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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 sweet treat who just wants to relax, befriend everyone I meet, and be near my people where I'm happiest!
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I'm a goofy and affectionate grandpa who will take every chance I can get to let you know how much I love you!
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I'm a kind, curious, laid-back older gentleman who is ready to charm you with my sweet and outgoing personality!
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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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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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It’s Kitten Week at PAWS!

As spring arrives, kitten season begins, bringing an influx of orphaned kittens and new mothers to the city’s shelters. PAWS’ nursery is quickly filling up with litters, and we’re seeking your assistance to support them — and many more who will follow — throughout the warmer months ahead! Help us welcome the little ones by […]
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After 393 days in our care, Coffee Cake is FINALLY home!

At last, the day we’ve been eagerly awaiting has finally arrived! After 393 days in PAWS’ care, we are overjoyed to announce that Coffee Cake, our lovable canine with a heart of gold, has found a family to call her own. Her journey – from the streets, to the city shelter, to PAWS, and finally […]
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39,564 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.

361,132 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.

145,661 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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Rachel Green is looking for her lobster...or at least a foster with a comfy couch! This cutie needs a home lined up by Friday to keep her from returning to the shelter, and is hoping her future roomie is out there so she won’t have to spend any time in our kennels.

A sensitive girl with big main character energy, Rachel Green is 50% cuddles, and 50% spunk. She loves to relax on the couch and snuggle, and is also happy to romp around and play with her toys (with the occasional zoomie thrown in to keep things fun)!

Rachel’s last home didn’t work out after her adopter’s work hours changed drastically, so she’s looking for a foster with a consistent schedule to give her some love and stability while she finds her future adopter. She’s a great medium size at 32 pounds, is about 3-4 years old, and would prefer to be your only pet. We’d love to tell you all about this little lady, so email today for more info!

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It`s Kitten Week at PAWS! Looking for ways to join the fun? Stop by for one of our foster care open house events this weekend! Join us Saturday, April 20 from 11-2 at PAWS` Grays Ferry Shelter, or Sunday April 21 from 11-2 at PAWS` Old City Adoption Center. You`ll have a chance to:

👥 Chat with PAWS` staff, have your questions answered, and learn more about PAWS` foster program and how you can get involved.
🐈‍⬛ Meet kittens who are part of PAWS` foster program!
✈️ Drop off kitten shower supplies or donate virtually for a chance to win our travel-themed raffle, which includes flight vouchers, PAWS swag, and an AirBnb gift card!

Learn more at We hope to see you next weekend!

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Kitten season has arrived! Help us prepare by sending a kitten shower gift for kitten week. Between supply kits for our foster parents and in-shelter kitten care, we go through tons of wet food, formula, and other necessities that keep growing babies healthy and nourished. There are a few ways you can help ensure we have everything we need to care for them:

📦 Send supplies through our kitten shower wishlist (link in bio)!

🎁 Drop supplies at one of our in-person events next weekend (bonus: everyone who brings supplies or shows proof of donation will be entered to win our vacation/travel raffle prize)!

💝 Donate funds towards medicine, care, and supplies — through April 21, your gift will be doubled! Donate via Instagram, Venmo (username @phillypaws), or through our bio link!

The babies say thank you, and so do we!

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