This new year, adopt a pet! Philadelphia’s ACCT is hoping to find new homes for adoptable pets. The shelter is full and without new homes, they’ll be forced to euthanize some animals.
Since the start of 2024, ACCT has taken in 60 dogs. They’re completely out of space to take in anymore. The pressure is on.
“Unfortunately, this is something that’s been happening over the past year, we are just beyond full on large dogs,” Sarah Barnett, Executive Director, ACCT Philly told Fox29. “We are out of space, we cannot keep handling the number of dogs coming in, but we also can’t close our doors because there are so many that need us.”
ACCT Needs Your Help
Barnett attributes the overcrowded shelters and full kennels to multiple reasons. One being backyard breeders who end up dropping off pups and their mothers when they are unable to sell the animals.
“People are trying to sell dogs as they have been for a while, backyard breeders are selling puppies and the market is not there anymore, there’s not adopters for dogs or buyers for dogs,” said Barnett to Fox29. “As a result, we are getting those dogs dumped with us.”
Hard economic times and inflation are also at play. Barnet notes that many people can no longer afford the care for dogs before their own needs.
“The dogs coming here have nowhere else to go, so last year we saw 1000 more dogs than we did the previous year for a total of 6000 dogs coming to us in a year.”
ACCT is the largest shelter in the state of PA and serves thousands every year.
Now the shelter, feeling overwhelmed, is asking for help from the public.
Without new homes many of the animals will have to be euthanized. The shelter is completely full with adoptable pets.
To save a life and give an animal a new home this new year, please visit the ACCT website here for more information on how to adopt a pet.