Working to Make Philadelphia a No-Kill City

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Meet your new best friend!

Ms. Gordita Grande
Northeast Adoption Center

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

We are a bonded pair of siblings who are looking for a home where we can continue enjoying life together as best friends.
Rockie
Northeast Adoption Center

I'm a handsome and majestic boy cat who'd like to make your home my castle!
Luna
Foster Care

I'm an adorable and sassy small dog who's searching for someone patient and understanding.
Milford
Foster Care

I'm an incredibly affectionate 2-4 year old who loves to snuggle and will follow you everywhere for attention!
Franklin
Old City Adoption Center

I'm an adorable young guy who is the perfect combination of playful 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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PAWS Partners

Our lifesaving work is possible with the meaningful support of business and community partners.

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23,866 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.

83,456 volunteer hours served


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

182,907 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.

71,709 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.
2010
7157
2011
12267
2012
16160
2013
19626
2014
26500
2015
30800
2016
36510
2017
37400
Pets Served 100 100
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Recent News

10.12.18

12th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut a Tremendous Success


Thank you to everyone who joined us for an amazing Mutt Strut on Saturday, October 6! We are thrilled to announce that together, we raised $102,000 for homeless animals! Proceeds will fund PAWS’ lifesaving efforts and enable us to rescue and serve more of Philadelphia’s neediest pets. Thank you to the attendees, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, teams, and fundraisers […]
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10.01.18

Hundreds Saved and Counting: New Medical Ward Expands PAWS’ Lifesaving Capacity


We are thrilled to announce that we are saving more cats’ lives than ever before! Thanks to support from PetSmart Charities, PAWS now operates a new medical isolation ward to house and care for cats and kittens who are recovering from ringworm, a treatable skin condition. Entirely separate from our normal feline medical housing, it […]
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Together, we will make Philadelphia a no-kill city.