Animals desperate for foster homes

June 8, 2009 8:38:49 PM PDT
Dozens of animals at a Philadelphia shelter could face euthanasia if temporary homes aren't found soon. That's because the shelter needs to be cleaned from top to bottom after an illness outbreak but all the animals have to be moved first.There is good news and bad news at the Pennsylvania SPCA. First the good news, the main Erie Avenue operation is back open for business and folks were out Monday night looking to adopt four-legged friends.

It's a far cry from last week when under quarantine staffers used powerful disinfectant to stop a bacteria outbreak that killed six dogs and caused the destruction of an estimated 15 more.

Now a similar cleanup is needed at a satellite location. The bad news is the agency says the dogs must be moved, some are already in a temporary garage shelter. The SPCA's new CEO says at least 80 others need foster families to take care of them.

"We're looking for new people (who) might bring an animal into their home at this time," said Susan Cosby.

Cosby says given the emergency volunteers would need to keep a dog for at least two weeks.

Coleen Longergan agreed to be a foster parent for a lab-boxer mix. He appears healthy, is on antibiotics, Longergan does not think he will be a threat to her own dogs.

"This dog, Orion, is a-symptomatic; they are giving him meds as a precaution. I really don't expect any problems."

The SPCA says if people don't step forward to help the dogs, the dogs could be put down.

"They could be euthanized absolutely; it is a possibility, if we are not able to find foster care. It is absolutely not our intent, hoping the community will step up, these are great dogs."

If you would like to adopt or foster a dog:
Call: 215-426-6300
Or email the agency, which is preferred, at:, and click on the Adoption Page

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