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Peter Barker
Grays Ferry Clinic

I'm a sensitive boy who just wants a forever person to bond with and cherish!
Foster Care

I'm a sweet, independent lady who's excited to spend my golden years with you!
Foster Care

I'm a peppy, incredibly affectionate senior who greets everyone I meet with a loving smile!
Panda Cat
Foster Care

I'm a sweet-natured kitty whose favorite things are being brushed, belly rubs, and people!
Foster Care

I'm a fun-loving and cheerful 8 year old who always has a smile on my face!
Foster Care

I'm a big softy whose two favorite things are climbing and cuddling!
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PAWS Calendars

The holiday gift that saves lives! Featuring portraits and stories of pets PAWS has served, our calendars are a yearly tradition that raises funds and awareness for our lifesaving efforts.

$15 each, all proceeds benefits the animals.

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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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29,117 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.

120,185 volunteer hours served

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

240,926 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.

92,211 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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Adopt and Shop Kissing Booth

Adoptable PAWS animals will attend and light snacks and refreshments will be provided. From South Moon Under: “We love our furry friends and customers who bring in their own pets during their shopping experience. What better time than Valentine’s Day to spread the love we have for animals with our customers?”

February 15, 2020
12:00 pm  –  4:00 pm
South Moon Under, 1731 Chestnut Street
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Recent News


Shrinkydink Gets A Second Chance After Lifesaving Surgery

 Pets like Shrinkydink are why we do what we do. When this friendly little dog arrived at the city shelter, it was clear she’d had a rough journey. A Good Samaritan brought her to safety after finding her tied to a fire hydrant in Germantown on a freezing January day. She was suffering from […]
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PAWS is Hiring!

Join our lifesaving team! PAWS has several positions available for passionate animal lovers who are dedicated to serving the city’s neediest pets and the people who love them. Please review these job descriptions for details on available positions and how to apply.
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