PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The streets are no place for an animal to survive alone. That’s just one of the reason’s why spaying and neutering are so important, along with the health benefits it can also bring. But just consider this: an unsrayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, possibly producing approximately two litters per year, can potentially, in just four to five years, produce several thousand cats!

PAWS – the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society’s Adoption Center – and the ACCT (Philadelphia’s animal control facility) is seeing the effects of an overabundance of homeless and needy animals. Intake at the city shelter has skyrocketed, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Just recently, almost 200 cats and dogs poured into the city shelter in just 48 hours, and adopters are urgently needed to save animals’ lives.

PAWS is located on the corner of 2nd & Arch Streets. Visit for the full list of adoptable animals and an online application you can complete in advance.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-7 pm, Saturday, 11-7, and Sunday, 11-6. Phone: 215-238-9901, ext. 30.

You can also visit ACCT (at 111 W. Hunting Park Avenue). Adoption hours are: Monday through Friday, 1-8 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 12-5 pm

Both organizations will match you with an animal that fits your household, lifestyle, and experience, and will provide spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and basic veterinary care.

Reported By Nan Talleno, KYW Newsradio

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