1 Month, 150 Lives: 2013 PAWS Foster Challenge

Foster homes save lives

Are you up to the challenge? This May, we’re holding the 3rd Annual PAWS Foster Challenge to recruit foster parents and save the lives of dogs, cats, and kittens who are depending on us.


**Update: we did it! Exactly 150 animals were placed into foster care by May 31!**


Foster Challenge 2011: 121 lives saved
Foster Challenge 2012: 94 lives saved
Foster Challenge 2013 goal: 150 lives saved between May 1 and 31.

Philadelphia’s animal control shelter is full, and dozens of homeless pets are pouring in every day. PAWS and other rescue organizations are at capacity and working as hard as possible to save lives, but it’s not enough to keep up with the influx. We need foster parents to open their homes for just a few weeks to animals with no other place to go.

Foster care is needed for:

  • litters of kittens with their mothers
  • orphaned kittens (pairs or litters)
  • adult cats
  • dogs (specifically medium-to-large sized dogs in need of basic obedience training)


Get started: visit for information, and fill out this form to become a foster parent.


How will I save a life? Every animal fostered from PAWS creates a space in our no-kill shelter for an animal whose life is hanging in the balance at Philadelphia’s animal control shelter, where many animals lose their lives due to lack of space. The same or next day we release an animal into foster care, we visit ACCT and rescue another to take its place. The result is one more empty cage at ACCT that means the difference between life and death for the next animal that comes in.

Why May? We’re just getting into the busiest time of year in the city’s shelters. Fosters are needed most in the spring and summer, when kitten season is at its peak.

I’ve never fostered before. Can I help? Absolutely. We have plenty of litters who are a good match for first-time fosters, and we’ll provide plenty of guidance along the way.

I can’t foster. How can I help? Make a donation in support of our rescue efforts and foster program. PAWS is 100 percent privately funded, so we can’t save the neediest animals without donations from the public. You could also donate kitten supplies or items on our Amazon wishlist.

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