Making Philadelphia a
no-kill city

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Meet your new best friend!

Foster Care

I'm an energetic and playful girl who will always seek you out to be petted and cuddled!
Northeast Adoption Center

I'm a bouncy and fun-loving senior waiting to join your family!
Foster Care

I'm a quiet girl who'd like to be your only pet and enjoy all your love and attention!
Foster Care

I'm an affectionate 6-10 year old whose loving personality shines through despite my health issues.
Foster Care

I'm an incredibly affectionate 2-4 year old who loves to snuggle and will follow you everywhere for attention!
Ron & Hermione
Foster Care

We are a bonded pair of siblings who are looking for a home where we can continue enjoying life together as best friends.
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Support Our Lifesaving Efforts

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Make a one-time gift or commit to monthly support. Give in honor or memory of someone special.


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Raise support from family and friends for your birthday, in honor of your pet, or for any occasion.

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More ways to give

Donate needed supplies, provide for the animals in your planned giving, plan an event, and more.

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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.

Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics

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 Partners

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

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Current Partners

23,866 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.

83,456 volunteer hours served

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

182,907 clinic patients served

Our low-cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics reduce 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.

71,709 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.

Every year, PAWS helps more animals than the year before.

By constantly finding ways to rescue and adopt out more animals, and care for more of the neediest pets at our clinics, PAWS provides an ever-expanding safety net for the cats and dogs least likely to survive.
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Upcoming Event Spotlight

12th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut

A fall festival and dog walk to raise funds for PAWS’ lifesaving efforts. Register now, start a team, and join us for the biggest and best Mutt Strut yet!

October 6, 2018
9:00 am  –  2:00 pm
The Navy Yard

Recent News


PAWS Has a New Look!

Welcome to the new and improved! Our redesigned website makes as easy as possible for you to find a new companion, get low-cost vet services for your pet, and learn how you can join us in saving Philadelphia’s homeless animals. You’ll find: profiles of adoptable pets and easy-to-access info about adopting details on news, […]
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73 Matches Made: Clear the Shelters a Huge Success!

On August 18th, PAWS participated in Clear the Shelters, a nationwide fee-waived adoption event that that matched thousands of homeless pets with new families across the country. Animal lovers lined up outside of our adoption centers to find their new best friend, and the foot traffic didn’t stop until we closed. The day was an […]
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Together, we will make Philadelphia a no-kill city.