Cedar Park zoning committee approves pet washing business near 47th and Baltimore

September 20, 2018

A self-service pet washing facility is likely coming to a storefront near the corner of 47th and Baltimore.

The Cedar Park Neighbors zoning committee voted earlier this week to support a special zoning exception required by the city for the ground floor of 806 S. 47th St., which for many years was the location for Vincent Goffredo Plumbing and Heating. The proposal will soon go before the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment for final approval.

The facility, which the owner told the committee will grow to include grooming services, will include six elevated stainless steel wash tubs – two each for small, medium and large pets. The large tubs will even include a ramp that will allow your Saint Bernard or Newfoundland to walk right into the tub. So if you’re tired of bending over the bath tub to scrub down your pup, this might be for you.

The service will include a dryer, shampoos and brushes. A small pet washing, up to 25 pounds, will cost $12. Mediums will cost $14 and larges will be $16.

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Have you seen this cat, missing from 43rd and Regent?

May 21, 2018

A 7-year-old male cat, “Jenkins”, has been missing from the 4200 block of Regent St. since Thursday, May 17.

Jenkins is a sweet and super affectionate cat, according to his owners. He is a neutered indoor/outdoor cat who likes to hang out on the east side of Clark Park and on the USciences campus.

The cat’s owners have distributed fliers in the neighborhood about their missing cat. If you see him, please call 917.297.4945.

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Adopt Watson and beware of Lilies

May 18, 2018

Watson is available for adoption.

Editor’s Note: We are continuing our monthly publications provided by West Philly’s volunteer-run cat rescue organization Project MEOW. This post is about a cat currently available for adoption through Project MEOW and PAWS and also about the importance of keeping your cat away from toxic plants and flowers, like lilies.

Everyone, or almost everyone loves flowers. Especially in the dead of winter, what could be nicer than a big vase full of flowers to make us believe that spring has not abandoned us? Unfortunately, many kinds, including the lovely white Easter Lilies, gorgeous Asian Lilies and even plants in the lily family – Astromeria for example, are highly toxic to cats. Toxic in that they are lethal if consumed and sometimes the damage cannot be reversed even if you get your cat to the vet shortly after ingestion.

Most florists do not mention this in their shops, although Project MEOW gives a shout-out to any florists that DO tell customers that lilies are deadly to cats. Sadly, a few years ago one of our recently adopted cats died from ingesting lilies, so it’s not as unusual as we would like to hope. What do you do if someone gives you a stunning arrangement that contains lilies? Pull them out of the arrangement and give them to a pet-free neighbor.  Continue Reading

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Project MEOW helps find homes for rescued West Philly cats. Here’s a story of Newt

April 19, 2018

Editor’s Note: After a break, we’re resuming our posts about rescued cats and kittens available for adoption and other posts provided by Project MEOW, a volunteer-run organization that helps control West Philly’s stray and feral cat population through their TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program and also has a rescued cat foster program. This story showcases that there is a special home for every cat.

Once upon a time a kitten named Newt was rescued in West Philly. Very typical orange boy lover… and also NOT! You see, Newt is one of those cats who must go outside to keep his behavior more moderate or else the demons take hold.

Diagnosed with Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome he became unpredictable, and even with medication he was biting and clawing the humans. Several adoptions failed because of his behavior. Fast forward to today, where Newt enjoys both the indoor life and outdoor life with his new human who understands his quirks.

He is fully vetted, microchipped and a neighborhood escort, walking folks to the bus stop when the mood strikes. Over time he might moderate his behavior and enjoy being indoors more and more. But for now, Newt is well, a neighborhood fixture, ambassador of good will and all around happy guy.  Continue Reading

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What do I do with this animal I found?

February 20, 2018

One of the most common kind of questions on West Philadelphia-local mailing lists, forums and Facebook communities has to do with what to do about lost, stray or injured animals. Here are some official resources that can help if you find one of those animals and want to help:

If you find a lost or stray dog, cat, or other household pet, ACCT (Animal Care and Control Team) Philadelphia are the most likely to be able to take a found animal. You can visit for more information. Make sure to fill out the ACCT Found Pet Report: If you can’t keep the animal until its family can be located, ACCT will accept it at their central location. They are not a no-kill shelter.  Continue Reading

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West Philly pets (and their owners) invited to Blessing of the Animals, ‘Bark in the Park’ events

October 6, 2017

It will be a busy weekend for local pet owners.


Blessing of the Animals at St. Francis de Sales Church (photo by West Philly Local)

Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral will hold their annual Blessing of the Animals in Clark Park on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. – noon. The event will include free pet treats, a craft project, and some human snacks too! This fun tradition is connected to the celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, an Italian monk who’s remembered for his love of nature, care for the poor, and commitment to peace (as well as a sweet tooth!).

St. Francis was a friend to all animals, so communities throughout the world celebrate his life by celebrating the pets in their lives. This is not a church or worship service, but a space to drop by to meet other pet owners in the neighborhood and – if you wish – receive a blessing for your pet. If you have any questions, please contact The Reverend Sarah Hedgis at shedgis@philadelphiacathedral.orgContinue Reading

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