Last week, the Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) experienced every shelter's worst nightmare: It ran out of room.
On Thursday, the shelter had to euthanize a nearly unprecedented 22 dogs because the kennels were full and nobody was stepping up to adopt them. Desperate to avoid putting anymore to sleep, shelter staff sent a plea out to the community: Please come help them.
And the community did just that. On Saturday, dozens of people showed up to rescue the vulnerable dogs and cats, whose adoption fees had been removed or cut in half. A photo shows the shelter's hallway filled with potential adopters, the long line of people happily waiting for their chance to save a life.