Adult cat fees waived: PAWS' Old City Adoption Center

Kick off your summer in the best way possible – by saving a life, or even two! Our shelters have been at maximum capacity for weeks, and we need your help to clear space for more rescues. Stop by PAC between Thursday, May 23 – Tuesday, May 28 to meet your new best friend.

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Fosters needed: help save lives

Foster homes are at the heart of PAWS’ ability to save lives. We currently have more animals than we have capacity for, and when you foster one animal we rescue the life of another. With a brief commitment, you can be a hero for dogs, cats, and small pets. We provide supplies and support; you provide love and care!

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Adopt Gucci Girl

We’re urgently searching for an adopter to provide Gucci Girl with a loving home. At 9 years old, she’s fully house-trained, adores people of all ages, and gets along famously with other mellow pups — just ask her current senior Yorkie foster sibling!

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Vote for Bailey

Bailey needs your vote! PAWS has a chance to win up to $10K for The Dirty Dogs Contest with Greater Good Charities and Wahl Pets. Help PAWS win vital funds to support our lifesaving mission by casting your vote now through May 31!

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Adopt Shae

We’ve rescued a lot of pets over the years, and this sweet soul is one of the most gentle, affectionate cats to come through our doors. Four-year-old Shae may have some special needs, but what really sets her apart is her endless capacity for lap cuddles and love.

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Dock Street Found Friends Release Party: Thursday, May 30

Dock Street Brewery is reintroducing Dock Street Found Friends for its second year, a delectable hazy IPA crafted to support PAWS! Join us at the dog-friendly Found Friends release party on Thursday, May 30 from 5-8pm at Dock Street Brewery South.

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I'm a mellow and friendly house panther who is equally happy enjoying affection or doing my own thing!
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I'm a goofy and lovable senior who is gentle and affectionate with every human I meet!
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I'm a sweet treat who just wants to relax, befriend everyone I meet, and be near my people where I'm happiest!
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I'm a friendly senior couch potato who'd love to spend my golden years snuggling with you!
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I'm a kind, curious, laid-back older gentleman who is ready to charm you with my sweet and outgoing personality!
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I'm a true social butterfly who loves to soak up affection and befriend people of all ages!
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We rescue animals, primarily from the city shelter, almost daily with a focus on the most vulnerable: adult dogs, kittens, cats recovering from illnesses, and small animals. Once safe at PAWS, they receive everything they need to become ready for adoption, then are matched with loving homes.

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Kick off your summer in the best way possible – by saving a life, or even two! ☀️ Starting today, we`re waiving all adult cat fees (6 months and up) at our Old City Adoption Center. Our shelters have been at maximum capacity for weeks, and we need your help to clear space for more rescues. One single adoption actually saves two lives, because when you bring a cat home, we`re able to rescue another.

😺 Thursday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
🐾 Friday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
😺 Saturday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
🐾 Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
😺 Monday: CLOSED
🐾 Tuesday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: This promotion is valid for adult cats over 6 months at our Old City Adoption Center (100 N. 2nd Street) through Tuesday, May 28. Visit to browse our adoptables. Our experienced staff looks forward to working with you to ensure the best match possible for both you and your future pet!

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We’re chock-full of babies and running low on kitten food! We have a ton of tiny mouths to feed now that kitten season is in full swing, and we’ve already depleted a lot of our supplies. Our kittens would be incredibly grateful if you could send some our way!

You can send through our wishlists (link in bio) or through the online retailer of your choice with shipping to:
2900 Grays Ferry Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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Together, we will make Philadelphia a no-kill city.

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