Animal Kingdom: Can Philadelphia become a ‘no-kill’ city?
Published May 17, 2016 with Keystone Edge.
For local animals — and the people who love them — what would it mean for Philadelphia to become a “no-kill” city?
“I think we are poised to be a national leader in this area,” explains Vincent Medley, executive director of Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT), the city’s largest organization devoted to animal care and safety.
In 2015, ACCT, operating on a mix of taxpayer dollars and donations, took in 8,670 dogs and almost 15,000 cats. A small majority of the dogs were strays — the rest were either surrendered by their owners or transferred from another agency. Over 10,000 of the cats were strays; 4,669 of them were surrendered. How many made it out of the shelter alive? Read more.