URGENT: Our shelter is at maximum capacity

We have been completely full for weeks, and we urgently need your help to clear space for more at-risk rescues, especially cats. Whether by fostering or adopting, your support is more critical than ever. Remember, fostering or adopting one pet saves two lives: the one you bring home and the one we can rescue next!



Join our June Foster Challenge!

We need your help to achieve our goal of sending 150 pets into foster homes so we can rescue 150 more! Dozens of homeless pets of are hoping to find temporary foster homes right now, and we have a match for every household and experience level. We provide supplies and support; you provide love and care!


Adopt Shae

We’ve rescued a lot of pets over the years, and this sweet soul is one of the most gentle, affectionate cats to come through our doors. Four-year-old Shae may have some special needs, but what really sets her apart is her endless capacity for lap cuddles and love.

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Adopt Cody

This sweet senior couch potato dreams of spending his golden years snuggled up with you! At 10 and a half years old, Cody loves slow walks and the occasional trot, making the hustle and bustle of city life a bit too much for him. Cody’s perfect day involves playing outside, followed by some cozy couch time — are you the perfect match for this dapper gentleman?


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I'm a true social butterfly who loves to soak up affection and befriend people of all ages!
Choco Taco
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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!
Lita Ford
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I'm a sweet and sensitive 7 month old who enjoys dog friends and loves to play!
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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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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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39,947 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.

365,787 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.

147,914 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.

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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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What were these pups made for? To be loved by you, of course. 🩷 Our three newest rescues from the city shelter really need to move out of our shelter and into foster care. We know a foster home would make a world of difference as they undergo medical treatment and decompress...can you help?

🐾 Heather: This 4-year-old had a rough start after arriving from the city shelter and suffered a vaccine reaction, spending a night in emergency care. With medication and TLC, she’s feeling much better, but she’d be even happier in a foster home. Before her spay, she needs a “glow-up” for her itchy skin and ears, so she’s currently getting ear drops, antibiotics, anti-fungals, and medicated baths.

🐶 Nelly Furtado: This 8-year-old was surrendered after her owner passed away, and she’s been a hit with everyone at PAWS. This friendly girl is social with people and playful with other dogs. She’s on pain meds for her front legs and needs an accessible foster home with minimal stairs. We’re unsure about her history with cats, so any foster home should plan for slow introductions.

🌴 Mama Bahama: This 6-year-old is full of spunk. Great with kids, dogs, and cats, she’s a loving, housebroken, and crate-trained pup. She was surrendered after her owner fell ill and would be much happier in a home, like she’s accustomed to.

Please email foster@phillypaws.org if you can help.

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