$1 Million Petco Foundation Grant Allegedly Misspent By Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia

The City Of Philadelphia Office Of The Controller recently RELEASED a review of Animal Care Control Team Philly’s (ACCT) management of a $1 million Petco Foundation grant (specifically the restricted fund portion of $750,000). ACCT Philly manages the city’s animal shelter facility in North Philadelphia handling nearly 28,000 animals annually.

“The review found that not only did ACCT misuse the grant funds, but also identified several other problematic practices in ACCT’s financial management” according to the Controller’s Office.


“The waste and mismanagement of funds in this case is troubling.”

The report is a result of an investigation launched after the Controller’s Office received a tip alleging that ACCT used restricted funds, which were to be used for the building of an adoption center, to pay for operating expenses.

As per the Petco Foundation grant terms, “the money was supposed to go into a segregated account, but only a portion of those funds went into a segregated account and the money has been used to cover payroll and other operating expenses” ACCORDING to WHYY NEWS.