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Emily
Foster Care

I'm a sweet and gentle 4-5 year old lady who loves people and has one of the best purrs around!
Ms. Gordita Grande
Foster Care

I'm a hilarious girl with a huge personality who will always make you laugh!
Shaq
Foster Care

I'm a handsome and laid back 6 year old who would love to relax by your side!
Danni Devito
Foster Care

I'm a sweet and gentle older lady who is happiest when I'm snuggling with the people I love.
Palmer
Old City Adoption Center

I'm a sensitive guy who blossoms into a total sweetheart once I have a little time to adjust!
Peanut
Foster Care

I'm a beautiful 4-6 year old kitty who is the perfect balance of affectionate and independent!
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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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Our lifesaving work is possible with the meaningful support of business and community partners.

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25,733 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.

94,398 volunteer hours served


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

206,364 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.

80,156 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.
2011
12267
2012
16160
2013
19626
2014
26500
2015
30800
2016
36510
2017
37400
2018
40455
Pets Served 100 100
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Recent News

01.14.19

In From The Cold: New Foster Initiative Brings Warmth in Winter to Friendly Stray Cats


“If you’re cold, they’re cold.” It’s a phrase we’ve all heard about protecting pets in the winter time. As temperatures drop and sidewalks get icy, many animal lovers see friendly neighborhood cats suffering in the cold and turn to us for help. Our ability to accept animals from the public has been limited in the […]
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12.28.18

40,000+ animals saved and served in 2018: more in store for 2019!


We’re celebrating another record-breaking year of lifesaving thanks to you. In 2018, PAWS served over 40,000 animals through rescue, spay/neuter, and low-cost veterinary care. We’re closer than ever to making Philadelphia a place where every savable pet has a home. With your help, our efforts are working: about 86% of Philadelphia’s homeless pets are being […]
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