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Upcoming Event Spotlight: Join Us!

13th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut

Register now! The Mutt Strut is an annual PAWS tradition bringing together animal lovers to enjoy a fall festival and scenic walk to raise funds for Philadelphia’s homeless pets.

October 26, 2019
The Navy Yard: 4500 S. Broad Street

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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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28,202 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.

114,375 volunteer hours served

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

227,190 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.

86,848 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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Stroll the Village

Every Thursday in October: enjoy food and drink, help save lives! Participating restaurants will donate a portion of proceeds to support PAWS’ lifesaving efforts.

October 3, 2019  –  October 31, 2019
5:00 pm  –  7:00 pm
Queen Village, Philadelphia

PAWS Night at the Flyers

Adoptable dogs will be at the game! Meet your new best friend and learn how to get involved with PAWS.

October 19, 2019
7:00 pm
Wells Fargo Center
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Recent News


Why we strut: Lucy’s story

As the Mutt Strut approaches, we love hearing from supporters about what inspires them to get involved. Volunteer Jocelyn has been sharing adoption updates about her former foster dogs, and Lucy’s story was something special! This tiny friend was found in West Philly with a painful leg fracture that had never healed properly, and was […]
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Teaming Up To Save Lives

Whether it’s a family tradition or a fun way to bond with coworkers, lifesaving is even more rewarding when you’re part of a team! Every year, Mutt Strutters raise thousands of critically needed dollars for Philly’s most vulnerable pets. We asked some of this year’s teams why they strut, and they had so much to […]
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Together, we will make Philadelphia a no-kill city.