PAWS Breaks Adoption Records Two Months Running

10171295_833555396676741_6725739815411573863_nWe are thrilled to announce that August and September 2014 were PAWS’ best months of adoption yet, breaking all previous months’ records.

At the beginning of August, we set a goal to do 185 adoptions in one month and surpass our previous record of 184. We challenged the community to save lives by adopting, and by the end of the month, 219 animals had found their new homes. A traditionally slow month for adoptions, August 2014 became our best yet. September was even better, with many adopters coming home from vacation and back to school: by the end of that month, a whopping 251 animals had gone to their new homes, for a total of 470 adoptions in two months. 

10615629_825421580823456_2916901839220515728_nWe achieved this thanks to additional capacity at our new Northeast adoption center, PAWS foster parents who cared for animals and prepared them for adoption, volunteers who staffed adoption events around the city and helped facilitate adoptions, generous supporters who donate toward our efforts, and of course, adopters who opened their homes.

Every adoption means another open space for us to rescue a new animal in need: join the effort and save a life by adopting your new best friend. Here’s to more lifesaving to come!

Sabrina (above, right) was the 185th adoption of August. This 2-4 year old rescued stray now has a happy home in the suburbs with the Conwell family. 

Libby Belle (left) was the 70th adoption of August: she had been found as a stray in North Philadelphia, picked up by animal control, rescued by PAWS, and now lives happily in Old City with adopter Luis. 

PAWS and ACCT set lifesaving records

kitty-adoptWe are thrilled to announce that May and June 2014 were PAWS’ biggest months of lifesaving ever! In two months, we saved nearly 600 animals, thanks to adopters and foster parents who stepped forward and opened their homes. Between opening our Northeast facility and holding the Foster Challenge, the PAWS community put forth an incredible effort that truly paid off for the animals who were counting on us. Kitty (right) is just one of the recent rescues who is now safe at PAWS.

In turn, the city’s animal control shelter (ACCT) cut its euthanasia rate in half. As ACCT’s largest rescue partner, PAWS is committed to saving lives there and ultimately making Philadelphia a no-kill city. Join us by adopting, volunteering, fostering, or making a donation.

Read WHYY’s coverage of recent lifesaving achievements. Photo by Kimberly Paynter/WHYY.

New play rooms installed for rescued cats


Stevie and Sabrina play in their new rooms!

PAWS has transformed its cat housing rooms into a feline playground!

Thanks to generous donations from PAWS supporters, we have furnished the community cat rooms at our adoption centers with climbing walls with lounging boxes, ledges, and steps, colorful feeders, baskets for napping, and huge wheels for play.

The installation will provide for enrichment, exercise, and comfort while rescued cats wait for their forever homes.

Come see the cats in action at either PAWS adoption center:

Here are some pictures of the cats enjoying their new accommodations:

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PAWS Northeast Now Open!

cliniclobbycropPAWS Northeast Adoption Center and Low-Cost Clinic opened its doors on May 30 to bring adoptable dogs and cats and affordable basic veterinary care to a new community. Located at 1810 Grant Avenue (at Bustleton), our newest facility will enable us to save and serve thousands of Philadelphia’s neediest pets, bringing us a huge step closer to creating a no-kill city.

For more information on adoption and clinic services, click here.

Banfield Charitable Trust Keeps Pets Healthy and in their Homes

Banfield Charitable TrustFor the third year running, the Banfield Charitable Trust has been an essential partner in our efforts to provide basic veterinary care to the pets who need it most. Most recently, a $10,000 grant enabled us to serve hundreds of the city’s most vulnerable animals, whose owners cannot afford even our low fees.

Every day at our Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic, we see pet owners who are struggling to keep and care for their beloved pets. Our services – thanks to supporters like Banfield Charitable Trust – are keeping pets healthy and helping them remain at home as cherished family members.

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Philadelphia Marathon: Registration Open!

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For the second year running, PAWS is an official charity partner of the Philadelphia Marathon. Registration is now open for the 2014 race!


Click here for more information and to join the PAWS team.





Philadelphia Flyers Help PAWS Save Lives


PAWS thanks the Philadelphia Flyers for their generous support of our lifesaving efforts! We have placed pets into loving adoptive homes with several players and are grateful for the support of the whole team! 

Sean Couturier recently adopted Flower, a kitten rescued by PAWS after she was found as a stray.

Couturier Kitten

Nick Grossmann and girlfriend Rita Madden opened their home to become PAWS foster parents! They most recently saved a life by fostering Annabelle, which opened up a space for us to rescue another dog in her place.

Nick Grossmann and Annabelle


Braydon and Nadine Coburn are longtime PAWS supporters; in 2011, their generous donation kicked off the Paws & Claws Fund for Low-Income Pet Owners, which continues to serve Philadelphia’s neediest pets.



In March 2014, Flyers wives and girlfriends visited our adoption center to present a donation on behalf of Flyers Charities of more than $22,000.

Flyers check presentation


This generous donation was raised at a home game with the support of Flyers fans who entered a 50/50 raffle. The Flyers also hosted our staff and volunteers at the game to raise funds and find homes for adoptable dogs.



PAWS was featured on the big screen to spread the word about our lifesaving efforts!

Flyers big screen


The Flyers honored PAWS’ Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Allison Lamond, with her own jersey.



Rescued PAWS dog Kassey attended and met lots of fans. She met her new family at the game and is now living happily in the suburbs!



Student Art Calendar Supports Rescue Efforts



On sale now: “The Dog Ate My Homework” is a 12-month 2014 calendar featuring student artwork inspired by real-life shelter dogs.


The calendar is produced by FreshArtists in an effort to support arts education and animal rescue


Proceeds will benefit PAWS and two other rescue organizations. Click here to purchase!