Adopt-a-Dog: Joey

Posted on 21 February 2014 by


It’s impossible to resist Joey’s adorable head tilts. (Photo courtesy ACCT Philly).

Joey is a 3-5 year-old fella with a great personality and love for life! Joey is about 60 pounds or so, so he’s a bigger boy but he is still a lap dog. He is a super friendly guy who just loves being around people and is an all-around happy dog. He is a mellow, very gentle boy. He is happy to sit by your side or give you a hug and just snuggle. He’s also happy to go outside and play and take a walk and get some fresh air.

Joey is a very gentle player and is adorable when he does zoomies. He walks great on a freedom no-pull harness, so if you’re looking for a walking buddy then Joey is your guy. He is very friendly and happy with everyone that he meets, including children. He also gets along great with other dogs.

Joey is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped, so he’s ready to go home with you. He is an absolute joy to be around and would much rather be in a loving home than the shelter. Joey is currently a Pen Pal at Philadelphia Animal Care and Control, which means he has two buddies dedicated to spending lots of time with him and getting to know him best. He is an amazing boy who truly deserves a great home. Come meet this boy today.

Please contact his pen pals at for more information on Joey.

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Adopt-a-Dog: Drake

Posted on 10 January 2014 by

DrakeDrake (A21685755) is one of the many wonderful dogs in urgent need of adoption, foster care, or rescue at Philadelphia’s animal control shelter (ACCT). Drake is a young boy approximately 1 to 2 years of age. He is a solid 46 pound Pit Bull terrier mix.

Drake was found as a stray but is very social and friendly. He is easy to walk, and gentle with treats. He knows sit and is eager to please. He also seems to be housetrained. Drake is the perfect package! He is calm and affectionate, but still has the puppy energy and will play up a storm. Drake seems to really like other doggies, so if you have one at home bring them in to meet him.

If you’re interested in adopting or fostering Drake, call 267-385-3800 or send a message at:


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Adopt-a-Dog: Leona

Posted on 10 October 2013 by

Leona2ACCT Philly (Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia) is full to the brim and all dogs in the shelter are at risk, so adopting or fostering a dog helps save its life. This week’s featured dog is Leona. She is calm, sweet and great on the leash! She is about 2-3 years old, and on the smaller side of medium at 41 lbs. She has a stunning grey coat and huge bat ears that are just waiting for someone to say: “Your new forever home is with me!” In the meantime, this girl is biding her time at the shelter, where she enjoys romping in the play yard and cuddling with her volunteer friends.

She has wonderful manners and is house trained, knows a few commands and is so gentle on the leash – very easy to walk. She would love to be adopted to a home that would take her for walks and let her cuddle on the couch. She’s also great with kids. Poor Leona is on treatment for kennel cough and needs a loving home ASAP to recover. If Leona sounds like a good fit for you, stop into ACCT Philly today and adopt her! She is urgent!

If you rather not commit to adopting her, fostering is a great way to save her life to help her find her forever family.

Leona is up to date on his shots, microchipped and will be spayed. So she already comes with “the works”.

Ask for her either in the Life Saving Office (fostering) or in Adoptions. ACCT is located at 111 W. Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia. Please check for hours. To check the status of an animal, call 267-385-3800 or email

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Adopt-a-Dog: Sosa

Posted on 07 September 2013 by WPL

Sosa after playingSosa is here and is waiting for you! This pretty girl is only around 6 months old, just a young pup looking for her forever home. She is a sweet and playful girl and loves to make friends with the staff and volunteers at Philadelphia’s animal control shelter, ACCT, where she is currently residing. Sosa is very playful and full of puppy energy and would love a home that would teach her basic obedience and take her for nice long walks. This puppy is struggling in her kennel at ACCT. All she wants is to learn, love, and live.

This is just one of the many wonderful dogs in urgent need of adoption, foster care, or rescue at ACCT Philly. You can stop down and meet them, and after filling out an application with shelter staff, interact with them 365 days a year at the shelter located at 111 W. Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia. Please check for hours.

Come in and take home a forever friend today! To check the status of an animal, call 267-385-3800 or email:

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Adopt-a-Dog: Solo

Posted on 26 July 2013 by WPL

SoloSolo is a 1-2 year-old male pit bull terrier mix, weighing about 36 lbs. He has had a rough start, being underweight and found tied to a tree. But his tagline should be “The past belongs in the past, and the present is a present.”

This gentle boy not only loves to cuddle, he walks like a gentleman on the leash and has no issues with other dogs. He can be a bit nervous in overwhelming environments, but in a quiet and gentle home, he will quickly open up and could potentially live with other dogs.

Due to his young age and former “life,” Solo’s coat looks crazy with a mix of browns. Once he is on a steady diet and less stressed, his coat should become a deep chocolate brown (a lovely contrast with those golden eyes!). Once comfortable, Solo enjoys curling up for a nap or giving sweet kisses to anyone willing to offer a belly rub. This boy has quickly won the hearts of many volunteers and shouldn’t have to spend another day in the shelter.

If you’re looking for an easy companion animal, Solo is your dog. Please come to ACCT and meet Solo. If you are not ready to commit to adopting Solo but would like to help, fostering him and helping him find his forever family is a wonderful way to save not only Solo’s life but also the life of the dog who gets to move into Solo’s kennel at the shelter.

The shelter is located at 111 W. Hunting Park Avenue in Philadelphia. Please check for hours. Come in and take home a forever friend today! To check the status of an animal, call 267-385-3800 or email

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Cool off: West Philly public outdoor pools and spraygrounds

Posted on 08 July 2013 by WPL


John B. Kelly Pool in Fairmount Park/Photo via John B. Kelly Pool’s Facebook page.

As the summer is in full force, here’s information on where in West Philly and vicinity you can find a free outdoor pool or sprayground to cool off. If you know of any other pools/spraygrounds not included in the list please let us know at or in the comments below.



Pool Hours: Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Baker Recreation Facility (Map)
5431-43 Lansdowne Ave.
Phone: 215-685-0261

Cobbs Creek Recreation Facility (Map)
280 Cobbs Creek Parkway
Phone: 215-685-1983

John B. Kelly Pool (Facebook page)
4231 North Concourse Drive (Fairmount Park, by Please Touch Museum)
Phone: 215-685-0174

Kingsessing Recreation Center (Map)
4901 Kingsessing Avenue
Phone: 215-685-2694

Lee Cultural Center Recreation Facility (Map)
4328 Haverford Avenue
Phone: 215-685-7655

Mill Creek Recreation Facility (Map)
743-81 N. 48th Street
Phone: 215-685-0260

Myers Recreation Center (Map)
5800 Chester Avenue
Phone: 215-685-2698

O’Connor Pool (Website, Map)
2601 South Street
Phone: 215-685-6593

Sayre Morris Recreation Center (Map)
5835 Spruce Street
Phone: 215-685-1993

Shepard Recreation Facility (Map)
5700 Haverford Avenue
Phone: 215-685-1992

Tustin Recreation Facility (Map)
5901-29 W. Columbia Avenue
Phone: 215-685-0258

39th & Olive Playground – Mantua (Map)
39th & Olive Streets




48th & Woodland Playground (Map)
1414 S 47th Street
Phone: 215-685-2692
Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mon-Sat, closed on Sunday.

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