Providence Animal Center receives $50,000 to help hundreds of cats and dogs

MEDIA, PA — Delaware County’s preeminent animal rescue group has won a substantial grant to help provide medical care to hundreds of cats and dogs at regional shelters.

Providence Animal Center in Media received a $50,000 grant from national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society to provide lifesaving transportation and medical care to more than 500 at-risk dogs and cats from regional Gloucester County Animal Shelters Shelter and ACCT Philly.

The center will pull, process and place for adoption 400 cats from the Gloucester County Animal Shelter, as well as 80 newborn kittens and 25 medically difficult dogs from ACCT Philly.

“Being able to partner with Best Friends in these rescue efforts is a dream come true,” said Justina Calgiano, director of public relations for Providence Animal Center. “Their organization is one we have admired for so long, on our journey to becoming an organization that saves lives.”

Once a high-mortality shelter with a save rate of 44%, Providence Animal Center has transformed into a kill-free shelter with a save rate of 96%. While working every day to maintain this, they are also focused on helping other shelters in the area that are working to achieve non-killing status.

Providence Animal Center has a long history of working with both groups to save lives. The organization has worked with ACCT Philly for many years to transport animals. They also often rescue cats in need from the Gloucester County Animal Shelter, which has the most animals to rescue in the state, with a rescue rate of just 56% for cats. This grant will allow Providence Animal Center to scale up its rescue efforts for both organizations.

“We know that no shelter, group or rescue organization can do it alone, which is why we are thrilled to provide Providence Animal Center with this grant that will increase rescue and collaboration,” said Audrey Lodato, Senior Strategist. , Eastern Region for Best Friends of Animals Society.

Benjamin M. Yerger