An activist wants to know what is wrong with Philadelphia animal control.
The PSPCA is a vendor to the city. As a vendor, it has an obligation to meet the terms of its contract. If unable to do so, or unwilling to do so, the PSPCA has a responsibility to emerge from hiding and answer to the citizens of Philadelphia. The PSPCA was not asked to take over the city’s animal control. The PSPCA fought relentlessly to get it. PSPCA supporters are quick to allege that the PSPCA inherited a mess, and that expectations are too high. Remember that the PSPCA was awarded the contract because it dissected every aspect of PACCA’s operation, pointed out every flaw with regard to how the contract was being handled, and offered solutions. Now isn’t the time for the PSPCA to suggest they didn’t know what they were getting into.
Going forward, I will continue to support Hunting Park; assuming, of course, I am not banned for speaking out.
But Instead of pulling 15-20 kittens/cat every week or two, it will be one or two at most. The rescue groups/foster homes for whom I’ve pulled kittens/cats for years have suffered terribly in 2009. Their backyards have become graveyards. There is no telling if they will ever support Hunting Park again.
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.
Insiders say Philadelphia shelter conditions have gotten so bad that animals need to be saved from the very place they go for protection. UPDATE: Councilman Jack Kelly's speech citing PW's cover story.
Philadelphia's turned yet another page in our gruesome ongoing struggle for humane animal control. Late Monday, the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA) lost the contract for anim...
Despite Tara Murtha’s assertions to the contrary, Philadelphia’s animals are in good hands at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA), the city’s contracted agency to provide animal control services. Contrary to allegations that the facility is “crumbling,” immediately upon taking over the shelter on Jan. 1, 2009, the PSPCA initiated a massive cleanup of the building that included upgrading of the air-handling system, replacement of ceiling tiles, roof repairs and cleaning and fresh painting of surfaces throughout the building. Animals at the PSPCA facility are well cared for; relations with foster care agencies are strong,...
Two weeks away from a City Hall investigational hearing called by Philadelphia City Councilman Jack Kelly to drill into the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA)’s mismanagement of Philly’s animal control contract, the PSCPA is coming clean on euthanasia and save rate statistics.
Baptism by fire, shit storm, train wreck: These are the nice ways to describe the situation that Sue Cosby -- the new CEO of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals -- is hurling herself into. Earlier this week, Cosby talked with PW about her new role, her vision for the city’s animal control, and what a long, strange trip it’s been.
The Michael Vick signing has stirred outrage among animal-loving Eagles fans. But this city is already one of the worst in the nation for homeless animals. Will Philadelphians put their money where their mouse is?
Philadelphia’s animal advocates have been meeting once a month since last fall, obstensibly to try to fix an animal control plan that’s been unraveling at the seams. Despite the crisis, the direction is still unclear.
PSPCA plans to pack the dogs into crates and stack them in "temporary emergency housing in the garages at the Erie Ave. facility," according to an email sent from PSPCA to their network of volunteers and rescues.
Everyone who has worked directly with Howard Nelson—who in an earlier life was a Fannie Mae exec—has a strong opinion on him. His detractors are rapid; his supporters devout.