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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Zizzy, Zahra, and Zazu
Foster Care

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

I'm an easygoing senior sweetheart who loves people and charms everyone I meet!
Princess
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I'm a soft and mellow grandma cat who loves chin scratches and cozy naps!
Turkey
Foster Care

I'm a snuggly lap cat who starts purring the moment you start petting me!
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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UPCOMING EVENTS

PAWS Mutt Strut: Virtual 2020 Edition

Strut your stuff, wherever you are! Since we can’t gather at the Navy Yard this year, we’re taking the Mutt Strut virtual, so all pets can join in as we raise critical funds for PAWS’ lifesaving efforts. Walk (or run!) with your dog on your block, in a park, or a hiking trail, or get creative at home with your […]

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October 24, 2020
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Recent News

09.15.20

Marky: small but mighty!


PAWS rescued Marky and his family from the city shelter after they were found fending for themselves outside. As soon as we set eyes on this fragile 3 week old, we knew it was a miracle that he’d survived. Something was affecting his balance so severely that he could barely walk, and even standing still, he […]
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09.10.20

Sheila makes her family complete


This sweet and trusting girl was found fending for herself in Frankford with a broken jaw that had never healed properly. After months of care and treatment, Sheila was happy and comfortable — and found love with the foster parents who helped nurse her back to health! “We couldn’t be more in love with Sheila,” […]
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31,342 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.

130,548 volunteer hours served


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

257,118 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.

99,602 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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Current Partners

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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