Philadelphia, PA (March 9, 2017) –The Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to build a respiratory isolation ward in the organization’s Shelter Hospital. The ASPCA’s Destination Shelter Grant will fund the creation of the isolation ward to shorten the length of stay for dogs transported to the PSPCA from partner shelters, ultimately allowing the organization to accept more dogs and save more lives.
For the past two years, the Pennsylvania SPCA has been a partner of the ASPCA’s Nancy Silverman Rescue Ride (NSRR) initiative aimed at relocating dogs from overcrowded shelters, where the risk of euthanasia can be high. Additionally, the PSPCA partners with ACCT Philly and other open-intake shelters to open cage space and decrease euthanasia. Every dog pulled by the PSPCA from a partner shelter must enter a 14-day quarantine to ensure illness and disease is not transmitted to the shelter’s resident population. If colds or upper respiratory infections are experienced by the dogs in quarantine, their length of stay is increased.
Through the ASPCA grant, those dogs with upper respiratory infections will be transferred to the respiratory isolation ward, allowing the healthy dogs to be cleared to enter the adoption floor. In addition to the physical building of the isolation ward, the grant will also improve the management of animals arriving by focusing on intake practices, quarantine, isolation and disease treatment and management.
“The addition of a new respiratory isolation ward will allow us to separate dogs and cats with respiratory illnesses from those with other infectious diseases,” said Lisa Germanis, Director of Shelter Medicine. “We’ll now have the ability to closely observe and treat more dogs from transport that arrive with, or develop, severe upper respiratory infections, pneumonia or distemper.”
“We are honored to receive this grant from the ASPCA to allow us to increase the number of dogs we help every year,” said Julie Klim, PSPCA CEO. “It has always been our mission to protect animals and save as many lives as possible. Through this grant and the creation of a respiratory isolation ward, our capacity to do that will only grow.”
The PSPCA’s priority is saving the lives of animals throughout Pennsylvania, as well as protecting them and preventing cruelty throughout the state. However, when the capacity allows, the PSPCA works to save the lives of as many animals as possible.
For more information on the PSPCA and its lifesaving mission, visit: pspca.org.
About the Pennsylvania SPCA
Since 1867, the Pennsylvania SPCA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization headquartered at 350 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, has been dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and rescuing animals from abuse and neglect. The Pennsylvania SPCA’s lifesaving programs for animals include a low-cost veterinary clinic, low-cost spay and neuter services, pet adoption facilities, and the Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department. For more information about adopting, donating or volunteering, please call (215) 426.6300 or visit www.pspca.org.