URGENT: The city shelter is full, and we need your help to make more room for at-risk cats and dogs!

Perfectly Impurrfect adoption promotion: Happening now!

Perfect is boring…adopt a pet as unique as you are! From July 11-25, you can name your own adoption fee for any “Impurrfect” PAWS pet with an asterisk on their adoption profile. Visit our adoptions page to meet our perfectly impurrfect adult cats and dogs. A lifetime of love is only a few clicks away!

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Adopt Chaco Taco

Do you love a sweet treat? Here’s your chance to claim your own lifetime supply of Choco Taco! A social butterfly with good-boy tabby energy, Choco eagerly makes friends with everyone he meets. He has some special needs that are managed with daily meds, so he’s looking for an adopter who can continue to help him thrive and celebrate the incredible cat he is.

Meet Choco Taco

Adopt your new BFF at PAWS' Old City Adoption Center

Dozens of friendly cats and small animals are waiting to meet you at our boutique-style adoption center, open 7 days a week at 2nd and Arch. Our experienced adoption team is ready to help you make a great match, whether you’re a first-time adopter or a pet owner of many years. From playful youngsters to affectionate seniors, we have the perfect companion for you!


Adopt Icy

Heat got you down? Cool off with Icy! This 9-year-old sweetheart adores every person she meets and spreads cheer wherever she goes. She’s never known a stranger, and is always ready to make a love connection on her walks with one of her big happy smiles!

Meet Icy

Temporary home, permanent love: Sign up to foster!

Foster homes are at the heart of PAWS’ ability to save lives. With a brief commitment of just a few weeks, you can be a hero for dogs, cats, and small animals. We provide supplies and support; you provide the love and care!

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I'm an affectionate dream dog who loves to snuggle and has lived with kids and other pups!
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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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I'm a friendly senior couch potato who'd love to spend my golden years snuggling with you!
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I'm a mellow and friendly house panther who is equally happy enjoying affection or doing my own thing!
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I'm a sassy lovebug who is introverted with new friends, but a silly sweetheart once I get to know you!
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I'm a gentle cuddlebug who loves napping on your chest and making biscuits to show you how happy I am!
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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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Perfectly Impurrfect Adoption Promotion: ‘Name Your Own Adoption Fee’ for Longer-Stay Dogs and Cats

Our love for our pets is as unique as each animal we welcome into our lives, which is why PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) is proud to announce its Perfectly Impurrfect adoption promotion, kicking off on Thursday, July 11 and running through Thursday, July 25. With shelter intake alarmingly high, loving adoptive homes create needed […]
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Championing Philadelphia’s Community Cat Caretakers: Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) Efforts

There are an estimated 400,000 stray and feral cats living on the streets of Philadelphia. The barrier between life and death for these cats often hinges on the efforts of community cat caretakers and the availability of Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) programs. That’s why PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society), the city’s largest rescue partner and provider of […]
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40,120 animals saved

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.

367,903 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.

148,971 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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Gentle head bonks with Blondie 🥹 This poor girl was left at a local vet office at 11 years old, and is hoping to find a foster home where she can feel safe and loved again. The shelter has been an overwhelming place for her despite our best efforts, and she’s spent over 6 weeks hoping for a foster to take her home. Could you be the one to turn her luck around?

Blondie takes a daily medication in her food to manage her hyperthyroidism, and PAWS will provide all of her medication and care at our clinics while you foster her (along with any other supplies you might need). She’d be happiest joining a quiet household where she can be the only pet, or have a space to herself to allow for slow intros to any other pets who are also very quiet and gentle. Blondie will thank you with lots of sweet head bonks in return! Email foster@phillypaws.org to learn more ❤️

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An ottoman come to life? Nope, that’s Oliver, and he’s looking for a foster home! This friendly senior loves people and greets everyone he meets with non-stop tail wags and his signature happy dance.

Oliver is waiting on some much-needed dental work and eye surgery with PAWS, but he’s unfortunately too overweight to safely undergo the procedures he needs right now. He’d be thrilled to shed some pounds and enjoy lots of tummy rubs at your place until he’s ready for his forever home!

Oliver is friendly with people of all ages as well as other animals, and is also housebroken and crate trained. A dream guest in every sense! If you’d like to learn more about this cheerful chappie, email foster@phillypaws.org about Oliver today!

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Registration is now open for the 18th annual PAWS Mutt Strut! Don`t miss out on early-bird pricing for the most fun-filled day of the year. Join us at @navyyardphila on Saturday, October 5 for a scenic walk and family-friendly festival with games and activities, dozens of vendors, live music, great food, and more, all to benefit Philly pets who need us most. New this year: quench your thirst at our very first Mutt Strut beer garden, courtesy of @dockstreetbeer!

For a limited time, registration is just $20, so join the fun now at pawsmuttstrut.org!

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