Paws n Pints Benefit

Come help ACDC raise funds to help homeless animals!

pawsnpintsSunday, May 5

2:00-5:00 pm

A Taste of Key West

Ridley Park, PA

$10 donation at the door goes directly to help homeless animals.

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Easter Bunny

Rabbits are closely associated with Easter. Shortly following the holiday, our rabbit department sees an increase of rabbits who’ve been surrendered to shelters. Our rabbit intake department needs to find foster homes for too many rabbits. They’re happy to save them, but they really wish people would reconsider giving live animals as gifts.

Great Companion, Bad Gift

Great Companion, Bad Gift

Carrie (shown here) was a gift, but not everyone in the family was happy with this present. She ended up confined to a cage–alone–most of the time. She was sad and lonely; rabbits require social interaction as well as exercise. While rabbits are adorable and fun pets, they do require a lot of care and patience–often as much as a dog or a cat. Read about rabbit care, and if you still like the idea of a hopper around the house, please consider giving Carrie a good home.

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Upcoming Class in Bunny Basics

How to Care for Your Pet Rabbit

Rabbits are gentle, affectionate animals who thrive in calm, attentive homes. But they have specific needs to keep them healthy and happy, and they are not low-maintenance pets, as many people believe.

Einstein says come learn something new!

Einstein says come learn something new!

If you have–or will soon have–a special bunny in your life, please join us for this program (for adults and children 7 years and up). We’ll discuss rabbit behavior, care and supplies, and offer tips on how to choose–and where to find–the right bunny for your family.

Saturday, March 23rd 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Rocky Run YMCA
1299 West Baltimore Pike, Media, PA

This program is free and open to the public.
For more info: Call: 610-876-1479  •  Email: info@acdc.ws

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Flea Market–Call for Vendors

Not that kind of flea, silly.

Not that kind of flea, silly.

ACDC is sponsoring its First Annual Flea Market. Nestled in the idyllic – and iconic – rolling green that is Rose Tree Park in Delaware County, spaces are priced at a low $25 for 2 car spaces. This is going to be a well-advertised event as it will be advertised on Rose Tree’s marquee starting the last week of March. Held in the front parking lot off Rte 252, there promises to be plenty of drive-by traffic . Dates: Flea market 4/13, raindate 4/20. Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., set-up at 7 a.m.; you must vacate the park by 3:30 p.m.

ACDC is a 501C3, all-volunteer. foster-based rescue for dogs, cats and rabbits. Since our inception in 2004, we have rescued over 2,000 animals. But our reach can only extend as far as our funding, and vet bills are skyrocketing. Your purchase of a space would be a tax deduction and greatly appreciated. Help us help those who are unable to help themselves.

We work hard to raise funds to provide the essential medical care for homeless animals. Before they are adopted out, every animal is spayed or neutered and fully vaccinated. In nearly 60% of our rescued animls cases additional vet care is needed.

Thank you for supporting our efforts. Information: 610-356-4083.

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Winterize Your Rabbit

Riley

Outdoor hutch rabbits suffer greatly, especially in extreme temperatures–hot or cold–and become susceptible to illness. Bring your bunnies inside and discover what wonderful, litter-trained pets rabbits can be.

If you’d like to learn more, ACDC rabbit counselors are always available to teach you everything you need to know!

In addition, ACDC will present Bunny Basics: How to Care for Your Pet Rabbit at the Rocky Run YMCA on Saturday, March 23rd from 1:00–2:30 p.m. Come learn all about these gentle, affectionate animals – and discover exactly what a rabbit needs to stay happy and healthy.

In addition to discussing topics such as rabbit behavior, proper care, housing options, and litter training, ACDC’s rabbit experts will demonstrate proper handling techniques and offer tips on how to choose the right rabbit for your family. There will be information sheets to take home and plenty of time for questions. Join us!

Rocky Run YMCA is located at 1299 West Baltimore Pike, Media, PA.

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A Happy Birthday All Around

Cat lover Sybilla with her birthday gifts.

Cat lover Sybilla with her birthday gifts.

Sybilla and her mom, Beth, love to visit the cats at ACDC’s Adoption Center at the Marple Crossroads PetSmart. But Sybilla is allergic to cats so they cannot bring one home. The pair like to think of the cats at the center as “their” cats. “Often times it is hard to leave them behind at the store,” Beth says.

When Sybilla turned 11 this January, she asked for cat food from her guests to donate to ACDC. And they really came through! This isn’t the first time she’s made such a request. Last year, her guests generously provided supplies for both cats and dogs. After finding out most of ACDC’s foster animals are cats, Sybilla and her mother decided to focus on them. Beth explains, “This is one way she can help all the wonderful cats we see at Petsmart.”

Happy Birthday, Sybilla, from all of us at ACDC! Many thanks to you and your guests.

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An Incredible Journey

When Nancy Jones’s 11-year-old cat Puddy died suddenly and mysteriously, her Dunwoody neighbors put her in touch with another resident Connie who also had a cat die young for unknown reasons. When the two women talked about their losses, Connie asked if Nancy was interested in getting another cat. Connie, an ACDC volunteer, put Nancy in touch with the group. “Through the foster program, I knew I’d get a cat I knew something about rather than taking chances.” Nancy was looking for a cat “mellow and not too rambunctious.” Searching online, she found Lewey.

Lewey and Nancy are a perfect match!

Lewey and Nancy are a perfect match!

Lewey was discovered, sick and injured, in an abandoned farm by ACDC workers who were looking for stray cats. The community believed Lewey to be a mean feral tom. They had seen him limping around for months from a distance but no one in his neighborhood tried to help him. He had always kept his distance from people.

In addition to his bad limp, Lewey also sported a wound on his cheek. Rescuers worked diligently to entice him into a crate and into the hands of knowledgeable vets that could help him. He was started on antibiotics and, after devouring two cans of wet food, he settled into his new digs. He began purring shortly after. It quickly became clear this sweet guy was misunderstood by the community.

When he was neutered, veterinarians examined his hip; it was broken. Lewey received hip surgery with help from the doctors at Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital who discounted this very expensive surgery.  After six weeks of recovery, Lewey began getting his energy back and played with his foster mates. He was ready to find his forever home.

Nancy didn’t know about Lewey’s background. “But he was very friendly and outgoing,” Nancy says. “I thought he’d get along with my other cat, Kohl.” As we spoke, Lewey was sitting on the windowsill watching the birds. Nancy hopes he’ll be able to relax on her balcony (on a leash) come spring.

On Lewey’s first night in her home, Nancy kept Lewey separated from Kohl by leaving Lewey alone in the living room. Lewey, however, was insistent so Nancy slept on the sofa that first night. “He was happy once he had me close.” The second day Nancy had him, the phlebotomist came to visit. “Lewey stood on bed to help. He’s a sociable, personable cat. He’s very well socialized.”

He loves to play with his various toys. Nancy explains one unusual plaything Lewey adopted. “He came with a shipping carton, which is sitting in living room making a total mess of things! But I wanted him to have the toys he liked.”

Nancy and Puddy used to visit the patients confined to the medical area of Dunwoody, and Nancy hopes that Lewey will also join the “Pet Pals” program. “He’s a very sweet cat; he loves everybody. If he’s amenable, I’d like to get him out to see people.”

Lewey has come a long way from his early days avoiding people. It’s an incredible journey.

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Share the Love!

Come Share the Love at Rafferty Subaru * Saturday, 10-4

Share the Love Flyer

Share the Love Flyer

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

2012 Pet Photos with Santa.indd

Have your pet’s photo taken with Santa.
Petsmart Marple Crossroads in Springfield
December 1,2,8 & 9.
11 am – 4 pm
$5 of every sale goes to help ACDC rescue homeless animals. Join us!

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ACDC Awarded Grant

The Animal Coalition of Delaware County has received a $1,000 Operation Grant from the PEDIGREE Foundation in partnership with Petfinder Foundation. ACDC is one of only 150 shelters and rescue groups nationwide to receive a grant.

Stef Swanton, ACDC’s president, says, “We’re thrilled to be one of the few organizations nationwide to receive this money. It shows that the dedication of our all-volunteer staff has paid off!” ACDC has placed 78 dogs, rabbits, and cats in their forever homes this year.
PEDIGREE Foundation Operation Grants  assist in funding basic operation costs like– facility and structural, medical, transportation, spay and neuter–to help make dogs more adoptable.

Toni Morgan, Petfinder Foundation program director, said that such grants are often the most difficult for shelters to secure. “Grants like these from PEDIGREE Foundation for basic needs are particularly helpful right now when animal welfare groups are facing tough economic realities like the rest of us.” 

“We believe that all dogs deserve to be loved and cared for,” said Debra Fair, PEDIGREE Foundation president. “Our partnership with Petfinder Foundation, allows us to make the greatest difference in the animal shelter community through these operational grants.”

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