PAWS services during COVID-19: Clinic appointments available for sick pets; spay/neuter available on a limited basis; walk-in vaccine clinics remain suspended. We continue to rescue animals! Adoptions and foster by appointment only. Also, donations to the Emergency Fund for PAWS help 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.

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 Event

Virtual Beer Tasting with Blue Point Brewing

Join us! This event will take place via Zoom to enjoy from the comfort of your home. For a $20 donation to PAWS, you will receive several beers to try (pick-up locations will be in Fishtown and Grays Ferry). It will be led by PAWS volunteer Jameson Sempey with raffle prizes and more.

July 23, 2020
7:00 pm  –  8:00 pm

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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 challenging time. While we remain open and saving lives, we have made significant modifications to our operations. We believe that maintaining our lifesaving adoption and foster programs and continuing to serve […]
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Otis: After a rough beginning, a new start at PAWS

 When we rescued Otis, we weren’t sure if he’d make it. He’d been brought to the city shelter in critical condition by a Good Samaritan who’d seen him get hit by a car, and needed immediate medical attention to survive. We rushed him to our Grays Ferry clinic as soon as we learned about […]
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30,937 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.

130,172 volunteer hours served

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

252,993 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.

97,368 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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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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