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Pennsylvania SPCA Animal Cruelty Hotline:

If you suspect an animal is suffering from abuse or neglect, or if you know someone who might have too many animals in his/her care, then please call the Pennsylvania SPCA’s toll-free animal cruelty hotline at (866) 601-7722 to file a report. All information is confidential and you can remain anonymous.

Surrendering Animals:

Unwanted animals can be brought to the Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) shelter at 111 W. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140. They are open 24/7 and appointments are not required. Please realize that this is a high-volume facility where it is quite likely that your surrendered animal will be euthanized for space. If possible, please consider other alternatives before surrendering your pet.  You could contact some of the local animal welfare organizations or rescues listed  Sometimes they can accept surrendered pets and will find new homes for them.

If a pet must be surrendered, an alternative and safer place is the Humane Society of Berks County.They are an Adoption Guarentee agency, which means they very rarely euthanize animals.  The cost is $30 or 3 hours of volunteer time.

Another safer place to surrender a pet is the Animal Welfare Association Inc, a no kill shelter in Voorhees, NJ.  They accept animals from other states.  The cost to surrender and evaluate is $20.  If the pet passes the evaluation and there is space, they can be surrendered that day.  If there is no space, the pet is put on a list and you will be contacted when a space is open.  Usually that is no more than 2 weeks.  They also have a rehoming page on their website


An alternative to surrendering a pet is rehoming. and will post an ad for your pet on their webpages. will do a courtesy post of your pet to Petfinder.

Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers:

To find a pet sitter or dog walker who can help care for your pet, you can search Pet Sitters International at


SEPTA CCT does permit animals in carriers on their buses.


Pets and our Wills:

A Pet Trust might be the better way to plan for the care of pets if the owner / guardian should die before the pet.    Read more at

Pets in Public Housing:

Best Friends For Life – This booklet explains the federal laws that protect your right to keep pets in all federally-assisted housing, and if you are disabled, your right to an assistive animal in all types of rental housing.

Pets and Housing

Traveling With Pets – Pet Friendly Hotels

Sometimes you don’t your pet to be boarded or have a pet sitter.  Sometimes these services are too much for one’s budget.  More hotels are welcoming pets.   This blog offers lots of information:

On the importance of restraining your pets when they are in the car:

Pets of the Homeless

Here are some ideas for helping animals whose owners are homeless

A program (in California)  provides vet care to the pets of homeless individuals.      Funding for this kind of venture is available through the Banfield Charitable Trust.

Angel Hanz For The Homeless – a wealth of resource links for homeless humans and pets  (emphasis is on California)

Local story – see Philly Pets and Seniors Facebook Page – 11//2012

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