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October 29, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The population of bears, turtles, and cats roughly doubled at the Philadelphia Zoo over the weekend, as costumed visitors flocked to the annual Boo at the Zoo event. Jim Brophy of Marlton said he attends the event every year with his family and friends. "It's a tradition, every Halloween," Brophy said, holding a 2-year-old Minnie Mouse. "I'm liking the tigers a lot," said his son, Xavier, 6, who dressed up with friends as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. "I'm the orange one. Mikey.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Watch animals play with and devour pumpkins and other seasonal treats during Beast Feast this weekend at the Philadelphia Zoo. Throughout the day, animals including hippos, bears, leopard cubs, and great apes will be given pumpkins to feast on courtesy of Linvilla Orchards. Guests can watch the animals enjoy their savory treats, some even downing whole large pumpkins in one bite. The beasts will feast every half-hour between 10 a.m and 3:30 p.m. Beast Feast, Saturday and Sunday at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Activities are included in admission, which is $20; $18 ages 2 to 11; free, members and 1 and younger.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
MEDIA Delaware County said Monday that it had submitted the names of a lawyer, an accountant, a police chief, and a veterinarian to join the board of the beleaguered Chester County SPCA. The shelter accepts strays from Chester County as well as from most towns in Delaware County under a $30,000-a-month contract. The SPCA has been the target of criticism by current and former staff and volunteers over alleged mistreatment and ineffective management and concerns over rising euthanasia rates at its 84-year-old facility.
NEWS
September 29, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nature-watching - an outsider's hobby, right? Geese crisscross the sky, eagles nest all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, hawks and falcons are on their way, and elk whistle ghostly in Benezette. But birders, hunters, conservationists, and animal enthusiasts of all furs are also turning to Twitter, Facebook, blogs, apps, and a proliferation of "hawk cams" and "eagle cams" to get their beast on. Here, as in so many realms of human life, social media help people build communities around shared interests.
NEWS
September 18, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER In a major shake-up, the beleaguered Chester County SPCA, the target of criticism by current and former staff and volunteers, will soon add 11 board members, officials announced Monday. In a deal brokered between the SPCA and State Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D. Chester), the new members will be in place by the end of October and serve with the handful of remaining active board members. "This should make a significant difference," Dinniman said. The shelter has come under fire from former and current staff and volunteers, who attributed the center's problems - including a rise in euthanasia rates - to ineffective board leadership, board members who miss meetings, and unfilled senior management positions.
NEWS
August 26, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
In the Animal Welfare Association's early years, "we answered any kind of call," says Jim Denelsbeck, who specialized in complaints about squirrels gone wild. The retired draftsman is 83, lives in Deptford, and still volunteers occasionally at the association his former mother-in-law helped set up in 1948. But AWA (awanj.org) has evolved; these days it no longer responds to calls about squirrels in attics but does keep an eye on feral cats through geo-mapping. And as the nonprofit marks its 65th birthday, the expansion of its Voorhees facility dramatizes the changing approaches - and enduring realities - of the animal-welfare world, where professional and personal commitments to our fellow creatures run as deep as blood.
NEWS
August 22, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Following reports of animal mistreatment and rising euthanasia numbers, a Chester County state senator and Delaware County councilman said Tuesday that they would look into conditions at the Chester County SPCA, a regional hub for stray dogs and cats. The center takes in about 5,000 strays annually from all of Chester County and, under a $30,000-a-month contract, most towns in Delaware County. Some SPCA volunteers and ex-staff members as well as a former board member say it has become a "kill factory.
NEWS
August 17, 2013
Another view of Chesco shelter On Sunday, I was trained as a new volunteer at the Chester County SPCA shelter. After my training was over, I spent a good portion of my day with the cats on the adoption floor. They were all healthy and happy. They loved the attention. Not one of them was shy, sick, or upset. There were several families there looking to adopt a cat. It was a heartwarming first day as a volunteer. Then, on Monday morning, The Inquirer published an article about the shelter that was in drastic contrast to what I experienced the day before ("Euthanasia numbers on rise at Chesco animal shelter")
NEWS
August 13, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is a regional hub for taking in stray dogs and cats, but the Chester County SPCA shelter has become a "kill factory," say SPCA volunteers, a former board member, and ex-staff members. They blame ineffective board leadership, unfilled senior management positions, and a clash of ideologies for a significant rise in euthanasia numbers. Though shelter management does not dispute that euthanasia numbers are rising, it says it is battling the realities of dealing with a tremendous volume of unwanted dogs and cats, many of whom are not adoptable.
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