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Emergency Services

Having a Family Emergency Plan in place before anything happens is the best way to recover if a disaster takes place! Be sure to include your pets in your emergency plan and never leave them behind. Many pop-up emergency shelters in our city are pet-friendly! Outlined here are some resources to keep on hand in the event that you need emergency assistance. 

Never leave your pets behind!

via Red Paw Emergency Relief Team

Emergency Housing

Red Paw Emergency Relief Team


Red Paw works in conjunction with the American Red Cross, SEPA Chapter and other public and private disaster relief, social service and animal welfare organizations. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Red Paw is designed to ensure families and their pets are taken care of during emergencies.

Some of the FREE services they provide in the event of an emergency include emergency transport, temporary shelter for pets, and veterinary care to animals involved in residential fires and other disasters.

Visit the Red Paw site for userful emergency planning resources including:

  • Emergency Preparedness Kit

  • Pet Fire Safety Tips

  • Home Fire Escape Plan

  • Hurricane Safety Tips

  • Pet First Aid Kit

  • Pet Preparedness Tips​

PACT for Animals


PACT for Animals is a FREE service available to families experiencing tough times who are in need of temporary foster placement for their pets. Circumstances may include:

  • children, adults and veterans in acute care at local hospitals,

  • recovering seniors in need of assistance, and

  • military soldiers on deployment.

SREHUP's Pet-Friendly Homeless Shelter

The Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP) is an initiative of Philadelphia area college students who house men experiencing homelessness during the coldest months of the winter and help connect them to the services they need to climb out of homelessness.

SREHUP's first pet-friendly homeless shelter is estimated to open in 2018.

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Animal Cruelty & Ordinance Reports

Pennsylvania SPCA


The Pennsylvania SPCA's Humane Law Enforcement enforces humane laws in the city of Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs. Pennsylvania SPCA officers have the authority to obtain a search/arrest warrant, issue citations, and make arrests for violations of the Pennsylvania anti-cruelty laws.


In the event that you suspect animal cruelty, you can make an anonymous complaint to the PSPCA's animal cruelty hotline.

ACCT Philly


Philadelphia's animal control shelter (ACCT Philly) is available to assist Philadelphians with animal-related emergencies and services such as:

  • Animal Bites & Disease Control

  • Dangerous Dog Reports

  • Racoons and Wildlife Disturbances

  • Dogs Licensing

  • Dogs Running at Large Reports & Pickups

  • Animal Ordinance Complaints

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