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Grays Ferry Clinic

I'm a goofy and affectionate grandpa who will take every chance I can get to let you know how much I love you!
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Foster Care

I have some special needs, but what really sets me apart are my sweet lap snuggles and endless capacity for love!
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I'm a playful, affectionate, cat-friendly girl who starts out shy but warms right up with some chin scratches!
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PAWS is the city's largest rescue partner.

We are working to make Philadelphia a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. We do so through rescue, foster care, adoption, and preventing pet homelessness in the first place by offering low-cost spay/neuter and basic vet care.

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Keeping pets and families together through low-cost basic veterinary services. Our clinics in Grays Ferry and the Northeast serve tens of thousands of pets every year whose caretakers may not afford care elsewhere.

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02.27.24

After 393 days in our care, Coffee Cake is FINALLY home!


At last, the day we’ve been eagerly awaiting has finally arrived! After 393 days in PAWS’ care, we are overjoyed to announce that Coffee Cake, our lovable canine with a heart of gold, has found a family to call her own. Her journey – from the streets, to the city shelter, to PAWS, and finally […]
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02.19.24

Tooth Fairy Fund: Help PAWS DOUBLE the Number Lifesaving Dental Surgeries We Can Offer


While a healthy mouth may not be top of mind when considering the challenges cats and dogs face in a shelter, dental disease poses a significant threat to these already vulnerable animals. Often, the barrier between life and death for these animals is a rescue organization’s ability to afford costly dental surgery, and thousands of […]
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39,063 animals saved to date


We rescue animals, primarily from the city shelter, almost daily with a focus on the most vulnerable: adult dogs, kittens, cats recovering from illnesses, and small animals. Once safe at PAWS, they receive everything they need to become ready for adoption, then are matched with loving homes.

178,607 volunteer hours served


PAWS’ dedicated and caring volunteers are essential in every aspect of our lifesaving efforts.

354,349 clinic patients served


Our low-cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics prevent pet homelessness and provide a needed resource in our community, enabling loving pet owners to care for and keep their dogs and cats as family.

142,217 spay/neuters performed


PAWS provides low-cost spay/neuter surgery for owned pets, rescues and community cats to prevent the birth of unwanted litters. Our efforts are working: since our clinics opened their doors, the number of homeless animals entering Philadelphia’s city shelter has declined year over year.

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PAWS' impact grows as our services expand & progress continues

By rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding loving adopters for homeless animals with nowhere else to go, and providing affordable vet care and other services so pets can stay in their homes where they are loved, PAWS provides a vital and growing safety net for Philadelphia's most vulnerable cats and dogs. The pandemic has prompted a shift toward more intensive, individualized care for more complex needs.
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2/29 evening update: we’re just $6K away from our goal with less than 6 hours remaining for our match! Please give any amount you can before midnight to save DOUBLE the lives (if you’ve already donated, thank you for helping us get so close to our goal)!

The clock is ticking, but there is still time to deliver lifesaving dental care to pets like Gucci who need us! Your support will make costly surgery — and relief from pain — possible for animals whose lives depend on it. From now until midnight, your kindness will help TWICE as many dogs and cats, thanks to generous donors who are matching all gifts.

Gucci is safe today, but her future wasn’t always so certain. This gentle senior arrived at the city shelter when her owner became unable to keep her. She had a painful mouth due to damaged teeth and unhealthy gums, and had few rescue prospects because of her needs. Thanks to Tooth Fairy supporters like you, PAWS was ready to welcome Gucci and provide her with the dental surgery she desperately needed!

PAWS’ Tooth Fairy Fund Challenge ends tonight, and we are so close to our goal of $45,000. With the match, reaching our ambitious goal would fully fund this important program for 2024. We are 70% of the way there. Will you help us raise the remaining $13,500?

Gucci is now feeling better in the comfort of a PAWS foster home, but many more pets just like her will be waiting for their chance in the weeks and months to come. With your help, they will find safety and relief at PAWS!

Make your gift now via Instagram, Venmo (username @phillypaws), or through our #linkinbio!
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Drumroll, please! After 393 days, 10 foster homes, and dozens of social media posts, Coffee Cake has finally found a family to call her own!

This special pup was found on a highway and brought to the city shelter in December of 2022. If you’d told us then that the friendly and affectionate dog we rescued would spend over a year searching for a home, we wouldn’t have believed you!

Even though she looked a little different due to an eye condition, we hoped someone would see beneath the surface and love her unconditionally. During her time in 10 different foster homes, everyone agreed that Coffee was a loving, goofy, snuggly dog! But her poor vision meant that busier neighborhoods were stressful for her, making it harder to find an adoption match in the city.

As weeks stretched into months, we did everything we could to spread the word about Coffee. The community rallied around her as her tale gained momentum, and she even greeted @philadelphiaflyers players before a home game and was featured on Coach Tortorella’s Hockey & Hounds podcast!

Coffee Cake’s one year anniversary came and went during the holidays, but she finally got her big break when Cathy & Dave reached out to us in the new year! They’d been following her story for months and were finally ready to welcome a new pet home. When they finally met Coffee, it was love at first sight!

Coffee went home that same day, and has enjoyed a life full of love & happiness ever since!

“Coffee is such a joy to be around,” shares Cathy, “She loves playing with Dave and her toys. On our walks, she is exploring the town and people are excited to meet her. But my very favorite thing about Coffee is the snuggling. When Dave leaves in the morning and we are still in bed, she curls up with me and puts her head on my shoulder. I just melt when she does that. Coffee has come a long way in such a short time. Our hope is one day she realizes that she is loved and in her forever home.”

Coffee’s journey from the streets to a loving home is a testament to power & support of the PAWS community. We hope her story inspires others to open their home to a shelter pet who might be getting overlooked, but still has love to give!
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2/29 evening update: we’re just $6K away from our goal with less than 6 hours remaining for our match! Please give any amount you can before midnight to save DOUBLE the lives (if you’ve already donated, thank you for helping us get so close to our goal)!

We’re treating Emery’s dental disease, but countless other animals need your help! Homeless cats and dogs with serious dental disease are among those most at-risk for euthanasia, simply because few shelters have the resources to treat them. Together, we can save them!

When this sweet girl was discovered wandering outside by a Good Samaritan, her pain was palpable. A thorough examination by PAWS’ medical team revealed the source of her suffering: stomatitis, an extremely painful autoimmune disease affecting the gums. In spite of her discomfort, Emery was grateful to enjoy snuggles and a tasty Churu snack that was easy on her mouth.

Emery is now enjoying warmth, safety, and love in a PAWS foster home home until she is strong enough for dental surgery. Soon, she’ll be pain-free and ready to join a family of her own. Please help us give the same chance to other pets who are counting on us!

Gifts to PAWS’ Tooth Fairy Fund are being matched up to $45,000 through midnight tomorrow, so your donation will save DOUBLE the number of pets whose lives hang in the balance. We still have $15K left to meet our ambitious goal, and we need your help! Please give any amount you can via Instagram, Venmo (username @phillypaws), or through our #linkinbio!
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