faces the reality of living with ectrodactyly.

"You don't just throw away something because it's different. We want her to learn from that," Campos told "Today."


Nobody puts this puppy in a corner.

Video of a 1-year-old rescue dog sashaying from side to side took social media by storm ealier this year. The footage was posted on Facebook in February by the Orange County Animal Services in Florida and captioned, "Looking for a new partner."

Shared more than 250,000 times, the video features a dog fittingly named after Ginger Rogers, who starred alongside Fred Astaire in "Dirty Dancing."

It looks like this Ginger has found her Fred — according to shelter workers, the pup was adopted after her dance moves won heart across the country.


A dog might be man’s best friend, but who’s to say he can’t be cheetah’s best friend too?

That’s what happened when Kumbali met Kago.

Kumbali, a cheetah cub born at the Metro Richmond Zoo in Virginia, was the runt of his litter. When his mother wasn’t producing enough milk to feed all her cubs, zookeepers began to hand raise Kumbali.

But cheetahs are meant to have companions in the wild and Kumbali was lonely — at least until he was introduced to Kago, a yellow Lab mix rescued from a kill shelter in Alabama.

The two hit it off right away. Initially, they were kept in a zookeeper's home for close monitoring. Kumbali and Kago, both born in May 2015, have since moved to an outdoor enclosure and remain the best of friends.

Dogs have been used as companions for cheetahs for more than three decades, providing behavioral cues and a calming influence, according to the Metro Richmond Zoo.


It turns out reading really can set you free. A pit bull named Pirate is out of the shelter with a little help from his reading buddy.

Pirate made headlines when he found a friend in 6-year-old Jacob, who has autism. Every Thursday, Jacob would visit the Carson Animal Shelter in Southern California and sit in front of Pirate's cage to practice his reading.

"If I read to the dogs, they will come out of their cages and find homes," Jacob said in an interview with NBC Los Angeles. "They have to find new homes because they are alone."

There's a happy ending to this story. Shelter workers told NBC Los Angeles in May that Pirate had left the shelter to be trained for a permanent home, and Jacob now reads at a third-grade level, according to his mother.


Call them "Catman" and Robin. One South Carolina police officer has found his new sidekick in a feline friend.

Officer Cody Garrett, 28, told NBC's "Today" show he adopted Squirt after a colleague found the kitten seeking shelter from the rain under a dumpster and brought him to the police department.

Garrett already had two dogs at home, along with another rescue cat who had just given birth to four kittens and was still nursing. The timing was ideal.

He posted a photo on Instagram of his new buddy Squirt donning a stick-on mustache that matches his own. Garrett’s picture has received more than 2,000 likes, something he says is "hard to believe."

"I just wanted to show some people my new kitten, and it's kind of blown up," he told "Today."

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: What to Know Before You Go]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:06:23 -0400https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dogs-cats-GettyImages-107072782.jpg

NBC10 and Telemundo62 are teaming up again this year with over 30 participating shelters and rescue organizations across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to help "Clear the Shelters" Saturday July 23, 2016 starting at 10 a.m.

Summertime is the highest intake months for shelters of all different kinds, according to Justina Calgiano, Director of Public Relations and Special Events at Providence Animal Shelter in Media, Pa., formerly known as the Delaware County SPCA.

"Summer months are notoriously high because people are on vacation and unfortunately they decide to relinquish their pet. The so-called "kitten season" can be a time when cats are reproducing en masse. So those are both things that really hit shelters very hard this time of year and cause so much over population," said Calgiano.

This overpopulation then forces many shelters to euthanize pets when they get full.

Free Adoptions at Most Shelters

So have you been thinking about who could be the next "purrfect" addition to the family, or perhaps a "furrever" friend? Now is the time. Almost all participating shelters are waiving adoption fees and you may not even realize how much that could save you. Puppy adoption fees are a minimum of $350 at Providence Animal Shelter, located at 555 Sandy Bank Road in Media, PA.

"Waiving the adoption fee brings in people who might not come in and pay an adoption fee, but are still a wonderful, happy home," said Calgiano.

At last year's first Clear the Shelters event, the Christopher family from Delaware County adopted an abused Pit Bull named Hannah, who has become their perfect four-legged companion to the home and best buds to her pet brother 'Bully.'

During Clear the Shelters inaugural event last year, 72 pets from Providence Animal Shelter found forever families.

"We had almost every dog and cat placed, with the exception of a few, who then found their homes later on," Calgiano said.

Calgiano told NBC10 she hopes to double that number this year.

What to Know Before You Go

Here's what you need to know before coming out for NBC10 and Telemundo62's Clear the Shelters event on July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring a photo ID. The address on your ID should match your current address. If it does not match, bring another form of proof. For example, a utility bill. 

Bring mortgage statements or a lease stating that you can have a pet. If there is an addendum to the lease that says a landlord must approve (and many times that requires the landlord's written permission), go ahead and get that taken care of so you can present that at the shelter the day of the event.

Bring the entire family, especially the kids. Everyone who will be living in the house with the new pet, even the current family dog, is required to meet their new forever friend before heading home.

Proof of vaccination for other pets in the home are important. Bring vaccination documentation with you.

While adoption fees are waived, some shelters may have other fees, including a dog licensing fee, and fees for leashes, collars, and carriers. Call before you go to be sure.

Nearly 20,000 pets found forever homes in 2015, when some 400 animal shelters across the country partnered with NBC Owned Television Stations and the Telemundo Station Group. Across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware over 1,100 pets were adopted, many after being at the shelters for quite some time, waiting for a family.

Calgiano says she thinks people will be surprised with the selection this year. "It's a really wide variety of animals. Better than I've ever seen before. I think people will be really pleasantly surprised when they come here. There are dogs of all different shapes and sizes. The Clear the Shelters event also gives people the opportunity to meet dogs they may not have normally considered, she says. 

For a full list of participating shelters in our area, visit the Clear the Shelters webpage. 

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