2015 in Review

sassyThank you to all our supporters for being a part of an incredible year! In 2015, PAWS served more animals than any year prior through rescue, adoption, spay/neuter, and low-cost veterinary care.

We are getting closer and closer to being able to call Philadelphia a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. With so many pets saved and served, this year truly brought our dream into focus.  

In 2015, PAWS: 

Rescued 2,854 homeless pets who would not have survived otherwise, setting a new lifesaving record! Sassy (right) was one of them – she became homeless at 6-10 years old and is now safe at PAWS. Continue reading

Top 20 PAWS rescues of 2015

In 2015, PAWS saved 2,854 homeless dogs and cats. Here are some favorites to celebrate!


11221986_1000795286619417_7563066692881059290_oTucker, a rescued PAWS dog who donated blood to save shelter kitten Milkshake – read their story!



21783379718_17cce69e5a_o (2)Jinxy, the unforgettable cat who has more personality than we knew could fit in one animal. He took over the internet with #JinxyTakeover and continues to rule the adoption center like he owns the place. Adopt him!



bettyallanAllan and Betty Spaghetti
, who formed a special friendship during their time at PAWS. Both were adopted to loving homes and are doing well!


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PAWS Holiday Party: thanks for joining us!

pawspartyThank you to all who came out and helped us celebrate our exciting milestone! PAWS staff, volunteers, and supporters came together at Barra Rossa on December 18 to commemorate PAWS’ 100,000th animal served since 2009.

Not only was the event a celebration; it was also a fundraiser that raised $3,362 to kick off our effort to serve the next 100,000 pets who need us.

Special thanks to Barra Rossa, Tito’s Handmade VodkaLuxe Wine and Spirits, and Clashing Plaid for helping to make the evening a success.

PAWS Serves Its 100,000th Animal


pacosmmWe are thrilled to announce an extraordinary milestone: since becoming an independent rescue organization in 2009, PAWS has served 100,000 animals through rescue, spay/neuter, and affordable basic veterinary care. We’ll continue until every healthy and treatable pet in Philadelphia is guaranteed a home.

Meet the 100,000th pet served: Paco (left) was found as a stray in Frankford, taken to the city shelter by a Good Samaritan, and rescued by PAWS. He is now waiting for a home at our Northeast Adoption Center. Continue reading

Celebrating Gray Whiskers!


After many years, these former PAWS shelter residents are now thriving as seniors in their loving homes. We were thrilled to hear recently from adoptees who are living the long, happy lives they deserve!

The dogs below were all rescued and adopted in PAWS’ early days (PAWS was founded in 2006 as a donor-funded division of the city’s animal control shelter and later became an independent rescue organization in 2009). They are loved more than ever as they earn their “gray whiskers” – here are their stories!



Fergus was one of the first dogs adopted from PAWS’ newly opened Old City adoption center in 2008. From adopter Susan: “Fergus was found in a gutter, literally skin and bones. Now 8 years old and a lot grayer in the face but still a spunky pup!”



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9th Annual Mutt Strut a Record-Breaking Success

s22538244566_95a2aeed47_oThank you to everyone who made the 9th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut the biggest and best one yet!
We had a record-setting turnout of 2,000+ PAWS supporters who came out to enjoy fun activities, music, and food, all to support our efforts to save and serve Philadelphia’s most vulnerable pets.

s22550608852_74e6855d4d_oTogether, we shattered previous records and raised $118,000! 11 PAWS dogs were adopted at the Mutt Strut, enabling us to rescue 11 more in their place. Our thanks go out to attendees, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, teams, and everyone who contributed to this incredible day. Continue reading

PAWS Celebrates Most Successful Adoption Day Ever

PAWS was proud to participate in Clear the Shelters, a nationwide fee-waived adoption event on August 15th that turned out to be our best day of adoptions ever!

In total, 64 PAWS animals found loving homes in a single day: more than double our previous record! Special thanks to the ASPCA for covering adoption fees and enabling PAWS to take part in this incredible event.

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2015 Mid-Year Update

More animals saved and served, and fewer pets entering shelters: the first half of 2015 has given Philadelphia’s animals plenty to celebrate!

From January through June, PAWS:

  • Rescued 1,401 dogs, cats, and kittens.
  • Served more than 14,000 pets at our low-cost clinics
  • Performed 5,600 spay/neuter surgeries

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PAWS Breaks Records During Fundraising Challenge

From May 4 to June 5, thanks to the generosity of our extraordinary community, PAWS raised $206,452 for Philadelphia’s animals. This is an incredible achievement and the most PAWS has ever raised in a single month! In all, 1,058 people and businesses donated to the effort, a moving show of support that will enable us to save and serve more animals in 2015 than ever before.

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Philly Loves PAWS Day a Huge Success

The inaugural Philly Loves PAWS Day raised more than $15,000 for Philadelphia’s animals! Supporters came out citywide to shop and dine at nearly 80 participating businesses that donated 10% of proceeds to PAWS.

Our sincere thanks to all who made Philly Loves PAWS an incredible day for the animals; it was such a success that we will be bringing it back for another year!

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