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Old City: Animals Go From PAWS to Pethood

Old City: Animals Go From PAWS to Pethood

In 2006, the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA) euthanized 90 percent of the animals that were brought to them. In an effort to ratify the high frequency of euthanasia and provide a better alternative, Dana Spain founded the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) as PACCA’s life-saving department.  In 2009, PAWS broke away from PACCA, […]

 

Brewerytown: Girard Veterinary Clinic Goes Beyond Routine “Family” Care

Brewerytown: Girard Veterinary Clinic Goes Beyond Routine “Family” Care

The Girard Veterinary Clinic has been treating animals for almost 21 years. Located at 2806 W. Girard Ave., the clinic was one of the first to open in the area and serve the community’s needs, according to owner Dr. Cynthia Balzer. It was Balzer’s love for animals that led her to Brewerytown and the animals there that needed care. […]

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Fishtown: PSPCA Turns Art Into Activism

Fishtown: PSPCA Turns Art Into Activism

Renee Beaucheane is a longtime animal rights activist. In addition to working professionally with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) in Fishtown, much of her personal time is devoted to animal-rights-related causes. The Fishtown PSPCA, located at the intersection of Frankford Avenue and West Oxford Street, opened in June 2015 to serve […]

 

Passyunk: Animal Lovers Find Pet Friendly Options in South Philadelphia Neighborhood

Passyunk: Animal Lovers Find Pet Friendly Options in South Philadelphia Neighborhood

Anyone with a pet will tell you that Fluffy is more than just an animal. They are a member of the family. And just like a new parent is willing to pay more for the organic baby food that promises to keep their infant healthy and happy, many pet owners will go out of their […]

 

Kensington: Philadelphia Pet Health Center Builds Roots in the Neighborhood

Kensington: Philadelphia Pet Health Center Builds Roots in the Neighborhood

The Philadelphia Pet Health Center has gone through plenty of renovations since Michael F. Wilson and his father, Dr. James F. Wilson took over in 2012. Michael Wilson (below), the center’s co-owner, jokingly described it as “the money pit” when they first started to fix the business, considering how many pieces of it had to […]

 

Juniata Park/Feltonville: Save a Life with the ACCT

Juniata Park/Feltonville: Save a Life with the ACCT

The Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia, also known as the ACCT, is located between Second and Front streets. It welcomes stray animals and the help of volunteers, as well as donations to help save lives and make a difference. Susan Cosby, the executive director of Animal Care and Control Team, spoke about the […]

 

Manayunk: Five Places Pet Owners Need to Know

Manayunk: Five Places Pet Owners Need to Know

Located in the lush northwestern section of Philadelphia, Manayuk is well known for its booming commercial district centered on Main Street, which runs parallel to the Schuylkill River. The combination of entrepreneurial animal lovers and the plentiful array of paths and parks sprinkled throughout the neighborhood make Manayunk a great place to have a pet. […]

 By Sara M. Rooney and Erin P. O'Reilly

Cedar Park: Private Pet Service Benefits Neighborhood

Cedar Park: Private Pet Service Benefits Neighborhood

Sharon Wasko never thought of herself as an animal enthusiast until she walked a 150-pound mastiff as a favor for a friend. Wasko was an artist looking for jobs and began accepting more four-legged clients as a good way to fill her time and make some extra money. A few years later, Wasko got her […]

 By Megan Paolini and Ian Romano

Northeast: Animal Rescue to Hold Adoption Weekend

Northeast: Animal Rescue to Hold Adoption Weekend

The Northeast Animal Rescue (NAR) will be holding its adoption weekend Feb. 12-13. NAR is a non-profit animal rescue organization. “We are dedicated to saving homeless, unwanted and abandoned cats. NAR focuses on having feral cats spayed and neutered to decrease overpopulation,” said NAR founder Jayme Bader-Rosenthal.  “Our goal is to place all cats in […]