Working to make Philadelphia a No-Kill City

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Meet your new best friend!

Foster Care

I'm a charming young pup who adores people and loves to snuggle!
Ms. Gordita Grande
Northeast Adoption Center

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

I'm an incredibly affectionate 2-4 year old who loves to snuggle and will follow you everywhere for attention!
Foster Care

I'm a gentle senior girl who still has lots of joy and love to give in my senior years.
Foster Care

I'm a handsome and laid back 6 year old who would love to relax by your side!
Grandpa Gritty
Old City Adoption Center

I'm a hilarious senior who likes to be held like a baby and will bring you as many smiles as my namesake!
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Raise support from family and friends for your birthday, in honor of your pet, or for any occasion.

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More ways to give

Donate needed supplies, provide for the animals in your planned giving, plan an event, and more.

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PAWS Calendars

The holiday gift that saves lives! Featuring portraits and stories of pets PAWS has served, our calendars are a yearly tradition that raises funds and awareness for our lifesaving efforts.

$15 each; all proceeds benefit the animals.

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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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25,542 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.

203,405 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.
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Recent News


PAWS’ Customer Service Manager Honored as Petplan Veterinary Excellence Award Semi-Finalist

PAWS is proud to announce that Customer Service Manager Luci Vazquez was honored as a semi-finalist for Petplan‘s Veterinary Excellence Awards in the category of Receptionist of the Year! Luci’s nomination was selected out of thousands submitted across North America. Her PAWS coworkers submitted her nomination as a testament to her hard work and compassion on […]
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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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Upcoming Event Spotlight

Christmas Village

PAWS will be attending with adoptable dogs and information on how to get involved! Enjoy a Christmas market with mulled wine, European foods, festive decorations, fun holiday shopping, and more!

December 21, 2018
5:00 pm  –  8:00 pm
Love Park, Philadelphia

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Together, we will make Philadelphia a no-kill city.