“We’re still focusing on working with the Animal Care & Control Team,” says Marc Peralta, the PSPCA’s COO, who is functioning as interim CEO as the group conducts a national search for a permanent replacement. “I obviously have a great working relationship with Sue, and with PAWS as well.”
PAWS’ Levy agrees. “We certainly have a long way to go in this city, and the population of animals that are in danger hasn’t diminished,” she says. “But the landscape has improved greatly and so there’s a true air of collaboration … we realize that each agency plays a different role, but they are all in this together.”
Even Garrett Elwood, founder of Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, who has been vocally critical of both the PSPCA and the city, is positive about the new structure. “We’re almost back to where we were before , before the city screwed up. We’re in a better place. We have a stronger foundation now,” says Elwood. He pauses, then laughs. “It’s weird.”
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