After Hoarding Cases, Pennsylvania SPCA At Maximum Capacity

PHILADELPHIA, Pa (CBS)- Nearly every space possible is being used, but despite their best efforts the staff at the Pennsylvania SPCA is struggling, many animals could be euthanized if no homes are found.

Calvin Smalls heard about the problem and came with her niece to adopt a kitten,’Oreo.’

“I picked him up, hugged him and he purred. I knew he was for me,” Smalls said.

Just on Tuesday, 42 cats were rescued from a home on Walker Street in Northeast Philadelphia. Just days ago another similar hoarding situation was discovered in South Philadelphia.

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All of the cats wound at the PSPCA shelter on East Erie Avenue.

Due to the two recent hoarding cases, the shelter has reached maximum capacity, meaning more than 700 animals are being cared for.

“To get two hoarding cases back to back is really tough for us,” said Pennsylvania SPCA CEO Susan Cosby said.

With more animals being brought in every day and fewer people willing to adopt, the Pennsylvania SPCA is willing to make a deal to save their lives. A fully vaccinated spayed or neutered cat can be yours for $1 and for $50 you can bring home a dog.

“Anything the public can do to help is really important right now,” Cosby said.

The Pa SPCA will be holding an adoption carnival on Saturday, for a complete list of upcoming events from the PSPCA, Click Here.

Reported By Todd Quinones, CBS 3

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  • Just a thought

    May years ago the PSPCA was a kill shelter which dealth with the over population problem of cats by euthanizing them. The public is seeing a new set of problems because shelters are now all becoming no-kill . Hoarding, strays, dumping, starved animals, sickness and animals being killed by their owners. No-kill shelters have helped cause these problems because they are no longer taking the animals in as they once did. People have no place to take their cats because eveyone is no-kill and full. People can’t afford to surrender their cats to the shelter because of the prices they charge. People don’t have the money to pay for spaying/neutering because vets also charge high prices. What is the poor of our society to do? I find it interesting that the laws on cats haven’t changed in 50 years but the way the shelter run their business has. $$$

    • TNR Volunteer

      All shelters should be no kill and there is low cost places to have cats fixed and and receive vaccinations so before posting your stupid comment do some research. TNR is the better answer, (google it if you too stupid to know what this means) I been volunteering my free time to help the cause, so either help the cause or pound your comments up your @$$. So if killing is the answer why don’t they do that to the humans that are unproductive members of society? Popping out kids and defrauding welfare to take care of them. At least t people trying to care for the cats have to use MONEY tto buy food for them because last time I checked FOOD STAMPS don’t buy cat food!

      • Just a thought

        First of all I never said euthanizing was the answer. Second, the public really want’s thousand of cats running around on their propertys doing their business in the gardens and flower beds. Instead of euthanizing them, lets just TNR and let the animals die of cold and starvation. What a better way to die! Bye the way, your mother would be ashamed of your bad language.

  • PM

    Animal Hoarding is a very dangerous situation for the animals, the hoarder and the people exposed to the hoarding and hoarder. Very little has been done with a case in Willingboro, NJ. For over a year, over 50+ cats have been at a residence. This has endangered the elderly resident subjected to the hoarder, ruined the home, and has endangered the animals. It is a very difficult situation to resolve, and the authorities have done little if anything to correct it. Court Ordered by July 1, 2011 to be down to two pets per TWP ordinance. I doubt that was achieved and hoarding has a 100% repeat rate. Action needs to be taken at the legislative and law enforcement levels.

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