PAWS services during COVID-19: Clinic visits for sick pets, vaccinations, and spay/neuter available by appointment (curbside service). Walk-in clinics remain suspended. We continue to rescue animals! Adoptions and foster by appointment only. Donations to the Emergency Fund for PAWS help ensure we can keep doing our lifesaving work despite the current crisis.
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Join us for the Mutt Strut, 2020 Virtual Edition! At home, for all pets.


We can’t gather at The Navy Yard this year, but we’ll still stand together for Philadelphia’s homeless pets.

The all-online Mutt Strut is for everyone – even cats! You can save lives wherever you are, whomever you’re with! Walk on your block, join neighbors, head to a park or hiking trail, or get creative with your pets at home.

Register now, raise critical funds for PAWS’ lifesaving efforts, and then join us for all the fun on Saturday, October 24!

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Meet your new best friend!

Zizzy, Zahra, and Zazu
Foster Care

We're a sweet, mellow, affectionate trio of bonded seniors who have so much love to give!
Leo
Foster Care

I'm a kind and gentle senior who loves affection and quiet moments!
Sherbert
Grays Ferry Clinic

I'm a loving and incredibly affectionate young guy who is just feeling a little shy at the shelter!
Franky
Grays Ferry Clinic

I'm a handsome sweetheart who loves people and melts for chin scratches!
Great Grandma Nikki
Foster Care

I'm a friendly and laid back senior who enjoys chatting and being pet!
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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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Recent News

10.20.20

Saving Animals is a Team Sport!


While some things have changed about the PAWS Mutt Strut in 2020, one thing that remains the same is the vital role that Mutt Strut teams play in raising critical funds for Philly’s most vulnerable pets. We asked last year’s winning fundraising team why they strut and how they’re adjusting to this year’s virtual event, […]
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10.07.20

Why We Strut: Peanut’s Mutt Strut Love Story


Former stray Peanut was rescued by PAWS in 2013 with the Mutt Strut right around the corner. He was one of two dozen adoptable PAWS dogs who attended the event in the hope of meeting a match that year. When the Ashton family saw him waiting , they knew they’d found their newest family member! […]
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31,569 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.

131,023 volunteer hours served


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

262,988 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.

100,676 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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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.
2012
16160
2013
19626
2014
26500
2015
30800
2016
36510
2017
37400
2018
40455
2019
41142
Pets Served 100 100
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