The PSPCA owes it to Philly to stay. Then go.
“I can’t make the board come to a decision,” Schwarz says. “I hope they are struggling to be able to give us an answer that’s not just a one-year answer, but an answer over a period of time so that we have some security here.”
Having no animal control at all would be a crisis beyond measure. What we have going for us is that it would be seriously odious PR for an animal-welfare organization to put the city—the animals, really—in a situation that guarantees the needless deaths of so many dogs and cats. Again. Now that would be cruel.
Since last year, the PSPCA has been working with the city to set up, and transfer animal-control duties to, a new city-related nonprofit called the Animal Care & Control Team (ACCT Philly). ACCT Philly formally takes over the contract and the city-owned animal shelter on April 1.