(Philadelphia, PA) — The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) announced today that adult dog adoption fees will be waived for the entire month of December thanks to the generosity of local veterinarian, Joan Capuzzi, V.M.D. The adoption promotion marks the start of the ACCT Philly #AdoptLocal awareness campaign to highlight the importance and lifesaving impact of supporting local shelters.
“I’ve been a veterinarian in this area for 20 years, and every day I see people bringing in puppy mill dogs, often inbred from Lancaster County, as well as young, primarily puppy mill dogs from southern states that have been passed off as ‘rescues,’” Capuzzi said.
Capuzzi, a Philadelphia area native, dog lover, and mother of two added, “It breaks my heart that healthy dogs in Philadelphia are being euthanized because people are buying dogs…they just need to realize the dogs truly in need of rescue are in their own backyard at ACCT Philly.”
As an open admission animal shelter contracted by the City of Philadelphia to perform animal control, ACCT Philly is required to accept and provide services to the more than 23,000 animals that come through its doors every year.
Despite the large number of animals ACCT Philly services every year, the organization has managed to reduce its annual euthanasia rate since 2012. However, that successful track record remains in jeopardy as long as the public continues to patronize puppy mills and irresponsible breeders.
ACCT Philly hopes to win over would-be pet buyers and further reduce the euthanasia of loving pets who simply need a second chance.
“A community coming together to lift itself up is a beautiful thing,” said Vincent Medley, Executive Director at ACCT Philly. “These animals are desperately deserving of a happy life and family, but to make that happen we need the public to adopt locally, here at ACCT Philly. We are deeply grateful for Dr. Capuzzi’s support in amplifying this important message and hope that this campaign will spark some interest, open minds, and ultimately save lives.”
“I challenge anyone thinking of bringing a new pet into their home this holiday season to skip the pet store, ignore the far-fetched story of a purebred puppy rescued from ‘the side of the road’ or ‘under a porch,’ and instead adopt a local Philadelphia dog,” said Capuzzi. “I’ve had my ACCT Philly chihuahua-spaniel mix, Honey, for ten, joy-filled years and I am thrilled to help spread that happiness to others.”
As an additional incentive for more dog-experienced potential adopters, adoptable “urgent” dogs (dogs that must find immediate exit or face euthanasia due to medical or behavioral challenges) will be sent home with a free, 40-pound bag of dog food! ACCT Philly adoption counselors will help potential adopters select a dog that best fits their lifestyle and family.
Even if you’re not ready to adopt, there’s still a way you can help local pets. Dr. Capuzzi will match all donations made in December up to a total of $3,000.
To #adoptlocal at ACCT Philly this December, please visit the main shelter location at 111 W Hunting Park Avenue. All regular adoption screenings and procedures still apply.
Cat lovers will also be able to get in on the action with plenty of discounted cat adoption specials planned for the holiday season too!