Support Councilman Allan Domb's request for ACCT Medical Staff Funding

Support Councilman Allan Domb's request for ACCT Medical Staff Funding

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As noted in the Cornell University report, comparable municipal animal shelters providing the same services and operating at no-kill levels as ACCT have significantly more funding than the City of Philadelphia.  Currently, with a budget of $4.3 million and an intake of 18,000 animals per year, Philadelphia is paying only $238 per animal, which is significantly less than comparable cities that pay $350 to $475.

The low funding level negatively impacts ACCT's ability to maintain humane care.  The commissioned report also indicated that the staffing of ACCT's medical and animal care services was inadequate.  As the number of animals rises in the facility that inadequacy becomes more apparent.  The report recommends hiring additional full-time veterinarians and surgical support team members.

As such, Councilman Allan Domb has requested a $480,790 mid-year appropriation transfer from the city's budget to ACCT.  This would enable the agency to hire two additional full-time veterinarians (including a Medical Director), along with three veterinarian assistants and three animal care attendants.  The appropriation request would fund the salaries, benefits and taxes for the much needed eight new full-time positions.

This additional funding is not a silver bullet to solving many other items that need to be addressed at ACCT, but it is an important first step.  Please sign this petition so that members of City Council approve this funding request and also understand the support and concern, of the residents of Philadelphia, for the city's homeless animals.

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