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I'm a handsome toy enthusiast who loves to show off my smarts for treats!
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I'm a kind and easygoing granny cat who enjoys hanging with my people but is happy napping when you're away for work!
Fancy Boy
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I'm a hilarious goofball who loves people, playtime, and flopping over for belly rubs!
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I'm a social and playful senior house panther with an adorable habit of burrowing under blankets to get cozy!
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I'm an adorable toothless sweetheart who loves head nuzzles and 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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Porkchop’s new beginning

Porkchop was brought to the city shelter by a Good Samaritan after showing up on their doorstep, and it was unclear how long he’d been fending for himself in the cold. Porkchop had no vision, matted fur, and a mouth full of bad teeth. It was evident that he needed more medical care than the city […]
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Calling Coffee Lovers: the Bean2Bean PAWS roast has arrived!

Coffee aficionados and animal lovers rejoice – our friends at Bean2Bean Coffee Co. have created a special PAWS roast with proceeds supporting our lifesaving work! Bean2Bean has been a friend to PAWS since 2018, and this chocolaty, nutty creation is the latest in their line of incredible local roasts. “PAWS is grateful for our longtime […]
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35,262 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.

142,754 volunteer hours served

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

310,558 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.

120,986 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.

PAWS Partners

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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This week’s @CioccaSubaruofPhiladelphia adoptable pet spotlight: Little Miss Sparkler! This ten year old ginger is a real gem. Her fosters say she’s a professional sidekick who loves to be by your side and greets you each day with friendly chirps and trills. A true companion kitty who enjoys the simple things in life, this cutie can’t wait to add some sparkle to your life!⁠

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

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SOS: we're almost out of training and enrichment treats for our pups! They're more than just a tasty snack: for dogs at the shelter like Finnegan and Lola, they're invaluable tools in the daily fight against stress and boredom. Even just one bag can make a huge difference!

If you'd like to brighten a shelter pup's day, you can order through our Chewy or Amazon wishlists (link in bio). You can also drop off soft training treats and bully sticks or send them through your preferred online retailer to:
2900 Grays Ferry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Finnegan and Lola thank you in advance!

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Tell us you're an introvert without telling us you're an introvert... ⁠

Evie is shy and reserved but this sweet tuxie will hang around close by once she gets comfortable with her people and surroundings. Evie wants to vacate the bookshelf and live her best introverted life as a working cat. She'd love to come hangout in your barn, warehouse, brewery, flower shop, hardware store, etc. Anywhere with room to roam!⁠

Do you think you have the perfect set up for Evie? Read more about her though the link in bio!⁠

OR want to learn more about PAWS' working cats program? Find out more at⁠

#phillypaws #phillypawsfoster #workingcat

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Mark your calendars! If you need assistance feeding your pets, PAWS is cohosting a pet food pantry with Citizens for a @phillynokill and @APlusHomeCareServices on Saturday, June 25 at Unleashed by Petco in Northern Liberties from 10-12.

If you’d like to help neighbors who are struggling, donations can be purchased or dropped off ahead of time at Unleashed! To help with future pantries, email

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Everyone enjoys a sunset stroll, including Jojo!⁠

This cuddly grandpa is good with other respectful pets and loves treats, belly rubs, and napping at your feet. Jojo wants nothing more than to spend his retirement frolicking through the flowers in the park with you 🌷⁠

Link in bio to earn more about Jojo!⁠

#phillypaws #phillypawsfoster #sunsetstroll

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You know what the loudest pet you can get is? A trumpet. 😎 Happy dad joke day (aka Father’s Day) to all the human dads and pet dads out there from Phil and all of us at PAWS!

Need a last minute gift? Support homeless pets like Phil and honor a dad in your life by sending a virtual Gift of Hope! You can notify dad of your gift right away with an e-card of your choice. Give now through our link in bio!


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It's #VeterinaryAppreciation Day! We love having a special reason to celebrate the amazing team at the front line of our lifesaving efforts, but the truth is, we are grateful every single day for their extraordinary care, dedication, compassion, and hard work.

As we rescue more special medical cases than ever before, and as our community continues to rely on PAWS' clinics to keep their cherished pets healthy, our veterinarians and vet techs continue to go above and beyond for Philly's most vulnerable pets. Please join us in thanking our medical team for the countless ways they make animals' lives – and people's lives – better, every day!

If you have a story about a PAWS veterinarian or vet tech who made a difference for you, please share in the comments!

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Our building is FULL UP with cats and kittens in need of foster care! We'd love to head over to the city shelter to help save more lives, but we need to free up a few kitty condos at our location by sending more animals into foster care first. If you have space to bring a cat or kitten into your home and care for them until they find their permanent family, NOW IS THE TIME!!! ⏱🆘⁠

Meet our cats and kittens who need foster homes here:⁠

OR are you looking for a permanent feline friend? Take a look at our adoptable cats via our link in bio!⁠

#phillypaws #phillypawsfoster #nowisthetime

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Someone made a new friend! 🐜 Finnegan (fka Fancy Boy) might be full grown, but he still approaches life with the wonder and naivete of a puppy. He just loves being part of the action and hanging out with his people, plus he has the best smile! ⁠

This fun loving goofball pup would just love a dedicated family and routine to help him through his teenage years by providing plenty of enrichment, exercise and attention! He will truly light up your day with his silliness. ⁠

Finnegan has been loving life in a home with his foster dad, but he'll be coming back soon and we don't want this sweet guy to spend even one night in the shelter! Can he go home with you? Finnegan is available for adoption or foster and you can read more about him through our link in bio!⁠

#phillypaws #phillypawsfoster #newfriend

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Father's Day is just around the corner! Instead of shopping for another tie this year, celebrate a dad in your life with our Gifts of Hope virtual catalog! In his honor, you'll enable PAWS to provide second chances, medical care, comfort, and everything else rescued pets need until we find them loving homes (like Potato, here, who is looking for a foster or adoptive home ASAP!).

Donate a Newborn Kitten Kit, foster care success package, or another lifesaving gift option! You can notify dad of the generosity he's inspired with a greeting card from PAWS, a customized e-card, or a printable card of your choice. Send your Gift of Hope today through our link in bio!


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Nova has a lot to say - she wants you to know that we're almost out of paper towels!⁠

More animals at the shelter means more supplies being used to keep everyone’s housing clean and comfortable. We’d be incredibly grateful if you could send some rolls our way! ⁠

You can send through our wishlist at (link in bio), or through the online retailer of your choice with our Grays Ferry shipping address: PAWS - 2900 Grays Ferry Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19146. ⁣⁠

#phillypaws #donate

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Who is this hunky spud? It's Potato is my Name-o! 🥔

This photo doesn't do this goofball justice- Potato is a staff favorite that wins over everyone who meets him. We guarantee that within minutes you'll be on the floor cuddling! (Check out our stories for proof!)

This loving tater tot is looking for a foster home where he can get all the belly rubs his heart desires. He has itchy skin that requires daily meds and he'd love for you to be around consistently as he adjusts to his new space. But in return, sweet Potato is sure to be a great companion. He's a super sized fry at 86 lbs but don't let that fool you - he just wants to be your live-in couch potato!

Interested in taking Potato home? Email!

#phillypaws #phillypawsfoster #potato

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Save the date: the 16th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut will take place Saturday, October 1 at @NavyYardPhila! This dog walk and fall festival brings thousands of animal lovers together for a day of fun activities and games, live music, great food, and so much more, all to raise lifesaving funds for Philadelphia's homeless pets. Mark your calendars now, and stay tuned for registration! ⁠

Special thanks to our sponsors @vca, @TheAnimalLawFirm, @cioccasubaruofphiladelphia, @vetsbestfriendofficial, @annamaetpetfoods, @pasevet, @wedgewoodpetrx, and @heilerpainting! For sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please email⁠

#phillypaws #PAWSMuttStrut⁠

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