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I have some special needs, but what really sets me apart are my sweet lap snuggles and endless capacity for love!
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We're a kind-hearted pair of bonded senior brothers who love people as much as we love each other!
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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.

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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Tooth Fairy Fund: Help PAWS DOUBLE the Number Lifesaving Dental Surgeries We Can Offer

While a healthy mouth may not be top of mind when considering the challenges cats and dogs face in a shelter, dental disease poses a significant threat to these already vulnerable animals. Often, the barrier between life and death for these animals is a rescue organization’s ability to afford costly dental surgery, and thousands of […]
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Send a PAWS pet a Valentine!

While rescued pets wait for their special someone, your Valentine will reassure them that love is on the way! Give the gift of love this Valentine’s Day by supporting a shelter pet in need:  Pick your favorite(s) from our list of available pets from Friday, February 9 – Wednesday, February 14. Make a Valentine gift in their honor […]
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39,063 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.

354,349 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.

142,217 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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This sweet croaky gentleman is looking for a foster home to recuperate in! Before he was rescued, Jabba was fending for himself outside with a mouth full of bad teeth and a severely infected face wound. We don’t know everything he’s been through, but we do know this very friendly boy deserves lots of TLC and a quiet, loving home where he can heal.

Jabba is on daily topical cream for his face, and will need periodic rechecks with our medical team. As soon as he’s well enough, he’ll also get much-needed dental surgery at PAWS so he can finally feel comfortable again. If you’d like to help this kind soul get back on his feet, email for more info on 7(ish) year old Jabba!

Ps. Can’t foster? Make a gift to PAWS’ Tooth Fairy Fund to help provide Jabba with his dental surgery! Donations are being matched through the end of February, so your kindness will help provide twice as many pets with healthy mouths and new beginnings 🦷❤️

Donate via Instagram, Venmo (username @phillypaws), or through our #linkinbio!

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🐾 Young Friends of PAWS welcomes you to Yappy Hour at @urbanvillagebrewing on Tuesday, March 12 from 6-8pm!

Pups are welcome in the outdoor area, so you and your furry friend can enjoy mixing and mingling while showing your support for the city’s largest rescue partner.

Become a Young Friends member during the event and receive a $10 gift card to Urban Village!

🍺 🍰 Raise your glass and indulge your sweet tooth for a cause! $1 will be donated for every Otis and Money beer and dessert purchased at this event. Raffle prizes await...and you might be the lucky winner 🏆

We hope to see you there - please reach out to with any questions!

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Before he was rescued, Charlie McMuffin’s dental disease nearly cost him his life. He’d been living outside in a neighborhood cat colony, and had slowly begun to starve when the pain in his mouth became so intense he couldn’t eat.

Charlie’s health took a sharp decline when he developed an upper respiratory infection, and a neighbor who noticed he was struggling brought him to the city shelter. He was in very poor condition when he arrived, and was at risk for euthanasia if a rescue couldn’t commit to his medical needs.

Thanks to Tooth Fairy supporters like you, PAWS was ready to welcome Charlie and provide him with the care he desperately needed.

Our medical team began treatment for Charlie’s upper respiratory infection, and as soon as he was stable enough, he received comprehensive dental surgery to remove what was left of his teeth. He recovered beautifully in a caring foster home, and just recently joined a family of his own!

Your gift today will pave the way for other vulnerable pets like Charlie to start anew, knowing they have your support.

The need is so great that a group of donors is matching all donations to PAWS’ Tooth Fairy Fund up to $45,000 through February 29. Please take advantage of this amazing matching opportunity if you are able to!

Give now via Instagram, Venmo (username @phillypaws), or through our #linkinbio!

#petdentalhealthmonth #petdentalhealth #catsofphilly #phillypaws

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