<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Local News - Clear the Shelters]]>Copyright 2018http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/localen-usFri, 16 Nov 2018 08:43:09 -0500Fri, 16 Nov 2018 08:43:09 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Top Stories]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[Before You Adopt]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[]]>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 15:43:24 -0500]]><![CDATA[Amazing Animal Stories]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[Videos]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 17:48:24 -0500]]><![CDATA[After You Adopt]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[Full Archive]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:15:32 -0500]]><![CDATA[Second Chances]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Snuggle Up With 'Janet']]>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 14:49:12 -0500https://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 09:31:49 -0500https://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 09:40:57 -0500https://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 13:19:35 -0500https://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 10:46:35 -0500https://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 14:21:58 -0500https://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 22:26:26 -0500https://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 12:25:34 -0500https://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 09:25:36 -0500https://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 08:32:49 -0500https://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 17:08:10 -0500https://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]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 16:01:48 -0500https://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 08:43:40 -0500https://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 08:40:35 -0500https://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 08:41:51 -0500https://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 07:43:15 -0500https://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 06:52:32 -0500https://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 16:09:30 -0500https://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 20:51:57 -0500https://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 20:47:45 -0500https://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 18:19:27 -0500https://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 18:18:10 -0500https://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 18:56:39 -0500https://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 10:03:15 -0500https://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 09:55:54 -0500https://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 08:21:24 -0500https://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 13:21:28 -0500https://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 10:54:57 -0500https://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 13:24:55 -0500https://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 09:32:56 -0500https://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 09:28:49 -0500https://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 14:23:03 -0500https://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 16:44:39 -0500https://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 10:14:06 -0500https://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 09:21:51 -0500https://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 09:33:04 -0500]]><![CDATA[ACCT Philly Holds Kitten Shower]]>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 12:00:07 -0500https://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 11:02:01 -0500https://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 09:16:44 -0500https://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 13:38:34 -0500https://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 13:12:37 -0500https://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 14:06:30 -0500https://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 13:54:26 -0500https://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 09:46:34 -0500https://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 10:51:01 -0500https://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 08:57:48 -0500https://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 11:28:21 -0500https://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 12:30:55 -0500https://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 11:23:31 -0500https://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 18:16:02 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/240*120/20171221+Therapy+Dog+Thumb.jpg]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet Dakota]]>Sat, 02 Dec 2017 10:17:55 -0500https://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 14:43:10 -0500https://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 07:45:08 -0500https://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 12:43:38 -0500https://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 10:23:54 -0500https://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 14:37:57 -0500https://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 12:13:28 -0500https://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 10:53:44 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chancelead.png]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Meet Harley]]>Sat, 16 Sep 2017 15:08:54 -0500https://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 13:37:18 -0500https://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 09:37:19 -0500https://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 10:48:39 -0500https://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 05:41:16 -0500https://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 08:16:58 -0500https://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 19:23:05 -0500https://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 20:28:12 -0500https://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 05:38:42 -0500https://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 18:20:21 -0500https://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 13:31:17 -0500https://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 17:30:46 -0500https://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 16:07:34 -0500https://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 20:33:50 -0500https://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 18:24:45 -0500https://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 12:20:15 -0500https://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 14:17:00 -0500https://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 12:33:36 -0500https://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 21:55:37 -0500https://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 11:46:47 -0500https://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 12:04:11 -0500https://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 21:08:45 -0500https://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 14:17:08 -0500https://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 21:20:07 -0500https://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 17:28:33 -0500https://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 11:27:43 -0500https://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 01:48:23 -0500https://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 09:06:59 -0500https://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 13:15:04 -0500https://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 09:50:21 -0500https://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 11:30:13 -0500https://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 11:40:37 -0500https://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 22:31:55 -0500https://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 08:23:19 -0500https://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 21:44:25 -0500https://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 21:37:33 -0500https://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 15:12:48 -0500https://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 08:54:54 -0500https://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 09:24:16 -0500https://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 01:32:08 -0500https://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 20:27:50 -0500https://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 09:34:57 -0500https://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 12:14:58 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Brandywine_pets+1U.PNG

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<![CDATA[Groups Offer Thousands to Help Cat Doused With Gasoline ]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 20:06:49 -0500https://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 12:47:47 -0500https://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 11:25:40 -0500https://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 14:37:44 -0500https://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 17:03:22 -0500https://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 07:58:54 -0500https://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 11:17:16 -0500https://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 06:58:52 -0500https://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 09:34:03 -0500https://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 12:13:16 -0500https://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 07:02:40 -0500https://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 09:26:49 -0500https://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 18:13:28 -0500https://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 07:02:52 -0500https://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 17:10:37 -0500https://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 15:07:45 -0500https://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 17:01:40 -0500https://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 07:40:46 -0500]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Pets Adopted Around the Country]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:53:00 -0500https://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 08:46:38 -0500https://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 06:21:57 -0500https://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 05:20:12 -0500https://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 19:11:48 -0500https://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 10:30:01 -0500https://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 06:34:38 -0500https://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 10:57:04 -0500https://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 08:58:44 -0500https://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 21:25:12 -0500https://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 19:41:55 -0500https://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 05:42:31 -0500https://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 13:13:46 -0500https://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 12:30:41 -0500https://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 06:27:21 -0500https://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."

Photo Credit: Michigan Humane Society/Crystal L. Kincaid
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: What to Know Before You Go]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:06:23 -0500https://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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<![CDATA[Animal Shelter Offers Discounts for 'Pokémon Go' Players ]]>Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:27:49 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ACCT-Philly-Pokemon-Go.jpg

A Philadelphia animal shelter is using the insanely popular “Pokémon Go” game to provide homes for animals in need.

ACCT Philly, the largest animal care and control service provider in the region, announced their first ever “Pokémon Go” challenge. The shelter, which is listed as a “Pokémon Go” gym, is offering adoption discounts to users of the game who catch a Pokémon or win a battle at their location on 111 W Hunting Park Avenue in Philly. Those who catch a Pokémon will be able to adopt a pet at half-price while those who win a battle will be able to adopt a pet for free.

The challenge, which began on July 16, will last until Friday, a day before the second annual Clear the Shelters event.

“We always have to be thinking of ways to reach people to get them excited about adopting,” said Ame Dorminy, a spokeswoman for ACCT Philly. “We would love to have even more Pokémon players come in.”

ACCT Philly’s promotion of the challenge on Facebook has been shared over 1700 times so far.

Dorminy says other shelters across the nation are using the game to increase adoptions. “Pokémon Go” players in the area told NBC10 they liked the shelter’s idea and thought it was a smart way for non-profits to promote good causes.

“I think that’s very great and productive,” said Shawn Parker. “Everybody plays so it gives everybody a little more incentive for the game.”

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Why Adopt Locally?]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:34:59 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Coraline+ACCT+adoptions.jpg

The Clear the Shelters event is just a few days away which means many people in our region are going to be adopting their new four-legged friend. There are many great reasons to adopt locally, especially because adoption can mean the difference between life and death for some pets.

Each year, 26,000 dogs and cats come through the doors of ACCT Philadelphia. The shelter allows people to surrender their pets at any time, for any reason and without the chance of being turned away. However, the shelter can only hold under 100 dogs and around 150 cats per day, which means animals must be put down for new arrivals.

“We want to make sure animals have the opportunity, in every situation to have a live outcome,” said Vincent Medley of the Animal Care and Control Team. “That’s not always possible, but it is our goal.”

ACCT Philly is working to become a no-kill shelter through programs that provide food and supplies for low income pet owners. Adoptions are an important step to reaching that goal, and events like Clear the Shelters are helpful to make sure animals can have a great future.

“It’s a great thing to say you adopt local, that you got your dog or car from one of our local neighborhoods,” says Caroline Fitzgerald of ACCT Philly. “Us Philly people want to keep it in the family.”

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[Hannah Banana's Clear the Shelters Success]]>Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:32:36 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hanna-Clear-the-Shelters.jpg

The Christopher Family found a new ‘furever’ friend at last year’s Clear the Shelters event, and the family can’t remember life without their four-legged companion.

The Christophers adopted Hannah, an abused and abandoned Pit Bull, who was rescued by the Delaware County SPCA. Now, Hannah has made a home with the Christophers and their other dog, Bully.

“We call her the love bug,” said Gerry Christopher. “She’ll lick you to death and she’s very forceful with hugs, she’ll put her head right up against you and hug you.”

Hannah has become a perfect edition to the Christopher family. Along with all of the love she gives her owners, she also has fun playing tag and running around the yard with Bully.

“Every morning she’s gotta get petted,” said Steven Christopher. “She’s a great dog, she really is.”

The Christophers say that rescuing Hannah was one of the best decisions they’ve made, and that every animal they have ever gotten from a shelter has been wonderful.

"I honestly would adopt four more if I could," says Gerry.

The Christophers are thankful for all the kisses and hugs Hannah has given them and are happy to have made a new friend for life. 

<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Why Adopt?]]>Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:46:49 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Puppy_Party_Before_Our_Clear_the_Shelters_Event_1200x675_727988291659.jpgWe’re just a few days away from our Clear the Shelters campaign where you can adopt a new member into your family free of cost. Telemundo 62’s Andrea Cruz gives some reasons to adopt in Philadelphia. For some animals it can mean the difference between life and death.]]><![CDATA[Local Purebred Dogs Ready to Find Forever Homes]]>Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:56:34 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CTS+Chi.PNGThe nationwide Clear the Shelters event is just days away! The Camden County Animal Shelter gives us a look at the purebreds available for adoption.

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<![CDATA[Pets Looking For Homes During Clear The Shelters]]>Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:02:02 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016331992_1200x675_727833155691.jpgThe Animal Welfare Association is just one of the many shelters participating in our Clear the Shelters event this Saturday, July 26th. Kelsey is here to introduce you to just some of the many pets that are looking for their forever home.]]><![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Considering Pet Insurance]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 21:16:40 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PetInsurance1.jpg

Looking to adopt a pet at this year's Clear the Shelters event? You may want to consider pet insurance to keep your furry friend healthy.

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<![CDATA[Christopher Family's Clear the Shelters Success]]>Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:08:55 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Hannah+Banana.PNG

The Christopher Family rescued an abused pitbull named Hannah at last year's Clear the Shelters event and she has brought them more joy than they could ever expect. More information on Clear the Shelters can be found HERE.

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<![CDATA[You Can Help Clear the Shelters]]>Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:06:50 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016311975_1200x675_727107651767.jpgA nationwide pet adoption initiative that looks to connect animals in need with new loving families takes place this Saturday as NBC!0 looks to Clear the Shelters. Steven Conway from the Montgomery County SPCA talks about what the event means to animals needing homes.]]><![CDATA[Dogs With Cancer Get 2nd Chance]]>Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:45:52 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/CLear+the+Shelters+Penn+Vet.JPGNBC10 and Telemundo 62 are committed to clearing the shelters, many dogs are looking for a home and for those who are old and sick finding a family can be tough. A unique program at Penn Vet is helping dogs with cancer by giving the animals a second chance at life.

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<![CDATA[Madonna Dancer’s Dog Fatally Shot by Police in Brooklyn]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:39:57 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/stonnie+boy+dog+shot+killed.jpg

A dog belonging to a professional dancer touring with Madonna was shot and killed by police officers while they were issuing an arrest warrant in Brooklyn Tuesday, police and friends say. 

The officers went to a home on Montauk Avenue in East New York in the early evening to serve a warrant to a 29-year-old man wanted in an open complaint, police said.

There, the suspect had a pit bull loose, and the dog bit one of the officers in the arm. His partner opened fire on the dog, killing it, police said.

"They came into the gate. He had the dog loose and the dog came out," said witness Micky Burgos. 

The cop who was bitten was treated for minor injuries. 

The dog belonged to a friend of the suspect, who was watching it while the owner -- a professional dancer named Stanley "Sheik" Mondesir -- wraps up his tour with Madonna in Los Angeles, friends said.

A witness said the officers had no choice but to shoot the animal, but friends said the dog was well-trained and cops should have tried to avoid it.

"The dog is a good dog," said Peaches Simmons, a friend of Mondesir. "I feel like if they really needed to get in the house -- that's why the need animal control." 

Simmons called Mondesir to let him know his dog was killed, and said he was distraught.

"He started crying 'cause he had Stonnie since he's a baby," said Simmons.

The dog, named Stonnie Boy -- an apparent slang term for "get wild" and something Madonna yells onstage -- was about 3 or 4 years old. 

People in the neighborhood said the dog was well-behaved and never seemed aggressive. But Burgos said the officers did what they had to do.

"I told the police officer, 'I'm sorry, it wasn't your fault,' 'cause the dog came at him," said Burgos. 

Police would not describe the nature of the warrant that was being issued against the suspect. 

Mondesir is a so-called "bone-breaker" dancer who has been touring with Madonna over the past year, friends said. He was also part of a popular dance crew, RingMasters, that appeared on MTV. 

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<![CDATA[9 Cats That Won't Make You Sneeze]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:36:57 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-99192954_high-cropped.jpgIf you love cats but suffer from allergies, don't be discouraged. Here are a few breeds that won't send you running for Benadryl.

Photo Credit: Brenda Carson/Getty Images/Hemera]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Adopt Ruby the Cat]]>Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:54:45 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016187877_1200x675_722203715886.jpgRuby, a sweet 7-year-old cat, is looking for a furr-ever home. You can adopt her or hundreds of other pets and help NBC10 Clear the Shelters this month.]]><![CDATA[BucksCo Firefighters Rescue Fox]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:12:38 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Soccer+Net+Fox.PNG

A group of local heroes rescued a fox tangled in a soccer net in New Hope, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

New Hope Eagle Volunteer Firefighters, along with Solebury Township Police and Medic 146 came to the rescue of the fox after its head was stuck in the soccer net.

A video posted on Facebook shows the group cutting the net that appears to be tangled around the animal's head. They then released the fox back into the woods. Take a look at the rescue in the video embedded above.

Photo Credit: New Hope Eagle Volunteer Fire Company
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<![CDATA[Md. Woman Kept 66 Dogs in Her Home]]>Sat, 09 Jul 2016 08:38:30 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Katherine+Ting+Tiong+Look+N.jpg

A Maryland woman will spend 180 days in jail for keeping 66 dogs in deplorable conditions in her home.

A district court judge sentenced 47-year-old Katherine Ting Tiong, of Rockville, to more than 16 years in prison with all but 180 days suspended. She also will be placed under three years probation and has been ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. 

The judge said the dogs would have been better off euthanized than continue living in her home.

Ting Tiong was charged earlier this year after police rescued the dogs on New Year’s Day.

The dogs were found in varying levels of distress, according to the Animal Services Division of the Montgomery County Police Department. Many of the animals had dirty fur soaked in urine, infections or suffered from other untreated diseases.

Three of the dogs had to be euthanized, and another also died.

Ting Tiong told authorities she was operating a rescue service called Forever Homes Animal Rescue.

Before sentencing Friday, Ting Tiong told News4's Kristin Wright she had lined up a rescue in New Jersey to pick up 30 of the dogs.

The police investigation officially began after one of the dogs bit a woman at a Potomac pet adoption event in December.

Most of the surviving dogs have been adopted, but some of them are still working through issues with their new families, according to Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center. Three of the dogs are still up for adoption.

To adopt, call 240-773-5900.

Photo Credit: Montgomery County Police]]>
<![CDATA[Shelter Pets at ACCT Need Homes, Kitten Adoptions Free]]>Sat, 09 Jul 2016 06:15:20 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Coraline+ACCT+adoptions.jpg

With their cages already so filled that they were holding a free cat and kitten adoption event through Saturday, Philadelphia's Animal Care & Control Team's Shelter received a drop-off yesterday with 30 more cats and four dogs, officials said.

The ACCT shelter's furry temporary residents are in desperate need of homes.

ACCT already started a "Feline Freedom Adoption Frenzy" through Saturday, in which it will waive all adoption fees for cats and kittens.

"An unusual spike in cat intake combined with a slow adoption weekend means space is tight," Carolyn Fitzgerald, ACCT Philly's director of lifesaving, said. "We are committed to finding homes for as many of these cats as possible and are counting on the public to adopt and save a life."

The ACCT shelter got even more crowded on Thursday, officials said, when someone stopped by to drop of 30 more cats and four dogs.

Up for adoption are a "social and outgoing" year-old orange tabby cat named Jasper who gets along with kids and dogs, and Coraline, an adorable 4-month-old kitten.

ACCT Philly's shelter is located at 111 W. Hunting Park Ave. in Philadelphia. Adopters can meet the animals and go through the adoption screening process there. Click here for more information.

Photo Credit: ACCT Philly]]>
<![CDATA[Rescued Dog, Bird Forge Unlikely Friendship]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 21:03:31 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/shaw+and+samson-1+copy.jpg

Rescuing animals is a rewarding, and sometimes challenging, task – but I never expected that rescuing my dog would in turn save my rescued bird, who I feared I wouldn’t be able to help.

I have always promised myself that if I’m going to have an animal it will come from a shelter, a promise that has led me to owning two rescued birds and a rescued dog.

Some days, I think of how much easier it would be if I had just raised my pets myself, but there’s no better feeling than seeing an animal's love grow as they put their rough roads behind them.

My Dutch Shepherd Shaw has been the light of my life since I took him home from Chicago’s Animal Control a little more than two years ago.

Before him, I had two birds that I rescued from shelters in Wisconsin and Minnesota – a king parrot and a white-capped pionus.

My white-capped pionus, Samson, was the first animal my boyfriend and I rescued and has by far been the most challenging to help. He was incredibly cage aggressive and did not like being touched. He screamed loudly and often if he was left alone in a room, which made living in an apartment challenging (sorry, neighbors).

The king parrot Jazz is sweet, but enjoys his alone time and does not fit well against Samson’s dominant nature. Needless to say, the two have never been friends.

When I brought home my dog Shaw, I wasn’t confident he and Samson would ever get along. In fact, their first interaction was Shaw sniffing Samson’s cage and Samson quickly biting him right on the nose. If there’s one word to describe that bird it is fearless.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve slowly worked at getting Shaw used to the other animals in the home. Should anything happen, we want him to know they are “friends, not food.”

Never did I expect that would lead to the bond he now shares with Samson.

Samson and Shaw are now closer than ever. Where Shaw goes, Samson follows, usually on the ground. When Shaw eats, Samson is at the bowl with him, eating his food.

Not only has their developing bond been amazing to watch, but it’s made a noticeable difference in Samson's attitude. He spends more time out of his cage and is more open to letting my boyfriend and I pet and hold him.

It is definitely still a work in progress, and the screaming still hasn’t stopped (again, sorry neighbors), but it’s a step forward that I feared we would never be able take.

Photo Credit: Dave Dvorak]]>
<![CDATA[Helping Pets During Fireworks Shows]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:27:34 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dogs+vs+Fireworks.jpg

The Fourth of July fireworks may be fun for those of us on two legs, but for a lot of four-legged friends out there, it's not the same story. 

The loud noise from fireworks shows during the holiday can often cause serious anxiety for pets and can even send some running out of fear.

Cate McManus with Dallas Animal Services said it’s common to see a rush the day after the yearly Fourth of July display as their already packed shelter takes on even more pets that got away from home.

“When animals just freak out from fireworks, they get out of fences or break down doors," she said. "I mean some dogs really go to extremes to get away — they’re so scared."

There are a lot of options available to deal with the anxiety such as wearable options, while others include herbal or over-the-counter pills offered at pet stores.

Last May, when Southlake veterinarian Dr. Tom Holbrook was seeing similar anxiety from dogs during thunderstorms, he showed NBC 5 a new medication being prescribed to dogs during such situations called Sileo.

"You put it in the cheek and gums,” said Holbrook. “Just put the syringe right in the gum right there and just squirt so many dots, and the dots are on the syringe itself."

The fast acting gel calms the pet and wears off after just a few hours. Holbrook’s office warns that it does require a checkup and prescription from your local vet to get the gel.

McManus said her best advice for avoiding problems during the fireworks is to keep your animals indoors and comfortable in a spot where they feel safe.

“Keeping them confined, well confined, certainly with a collar and tags on just in case,” she said.

If you do come across a stray after the fireworks, local animal services leaders ask that you contact them right away so that they can work to get that pet back home.

Photo Credit: Brian Scott, NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Dogs Hitch a Ride With Maryland Firefighters]]>Sun, 03 Jul 2016 12:42:38 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dogs110.jpg

A group of Maryland firefighters gave a helping hand to a few four-legged furry friends Saturday morning — saving one from a hot car.

Prince George's County firefighters were called to the Home Depot in the 6000 block of Oxon Hill Road after a man reported having chest pains.

The man was in his vehicle in the store's parking lot with three dogs. He told the firefighters he had been drinking and was intoxicated, fire officials said.

Firefighters offered to take him to the hospital, but he declined. The concerned firefighters then called police who told the man he was in no condition to drive home. They suggested he walk to his house nearby.

The firefighters then noticed a dog left in another parked vehicle in the lot. All of the vehicle's windows were closed.

The crew found a door unlocked and rescued the dog. They tended to the pup until its owners returned to the vehicle, fire officials said.

Firefighters then gave the three other dogs an adventurous ride back home on-board the fire engine.

Photo Credit: Prince George's County Fire and EMS]]>
<![CDATA[New Jersey Bill Would Require New Stores to Only Sell Rescue Animals]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 09:26:28 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dogs-cats-GettyImages-107072782.jpg

A measure that would require new pet stores in New Jersey to only sell cats and dogs from shelters and animal rescue organizations has advanced.

The state Senate approved the measure on Thursday, but it still needs to be debated in the state Assembly.

Sen. Ray Lesniak argues that the bill is needed to end abuse at so-called puppy mills.

But the chief executive of the Washington-based Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council told The Record newspaper that the bill comes from a good place, but does some very bad things.

Mike Bober says the bill would make it difficult for new stores to open and would weaken the state's pet protection law.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Officer, Good Samaritan Save Kitten Tossed from Moving Car]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:12:24 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bridge+cat+gallery+5.png

A Good Samaritan and a police officer sprung into action when someone tossed a kitten from the window of a moving car on the Walt Whitman Bridge last week.

Jean Finizio was headed to work in New Jersey when she saw a kitten running in the median of the bridge.

"We were inching along the bridge when I saw the kitten, I almost didn't believe what I saw," explains Finizio, who then pulled over to try and get the kitten to jump into her car. She heard the cat crying from outside the car and when she got out to locate the kitten, she found it clinging her back tire.

Delaware River Port Authority Officer Richie Ridolfi coincidentally happened to be crossing the bridge headed toward Philadelphia at the same time a call was made about a kitten being thrown from a car window.

"I'm the biggest animal lover," Ridolfi said. "As soon as I get a call about any animal on the bridge, I'm the first person to get there."

Ridolfi sprung into action and found Finizio in the middle of the bridge. The two were going to do whatever it took to get the kitten to safety.

Finizio explained to Ridolfi that as she pulled over on the bridge to avoid hitting the kitten, the small, frightened animal jumped into her tire well. 

"I laid on the ground, in the middle of the bridge, under the car trying to reach for the cat, but she must have gotten scared and she ended up crawling into the undercarriage," Ridolfi recounted. 

After the unsuccessful rescue, traffic began to build, and the group decided it would be best to move the car to the end of the bridge to retrieve the kitten.

"I had a police escort all the way to the Camden service station but I was so scared of what could happen to the kitten, I could hear it crying from the engine," said Finizio, "It's unnerving, I'm a cat lover and the last thing I wanted was to hurt it."

After reaching a parking lot at the end of the bridge, the group was able to rescue the kitten from the car's undercarriage.

After getting a few cute photos to share the story, Finizio and Ridolfi agreed the little kitten needed to be checked out and find a good home.

"I took her to Philadelphia Animal Hospital to make sure she was not injured or sick, and I took a few photos to post on Facebook to see if anyone was interested in adopting the her," said Ridolfi, who offered to pay for all of the vet fees in return for a good home for the kitten. 

The kitten, appropriately named "Bridgette," is now living comfortably at her new home. 

Police have not tracked down the person responsible for throwing the kitten from the car.

Photo Credit: Richie Ridolfi]]>
<![CDATA[Summer Lovin Adoption Event]]>Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:32:04 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015948515_1200x675_712742467983.jpgAme Dorminy from the ACCT Philly team is in the studio to introduce us to Yam, today all pets are half price and Ame has the details.]]><![CDATA[Funeral for PSPCA Law Enforcement Director George Bengal]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:20:09 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/George-Bengal.jpg

George Bengal, the PSPCA's director of humane law enforcement who helped Philadelphia and surrounding cities fight animal abuse for decades, has died at the age of 69.

Bengal passed away Saturday at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania with his wife and daughter at his bedside.

Bengal first began his career with the Philadelphia Police Department after serving in the Vietnam War. Bengal became a Humane Law Enforcement leader, fighting animal cruelty for 20 years. Bengal then built Humane Law Enforcement operations at several animal organizations in the area, including the Delaware County SPCA and the Pennsylvania SPCA. He also became the PSPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement in 2007.

“George Bengal was an icon, a fierce warrior against animal cruelty, and a street smart cop who led by example. The animals have lost their best friend and we have lost a most special colleague. His officers didn’t work under him. They worked next to him,” said Jerry Buckley, CEO of the PSPCA.  “We always knew George was courageous in his work. But the way he faced his own death took courage to a new level.”

In 2016 Bengal was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that affected the membrane lining of his abdomen. Last month, knowing he had little time left, Bengal had one last request for the community he served, that they continue to support the SPCA, which runs only on donations.

"I just want to see this work desperately carried on," Bengal said.

Bengal's supporters created a #ThankYouGeorge hashtag on Twitter in which hundreds of people thanked him for his dedication to ending animal cruelty.

“I never thought that I would have a following like this, and I’d like to see it put to good use,” Bengal said. “This is not about one single person. It’s about carrying the program forward. We’ve all put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to make the program what it is. I’ll be gone. We have capable people who can step up. I want to see the public and government support this program. If we didn’t do this anymore, there’s nobody to fill the void.”

The PSPCA created the Bengal Fund to End Animal Cruelty in his memory with all donations going towards Humane Law Enforcement.

“We are doing whatever we can to honor everything that George has taught us,” said Sergeant Nicole Wilson. “This department was his brainchild. Through sheer will, he’s kept us performing at as high a level as possible. We continue to do our best to make him proud of what we do, and to put his name on it. Very few people are irreplaceable, but George is irreplaceable. We hope to continue his legacy.”

Bengal is survived by his wife, two daughters and a grandson. He will be memorialized at Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia, on Philmont Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia starting at 10 a.m. A military funeral service with  follow at Sunset Memorial Park on County Line Road in Feasterville, Bucks County.

Photo Credit: Pennsylvania SPCA ]]>
<![CDATA[Dogs from Tri-State Area Comfort Orlando Shooting Victims]]>Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:53:00 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015882965_1200x675_710059587795.jpgSix dogs and their trainers who specialize in helping with post-traumatic stress disorder left from Cherry Hill on Tuesday morning. They're going to provide comfort to first responders and victims of the Orlando club shooting. ]]><![CDATA[K-9 Comfort Dogs Deploy from Philadelphia to Orlando]]>Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:32:35 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/all+dogs+with+police+officers.jpgSix Tri-state K-9 Crisis Comfort Dog teams and handlers deployed from Philadelphia to Orlando to provide comfort to first responders as well as survivors of the Pulse Nightclub shooting who remain hospitalized. ]]><![CDATA[Meet the AKC's Newest Breed]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:43:15 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/westminster+dog.jpg

A high-energy Hungarian herding dog is the latest new breed headed to the Westminster Kennel Club and many other U.S. dog shows.

The American Kennel Club is announcing Wednesday that it is recognizing the pumi, the 190th breed to join the roster of the nation's oldest purebred dog registry. That means the pumi can vie for best of breed at Westminster for the first time next February.

With coats of corkscrew curls and ears that flop at the tips, the pumi (pronounced POOM'-ee) has a whimsical expression that belies its strong work ethic, fanciers say. The 20-to-30-pound breed goes back centuries in Hungary, where it herded cattle, sheep, and swine. It's related to the puli, a breed already recognized by the AKC and known for its coat of long cords.

Like many herding dogs, pumis — the proper plural is actually "pumik" — are alert and active.

"They're not for somebody who's going to sit and watch TV all day long," said Chris Levy, president of the Hungarian Pumi Club of America. But if provided with enough exercise and stimulation, "the pumi can chill out."

Considered quick learners, pumis have done well at agility and other canine sports. Some in the U.S. also herd rabbits, chickens, goats and even cats in a cattery, said Levy, who breeds the dogs in Salem, Oregon. She and others have been working to build up the breed in the U.S. for two decades, but it's still quite rare.

AKC recognition requires having at least 300 dogs of the breed nationwide, among other criteria. Two other new breeds, the American hairless terrier and an ancient North African hound called the sloughi, were recognized this past January and will also be eligible for Westminster for the first time next year.

Some animal-rights advocates say dog breeding is too appearance-focused and irresponsible when many mixed-breed animals need adoption. The AKC says conscientious breeding helps people and pets make happy matches by making the animals' characteristics somewhat more predictable.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

Photo Credit: Thomas Pitera/The American Kennel Club via AP]]>
<![CDATA[11 of the Best Dog Breeds for Senior Citizens]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:47:22 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/welsh-terrier.jpgA friendly dog can make the perfect sidekick for a senior citizen. According to PetBreeds, these 11 breeds are hardy and cheerful, making them excellent companion dogs. They are also highly intelligent and can be trained to assist less able-bodied owners.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Adopt a Cat Month]]>Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:46:45 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015823812_1200x675_707649091977.jpgJustina Calgiano and Tyler Noyes, of Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania, are in the studio with Butch and Dayna who are looking for new homes. June is Adopt-a-Cat Month and now is the perfect time to add one of them to your family.]]><![CDATA[Free Pet Adoptions in Philly]]>Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:55:00 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ACCTpets.jpg

A "Who's Your Daddy?" adoption event looks to find homes for pets over Father's Day weekend.

Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) of Philadelphia is waiving adoption fees Saturday and Sunday in an effort to clear the shelter.

“Summer is an extremely busy time of year for us,” said Vincent Medley, ACCT Philly executive director. “But we know there are a lot of people out there who want to help save lives by adopting. This event makes it fun and stress-free to come find a new best friend”.

All usual adoption screening and procedures still apply, so check out the rules before you go to adopt.

ACCT Philly is located in North Philadelphia at 111 West Hunting Park Avenue. The free adoption event is Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo Credit: ACCT Philly]]>
<![CDATA[Dozens of Cats Rescued From Philly Home]]>Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:07:15 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015809537_1200x675_707210819509.jpgThe SPCA received a tip through its hotline and served a warrant on two separate homes in a building on Griscom Street in Frankford to find nearly 50 cats.]]><![CDATA[Puppies Rescued From NJ Hoarder Find Homes]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:54:44 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dogsthumbnail_SN.jpgAll dogs rescued from hoarders in Howell, New Jersey, that were available for adoption have found their forever homes, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center said.]]><![CDATA[News Anchor Apologizes to Dog He Saw in Hot Car]]>Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:34:59 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kyle-Clark-cropped.jpg

Kyle Clark, a news anchor in Denver, made an impassioned apology to a furry member of the local community during a recent broadcast.

While grabbing lunch, Clark heard a dog loudly crying in a locked Honda CR-V on a 90-degree day. In a video of his broadcast posted to his Facebook page, Clark said he nearly resorted to throwing a rock through the car window to help the clearly distressed dog. He said the animal's cries could be heard from across the parking lot.

"Do you know how hot it is in 90 degree sun when you're wearing a suit, or fur, in a car? I'm guessing you don't or you don't care," said Clark, who works for NBC affiliate KUSA.

Deciding against breaking a window, Clark instead called the Denver 311 help center. While he was on hold, the dog's owner finally returned from the nearby frozen yogurt shop. However, Clark said the person "blew him off" and "basically laughed" when he warned the person against leaving the dog in a hot car.

"There's an apology in order, not for you, no, for your dog," Clark said. "I am sorry that your dog does not have better humans."

The American Veterinary Medical Association warns that hundred of pets die every year from heat exhaustion after being left in cars on warm days. Dogs are particularly susceptible to the heat because their primary method of cooling is panting, which is not as efficient as sweating. The organization writes on its website that parked vehicle temperatures can rise by almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes and continue to rise over time-- even if the windows are cracked.

Photo Credit: KUSA]]>
<![CDATA[Who Tossed This Adorable Kitten Out With the Trash?]]>Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:35:17 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kitty+Trashed+6072016.jpg

Grundgetta's Monday was worse than most. She got thrown out with the trash.

The three-week old kitten owes her life to a conscientious trash collector in Upper Darby Township who saw something moving inside a plastic bag once he'd dumped a homeowner's trash into his garbage truck.

After discovering the little kitten, who seemed fine except for some paint on her fur, the trash collector -- who was distraught -- called animal control.

That led to a visit with a veterinarian and eventually the kitty ended up in the care of Providence Animal Center. Staff affectionately named her Grundgetta after a Muppet character who was Oscar the Grouch's girlfriend. Yep, he's the one who lives in the trash can.

"She clearly isn't a wild cat. She is so sweet and domesticated. She leans into your hand and she loves people. She loves being held," said Justina Calgiano with the animal shelter.

Grundgetta weighs about 12 ounces and she needs to get her weight up to about two pounds before she can be adopted. The shelter plans to place her with a foster family until she's older, healthier and ready to be adopted.

"Kittens this young, it's hard because normally she would still be with her mom right now. They're not out of the woods in terms of survival," Calgiano said.

Providence Animal Center's Humane Officer, Ron Riggle, is investigating what could be a crime of neglect and abandonment. If you know how Grundgetta ended up in the garbage, you can call him at 610-566-1370 x 214 or email: rriggle@providenceac.org.

Photo Credit: Providence Animal Center
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<![CDATA[Rescued Pups Up for Auction]]>Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:50:08 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/puppy+mask.jpg

More than 40 of the 276 dogs rescued from a hoarding family's home in New Jersey will be available for adoption this weekend. 

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, which has been looking after 141 of the dogs that were rescued from the Howell home last week, is inviting potential adopters to visit their Madison and North Branch campuses to meet the dogs and puppies anytime this week. 

“St. Hubert’s is so grateful for the outpouring of support for the wonderful dogs and puppies that have come into our care from the case in Howell,” said Heather Cammisa, President & CEO of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center.

Adoption counselors will help match interested potential owners with the dogs rescued from Howell, as well as other pets that will be up for adoption.

Donations are also accepted to help with the care of the animals, the shelter says. 

Officials say the Howell couple who hoarded the dogs will face charges

Photo Credit: NBC New York]]>
<![CDATA[Dogs Saved From Butcher's Block Up for Adoption]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:59:55 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Camden+County+Animal+Shelter+Butvcher+Dog+Adoptions.jpg

A South Jersey animal shelter is putting three dogs saved from a South Korean meat farm up for adoption.

“These dogs have overcome insurmountable odds, and have traveled a great distance to find someone to provide them with the love and care they deserve,” said Freeholder Jeff Nash, liaison to the Camden County Animal Shelter. “These dogs, along with other animals, are waiting for you to provide them with their forever home.”

The dogs are Joey, a 1-year-old golden retriever; Liberty a 1- to 2-year-old Siberian husky; and Tisha, a 2- to 3-year-old Japanese mastiff.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to rescue these dogs, provide medical attention and care and find them loving homes,” said CCAS executive director Vicki Rowland.

The dogs were rescued as part of an international effort to end Korean farming of dogs for meat, said a news release from Camden County.

The rescued dogs and many other animals are up for adoption at the Camden County Animal Shelter at 125 County House Road in Blackwood, New Jersey. For more info on these dogs or any other animals call (856) 401-1300 ext. 102.

Photo Credit: Camden County]]>
<![CDATA['FurAlert' App Helps You Find Your Lost Pet]]>Thu, 02 Jun 2016 04:20:14 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015570141_1200x675_697073219779.jpgThere is a new app to help you find a lost pet. It’s called “Fur Alert,” and Gloucester Township is the first New Jersey community to promote it. NBC10’s Cydney Long has the story.]]><![CDATA[Hardly a Dog's Life for First Pets Bo & Sunny]]>Sun, 29 May 2016 16:46:15 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_851780932641.jpg

It's hardly a dog's life of just eating and sleeping for President Barack Obama's pets, Bo and Sunny.

The pair of Portuguese water dogs — Bo with his distinctive white chest and front paws, and the all-black Sunny — are canine ambassadors for the White House, very popular and so in demand that they have schedules, like the president.

"Everybody wants to see them and take pictures," Michelle Obama said. "I get a memo at the beginning of the month with a request for their schedules, and I have to approve their appearances."

The dogs have entertained crowds at the annual Easter Egg Roll and Bo has been at Mrs. Obama's side when she welcomes tourists on the anniversary of the president's inauguration. The dogs also have cheered wounded service members, as well as the hospitalized children the first lady visits each year just before Christmas. In a sign of just how recognized Bo and Sunny are, authorities in January arrested a North Dakota man who they say came to Washington to kidnap one of the pets.

Bo, now 7, joined the Obama family in April 2009. He was a gift from the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., a key supporter of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign who became close to the family. Bo helped Obama keep a promise to daughters Malia and Sasha that they could get a dog after the election.

Sunny, nearly 4, came along in August 2013.

Bo already had a job as a "helper" to Dale Haney, the head groundskeeper at the White House, which happens to be a national park.

"He leaves every morning and he goes down with Dale ... and he's with all the National Park Service guys. And you'll see him, and he's like walking around with them, and looking at the plants," Mrs. Obama said. "I think he thinks he has a job because he takes it very seriously. So if I go out and see him, he kind of ignores me when he's with his worker crew people."

The dogs have a pretty nice life. "They can sit on my lap, they sit on my chair, they cuddle with me," Mrs. Obama said. "I like to lay on the floor with them and blow in their face. I like to make them run and chase each other. But they're so cute, I just love to just cuddle them and massage them."

Presidential pets are always popular and many presidents kept dogs as companions. President Harry S. Truman famously advised: "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog."

President George H.W. Bush's English Springer Spaniel, Millie, "wrote" the best-seller "Millie's Book."

President Bill Clinton's chocolate Labrador Retriever, Buddy, helped Clinton weather the scandal over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

President George W. Bush's Scottish Terrier, Barney, had an official web page and starred in "Barneycam" videos that were filmed from a camera hung around his neck. Like Mrs. Obama, first lady Laura Bush was involved with the video scripts and the taping schedule.

President Lyndon B. Johnson angered animal lovers by lifting his pet beagle, Him, by the ears in front of news photographers.

Obama promised last year to "clean things up a little bit" before leaving the White House in January because the dogs "have been tearing things up occasionally."

Mrs. Obama said her four-legged family members had been nice overall, but she exposed Sunny's naughtier side.

"You know what she does sometimes? She leaves the kitchen and she'll sneak and she'll go poop on the other end of the White House," the first lady said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Cash-Strapped Delaware SPCA Closing Shelter]]>Fri, 27 May 2016 07:49:16 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/95572844.jpg

The Delaware Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is closing its flagship Stanton animal shelter next month because of mounting debt.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports the organization's executive director Andrea Perlak says the Stanton, New Castle County shelter will close June 17 and the property will be sold. The money from the sale will go toward supporting the SPCA's Georgetown location, Sussex County's only animal shelter.

The announcement comes one year after the organization spent $500,000 to build new dog kennels and cat crates there. Perlak says all the new kennels and crates will be transferred Georgetown, in addition to any remaining animals.

Perlak says about 20 employees will lose their jobs following the June 17 closure of the Stanton shelter, although she says many area shelters could hire them.

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<![CDATA[Uber Wants You to Relieve Stress With Puppy Playdates]]>Thu, 19 May 2016 21:12:39 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/PSCPA+Uber+Puppy+Kiss.JPG

PSPCA and Uber have teamed up to bring puppy playdates back to the area on Thursday.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Uber users can request 15 minutes of playtime at their office with adoptable puppies from the Pennsylvania SPCA for $30.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Pennsylvania SPCA to find shelter animals their fur-ever homes.

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<![CDATA[New Dog Meds to Curb Dogs' Noise-Related Anxiety]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 21:17:28 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16137623735677-zoetis-dog-anxiety-medicine.jpg

Fido and Spot may not have to cower under the bed this summer when fireworks and thunderstorms hit.

The first prescription veterinary medicine for treating anxiety over loud noises — a widespread problem that can send dogs running away in terror and harm both themselves and property — will soon hit the market.

Veterinary medicine maker Zoetis Inc. of Florham Park, New Jersey, said Monday that recently approved Sileo will be available through veterinarians within a week.

Dr. Chris Pachel, a veterinary behaviorist at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, Oregon, welcomes a medicine tested specifically on dogs that works rapidly but wears off within hours — like by the time a thunderstorm is over.

Dogs are now treated with medicines designed for their human owners or behavioral training, which can be ineffective or come with side effects.

"There's always a need for new options," said Pachel, who has reviewed some testing data on Sileo but isn't affiliated with Zoetis.

Fear of loud noises is a common problem for the 70 million dogs in the U.S. and their owners. Dogs are sometimes so frightened they jump through windows, destroy doors while trying to escape a room or run into traffic and get hit by cars. July 5 is the most common day for frustrated pet owners to drop a dog off at a shelter, according to a Zoetis study.

"I have seen the absolutely worst things that can happen with noise anxiety," Dr. J. Michael McFarland, head of U.S. pet marketing at Zoetis, who formerly worked at multiple animal hospitals.

Current treatments range from human anti-anxiety pills such as Xanax and tranquilizers that sedate dogs for many hours, but don't necessarily calm them, to behavioral treatments. Those include confining the dog to a small room or portable kennel, or trying to desensitize dogs by repeatedly exposing them to increasingly loud noise.

Pachel said those treatments or combinations of them work for many dogs, but the tranquilizers can take days to wear off and anti-anxiety pills — many only tested on people — can cause appetite problems, upset stomach and, rarely, abnormal heartbeats if the dose isn't right.

Sileo works by blocking norepinephrine, a brain chemical similar to adrenaline that pumps up anxiety. It comes in prefilled plastic syringes with a dial for setting a precise dose according to the dog's weight.

The needleless syringe is placed between the dog's gum and lip. A little push ejects a small amount of gel that's absorbed by the tissue lining the dog's cheek, which limits how much circulates in the dog's body at a time while enabling the medicine to start working within 30 to 60 minutes. It works for two to three hours, said McFarland, who said he has used Sileo with good results on his Finnish Lapphund.

Each syringe costs $30 and holds enough medicine for about two doses for an 80- to 100-pound dog or four doses for a 40-pound dog.

Dr. Barbara Sherman, a professor at North Carolina State University who runs its animal behavioral medicine clinic, reviewed detailed data on Sileo while serving on an advisory board at Zoetis and found its effectiveness "impressive." She said side effects were benign and thinks that for some dogs, it will be easier to administer than pills.

Zoetis has exclusive rights to distribute Sileo in the U.S. under an agreement with its developer, Orion Corp. of Finland.

In testing conducted for the company on 182 pet beagles on New Year's Eve, 75 percent of their owners rated its effect good or excellent, compared with 33 percent whose dogs got a placebo. Side effects were rare and minor.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Housebroken Bison for Sale by Texas Owner]]>Fri, 13 May 2016 15:36:59 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bullet+the+Bison.jpg

An 8-year-old bison named Bullet has outgrown its Texas home and the owner wants to find a new place for the 1,000-pound pet to roam. 

The family posted a Craigslist ad listing Bullet as "for sale" for almost $6,000, as long as the new owner will allow the bison to continue interacting with people. Bullet's owner says the buffalo needs more space and grassland.

According to the ad, originally posted in March, Bullet is housebroken and "perfectly gentle." The post indicated that "if this ad is still showing, the buffalo is still for sale." On Friday afternoon, a link to the post displayed a message stating the post had been flagged for removal. 

"Bullet loves to chase and spar with a riding lawn mower, wheel barrow or even my truck when I'm out in the field. She will follow me when I'm in the truck. She is like a precious gigantic dog herself," the listing said.

It warns that Bullet is still a buffalo, after all, and should never be left alone in the house or with children.

The buffalo is also famous, the ad read, noting Bullet is featured in the children's book "Heaven is for Animals" by Nancy Tillman.

Bullet lives with the family in Argyle, 30 miles northwest of Dallas. 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Paralyzed Dog Left at Florida Shelter With Note]]>Wed, 04 May 2016 12:48:48 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_paralyzeddog0504_1920x1080.jpgA Florida animal shelter is caring for a paralyzed dog named Genie after her previous owners left her at the shelter with a handwritten note, explaining that the owner could not afford to care for the small pup. "I tried to manage her pain with medication from her vet but they only ease her pain and she needs surgery. I cannot afford so I ask that the Animal Health Center heal her and find her a loving forever home. Thank you," said the note. ]]><![CDATA[Rescued Lions Explore New Home in Sanctuary]]>Tue, 03 May 2016 12:38:47 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_518985915980-lion-airlift-south-africa-sanctuaries.jpg

Lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru and airlifted to South Africa scratched their manes on trees and explored their new territory in the African bush after being released into a sanctuary north of Johannesburg Sunday.

One of the 33 lions, a male known as Zeus, let out a mighty roar before stepping out of his cage into an enclosure where he will spend the coming months being monitored by a vet.

The lions arrived at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary shortly after dawn on Sunday to end a two-day journey from South America.

The lions were freed after the use of wild animals in circuses was outlawed in Peru and Colombia.

It will be impossible for the lions to survive in the wild as they were bred in captivity and their circus owners mutilated many by breaking their teeth and removing their claws. Because they cannot hunt they will be fed game meat and will have water in their enclosures.

"They are remarkably calm after such a long journey," Tim Phillips, the co-founder of Animal Defenders International which led the rescue of the lions told The Associated Press. "It was a dream come true watching them step of those cages into their new homes in the African bush."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Dogs Get Own Bathroom at NY Airport]]>Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:29:36 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16119780722026.jpg

Little Simba couldn't wait to check it out.

The toy poodle was one of the first dogs to try a special bathroom designated just for animals at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, among a growing number of "pet relief facilities" being installed at major air hubs across the nation.

"There's a fire hydrant in there!" Simba's owner, Heidi Liddell, announced as she opened the pawprint-marked door between the men's and women's rooms.

It didn't take long for the dog to sidle up to the little red hydrant atop a patch of artificial turf and do her business. A dispenser of plastic doggie bags and a hose was provided for the owners to clean the area up for the next pet.

The 70-square-foot room, at JFK's sprawling Terminal 4, allows dogs and other animals to relieve themselves without needing to exit the building to find a place to go outside — a step that requires an annoying second trip through the security line.

"We had seen an increase of passengers traveling with pets and we decided to do it sooner rather than later," said Susana Cunha, vice president of the management company that operates the terminal.

Guide and service dogs, emotional support animals and other pets traveling with passengers are all welcome to use the facilities.

A federal regulation will require that all airports that service over 10,000 passengers per year install a pet relief area in every terminal by this August. Airports that already have them include Dulles International outside Washington D.C., Chicago's O'Hare and Seattle-Tacoma International.

"With long flights and short transit time frames, passengers would not have enough time with plane changes to come back through security," said Karen Greis, a consumer services manager for the Guide Dog Foundation, a nonprofit that trains service dogs and participated in the design of the new facility. "Having relief areas inside the terminal is a stress reliever for the handlers."

That was certainly the case for Taylor Robbins, who had already missed one flight from JFK to Atlanta and was unsure if she had enough time to go back outside to find a place to walk her terrier John John.

"It's really clean, it gets the job done and he seemed to understand he could use it," she said after exiting the doggie restroom. "Without this he would have had to hold it in."

Other pet owners were encouraged by the convenience.

Mark Shadowens, from Lake Tahoe, California, peered into the new facility with a smile. He said he and his wife Helen would love to travel with their Jack Russell terrier, Bella, but fears not being able to find a place to let her go to the bathroom.

"We travel with our pet a lot, just not on airlines," Shadowens said. "We like to go see the world and I think we would bring her if there were places like this."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Bridge-Running Dog Adopted]]>Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:19:28 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BayBridgeDog.jpg

Ponch, the stray Chihuahua who captured hearts around the nation after he sprinted across the Bay Bridge early this month, has finally found a home. 

After being rescued by California Highway Patrol April 3, Ponch went to stay with a foster family connected to San Francisco County's animal services department. His caretakers waited several weeks to see if someone would come forward and claim ownership – Ponch had a collar with a skull dangling from it when he was captured – but no one stepped up.

Instead, offers from animal lovers all over the world came flooding in, asking if it would be possible to give the 10-pound Chihuahua a new home. Animal Care and Control conducted several interviews, according to the department, before settling on a suitable family for Ponch. He was scheduled to go home Thursday, after his rescuers have a chance to bid him farewell.

“Taking into consideration that Ponch is a nervous fellow who loves to run, his new home and family are perfectly suited to give him the happily-ever-after life,” Animal Care and Control said in a statement. The family adopting him wishes to remain anonymous.

Ponch’s story went viral following an early morning police chase that resulted in a short shutdown of the Bay Bridge. The pup, who was visibly frightened, was darting across lanes of traffic.

The California Highway Patrol officers involved in his rescue nicknamed the pup “Ponch,” after Erik Estrada’s character in the 1970s TV hit “CHIPS.”

“We’re happy that Ponch’s story has ended with a loving new home”, says Animal Care & Control Executive Director Virginia Donohue. “We’re grateful for all of the good will Ponch has generated for shelter dogs.”

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<![CDATA[Biker Dog in UK Gets His Own Yellow Kevlar Coat]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:45:54 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/kevlardog.jpgBiker Steve Hawley wanted to share his favorite hobby with his dog and bought a yellow kevlar coat for the Labrador, Renee. Kevlar is an ultra-tough synthetic material designed for the toughest tasks; it's regularly used in motorcycle clothing when leather is not convenient.

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<![CDATA[Kitten Stars of 'Keanu' in Hollywood Spotlight]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:09:47 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/KNU-FP-001.jpg

Anyone who's spent time with a cat might agree with filmmaker Peter Atencio when he says cats are the "15-year-olds of the animal kingdom."

Dogs are eager to please their owners. Cats couldn't care less.

But the kittens that play the title tabby in the new action-comedy "Keanu" impressed their human co-stars so much, they've earned permanent places in Hollywood.

"They blew away my expectations," said Atencio, director of "Keanu" and a self-described "crazy cat man" who has three cats, two dogs and a rabbit at home. "They took direction really well."

"Keanu," in theaters Friday, tells the story of Clarence and Rell ("Key & Peele" stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele), two mild-mannered guys who pretend to be killer criminals after a gang of thugs steals Rell's kitten, Keanu. The gangsters want to keep the kitten — now wearing gold chains and a tiny do-rag — but Clarence and Rell will do anything, including embracing their inner tough-guys, to get him back.

Seven brown tabbies, all rescued from animal shelters, played Keanu. Trainer Larry Payne said animal roles generally require multiple actors (or, in this case, cat-ctors), as each has its own personality traits that contribute to the onscreen character.

Some kittens are better at hitting marks, for example, while others are particularly skilled at sitting still and being adorable.

"There's the run guy, there's the snuggle guy, there's the meow guy," Key said.

"It's like assembling a team of bank-robbers," Atencio added.

Payne initially trained three kittens to play Keanu, but they aged out halfway through production.

"(They) had gotten big and not really kitten-like anymore," he explained.

He adopted four more kittens to finish the film. All were about eight weeks old when they began their monthlong training.

Besides learning the skills they'd need for their scenes — sit, stay, go from one mark to another — the Keanus had to get used to the noise and commotion of a movie set. Loud sounds typically make cats run and hide.

"It's a little bit easier with the kittens, believe it or not, than with adult cats, because I don't think they know any better," said Payne, who trains all kinds of animals for film and TV roles. "The kittens almost think, 'This is what all kittens do: We work on movies!'"

Payne plied the kitties with treats during training. Repetition and positive reinforcement are key, he said. He uses off-camera buzzers or clickers — which signify food is coming — to summon the cats to their marks.

He also used treats to get them to tolerate the dozen or so costumes Keanu wears. Rell dresses his pet in a little fedora, goggles, a leather jacket, a hoodie and sunglasses, among other things.

When the kittens weren't on screen, they hung out in miniature star trailers: deluxe animal carriers decked out with beds, toys and water. When filming on location in New Orleans, all seven Keanus stayed with Payne in his hotel suite.

Peele, who co-wrote "Keanu," said a cat-napped kitten wasn't part of the film's original premise. He and co-writer Alex Rubens knew the main characters and their squares-in-gangland dilemma, but "it didn't feel like we had something that really justified why we would put ourselves in danger," Peele said. "That's where the kitten came in."

Though he has a dog who sometimes wears outfits ("We got a Burberry outfit and we do have a little beach hoodie. It goes deep."), Peele said they made Keanu a kitten because "we realized there's not a lot of kitten movies."

Payne, too, said he "never had the pleasure of doing an entire kitten movie" in his 30-year career.

Atencio would do one again, saying, "I would love to do a kitten-based horror or thriller."

Maybe he'll call on the kittens formerly known as Keanu? All the film's feline stars are staying in Hollywood. Though one went home with "Keanu" co-star Tiffany Haddish to become a housecat, Payne said the others will continue to act.

He and his colleague, April Mackin, each took two kittens home, and the remaining two live at the California ranch where Payne keeps his menagerie of acting animals.

"The fact that I was able to acclimate them to a movie-set environment when they were real young, they become valuable for us for the future to do that work," he said. "They're provided a great home. We have on-staff vets. And they're very spoiled, much like a normal star would be."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Dog Helps Save Kids From Fire]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:08:13 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/maxx2.jpg

A German shepherd helped firefighters find his owners' two young children as flames ripped through the family's central Florida home, authorities said.

The dog, named Maxx, helped crews navigate through thick smoke to find the 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl Monday night in their burning home in the Orlando suburb of Longwood, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Moments earlier, neighbors who saw the fire spreading called 911, broke windows and helped rescue the children's mother, Margo Feaser, a 12-year veteran of the sheriff's office who currently serves as an auto theft investigator.

Firefighters then were able to rescue Feaser's husband and the two children, with Maxx's help.

Family members were hospitalized and their conditions ranged from serious to critical. Maxx was treated for smoke inhalation and is said to be doing well.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help the family's medical, veterinary, and other housing expenses as they work to recover from the effects of the fire. As of Wednesday morning, more than $11,000 had been raised to help the Feaser family.

In addition to her role with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Feaser served three years in the U.S. Army and is a member of the Army National Guard. Her husband is also a military veteran.

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<![CDATA[Dogs Hate Being Hugged: Pet Behaviorist]]>Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:50:29 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-522796761-%281%29.jpg

Most people treat their dogs like family, giving them big, all-encompassing hugs.  

But a new article in Psychology Today says dogs are actually stressed out by this sort of affection. Canine behaviorist Stanley Coren writes that when dogs get hugged, they interpret it differently than humans. 

Signs of stress include a dog turning his head away from whatever is bothering him and closing his eyes. Lowered or slicked-back ears are also a sign or stress, according to Coren. 

But, this doesn't mean you can't love your pup. Coren suggests expressing your affection toward your pet "with a pat, a kind word, and maybe a treat."

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<![CDATA[Orphaned Puppy Adopted Into Litter of Kittens]]>Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:35:46 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cat-adopts-puppy.jpg

Families can come in all shapes, sizes and species.

Such is the case with Bobby, a tiny Chihuahua who found himself alone at 5 days old when his mother was struck by a car.

A passerby found him on the side of the road and brought Bobby to Michigan Humane Society, where volunteers struggled to give him the care he needed.

He was too young for solid food and required constant attention.

"The calories and nutrition to keep him healthy and growing need to come from his mom. Bottle feeding can be inconsistent, laborious, and risky, even for those that have the resources and time to do so," the humane society wrote on its website.

But there was one problem. There were no nursing dogs at the shelter.

"They had a mom cat that was recently still nursing and they thought — ingenious idea — to maybe see if this puppy could go along with these guys and see if mommy cat could treat him like one of her own," said humane society employee Faith O'Georgia. "And it actually worked."

Now 5 weeks old, Bobby has several feline siblings, including one small kitten who follows him around.

"You think about Mother Nature and how cats and dogs aren’t supposed to like each other but as we all know at the Michigan Humane Society that’s not always the case and this is certainly an extreme example of that," said Ryan McTigue with the humane society.

Bobby will move to a foster home with other dogs when he's old enough to eat solid food.

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<![CDATA[Presidential Pets Through the Years]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:22:38 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/ap_940319058.jpgA range of dogs and cats have kept presidential families company through their stay in Washington, including Fala, Franklin D. Roosevelt's Scottish terrier; Socks, the Clintons' cat; and Bo and Sunny, the Obamas' Portuguese water dogs. Take a look back at the pets that have called the White House home.

<![CDATA[Animal Shelter Opens a Pet Gym in Kentucky ]]>Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:54:48 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/petgym.jpgAn animal shelter in Kentucky started a pet gym as a way to fund the rescue shelter, but they found they were helping pet owners fill a need -- better exercising obese pets.

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<![CDATA[#ClearTheShelters: 1,000-Plus Pets Find Homes]]>Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:57:57 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CTS+Philly+Mimi+Young+Snowball+Voorhees.jpg

Hundreds of pets around the Philadelphia region found homes Saturday thanks to viewers flocking to area animal shelters for NBC10's and Telemundo62's "Clear The Shelters" Day.

In total, 1,014 dogs, cats and other animals found homes. And, a few shelters reported records for single-day adoptions.

Send your #ClearTheShelters selfie with your new friend.

Before the doors even opened Saturday morning, the line stretched around the Delaware County SPCA. By midday the shelter had set a record for in-house adoptions in one day as more than 65 cats and dogs found homes. The Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees, New Jersey also hit a record as nearly 60 pets found homes as the line remained well into the afternoon.

Long lines and high totals of adoptions also marked the event at PSPCA and ACCT Philly as well as the Delaware SPCA in Stanton.

The PSPCA had more than 130 adoptions, including more than 40 cats brought in just this week from a hoarding case.

Before noon, the Hamilton Township Animal Shelter in Mercer County had already cleared all the cats from its kitty room and SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals, also in Mercer County, had reported its largest crowd in the past decade. The Camden County Animal Shelter quickly found homes for nearly three dozen pets.

And, the Chester County SPCA found homes for 90 pets.

Some shelters even reported the adoption of some birds during the day. And, at To Love a Canine Rescue in Chester County, "Columbus" discovered a home.

#ClearTheShelters is a nationwide effort by NBC10 and Telemundo stations to find pets new homes. the first adoptions of the day came in from Boston before 9 a.m. then quickly added up to more than 10,000 by early evening.

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<![CDATA[Uber Puppies for Stress Relief at Work]]>Thu, 19 May 2016 07:25:10 -0500https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/PSCPA+Uber+Puppy+Kiss.JPGThe Pennsylvania SPCA and Uber teamed up to bring some adoptable puppies to workplaces for $30 playdates. Click here for more details on the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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