New hope for Philly's abandoned animals

January 17, 2008 3:39:19 PM PST
Each year, 30,000 thousand stray or abandoned pets roam Philadelphia's streets. Now, some of them have a new shelter to call home while they wait to be adopted. Frolicking dogs out on the sidewalk and mellow cats lounging in the windows all announced Thursday morning's grand opening of the new Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society Shelter in Old City.

The storefront at 2nd and Arch looks more like a pet boutique than a shelter. But the goal here is the same as the more traditional PAWS kennel in Hunting Park.

The shelter will be home to between 20 and 30 adoptable cats, and two to four adoptable dogs. All were strays, unwanted or abandoned. They all have been spayed or neutered and vaccinated in the hope that they'll find new homes.

Mayor Nutter stopped by for a tour and said he hopes to see more facilities like this in other city neighborhoods.

The hope is the shelter will save the lives of at least 2,000 pets each year, Not to mention giving neighbors the opportunity to just stop by and play.

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