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Just $22 per Month Saves a Life

IkeYour monthly donation of just $22 will provide all we need to give a homeless dog or cat the family it deserves.

Make a $22 monthly donation to PAWS.

It costs us an average of $264 to rescue, care for, and adopt out a homeless pet. If you give just $22 a month, by the end of one year you’ll have fully covered the costs of saving one animal (like Ike, who was rescued by PAWS and found a loving family).

Every PAWS dog and cat is spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped before going home. Your support will cover those expenses, along with the food, shelter and medication our animals need during their stay. Donations to PAWS are fully tax-deductible and enable us to save and serve Philadelphia’s neediest pets. Please give!

Top 25 PAWS Rescues of 2014

With our most successful year of lifesaving yet coming to a close, we have more than 2,600 rescues to celebrate! Here are a few of our favorites. . .

  • Steviemingo-70, who lost his eyes but not his spirit.
  • Mingo (right), who survived impossible odds and lived to tell the tale.
  • Cecille, who was adopted and returned more than any other cat but finally found a home.
  • Pebbles, the first new dog to arrive at our new Northeast adoption center, who was so proud to find a family.
  • Leon, whose adopter knew “it was love at first sloppy kiss.”
  • Walt Whitman, who spent his whole kittenhood in the shelter and finally found a home.
  • Flower, found as a stray kitten, adopted just a week later by a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • 10171295-833555396676741-6725739815411573863-n-1Samson, a spunky senior who was adopted by Miss Pennsylvania.
  • Beyonce, an affectionate deaf dog who spent months at PAWS and is now her adopter’s best friend.
  • Sabrina (right), who raised a family of kittens then found a loving home.
  • Bullseye, who came to us sick, sneezing, with missing fur and an injured paw, and went on to be one of the first adoptions at our Northeast adoption center!
  • 10446107_10203941285672891_5713247429026246901_oSammy, Joey, and Alex (right), who were abandoned in a cardboard box as newborn kittens and are now fully grown and healthy in their adoptive homes.
  • Simba, a sweet and sensitive pit bull who craved the love and attention of a big family.
  • Sadie, who was found sick, underweight, and missing most of her fur, and is now healthy and loved.
  • 1560716_10100905030828038_2649160911790331513_n0Mae, the frightened cat who seemed least likely to be adopted but found the best home possible.
  • Boo, who was 9 years old, toothless, and perfect in his adopter’s eyes.
  • Oreo, who came to PAWS limping from injury, and walked proudly out the adoption center door with her adopters.
  • Prince (right), who was too scared to be held when he was rescued as a tiny orphan and now is happiest in his adopter’s arms.
  • Sox and Turnip, who took comfort in each other during a long shelter stay then found a home together.
  • 10750135_10205247482406993_8521197831383435308_o0Maverick (right), who was surrendered to the shelter to be euthanized, blind and in pain, but instead received lifesaving medical care at PAWS.
  • Tater and Moxie, who were separated during rescue, reunited at PAWS, and adopted together for life.
  • Sweet Pea, who survived rat poison, parvo, and more, and is now the life of the party at doggie daycare.
  • Whiskey, who waited all year long in foster care.
  • Bronson1896759_734966049869010_1280353937_n (right), the unforgettable staff favorite who was found as a stray in South Philly, stayed for months at PAWS, then went back to his old neighborhood the right way: as a beloved family pet.
  • Dexter, who was terrified in the shelter and overjoyed to be adopted.

 

Have you adopted this year? Celebrate with us by sharing your success story on our Facebook page.

 

Our lifesaving efforts are 100% donor-funded; please donate now to help create more happy endings in 2015.

2014 In Review: Our Biggest Year Yet

 

What a year! Together, we have accomplished incredible things for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable animals.

In 2014, PAWS:

10505225_817244594974488_6908812798075695377_o (2)- Rescued 2,695 homeless animals, making 2014 our best year of lifesaving yet. Burton, right, was one of them – he was rescued from life on the streets and now has a loving family.

 

Opened PAWS’ Northeast Adoption Center and Low-Cost Clinic, bringing adoptable animals and affordable veterinary care to a whole new community and marking a huge step forward in achieving our mission.

 

bellasite- Served nearly 24,000 animals at our low-cost clinics, helping families care for and keep their beloved pets. Bella, left, was just one: the affordable care she received enabled her owner to keep her in her home.

 

10339380_789358287763119_6433311389522449905_o (1)- Rescued Vigo, right, and hundreds more of the tiniest, most vulnerable kittens and gave them all the care they needed to grow and thrive.

 

– Rescued a record-breaking number of animals this spring, which contributed to a drastic drop in euthanasia at the city shelter during its highest-intake season.

 

10391379_10205426824210426_7984403512286516794_n- Saved hundreds of adult cats suffering from treatable illnesses, nursed them back to health, then found them homes. (Like Abernathy, left, who spent months at our clinic recovering from digestive issues and now lives happily in the Art Museum neighborhood.)

 

10708612_851416981676_7262939861247186308_o- Rescued hundreds of dogs who wouldn’t have otherwise made it out alive, including Megan (right), who’s still waiting for a home! Some were found as strays, others surrendered by owners, and they all found safety at PAWS. We provided walks, playtime, and training to help prepare them for success in new homes, then matched them with families.

 

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– Performed nearly 9,000 spay/neuter surgeries for animals like Trouble (left), who was the product of an unwanted litter and now won’t continue the cycle.

pleasegivene Every one of these achievements was possible thanks to generous supporters.

PAWS is 100% donor-funded, so our ability to achieve our mission depends on you.

More highlights of 2014:

– Held the 8th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut, where crowds of dogs and the people who love them came together for a day of fun in support of our lifesaving efforts.

– Held the 10th Annual Chefs’ Dinner for PAWS, an incredible evening that brought together more than 40 of the region’s best chefs and raised essential funds in support of our new Northeast facility.

– Held our 4th Annual PAWS Foster Challenge in June, setting a new record of lives saved thanks to foster parents.

– Unveiled “Forever Home,” a beautiful mural created with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program depicting actual animals in loving homes.

– Held our August Adoption Challenge, which set into motion two months of record-breaking adoption success.

– Installed new cat play rooms at both our adoption centers, thanks entirely to generous supporters, featuring climbing walls and giant play wheels, where rescued cats can play while they wait for homes.

– Maintained a volunteer community of nearly 1,000 caring individuals who play an essential role in every area of PAWS, caring for animals, keeping our facilities clean, representing PAWS at events, and so much more.

– Introduced the PAWS license plate – get yours!

– Spayed/neutered outdoor community cats in collaboration with Best Friends Animal Society and Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia, helping to prevent the next generation of homeless kittens.

– Were featured at Flyers and Phillies games, raising funds and awareness for homeless animals.

– Hosted or attended more than 160 adoption and fundraising events in and around the city.

pleasegiveAll these accomplishments were possible thanks to our extraordinary community of adopters, donors, fosters, and volunteers.

Join us in the new year as we get even closer to achieving our mission. Together, we will make Philadelphia a no-kill city.

PAWS Wins Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes Grant

petcohalologosmThe Petco Foundation, in partnership with Halo, Purely for Pets, announced the winners of its second annual Holiday Wishes grant campaign, designed to help the most dedicated animal welfare groups succeed in their mission to save pets’ lives – at the holidays, and year round.

PAWS is thrilled to have been selected as one of 33 winners out of more than 1,000 entries, and will receive a grant of $5,000 to save and serve more of Philadelphia’s neediest pets.

PAWS’ winning entry told the story of Mingo, a rescued dog who beat impossible odds to survive and enjoy the love of family.

For more information about the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign, visit www.petco.com/holidaywishes.

PAWS Calendars: Buy Yours Today!

cal-adPAWS 2015 calendars are now on sale!

$15 each, all proceeds support our lifesaving efforts.

Click here to buy yours online or at any of these locations:

PAWS Adoption Center:
100 N. 2nd Street (Old City)
PAWS Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic: 2900 Grays Ferry Ave. (Southwest Philly)
PAWS Northeast Adoption Center and Clinic: 1810 Grant Ave. (Northeast Philly)

VSEC: 1114 South Front Street (South Philly)
VSEC: 301 Veterans Highway, Levittown, PA
La Colombe: 1335 Frankford Avenue (Fishtown)
La Colombe: 1414 South Penn Square (City Hall)
La Colombe: 130 South 19th Street (Rittenhouse Square)
Fairmount Pet Shoppe: 2024 Fairmount Avenue
Philly Pack Pet Shop: 2315 Grays Ferry Avenue (Southwest Philly)
Bonejour: 53 N. 3rd Street (Old City)
Smak Parlour: 219 Market Street (Old City)
Bean Exchange: 650 Bainbridge Street (Old City)
Juju Salon: 713 S. 4th Street (Queen Village)
Pet Snobs Boutique: 530 S. 4th Street (Queen Village)
Red Hook Coffee and Tea: 765 S 4th Street (Queen Village)
Whole Animal Gym: 611 S 2nd Street (Queen Village)
Walk it Like a Dog: 934 E. Moyamensing Ave. (Queen Village)
Baltimore Pet Shoppe: 4532 Baltimore Ave. (West Philly)
Paw Prints Professional Grooming: 6134 Ridge Avenue (Roxborough)
Just Dogs Gourmet: 1700 Sansom Street (Center City)
Rittenhouse Pet Supply: 135 South 20th Street (Rittenhouse Square)
Pets in the City: 1300 Jackson Street (South Philly)
Balance Health Center: 112 S 20th Street (Rittenhouse Square)
Bone Appetite: 8517 Germantown Ave (Chestnut Hill)
Green Aisle Grocery: 1618 E Passyunk Ave. (South Philly)
Green Aisle Grocery: 2241 Grays Ferry Ave. (Southwest Philly)
Spot’s Spot: 123 W. Girard Ave. (Fishtown)
Amelie’s Bark Shop: 1544 E Passyunk Ave. (South Philly)
Affordable Skin Care: 2005 Frankford Ave. (Fishtown)
Tailwaggers: 1510 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA

Holiday Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Most pet owners recognize common sense no-no’s for pets: rodent poisons, alcohol, nicotine, illicit drugs, prescription human medications, paints, varnishes, household cleaners, and uncooked, moldy, or spoiled food. However, many seemingly harmless substances can actually be deadly for our pets.

Especially during the hectic holiday season – when homes are filled with commotion, unusual foods, and gifts – knowledge and a little extra care can help ensure your pets stay safe and healthy.

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PAWS, Mural Arts to Dedicate Mural in the Northeast

ImaginingFrankfordCeremony at 1810 Grant Avenue to be held Sunday, December 14 at 2 p.m. 

The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), together with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, will dedicate two murals on Sunday, December 14. The murals depict rescued animals living in the safety of home, to promote PAWS’ efforts to save Philadelphia’s homeless pets. Created by artists Ali Williams and Kala Hagopian, known as Chroma Dolls, the murals feature pets who once lived on the streets or in shelters and now have loving families. The murals were made possible thanks to the generous support of those families, many of whom are PAWS adopters, volunteers, and fosters. Continue reading

Philadelphia Marathon Team Runs to Save Lives

DSC_0572The animals were the true winners in this year’s Philadelphia Marathon! Our second year as an official Charity Partner of the Philadelphia Marathon was a huge success, enabling us to save even more homeless pets.

Together, a team of dedicated PAWS supporters raised over $15,000 for our lifesaving efforts and ran the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8K. Congratulations and thanks to the runners:

Megan Needs You

15015228120_e636be65b1_oMegan is a wonderful dog who has waited far too long for a home. She needs a home outside the city, with a yard, where she can be the only pet. Please read more about her and contact us if you can give her a home.

If you can’t adopt Megan, please donate to support her care, and spread the word to help her find a family.