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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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PAWS dogs shine at Franklin Square Park!

This month, PAWS dogs got the VIP (Very Important Pup) treatment! With Philly shelters critically full and adoptions slow due to summer plans and traveling, it’s more important than ever find unique ways to spotlight our adoptable dogs and help them put their best foot forward. That’s why we teamed up with Lisa Godfrey Photography […]
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Abby: Sometimes the smallest pets have the biggest spirit! 

It was clear from day one that Abby was different. Found in an abandoned property with her mother and siblings, this fragile kitten was less than half the weight of her brother and sister. It soon became apparent that her eyesight and motor coordination were also significantly underdeveloped, suggesting she had suffered from a neonatal […]
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35,704 animals saved to date

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

144,357 volunteer hours served

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

315,137 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.

123,158 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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Our lifesaving work is possible with the meaningful support of business and community partners.

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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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We’re low on paper towels, but Toffee wants you to know he had nothing to do with that...

We’ve rescued so many pets that we’re going through supplies more quickly than usual, and could use your help! If you can drop paper towels at any PAWS location during regular hours (, or send through our wishlist at (link in bio), the animals would be grateful!

You can also ship through the online retailer of your choice to:
2900 Grays Ferry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146

#kittenseason #kittensofinstagram #phillypaws

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Did you catch our live video? Meet some of the pets who are looking for foster homes right now! We're working to #ClearTheSheters all month long and are looking for fosters and adopters to take home shelter pets so we can rescue more who need us.

Want to learn more about fostering? Visit our link in bio to register for our online foster info session tomorrow, August 16 at 6pm!

Ready to get started now? Sign up to foster at (link in bio)!

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Help us #ClearTheShelters this week and all month long! If you're interested in fostering a shelter pet or learning more about PAWS' foster program, we've got you covered:⁠

🐾 TODAY at 4:45: Facebook & Instagram live shelter tour⁠
Tune in on Facebook or Instagram to meet some of the pets at PAWS' Grays Ferry location who are looking for foster homes right now!⁠

🐾 TOMORROW, August 16 at 6pm: Online foster info session⁠
Join us for a 30 minute online info session and Q&A with PAWS' foster manager to learn more about what fostering is, how it works, and how to get started. Register today through our link in bio!⁠

🐾 THIS WEEKEND, August 19-21: Foster weekend at PAWS’ Grays Ferry location⁠
Sign up in advance, then come get matched with a foster pet! Our goal is to empty our entire Grays Ferry shelter this weekend. With all that open space, we will head right to the city shelter on a mission to save as many more lives as we can! ⁠

🐾 ADOPTION & FOSTER APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE ALL MONTH! Visit our link in bio to sign up to foster or check out our adoptable pets page.⁠

@ClearTheShelters is a month-long, nationwide lifesaving event taking place every August, with a goal of finding foster or adoptive homes for as many shelter pets as possible so we can open desperately needed space to save more who are counting on us. Please join us however you can (sharing this post counts too)!⁠

#getyourrescueon #fosteringsaveslives #adoptashelterpet #adoptlocalphl #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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Meet our @CioccaSubaruofPhiladelphia adoptable pet spotlight, Angie! This friendly young pup was found tied up under a bridge in a local park, but now she's being spoiled in a PAWS foster home and is ready to start her new life with you. Angie's foster mom describes her as a low maintenance sweetheart who just wants love. She has a passion for snacks and chew toys, but her favorite thing in the world is snuggling up with her humans!⁠

If you're looking for a kind-hearted cuddle bug, learn more about Angie at our adoptions page (link in bio)!⁠

Our friends at Ciocca Philadelphia been vital partners to PAWS, contributing thousands of lifesaving funds though their #SubaruShareTheLove event and special sponsorships. We are profoundly grateful for their support and look forward to saving more lives together!⁠

#phillypaws #cioccadealerships #dogsofphilly #rescuedog #adoptlocalphl #phillypawsfoster

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ATTN: All dog adoption fees are waived through August! 🐶🚨⁠

Thanks to a grant from @petfinderfoundation, dog adoption fees are waived for the rest of the month. Philadelphia shelters are full of 💫angelic💫 dogs like Ace who desperately need a home, so we're grateful to Petfinder Foundation for helping us eliminate barriers to adoption!⁠

Ace is a gentle giant who adores people and gets along great with his foster sister @oonatheyorkie - read more about him through our link in bio, or check out his sisters insta account to see more of his adventures!⁠


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Alaska is going to be stunning one day, but right now, this sweet girl just needs our help.

She arrived with matted fur, advanced dental disease, and a severe ear infection that was so painful, she had to be sedated before we could clean them. When we did, we discovered lesions from several untreated cysts blocking her ear canal that may require special surgery to correct.

We’ve shaved down Alaska’s coat and started her on medication to get her more comfortable, but she has a long road ahead of her, and could use your help. Alaska needs extensive dental work, and may also require special surgery to address the cysts in her ears.

Your #FiveDollarFriday gift of any amount will help us provide Alaska with the care and treatment she needs to get well and start the rest of her life with a family who loves her. You can give via Instagram, Venmo (username @phillypaws), or at (link in bio)!

#getyourrescueon #fridayfeels #rescuecat #catsofphilly #phillypaws

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Friends, we are putting out a Hail Mary plea for Minnie Moo. This affectionate 16 year old has had ongoing medical issues, and we genuinely don’t know if there’s an adopter who’s up to taking her home — but we’re hoping with all our hearts that they’re out there!

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: Minnie Moo has chronic diarrhea, and doesn’t always use the litter box. She doesn’t need an adopter with special skills — just a lot of love and patience. It’s a tall order, we know. But we also know she’s worth it. Minnie is one of the most kind, gentle souls we’ve met. She enjoys being held like a baby, and will nap in your lap for hours if you let her.

As you can see from this video, Minnie is not happy at the shelter, and we’re concerned her health could decline if she stays much longer. Our adoption team would love to tell you all about Minnie, so please email to learn more, or find her profile at our adoptions page (link in bio).

Minnie is looking for an adult home where she’ll be the only pet or have a space to herself.

Ps. Can’t adopt? Please share this post!

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Lola is waiting to wow you! This affectionate girl was a whole new pup during her temporary foster break, but she's more stressed than ever now that she's back at the shelter, and looking for a long term foster or forever home ASAP. According to her temporary foster, Lola was a delightful companion at home and just needed some extra guidance during her walks outside. She's looking for a home with a fenced backyard where she can exercise and play, or a home in a quieter neighborhood where her walks will be uneventful. Visit our link in bio to foster or adopt Lola!

#phillypaws #phillypawsfoster #phillypawsadoptable #rescuedog

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Storm wants to know if you’ve signed up to foster for #ClearTheShelters!

Our cat (and dog!) housing space remains full, and every pet we send home opens a space for us to rescue a new one with nowhere else to go. If you’re not able to make a lifelong commitment by adopting right now, you can make a HUGE difference by becoming a foster and providing a temporary home to a pet who needs you!

Visit our #linkinbio to sign up to foster, or register for our Online Foster Info Session next Tuesday, August 16th at 6pm!

#fosteringsaveslives #getyourrescueon #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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Did you know that PAWS accepts gifts of stock and other securities? Not only will your gift help us care for pets like Dee Dee, but it will allow you to avoid capital gains taxes, so you can claim the full, fair-market value on the date of the gift as a charitable donation. To learn more and explore other ways to give, visit us online here:⁠

If you're currently interested in making a gift of stock, we're ready to help! Contact Lauren Hanak at 267-320-6429, or at

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