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

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: 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.





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.