Pets find Homes for “Clear the Shelters”

On July 23, PAWS took part in Clear the Shelters, a nationwide adoption event that matched thousands homeless pets with new families. Here are some of the happy adoptions we celebrated here at PAWS. . .


The first adoption of the day! Xelanys and her daughter brought home Samantha, who had been rescued from the streets and now has a happy life ahead.



Ariel and her daughter adopted their new kitten Miss Clark, who was found as a West Philly stray at just a few weeks old and grew up in PAWS foster care.


This couple adopted a cat at last year’s Clear the Shelter event, and this time they came back to get it a friend!


Kareem waited two months at our adoption center for a home. Thank you to the Placid family for adopting him!


4-month-old Larry has been shuffled around a lot in his short life: he was found as a stray in West Philadelphia, rescued by PAWS, adopted, returned due to allergies, adopted again, returned due to landlord issues, then finally found his forever home with the Lin family. He has a new human sister who was very excited for her new playmate!


Rico had been adopted and returned several times before finally hitting the jackpot. He now lives happily in Fairmount with the Thomas family!


Every adoption meant another life saved!


Thank you, adopters!

Every pet that went home opened up a space for PAWS to rescue a new animal in its place. Thanks to everyone who has joined the effort to save lives!

Best Kept Secrets

Meet the PAWS cats who have been flying under the radar, waiting to be noticed! Cherry, Goliath, Cattleya, Sasha, Kitty, and Ninja are looking for a new start in life after being rescued by PAWS. To adopt one, visit or stop by our Northeast Adoption Center at 1810 Grant Avenue.

Special thanks to Aspects to creating these videos!
Sasha, a gorgeous 5-year-old who’s looking for a quiet home to relax in.

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Foster Parents Save Lives as Adoption Ambassadors

PAWS foster parents do so much more than provide a homeless pet with a temporary place to stay: they give them a new life!

PAWS is a participating shelter in Adoption Ambassadors, a nationwide initiative to increase adoptions by empowering foster parents and increasing placements. PAWS provides support in the form of vet care, supplies, one-on-one guidance, and more. Foster parents take the lead and find loving homes for their foster pets. The result is more happy matches made and more lives saved!

Melody is just one recent success story: after several weeks’ stay in our shelter without finding a home, she went into foster care with Alexandra and her roommates.


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PAWS Marks Six Years Providing Low-Cost Vet Care

PAWS-193000March 22, 2016: PAWS celebrated the sixth anniversary of opening our first Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in Southwest Philadelphia.

In 2010, PAWS embarked on an effort to provide accessible, affordable veterinary care: a desperately needed resource. At the time, more than 30,000 homeless pets were flooding the city’s animal control shelter yearly: more than could be saved through rescue and adoption alone.

To truly make a difference in these staggering numbers, we needed to curb unwanted litters and prevent pets from becoming homeless in the first place. So, on March 22, our clinic opened its doors to offer low-cost spay/neuter surgery and basic veterinary care, giving struggling pet owners an alternative to PAWS-260000losing their pets or watching them produce one unwanted litter after another.

Six years later, PAWS now operates two high-volume clinics in Grays Ferry and the Northeast, which together have served more than 100,000 of the city’s neediest pets. The clinics also serve trap-neuter-release groups and other rescue organizations to help them do more of their lifesaving work.

These efforts are working: intake of stray and surrendered animals to the city shelter is steadily decreasing. Fewer pets are becoming homeless in Philadelphia, and more lives than ever are being saved. We’ll keep up the effort until every healthy and treatable pet in the city is guaranteed a home.

Help a neighbor in need: donate to PAWS’ fund for low-income pet owners. Your gift will help a struggling pet owner and mean the difference between keeping and losing a beloved pet.

Pictured: clinic client Terry with PAWS staff, and Miss Baily with owner Margo. Photos by Devon John Photography.




“Pit Bull Flower Power” Comes to Philly

The dogs of PAWS were crowned with flowers! PAWS recently hosted Sophie Gamand Photography who created portraits as part of a larger effort to promote pit bulls and shelter dogs in a positive light.

Here are some of the beautiful images that resulted:



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Melody, a 5-6 year old girl who was found as a stray and taken to the shelter after being hit by a car. She is now a happy and healthy three-legged dog and is ready to find a home. Adopt her!


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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!



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, 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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