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.

A strong start at PAWS Northeast

The first month of PAWS Northeast Adoption Center and Low-Cost Clinic has been busy and very successful! Since opening on May 30, we have performed lots of adoptions, sent animals into foster care, and filled the resulting open spaces with new rescues. Our clinic is also very busy providing basic care to the pets who need it most. See more images here of our new facility.


To fill our new shelter spaces, we went to Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia and rescued several van-loads of animals. In the month following the new facility’s opening, we  saved 352 animals who were in danger! See more pictures of our first rescue arrival.


Our new adoption center is open to the public seven days a week with adoptable cats, dogs, and kittens. The cats reside either in community rooms or individual housing units – wherever they are happiest.


Thanks to the support of generous donors, we have furnished community cat housing rooms with a climbing wall and play wheels so that the cats can stay entertained and exercised while they wait for homes. Wendy, Stevie, and Sabrina were among the first cats to try out the new rooms.


Pebbles was the first dog to arrive in our colorful new kennels. The dogs at PAWS Northeast spend their days in bright, sunny play rooms where they meet adopters, then go to their kennels for their bed and meals.


Buddy was the first adoption of PAWS Northeast! He was rescued from animal control as part of a stray litter and spent weeks in foster care recovering from an eye infection. He was just getting settled in our cat room when Mary met him and fell in love!


Pebbles found a home after just three days! Pebbles was found as a stray in West Philadelphia, taken to the city shelter, and rescued by PAWS. She now lives happily with Jared and Michelle, and her adoption opened up space for us to save a new dog in her place!


Jack Bauer and Anakin Skywalker came in separately and found a home together with adopter Steve, opening up space for us to rescue two more kittens.


Munchie waited patiently for her family to come along, and the wait paid off!


We had our first group volunteer orientation! None of what we do would be possible without volunteers: they help us to care for the animals, keep our facilities clean, and so much more.  To join us, click here.


PAWS veterinarian Dr. Roubina performed one of our facility’s first neuter surgeries while veterinary technician Ariel assisted. We spay and neuter our own rescued animals here, and we also provide low-cost spay/neuter to the public. Our new facility’s high-volume surgical suite is modeled after our clinic on Grays Ferry Avenue, which has served tens of thousands of animals. With this expansion of our efforts, we will help thousands more of the most vulnerable pets and will prevent the birth of innumerable unwanted litters.


Our clinic offers low-cost basic veterinary care to help pet owners who may be struggling to afford their pets’ care. Sophia came with her whole family to be the first to see the vet on opening day!


Mike brought his pit bull Lucy for her yearly checkup and shots. To learn more about clinic services and make an appointment, click here.


PAWS Northeast Adoption Center and Low-Cost Clinic is only possible with the generous support of animal lovers. PAWS is entirely donor-funded; please support our lifesaving efforts by making a donation today.

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!






Petplan Honors Veterinary Community, Supports PAWS



At the third annual Petplan Veterinary Awards, Petplan honored outstanding veterinary professionals and marked the occasion by donating generously to PAWS.

Among the winners were Kristen Hoffman of Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center as Practice Manager of the Year, and Dr. Kim Slensky at Hope Veterinary Specialists as Veterinarian of the Year.

Each winner had the opportunity to direct a $1,000 donation from Petplan to the rescue organization of their choice; both Kristen and Dr. Slensky selected PAWS, for a total contribution of $2,000 toward our lifesaving efforts!

Read Petplan’s full release here.

Pictured: Natasha Ashton, Petplan co-founder/CEO; Kristen Hoffman, Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center; Dr. Kim Slensky, Hope Veterinary Specialists; Melissa Levy, PAWS Executive Director; Allison Lamond, PAWS Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator; Nelly, available for adoption!