Meet Vivian! And then take her home with you.

Meet Vivian! And then take her home with you.

This teeny weeny little lady is named Vivian! Viv is a ~7 year old Chihuahua who weighs a whopping 6 lbs. She was found as a stray in Philadelphia and despite spending a few days at animal control, no one came looking for her! She’s now living it up in foster care and is officially on the lookout for her future family!

Vivian is currently living with other dogs, both large and small, and enjoys the company of other low-key, friendly dogs like herself. She doesn’t always understand when they tell her to back off and will wiggle and dance around to try to get them to play. She’s also currently living with cats and LOVES to interact with them. She’s living with older kids and also loves interacting with them. We think she’d do well in a home without young children because she is so small and delicate, but not because she won’t love them!

vivian-in-unicorn-costume Vivian absolutely adores her human friends and prefers to be with them at all times. She follows her foster family around the house with playful curiosity and loves to curl up on the couch next to them. She doesn’t love to be left alone and will bark for a few minutes when you leave her alone, but eventually settles down and snoozes while you’re away. Vivian needs some work on her housebreaking skills and is doing much better with a consistent walk schedule. This sweetie is the perfect size to take on all of your adventures and loves to meet new people – the perfect wing woman!

Vivian received a dental cleaning and was spayed upon coming to City of Elderly Love. She also had a small mammary mass removed and biopsied which came back benign. She’s healthy and ready to land her forever home!

Vivian is available for adoption through City of Elderly Love. She is spayed, vaccinated, and will be microchipped prior to going to her forever home. She is also negative for heartworm and lymes disease. Interested in meeting her? Visit our website at to complete an online adoption questionnaire or email us at!

Meet Lucky! And then take him home.

Meet Lucky! And then take him home.

Lucky1His name doesn’t lie, this little guy really is Lucky! At around 10 years old and weighing around 16 lbs., Lucky found himself homeless and in Philadelphia’s animal control shelter after being picked up as a stray. What’s truly remarkable about Lucky’s story is that he survived on the streets of Philly all on his own while being almost completely blind and deaf! While he may be considered “special needs”, Lucky does not let his disability slow him down a bit! He’s now living life in a foster home with other dogs, cats and kids!

Lucky is such an easy-going little guy that he seamlessly fit right in with his foster family which includes both large and small dogs, cats and younger kids. He’s very happy to lay on the couch next to you and loves his naps. He’s very much a people-dog and loves attention. He doesn’t mind being picked up and is great about all body handling. He especially loves belly rubs and chin scratches! Lucky is housebroken and will let you know when he needs to go out for a walk by giving some barks. He’s also great about letting you know when he needs something, like to find the water bowl or that he’s hungry. In addition to being mostly blind due to cataracts and having a hard time hearing due to his age, Lucky has a mild heart murmur which is common in dogs and requires no further treatment at this time. This adorable, muppet-like dog will make a great addition to just about any family!

Lucky is available for adoption through City of Elderly Love! He is vaccinated, microchipped and will be neutered prior to going to his forever home. He is also heartworm and lymes disease negative. Interested in meeting him? Visit to complete an online adoption questionnaire or email us at!

Vote for the City of Elderly Love!

Vote for the City of Elderly Love!

Philadelphia’s only senior-animal dedicated rescue group, City of Elderly Love, is in the running to win $5,000! PetPartners, Inc. is giving away $5,000 on October 1st to someone that fits the Animaltarian criteria. What’s an “Animaltarian” you say? An Animaltarian is someone who donates their services, runs a rescue or animal-rescue type organizations, service dog and therapeutic horse program. Casting your vote is easy – just click a button. No registraton, email, nothing required.

Local Philly animal lover Erin Doody is a true Animaltarian. Committed to saving the lives of senior animals, her passion for seniors began with her own senior pit bull named Jema, whom she adopted at the age of 10. In an effort to share the joys of adopting a senior animal, Erin created City of Elderly Love which began as the marketing initiative in 2012 and was recently incorporated into a nonprofit animal rescue in March 2014. City of Elderly Love is a nonprofit animal rescue dedicated to saving and enriching the lives of adoptable senior pets in the Philadelphia area. Utilizing volunteer foster homes, City of Elderly Love aims to rescue these animals from potential euthanasia at area animal shelters as well as prevent older animals from entering the shelter-system in the first place, when possible. City of Elderly Love also provides palliative and hospice care when needed. Through creative marketing and community events, City of Elderly Love works to place its adoptable pets into loving adoptive homes.

I’m proud to say that my most recent addition to ThePhillyDog family, Astrid, was one of the first animals rescued by City of Elderly Love! Here’s Astrid before and after:



Why else should Erin and the City of Elderly Love get your vote? If they win the$5,000, City of Elderly Love would continue to be able to surpass their life-saving goals in 2014. The money from this grant would go directly to funding the care of senior animals rescued from Philadelphia’s open-intake, kill shelters. Check ’em out:

To cast your vote for Erin and the City of Elderly Love, click HERE.

Meet Pepe ! (And Then Take Him Home)

Meet Pepe ! (And Then Take Him Home)

Hi, I’m Pepe (aka ACCT number A21879364)!  I’m a handsome Chihuahua mix looking for a strong person who will give me lots of walks and training.  I really want someone to look up to and show me just how fantastic life can be.
So here’s a little bit about me:  I’m a loving kind of guy.  So, I’m not that into getting kisses or getting hugged – and I’ll let you know with a snap if you push it.  What can I say – I kind of prefer to have my own space. So, it’s also best if I don’t have to share you with any children.  That goes for the cats, too – unless they are the low key kind of feline.  Those energetic kitties just bug me.
Anyway, I’d love to meet you and show you just how charming I can be.  Right now I’m living with my foster parents who swooped in and sprung me from Philadelphia Animal Care and Control.  It was the best day of my life so far….and I’m looking to top that day with finding my forever home!  If you think we might be a good fit, please contact my foster parents by clicking here.
Philly’s Animals Need YOU!

Philly’s Animals Need YOU!

ACCT is full and the animals are in desperate need of foster and forever homes.  Every excuse that has ever prevented you from fostering in the past needs to be put aside.  Afraid you’ll get attached?  Too bad.  An animal’s life depends on this.  Take a deep breath, head over to ACCT and do the right thing.

Already have too many animals?  If you have a bathroom, you can foster a kitten.  Kittens are easy to get adopted.  Are your pets unfriendly?  There are other ways to help – spread the word.  Share this post on twitter, facebook, or any other social channel you use.  Tell every friend and relative about this crisis.  Drop off some food and supply donations to ACCT for the people who will be taking in a foster.  Offer to transport or to release a feral cat back into nature.

If you decide to help, please just head over to ACCT – click for directions to ACCT.  They are inundated with phone calls right now, so it is best just to go there.  PLEASE  read up on what you need to bring to be a foster parent or to adopt.  Make sure you have your driver’s license or valid ID, if you rent a copy of your lease saying you can have pets (or ask your landlord and tell him/her to be prepared for a call to verify).  If you have other dogs, you must bring them to meet a potential adoption/foster.  If you have children, you must bring them as well.

Please, please, consider fostering a dog or a cat.  Any person who takes in a foster, whether dog or cat, who wants help from in getting that pet adopted has it.  Simply email us at and tell us you are fostering and need help in promotion. While we can’t guarantee we’ll be the ones who find your foster a new home, we’ll do our damned best.

Please, save a life.  Give a shelter animal some hope.


Adopt a Pet at the ACCT Spring Adoptathon!

Adopt a Pet at the ACCT Spring Adoptathon!

Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect time to adopt a pet and save a life!  THIS weekend, May 10th and 11th, the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT) is having their Spring Adopt-a-thon!  That means all adult pets have no adoption fee and kittens and Benefactors are 1/2 off!  The adoption fee for dogs and cats includes your new pet’s spay/neuter surgery, microchip, age appropriate vaccinations, deworming, and an offer for 30 days of free pet health insurance from ShelterCare.


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If you know you for sure you want to adopt a pet, download the adoption questionnaire here and complete it prior to your arrival!

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