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I'm a kind and easygoing granny cat who enjoys hanging with my people but is happy napping when you're away for work!
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I'm a hilarious goofball who loves people, playtime, and flopping over for belly rubs!
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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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Porkchop’s new beginning

Porkchop was brought to the city shelter by a Good Samaritan after showing up on their doorstep, and it was unclear how long he’d been fending for himself in the cold. Porkchop had no vision, matted fur, and a mouth full of bad teeth. It was evident that he needed more medical care than the city […]
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Calling Coffee Lovers: the Bean2Bean PAWS roast has arrived!

Coffee aficionados and animal lovers rejoice – our friends at Bean2Bean Coffee Co. have created a special PAWS roast with proceeds supporting our lifesaving work! Bean2Bean has been a friend to PAWS since 2018, and this chocolaty, nutty creation is the latest in their line of incredible local roasts. “PAWS is grateful for our longtime […]
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35,262 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.

142,754 volunteer hours served

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

310,558 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.

120,986 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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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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PAWS' June volunteer spotlight is Sharon Ferraro! Sharon started volunteering with PAWS in 2016 after taking her dog to the Mutt Strut! "I loved the vibe, and all of the volunteers were having a great time. I decided I wanted to do it, too."⁠

Since she was working in Old City, Sharon started volunteering at our Old City location walking dogs during her lunch breaks and helping to care for the cats after work. In her first year of volunteering she gave almost 120 hours of service! When our Old City location closed due to COVID, Sharon wanted to continue helping, so she switched to fostering! " In 2020, we decided to try fostering and quickly failed. We sadly lost our girl, Gloria, about two months ago but she taught us a lot in our short time with her."⁠

Now, Sharon is a volunteer with the dogs at Grays Ferry and has a regular shift with us on Mondays and fills in additional open shifts when she can! "The highlights for me are seeing the dogs relax outside of the kennel and, of course, seeing them get adopted." ⁠

We are so lucky to have Sharon as a volunteer and hope she stays with us for many more years to come!⁠

We're currently in need of weekday helpers at our Old City and Grays ferry locations, and would love to welcome you to our volunteer family! Learn more and sign up today at (link in bio)!⁠

#phillypaws #phillypawsvolunteer

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This week’s @CioccaSubaruofPhiladelphia adoptable pet spotlight: Little Miss Sparkler! This ten year old ginger is a real gem. Her fosters say she’s a professional sidekick who loves to be by your side and greets you each day with friendly chirps and trills. A true companion kitty who enjoys the simple things in life, this cutie can’t wait to add some sparkle to your life!⁠

Our friends at Ciocca Philadelphia been vital partners to PAWS’ work since before they even opened their doors, contributing thousands of lifesaving funds though their #SubaruShareTheLove event and and special sponsorships. We are profoundly grateful for their support and look forward to saving more lives together!

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SOS: we're almost out of training and enrichment treats for our pups! They're more than just a tasty snack: for dogs at the shelter like Finnegan and Lola, they're invaluable tools in the daily fight against stress and boredom. Even just one bag can make a huge difference!

If you'd like to brighten a shelter pup's day, you can order through our Chewy or Amazon wishlists (link in bio). You can also drop off soft training treats and bully sticks or send them through your preferred online retailer to:
2900 Grays Ferry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Finnegan and Lola thank you in advance!

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Tell us you're an introvert without telling us you're an introvert... ⁠

Evie is shy and reserved but this sweet tuxie will hang around close by once she gets comfortable with her people and surroundings. Evie wants to vacate the bookshelf and live her best introverted life as a working cat. She'd love to come hangout in your barn, warehouse, brewery, flower shop, hardware store, etc. Anywhere with room to roam!⁠

Do you think you have the perfect set up for Evie? Read more about her though the link in bio!⁠

OR want to learn more about PAWS' working cats program? Find out more at⁠

#phillypaws #phillypawsfoster #workingcat

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Mark your calendars! If you need assistance feeding your pets, PAWS is cohosting a pet food pantry with Citizens for a @phillynokill and @APlusHomeCareServices on Saturday, June 25 at Unleashed by Petco in Northern Liberties from 10-12.

If you’d like to help neighbors who are struggling, donations can be purchased or dropped off ahead of time at Unleashed! To help with future pantries, email

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Everyone enjoys a sunset stroll, including Jojo!⁠

This cuddly grandpa is good with other respectful pets and loves treats, belly rubs, and napping at your feet. Jojo wants nothing more than to spend his retirement frolicking through the flowers in the park with you 🌷⁠

Link in bio to earn more about Jojo!⁠

#phillypaws #phillypawsfoster #sunsetstroll

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You know what the loudest pet you can get is? A trumpet. 😎 Happy dad joke day (aka Father’s Day) to all the human dads and pet dads out there from Phil and all of us at PAWS!

Need a last minute gift? Support homeless pets like Phil and honor a dad in your life by sending a virtual Gift of Hope! You can notify dad of your gift right away with an e-card of your choice. Give now through our link in bio!


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It's #VeterinaryAppreciation Day! We love having a special reason to celebrate the amazing team at the front line of our lifesaving efforts, but the truth is, we are grateful every single day for their extraordinary care, dedication, compassion, and hard work.

As we rescue more special medical cases than ever before, and as our community continues to rely on PAWS' clinics to keep their cherished pets healthy, our veterinarians and vet techs continue to go above and beyond for Philly's most vulnerable pets. Please join us in thanking our medical team for the countless ways they make animals' lives – and people's lives – better, every day!

If you have a story about a PAWS veterinarian or vet tech who made a difference for you, please share in the comments!

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Our building is FULL UP with cats and kittens in need of foster care! We'd love to head over to the city shelter to help save more lives, but we need to free up a few kitty condos at our location by sending more animals into foster care first. If you have space to bring a cat or kitten into your home and care for them until they find their permanent family, NOW IS THE TIME!!! ⏱🆘⁠

Meet our cats and kittens who need foster homes here:⁠

OR are you looking for a permanent feline friend? Take a look at our adoptable cats via our link in bio!⁠

#phillypaws #phillypawsfoster #nowisthetime

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Someone made a new friend! 🐜 Finnegan (fka Fancy Boy) might be full grown, but he still approaches life with the wonder and naivete of a puppy. He just loves being part of the action and hanging out with his people, plus he has the best smile! ⁠

This fun loving goofball pup would just love a dedicated family and routine to help him through his teenage years by providing plenty of enrichment, exercise and attention! He will truly light up your day with his silliness. ⁠

Finnegan has been loving life in a home with his foster dad, but he'll be coming back soon and we don't want this sweet guy to spend even one night in the shelter! Can he go home with you? Finnegan is available for adoption or foster and you can read more about him through our link in bio!⁠

#phillypaws #phillypawsfoster #newfriend

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