Adoption APB: Dogathon, kitten season, plus cookbook for a cause



Lend a paw this kitten season

The Pennsylvania SPCA is in dire need of foster homes for its flood of spring kittens and adopters for all cats.

"Not only have we seen the big influx of kittens we normally see this time of year, but also our Humane Law Enforcement Department has rescued nearly 50 cats from several cases over the past three days," said Angela Messer, director of operations. "Our shelter is completely at capacity for cats and kittens and we need people to adopt and or foster these animals."

As an incentive to get these animals - like Willow, a gorgeous flame point Siamese mix pictured above - into loving homes, the PSPCA is offering a "Name Your Own Price" adoption promotion on cats. Kittens are available at half price at $25. The Adoption Department at the PSPCA is open weekdays from 1-8 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. The Pennsylvania SPCA is located at 350 E. Erie Avenue, Philadelphia.

Adoptathon coming to Plymouth Meeting this weekend

Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) with the generous help of PetSmart Charities, presents "All Paws on Deck," a mega adoption event at the PetSmart store in Plymouth Meeting (Metroplex Shopping Center, 2100 Chemical Rd.)

The goal is to find homes for 300 pets from ACCT and more than 10 local shelters and rescues by bringing them out of the North Philadelphia shelter to a more accessible place.

The event runs Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

“By working with partners like PetSmart Charities, we’re able to bring our adoptable pets into an easily accessible and more festive location to encourage pet adoptions,” said Natalie Smith, director of lifesaving and prevention, ACCT Philly. “We hope that by showcasing pets who are up-to-date on vaccinations and are already spayed/neutered, potential adopters will be encouraged to save a life at the event.”

An estimated 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters in the U.S. each year, and approximately 4 million – 11,000 each day – are euthanized. PetSmart Charities helps find homes for more than 420,000 dogs and cats each year.

For more information about the event, visit

Cooking for canines

A Tail to Tell Puppy Mill Rescue does amazing work rescuing damaged dogs from puppy mills every day, working long hours to restore their spirits and find them happy homes. You can help support their efforts - and get some fun recipes and heart warming stories - by purchasing their new cookbook.

The cookbook features recipes from A Tail to Tell volunteers, family and friends, and people who have adopted dogs from the rescue, as well as stories of rescued dogs.It also includes canine-friendly recipes.

The cookbook is available for $12 at Pancake Farm Restaurant, 1032 S. State St., Ephrata, or online for $15 (includes shipping and handling). All proceeds support the rescue’s mission of giving puppy mill dogs a second chance at life. 

Dogs rescued from puppy mills almost always suffer from long-term medical problems that have been ignored by their owners. They also have a lot of emotional scars that sometimes take as long to heal as their physical problems.

Given the special needs of the puppy mill dogs they rescue, A Tail to Tell invests a great deal of time and money into giving these dogs the kind of life they deserve. In addition to financial contributions, the rescue is always looking for volunteers, foster parents and of course, adopters.

For more information about A Tail to Tell, and to purchase their cookbook, visit their website.