Changes to PAWS services in light of COVID-19: We continue rescuing animals! Adoptions and foster by appointment only; clinic appointments available for sick pets; walk-in vaccine clinics and spay/neuter suspended. Also, the Emergency Fund for PAWS has been launched to ensure we can keep doing our lifesaving work despite the current crisis.
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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.

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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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29,826 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.

127,135 volunteer hours served

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

247,962 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.

95,705 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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Free Library Pet Adoption Day

Meet adorable and adoptable dogs and cats at the Northeast Regional Free Library of Philadelphia! Conveniently located at 2228 Cottman Avenue in the Northeast, come visit us between 11am-1pm.

June 27, 2020
11:00 am  –  1:00 pm
2228 Cottman Avenue

Adoption Event – Goose island Philly

Meet adoptable PAWS cats and dogs while enjoying a cool beverage in Goose Island’s outdoor beer garden!

July 18, 2020
12:00 pm  –  3:00 pm
Goose Island Philly, 1002 Canal Street
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PAWS Services and COVID-19

We are providing this update on PAWS’ efforts to protect the health and safety of our staff, clients, volunteers, adopters, and fosters during this unprecedented time of concern about the spread of COVID-19, and in light of the City of Philadelphia’s mandate that all nonessential businesses close until further notice. Veterinary clinics and pet stores […]
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Extraordinary Community Foster Response to Covid Crisis

Social distancing and the shift toward working from home has prompted an outpouring of foster support. In the last 8 days, over 90 PAWS animals have found temporary homes, making room in our shelters for the many more who will need to be rescued in the coming weeks. Xander, above, is one of the lucky […]
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