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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9th Annual Mutt Strut a Record-Breaking Success

s22538244566_95a2aeed47_oThank you to everyone who made the 9th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut the biggest and best one yet!
We had a record-setting turnout of 2,000+ PAWS supporters who came out to enjoy fun activities, music, and food, all to support our efforts to save and serve Philadelphia’s most vulnerable pets.

s22550608852_74e6855d4d_oTogether, we shattered previous records and raised $118,000! 11 PAWS dogs were adopted at the Mutt Strut, enabling us to rescue 11 more in their place. Our thanks go out to attendees, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, teams, and everyone who contributed to this incredible day. Continue reading

PAWS Celebrates Most Successful Adoption Day Ever

PAWS was proud to participate in Clear the Shelters, a nationwide fee-waived adoption event on August 15th that turned out to be our best day of adoptions ever!

In total, 64 PAWS animals found loving homes in a single day: more than double our previous record! Special thanks to the ASPCA for covering adoption fees and enabling PAWS to take part in this incredible event.


Here’s a recap of the day:

As soon as PAWS opened for adoptions, there was a line of eager applicants stretching around the block.

We soon had our first adoption of the day! Snowie and Tinkerbell were found as tiny stray kittens in May, weighing just 12 ounces each and in poor health. After 3 months in the care of PAWS’ vet team and an excellent foster parent, these siblings are now happy, healthy, and are now going to be best friends for life in their new adoptive home!



The 13th and 14th adoptions of the day: thank you to the Collins family for adopting Tony the Tiger and Kit the Kat!


The 20th adoption of the day: thank you Dashanda and family for adopting Harrison!

We were especially thrilled to see 1-year-old Harrison go home as he had a not-so-great start: he was found abandoned outside a building in Southwest Philadelphia in July, stuffed in a single carrier along with three other cats. Once adopted, he went back to his old neighborhood the right way, as a beloved family member. This time, he had a carrier all to himself!
The 41st adoption of the day: thank you Giordanelli family for adopting Max!

Max was found as a stray in April, taken to the city shelter, then rescued by PAWS, where we treated him for severe upper respiratory and eye infections and gave him much-needed dental extraction surgery. Once he was finally healthy, we moved him up to our adoption center and found him a happy home!

The 55th adoption of the day: the Fallon family gave Tee Tee a loving home. We are so grateful to them, and to all the adopters who saved lives on Clear the Shelters Day.


When the adoption center closed for the day, we celebrated in a newly empty cat room!



Our adoption centers didn’t stay empty for long: the next day, staff went to the city’s animal control shelter on a “rescue mission” to save the next pets whose lives were counting on us. We filled every space that was opened up on Clear the Shelters Day with new dogs, cats, and kittens who wouldn’t have made it otherwise.


Couldn’t join us for the big day? We still have lots of dogs and cats who are waiting for loving homes, so please visit PAWS and adopt!

2015 Mid-Year Update

More animals saved and served, and fewer pets entering shelters: the first half of 2015 has given Philadelphia’s animals plenty to celebrate!

From January through June, PAWS:

  • Rescued 1,401 dogs, cats, and kittens.
  • Served more than 14,000 pets at our low-cost clinics
  • Performed 5,600 spay/neuter surgeries

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PAWS Breaks Records During Fundraising Challenge

From May 4 to June 5, thanks to the generosity of our extraordinary community, PAWS raised $206,452 for Philadelphia’s animals. This is an incredible achievement and the most PAWS has ever raised in a single month! In all, 1,058 people and businesses donated to the effort, a moving show of support that will enable us to save and serve more animals in 2015 than ever before.

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Philly Loves PAWS Day a Huge Success

The inaugural Philly Loves PAWS Day raised more than $15,000 for Philadelphia’s animals! Supporters came out citywide to shop and dine at nearly 80 participating businesses that donated 10% of proceeds to PAWS.

Our sincere thanks to all who made Philly Loves PAWS an incredible day for the animals; it was such a success that we will be bringing it back for another year!

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PAWS Northeast Celebrates 1st Birthday

scotch-IMG_350400On May 30, 2015, PAWS celebrated the first birthday of its Northeast Adoption Center and Low-Cost Clinic. In its first year, the facility has served more than 10,000 of the city’s neediest pets: it has enabled PAWS to rescue 800 additional homeless animals and provide spay/neuter surgery and basic veterinary care to more than 9,400 pets whose owners could not afford to go elsewhere.

To mark the occasion, we hosted a celebration with tours, refreshments, and lots of happy adoptions!

More than 30 animals found loving homes, including Scotch, pictured with adopter Rhonda. Click here for more photos!

Adoption fees were covered by funds from Animal Planet, administered by the ASPCA.

Thank you to all who played a role in the first of many successful years to come at PAWS Northeast as we get closer than ever to achieving a no-kill city.