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Big Changes for a Little Guy

ACDC Foster Mom Jennifer Citrone with ChuChu, who she is currently fostering

“I want to provide Chu Chu with a fun, happy, positive environment while he is here—something he didn’t have before,” shares Animal Coalition of Delaware County (ACDC) Foster Mom Jennifer Citrone. At the moment, Jennifer is fostering Chu Chu, a tiny five-pound Chihuahua, who was found fending for himself in an abandoned apartment in North Philadelphia.

Chu Chu hadn’t been well cared for. For starters, when he was rescued, his nails were so long that they were almost growing back into his little paw pads. In addition, when Chu Chu arrived at Jennifer’s home, he was sneezing a bit and by the next day, his sneezing had gotten worse. He also began coughing. Jennifer took him to Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital, where he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection and given medication.

Animals like Chu Chu who are rescued by ACDC are cared for by an approved ACDC foster parent in that person’s own home 24/7. ACDC foster parents provide love, attention, socialization, food, and other essentials to their foster animals until their permanent, adoptive families are found. The cost of vet care for the animals is covered by the organization, not the foster parents. Chu Chu will stay with Jennifer until he is over his illness and then he will be available for adoption.

Things are definitely looking up for little Chu Chu and we are certain that he will have no trouble finding his furever family soon thanks to his devoted foster mom! “I love being able to provide dogs with a positive place to stay,” shares Jennifer, who has fostered three dogs for ACDC thus far. “ACDC is also one of the smaller organizations and every one involved genuinely cares for animals. We’re not in it for the money—we’re in it for the satisfaction of finding the animals we foster a wonderful new home.” Learn more about fostering for ACDC. To read more about Chu Chu, click here.

August Update: Chu Chu was adopted in May and is doing great. His new mom, who renamed him Tucker, reports that he has settled in fully to his new digs. He has his own little beds all over the house, as well as friends at the park across the street where they go for walks every day! Also, his adoptive mom shares that he goes everywhere with her in his doggy bag!

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Don’t Miss Our Fourth Annual Spayghetti Dinner – March 27!!

We will host our fourth annual Spayghetti Dinner & Silent Auction this Saturday, March 27! You won’t want to miss it! For only $25 (or $30 at the door — so buy your ticket now!), your ticket includes a full Italian meal (and not just Spaghetti—we’re talking baked ziti and desserts!). We are also having a DJ and Karaoke!!!!! This year, our silent auction has also gotten quite exciting with items including:

  • Philadelphia 76ers Box Seat Tickets
  • Signed Hockey Stick from Simon Gagne
  • Tickets to the Phillies Exhibition Game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 3
  • Photography session worth $550 with Essential Imagery (www.essentialimagery.net)
  • Gift certificates for local restaurants and businesses such as Iron Hill Brewery, Margaret Kuo’s, Daisy’s Delights (pet grooming gift certificate), and Traders Joe’s
  • Watercolor paintings from local artist Mike Bair
  • Antique crackle glass vases and accessories
  • Pampered Chef gift package
  • Dog and cat toys and accessories; and more.

Proceeds from this annual event benefit our pre-adoption spaying and neutering efforts. Every year, four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—are euthanized simply because there is not enough room in animal shelters to care for them, nor are there enough homes for them. Failure to spay or neuter animals is what results in unwanted litters that it is not possible to care for. Spaying and neutering animals is the only permanent solution.

In addition to paying to have all of the animals adopted through ACDC spayed or neutered (if they are old enough at the time of their adoption), ACDC also sponsors low-cost spay neuter clinics in Delaware County. In December, ACDC held one in partnership with The Spayed Club for residents of Marcus Hook and just last month, they hosted one in Colwyn.

To purchase tickets for ACDC’s Spay-ghetti Dinner, click here or call 610-876-1479. Seating is limited so all are encouraged to buy tickets early.

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Meet ACDC’s latest rescue: Ginny from Virginia!

Ginny was rescued from a shelter in rural Virginia and is being treated for Lyme disease and a heartworm infestation

Ginny is a very sweet, docile beagle/pointer mix who we rescued in partnership with The Animal Rescue Foundation of Southeastern Pennsylvania in January. She was rescued from a shelter in rural Virginia, where she was most likely surrendered because she’s too sweet to be a good hunting dog.

The dogs at the shelter where Ginny was rescued from have little chance of surviving without outside rescues coming in to help. Most of the dogs at the shelter are the “duds,” the hounds who didn’t hunt well.

Once Ginny arrived here in PA, we took her to the vet and found out that she has heartworm and Lyme disease. She is only a year old. Heartworm infestation, if left untreated, is always fatal. ACDC won’t let that happen.

Although we caught the heartworm infestation in the early stages, her treatment will take several months and be quite costly. If you are able to make a contribution to Ginny’s care, please click here. In the meantime, we will keep you posted on her condition here on our blog. Once Ginny has been treated for the heartworm and Lyme disease and is given a clean bill of health, she will be available for adoption through ACDC.

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