ACCT Philly is seeing an increase in the number of abandoned animals entering the shelter due to moratoriums on evictions and vet fees.
The shelter is full of so many precious pets, especially puppies. But the reasons are not due to people who adopted pets during the pandemic.
“Ideally we would have 58 dogs. This is the ideal number. We are over 100. We continue to welcome them because there is no other place for these animals to go,” said Sarah Barnett, spokesperson for ACCT Philly.
The shelter says it has seen swarms of people depositing pets. One of the reasons is the moratorium on evictions in Philadelphia, but also reasons we don’t think about.
“A lot of animals are medically returned. People can’t get vet care, and it’s either they can’t afford it or they have a hard time getting it. access right now is really tough with the vet shortage, ”Barnett said.
But ACCT Philly said there are many ways to help people. They encourage animal lovers to adopt, even if it’s only for a few weeks. They say that understanding animals and their habits is helpful in ultimately getting them adopted. But ACCT Philly is always looking for volunteers.
“You hang out with this cat and pet it, and get to know it, can actually help find a home,” Barnett added. “Walk a dog and take him out of the kennel.”
The association seeks to find pets forever.
Adopting an animal saves two lives: the adopted animal and the new pet it can accommodate. ACCT Philly encourages people to adopt with them as they are one stop shopping.
“You get one, a new best friend. So that alone is priceless. But we also have a pretty low adoption fee. The animals are already spayed and neutered,” Barnett said.
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