Through our TAILS (Transporting Animals Into Loving Situations) program, we rescue nearly 2,500 cats and dogs in need from high-risk animal shelters near and far, therefore alleviating their space so animals will not have to be put down. Because of our vast medical resources, we are able to save animals with special medical needs from an animal shelter where they would otherwise never be given a second chance.
Loaves & Fishes Pet Food Pantry
When families are struggling financially, feeding pets becomes problematic. Our pet food bank program in conjunction with Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Prospect Park provides up to 400 meals a month to pet owners in need so that they can keep their pets at home versus having to turn them in to an animal shelter. We also provide annual vaccinations of the pet pantry clients along with free spay and neuter surgeries.
New Leash on Life
New Leash on Life USA is a Pennsylvania 501(c) (3) non-profit, prison-dog training program, dedicated to improving the life of inmates and saving the lives of dogs. Providence Animal Center participates in this program by sending dogs from our shelter into the Philadelphia Prison Systems to work with prison inmates who care for, socialize and train the dogs to enhance their adoptability. Inmates attend workshops on life skills and job readiness, and receive opportunities for paid internships in our shelter when they are paroled. Many interns have turned into employees. After each “class” graduates, the dogs are then adopted out through New Leash on Life’s adoption program.
Penn Vet Shelter Program
In partnership with Penn Vet, the shelter is now providing both informal training to veterinary club students on a constant basis as well as sponsoring formal externships for Penn Vet students in their final year. In addition to rotational training for students, the shelter sponsors weekly sessions for classroom groups from Penn Vet that visit the shelter to observe general health exams for shelter animals, intake and exit exams, animal transport procedures and isolation exams for sick animals.
Kids between ages of 5-13 are invited to take part in this enrichment program for children and shelter cats. The shelter can be a stressful environment for cats. The higher the levels of stress, the more prone it is to become sick. The sound and interaction of children reading to cats is both soothing and stress-relieving for our homeless cats awaiting homes. Studies have shown that children reading to pets helps with learning disabilities because it provides them with a relaxing, stress and judgment-free outlet for them to practice their reading. In addition to providing an enriching environment for our cats, this program helps promote adoption, encourage treating animals with kindness and the importance of spaying/neutering. We’re currently accepting new readers (ages 5-13) and Smarty Paws Counselors (ages 14-16).
Questions about these programs or want to learn more? Email us!