Friday, June 26, 2009

Estimated Value? $826. Estimated Worth? Priceless.

Looking for love this summer? Why not adopt a friend.....and a buddy?!?! 

Here's a coupon from the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) that's worth sharing with everyone you know. 

Estimated value? $826. Estimated worth? Priceless.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Happy Father's Day from the Pennsylvania SPCA

Click here to watch the video: Fox Fursday: Dapper Dads, Dogs

Happy Father's Day, from the Pennsylvania SPCA!!!

We love Dads -- both the two-legged and the four-legged kind -- and we know you do, too. Here are a few ways to say, "I love you, Dad!"

Adopt a Dad! Click here to view all our adoptable Fathers:

Become a Foster Dad! Click here for information on becoming a Foster Dad for an animal in need: (scroll down to "Foster Care Volunteer Program")

Donate in honor of Dad! Click here to make a donation in honor of your favorite Dad:

Happy Father's Day, everyone!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Urgent Appeal to the Community: Foster Homes Needed ASAP!

The Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) is making an urgent appeal to the community to provide foster homes for our dogs in need. The Animal Care & Control Team shelter (111 W. Hunting Park Avenue) and the PSPCA Adoption Center (350 E. Erie Avenue) in Philadelphia are full to capacity and we’ve tapped out our existing network of foster parents.

If you can provide temporary housing for a dog, we will provide free medical care and support in return. Foster homes are needed immediately! The longer you can foster the dog, the more lives we can save. 

If you already have a dog, you can still help – just bring your dog with you for a meet-and-greet.

If you can help, please contact ACCT Lifesaving Manager Natalie Smith at or (267) 385-3800 (ask for the “Lifesaving Department”), or contact PSPCA Director of Adoptions, Rescue, and Foster Care Ray Little at or (215) 426-6300 (ask for the “Adoptions Counter”).

To view some of the many dogs that need foster care, visit As of today, all of these dogs are available for foster care. There are many, many more dogs who aren't listed on this website!

If you can’t become a foster, please consider making a donation to our foster program. Your donation will help offset the cost of medical care for foster animals. To make an online donation visit: (please include the word “FOSTER” in your donation). If you have questions or need additional support, please contact our Director of Development Rachel McCrystal at or (215) 426-6300 ext 217.

On behalf of all our furry friends in need, THANK YOU!!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Want to Save a Dog's Life? Here's How.

"PSPCA Tails" is a blog about success stories......and these three sweethearts are SO CLOSE to becoming our next story, but they need your URGENT help to get there. These pooches are currently at the Animal Care & Control Team shelter (operated by the Pennsylvania SPCA) in Philadelphia.

Winston, Eva, and Princess have a RESCUE CONFIRMED to take them, but they rescue can't go there for another 7-10 days. So, they each need a short-term, temporary foster home with no other dogs to crash at for 7-10 days. After that, rescue will pick them up and deliver them safely to their second chance at life.

But they need you in order to get their second chance!

If you don't have any dogs already, and you can be a foster parent for just 7-10 days, YOU WILL SAVE THEIR LIVES!!!!!

Ladies and gentleman, I give you "Eva"......

Eva (the beautiful brown dog in the top picture) is only about 1 year old. Eva was scared when she came to us but is beginning to come out of her shell. She is playful and rambunctious and full of adolescent wiggles! Eva is learning to play and she likes to cuddle and give kisses, too! This poor little girl came to us as a stray, so she is skinny and needs to put on some weight. Sweet little Eva is scared here at the shelter, and she's waiting patiently for her foster mommy and daddy.

Next, meet "Winston".......

Winston (the goofy white dog in the middle picture) is a male neutered 3-5 year old American Bulldog Dalmatian mix. Poor Winston was surrendered here due to the health of his owner and family. He is very submissive and outwardly social and friendly, a big boy with an even bigger smile. He is feeling very lonely and confused. Winston knows “sit," “stay,” and “lay down" and he responds quickly and looks to you for the next command with a gaping smile! He is a good boy with a great attitude, considering his confusion and change of environment. Winston has been behaviorally evaluated as "highly adoptable."

Last, but certainly not least, here is "Princess"....

Princess (the striking beauty in the bottom picture) is a stunningly beautiful female Elkhound, about 2 to 4 years old. We believe Princess is already spayed, as she was adopted from a local shelter. Poor Princess was surrendered by her owner’s neighbor because they kept going away and leaving the dog locked in the house and not caring for her. Then they left a key with the neighbor and said they longer wanted her. Princess is a bit shy and aloof at first (can you blame her?!), but she warms up very quickly. She likes to come up and lick your hand and then retreat to the back of her kennel....and then come up again for more kisses and tail wagging. Princess is in great physical shape!

If you can open your home to one of these pups for JUST 7-10 DAYS and save a doggie's life, please contact the ACCT Lifesaving Manager, Natalie Smith, at and write "I CAN FOSTER for 7-10 DAYS" in the subject line.

Are you an animal lover? Here's your chance to walk the walk. Winston, Eva, and Princess need you. 

Thank you.


Are You Ready for Some Football??

Are you ready for some football?!?!?!

The Pennsylvania SPCA is! And we're throwing a "Tailgate Party" to celebrate!

Join the NFL's Jon Runyan, Barrett Brooks, and other players for an afternoon of food & fun, games & prizes, a moonbounce, a doggie kissing booth, autographs, and more.

The event is FREE and open to the public!

Date: Saturday, June 6th
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Location: The Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA), 350 E. Erie Avenue, Philadelphia
Cost: FREE!

All proceeds will fund the construction of the PSPCA's Dog Park, which will help exercise and rehabilitate abused and neglected animals.

For more info, contact PSPCA Special Events Planner Holly Russel at, call the PSPCA at (215) 426-6300, or visit

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sam's Super Senior Success Story

I have such a soft spot for senior dogs, it's a pleasure to share this success story on Sammy -- now known as "Sam." First, I'm sharing an email from his foster mother, Petra, who is an active volunteer with the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) and the Animal Care & Control Team (ACCT). Second, I'm posting an update from his Sam's new owners, Rob and Eileen. 

If you've ever considered fostering an animal in need, I hope this story moves you to TAKE ACTION!!

Here's an email from Petra, Sammy's foster mother:

"Sammy was an owner surrender to ACCT and listed as ~ 10 years old. He was deemed only foster care, as he was very skiddish with body handling, and very stressed and scared in the shelter. We took Sammy into foster care on March 6 and he was officially adopted on April 18. Sammy came out of his shell within 3-5 days and showed us that he was a mellow, loving and sweet dog. After Eileen and Rob adopted him, he initially developed some separation anxiety that they decided to work on with him, and Sammy now lives very happily with 2 cats, a parrot, and his wonderful parents. He could not have found a better home :-)   Updates like the one we just got from Eileen are what makes it possible to "give up" the dogs that you take into your home, and make fostering a wonderful experience for everyone involved, and most importantly Sam got his chance of living out his golden years loved and cared for which he so much deserved. Thanks to Rob and Eileen for falling in love with a (young) senior and for adopting!!!!"

And here's the update from Sam's new parents, Rob and Eileen:

"Sam is such a pleasure.  Rob and I feel like we've had him forever.  We found treats that he likes, Carvers, which are 80% chicken rather than the other crap that some of the treats have.  Rob bought him a toy last night, a stuffed squeeky ball.  We were surprised how he took to it right away.  He NEVER plays with anything. We throw the ball and he pounces on it and rolls around on the floor and finally winds up on his back playing with it!  So funny to see those short little legs holding the ball.  Take care, just wanted to give you an update on our Sam. We love him to death!!!"

Have we convinced you to become a foster?!?! Check out these links for more information -- the animals will thank you!

PSPCA Foster Care: (scroll down to "Foster Care Volunteer Program")

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