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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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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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It’s Kitten Week at PAWS!

As spring arrives, kitten season begins, bringing an influx of orphaned kittens and new mothers to the city’s shelters. PAWS’ nursery is quickly filling up with litters, and we’re seeking your assistance to support them — and many more who will follow — throughout the warmer months ahead! Help us welcome the little ones by […]
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After 393 days in our care, Coffee Cake is FINALLY home!

At last, the day we’ve been eagerly awaiting has finally arrived! After 393 days in PAWS’ care, we are overjoyed to announce that Coffee Cake, our lovable canine with a heart of gold, has found a family to call her own. Her journey – from the streets, to the city shelter, to PAWS, and finally […]
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39,564 animals saved to date

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.

178,607 volunteer hours served

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

361,132 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.

145,661 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.

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PAWS' impact grows as our services expand & progress continues

By rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding loving adopters for homeless animals with nowhere else to go, and providing affordable vet care and other services so pets can stay in their homes where they are loved, PAWS provides a vital and growing safety net for Philadelphia's most vulnerable cats and dogs. The pandemic has prompted a shift toward more intensive, individualized care for more complex needs.
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When we find ourselves in desperate need of cat fosters on the same day a new @taylorswift album drops, there’s only one thing left to be done! 😺🎶

In honor of the ultimate cat lady, we’re celebrating #NationalCatLadyDay with a Swifty-themed roundup of PAWS felines who most urgently need foster homes. With our cat housing full to capacity, we’re looking for fosters of all experience levels to take home a feline friend so we can rescue even more who are counting on us!

In order of appearance:

🖤Mickey & Jagger: “The Tortured Poets Department”
🩶Nemo: “I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can)”
🤍Felvis: “End Game”
🖤Arlo: “I Knew You Were Trouble”
🩶Ashton: “Out Of The Woods”
🤍Señor: “Anti-Hero”
🖤Sunny Bunny: “Shake It Off”
🩶Kairo: “Soon You’ll Get Better”
🤍Skipper: “Love Story”
🖤Ryan O’Ray: “Wildest Dreams”

Read more at our cats needing foster page (link in bio), or email to learn more!

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TONIGHT: Celebrate #NationalCatLadyDay with PAWS at our Kitten Shower Happy Hour! Join us from 4-7 at @americansardine for a chance to chat with members of PAWS’ foster team, learn more about our foster program, mingle with fellow animal lovers, and meet some adorable PAWS kittens!

Plus, event attendees who bring kitten shower supplies or show proof of their online wishlist donation will be entered in our travel-themed raffle, which includes airline vouchers, an Airbnb gift card, and PAWS swag. We hope to see you tonight!

DATE: Friday, April 19
TIME: 4-7pm (bar happy hour runs from 4-6)
WHERE: American Sardine Bar, 1800 Federal Street

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Urgent: Kairo has a bad shelter cold, and is also at risk of diabetic complications if he can’t find a foster home soon!

This sweet boy ended up at the shelter after losing his home, and his diabetes needs to be regulated with insulin shots every 12 hours. Unfortunately, he’s currently only able to get one shot per day due to our operating hours at the shelter. We’re very worried about his health if his schedule is off for too long, and are working to place him in a foster home ASAP.

Kairo is very kind and gentle, and will reward you with lots of gentle purrs of you give him some pets. His mobility isn’t amazing at the moment due to how overweight he is, and he’d love to shed some pounds at your place!

Insulin is very easy to administer, and PAWS will provide you with all the supplies and guidance you need to set this lovely gentleman up for success (we can also help with follow-up diagnostics at our clinic to make sure Kairo is getting the optimum amount of insulin for his needs). If you’d like to help Kairo feel better again, please email for more info!

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We`re expecting: please help us stock up on supplies for kitten season! Our kitten shower runs through this weekend, but the need for food, formula, and other necessities will last all spring and summer long as shelters are flooded with fragile babies. You can make sure we`re prepared by sending supplies or dropping them off at one of our kitten events this weekend!

📦 Send supplies through our kitten shower wishlist (link in bio)!

🎁 Drop supplies at one of our in-person events this weekend (bonus: everyone who brings supplies or shows proof of donation will be entered to win our vacation/travel raffle prize)!

💝 Donate funds towards medicine, care, and supplies before 4/21 to have your gift doubled! Give via Instagram, Venmo (username @phillypaws), or through our bio link.

Thank you for helping us keep our tiniest rescues healthy and nourished!

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