Adopt-a-Dog: Beatrix & Murphy. Adoption specials this weekend!

Posted on 13 December 2012 by WPL

BeatrixSweet, loveable Beatrix is in search of a forever home – not just for the holidays! She’s a 1-2 year old playful pretty girl! She loves playing tug and fetch! She also loooooves people! When she sees a new person she gets the butt wiggles! She’s a young girl so she still has some of her puppy ways! She’s actually named after Beatrix Potter because she hops and bounces and spins just like a bunny rabbit!

Beatrix is really good about sharing her toys. She’s kind of scared of other dogs though. She does well with really young puppies and her brother – she came in the shelter with her brother. His name is Cleveland and he’s awesome too, just like Beatrix.

Bea is up-to-date on all of her shots and will be spayed and microchipped when you take her home. Awesome, right? She has two special people dedicated to keeping her happy in the shelter. You can contact them by sending an email to: Come meet her soon and bring everyone in your family (dogs included) to make sure she is a good fit for everybody!

Murphy3You love chocolate, right? Then you’ll love Murphy! He’s a young, handsome fella with a beautiful dark red brown coat. Murphy is trying to get out of the shelter and into a loving, caring home for the holidays.

Murphy loves to say hello to everyone and is very friendly. He loves to walk on a harness and will barely pull you which make the walks much more pleasant. He loves a game of fetch with a tennis ball and is learning “Drop it” very quickly.

He weighs in at only 50 lbs and is a medium-sized dude. And the best yet: he is housetrained too! He is also up-to-date on all of his shots and will be microchipped and neutered before he comes home with you.

Send an email to with any additional questions or come on down to the shelter and meet him. You will not be disappointed once you see this handsome mug in person!

Beatrix and Murphy reside at:

ACCT (Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Team)
111 W. Hunting Park Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Tel.: 267-385-3800, Extension 0 for front desk and 116, 117, 118 for Adoptions.

Adoption hours:
M-F: 1pm-8pm
Sat & Sun: 10am-5pm

Interested in fostering? Here are the hours you can come in and talk about it:
Mon-Sun: 9am-6pm

Adoption Specials:

Saturday & Sunday, December 15 & 16: Santa Paws Adoption Extravaganza!
-All adoption fees are 50% off!

Thursday, December 20: National Re-gifting Day!
-All adoption fees are 50% off!

Friday, December 21: National Underdog Day!
-All animals that have been at ACCT more then 2 weeks are 50% off,
animals here more than 3 weeks are pick your own adoption price.

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Adopt-a-Dog: King

Posted on 30 November 2012 by WPL

King is loyal, royal, and available for adoption! And if his ridiculously adorable ears aren’t reason enough to take King home with you today, here’s a little more information about Philadelphia’s very own monarch!

King is about 1-2 years old, and came to the shelter when his owner could no longer care for him. It’s all good, though – King’s a glass is half full kind of guy, and he’s making the best of the circumstances he’s found himself in. Goofy and fun, King loves to run around in the play yard at the shelter, do his zoomies, and chase after his favorite toys (tennis balls and tug toys can keep him entertained for hours!). King’s not selfish, either – he’ll always bring his toys over to you so you can share in the big fun.

King’s always up for a leisurely stroll in the park, and with an Easy Walk harness turning him into a perfect gentleman, you can both enjoy your walk. King knows basic commands, such as “sit”, and “touch”, and since he’s highly food/reward motivated, it’ll be easy as pie to teach him even more.

Have another dog in the house? Great! King loves other dogs, although he can sometimes get soooo excited to play, that he can forget his manners (he’s pushy). So if you have a playful, tolerant resident dog, King may just be the perfect fit for your family. Got cats? Well, cats are a little more complicated – King interacts with cats the same way he likes to play with dogs, so he may be a bit too much for most cats. While he could probably live with cats with some very slow intros, King would probably do best in a cat free home.

Interested in learning more about King? Please email his Pen Pal (a volunteer who’s working with King to prepare him for life outside of the shelter – she knows him best!), she’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Her email address is:

A small kennel is not fit for a King – come make your home King’s castle today!

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Adopt-a-Dog: Birdie

Posted on 30 August 2012 by WPL

LadyBird is a medium sized, 40-pound, 2-year-old, rust and white colored Staffie Mix. Poor Birdie hasn’t had much attention given to her during her short life – she was found as a stray, but she’s getting plenty of attention now. Since she’s become a member of the Pen Pals at ACCT, her behavior has improved immensely.

She has learned to walk on a leash with an Easy-Walk harness, she has mastered ‘sit’ and does pretty well with ‘down,’ picked up ‘touch’ like a champ and is now working on recall! Birdie is a very friendly girl, but can be excessive in her play style. With the right kind of dog, she’ll play and play and play! There isn’t a dog she’s met that she’s hasn’t liked. She’s even worked her way up to shared housing in the shelter. She’s paired with another dog in the kennels, they share two spaces where they keep one another company – which is working wonders with the dogs at keeping their stress-levels down.

LadyBird is very treat-motivated, and training her has gone pretty well, but she needs consistency, discipline and boundaries. Because she’s so pushy in her play style, please bring in your dogs to make sure that your dogs can tolerate her. Should Birdie go to a home where there are children under the age of eight, close supervision should occur around the children; her inconsistent manners and pushy style may be too much for a small child.

LadyBird is part of the Pen Pal program. She has a volunteer dedicated to finding her a great home or foster. Her pen pal also spends quality time with LadyBird trying to keep her as stress free as possible while living at the shelter. LadyBird’s pen pal also works on teaching her to be the best dog she can. If you have any questions about Birdie, contact her pen pal at

Check her out in action with her buddy Johnny (just adopted) here.

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Adopt-a-Dog: Lucy

Posted on 23 August 2012 by WPL

This dog’s name is Lucy and she currently is ACCT’s longest term resident by quite some time. For some reason the caramel colored dogs get often overlooked. Lucy is a 1-2 year old female Pitbull terrier mix. She’s on the smaller side weighing only about 40 lbs. Her previous family couldn’t keep her due to landlord issues so she ended up at the shelter. She has a beautiful brown coat with some white on her chest and toes. Her biggest attribute is her huge pittie smile!

Lucy’s stay at the shelter has been super special because she’s a member of the ACCT Penpals. Her Penpal is an employee at ACCT that spends one on one time with her, takes her on adventures, and is teaching her manners and new commands. Lucy loves her human friends so much that she tends to jump up when she sees them, but she’s learning that this is not very lady like. Lucy is learning to be a very classy girl. Continue Reading

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Adopt-a-Dog: Charlie. Update: Charlie still needs a home (new photo)

Posted on 08 August 2012 by WPL

Update (08/08): Charlie is still looking for his forever friend. Please email Don at for more information.


Charlie is a 1-year-old, handsome, super smart, athletic, water-loving, 60 pound, pit bull terrier mix. He was found hanging out on his own and was brought to the shelter on May 15.

He already knows “sit, down, touch, and watch.” He loves running or hiking in the Wissahickon and if you give him a chance he will dive in the water. He will retrieve sticks and can catch a frisbee. He travels well in the car. He’s very good with other dogs, and his body language stays loose and wiggly when they are around. He did wonderfully in a play group with six dogs. Even though he has a lot of energy he is getting a lot of experience chillin’ with his human friends inside a home.

Since July 1 Charlie has been living in Center City with his pen pal Don who is fostering him. He’s getting a whole new experience now that is way different from life in the shelter. He has a crate that he sleeps in during the night and while Don is away during the day at work. He’s starting to get used to his new routine and becoming more relaxed.

Charlie doesn’t have any problems with food. He gently takes treats when they are given to him. He’s up to date on all his vaccines and he’s even been neutered and microchipped. He has some manners to work on and he’s enrolled in a basic manners class on Thursdays at 6pm that began July 12 and runs for 5 more weeks at a place in Chestnut Hill called Y2K9. Anyone interested in Charlie would be welcome to join him in class.

Some things he needs some help with is wanting to jump on people, being too mouthy and getting overstimulated with larger toys like a soccer ball. These behaviors will definitely improve with training, as his friends at the shelter think. If you are interested in Charlie and have other dogs at home, you can have a meeting with him so you can make sure you all get along. If you have children 8-years-old or younger, bring them to meet him too!

Charlie is looking for his forever friend and can’t wait to meet you. His adoption fee is only $25 and includes his neutering, vaccinations, and microchipping. If you think you have a place in your heart for Charlie, please contact his pen pal Don at and arrange a meeting with him.

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Adopt-a-Dog: Duke

Posted on 01 August 2012 by WPL

Duke is a 1 to 2-year-old young terrier/pit mix who needs a home where he can cover and then learn to be the best dog he can be! Duke is playful with toys but he’s not very good at giving them back to his human friends! He’ll need some basic training to help him learn that he can trust his human friends and play with toys nicely with them. He has several volunteers working with him to learn to trade a tennis ball for another ball or for a treat, but since he has come down with a cold his learning has been slowed.

He lived in a home previously, but was surrendered to the shelter because his owners didn’t have the time to get him through his puppyhood. Duke can be rambunctious at times, but all it takes is a few minutes of walking or playing fetch and he settles right into being a normal, happy, loving dog. He has met some other dogs at the shelter and was totally appropriate and friendly with them. If you have dogs at home please bring them along to meet Duke to make sure they’ll be the best of friends.

Also if you have cats please feel free to ask about getting Duke a cat test to see if he can live with them.

If you have questions about Duke or want to learn more, please feel free to contact his human friend at or contact the shelter where he is currently living directly.

Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT)
111 W. Hunting Park Avenue
(267) 385-3800 | phone

Hours: 1pm – 8pm, weekdays; 10am – 5pm, weekends

Foster Care
Hours: 9am – 6pm, everyday

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