PAWS SERVICES DURING COVID-19: OUR OLD CITY ADOPTION CENTER IS OPEN! CATS ONLY, APPOINTMENTS RECOMMENDED. BOTH CLINICS OFFER VISITS FOR SICK PETS, VACCINATIONS, AND SPAY/NEUTER BY APPOINTMENT (CURBSIDE SERVICE); NO WALK-IN SERVICES. WE CONTINUE TO RESCUE ANIMALS! FOSTER PLACEMENTS AND DOG ADOPTION BY APPOINTMENT AT OUR GRAYS FERRY SHELTER.
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I'm a sunbeam chaser and cuddler extraordinaire looking for a lap of my own!
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I'm an effervescent 2 year old with a big personality!
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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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Recent News

08.25.22

Taylor, Ed, and a family of Felvies


Just a few years ago, cats with feline leukemia (FeLV) were considered unadoptable due outdated assumptions about their quality of life. Now, one couple is on a mission to open their home to as many of these special cats as possible! Since adopting their first “felvie” in 2019, Taylor and Ed have saved seven feline […]
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07.12.22

PAWS dogs shine at Franklin Square Park!


This month, PAWS dogs got the VIP (Very Important Pup) treatment! With Philly shelters critically full and adoptions slow due to summer plans and traveling, it’s more important than ever find unique ways to spotlight our adoptable dogs and help them put their best foot forward. That’s why we teamed up with Lisa Godfrey Photography […]
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35,910 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.

145,072 volunteer hours served


PAWS’ dedicated and caring volunteers are essential in every aspect of our lifesaving efforts.

317,318 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.

124,120 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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Us watching a hurricane approach during Mutt Strut week 🤨 We’re keeping a VERY close eye on Ian’s path in the next 24 hours, and will be making a final call regarding our rain date (October 2) by midday tomorrow. Please cross your fingers, paws, and toes for a change of course so we can Strut as planned this Saturday!

#PAWSMuttStrut #phillypaws
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Check out this week’s ringworm kitten roundup! We’ve got a few new faces as well as some old ones, and every one of them is hoping to finish their treatment in a foster or forever home with you. We’re especially worried about tiny Penguin, who’s all alone at just 10 weeks old, and Bob & Linda, who have stopped eating after coming down with kitten colds.

If you have room in your home and heart for a sweet fungal friend or two, please email foster@phillypaws.org with the subject “ringworm kittens”!⁠⁠⁠⁠

Some ringworm fast facts:⁠⁠
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🔹 It’s not a worm — it’s a fungal infection of the skin that usually shows up as small patches of hair loss in pets⁠⁠.
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🔹 It’s a mild infection, but contagious to people and pets, so a separate room for fosters is the best way to prevent it from spreading during treatment.

🔹 It usually takes 4-8 weeks to clear up (and many of these babies are already a few weeks into their treatment)!

🔹 We have twice weekly “dip days” at our Grays Ferry clinics for ringworm fosters/adopters to drop their kitties off for medicated baths — no need to do it at home!
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Wonderbread here with some BIG news: an anonymous donor family is matching all donations to the #PAWSMuttStrut, up to $10,000!

With just four days until we Strut, every dollar raised will go twice as far to save lives and help us reach our goal. That means even more second chances for pets like Bread: this gentle hunk lost his home when his owner was unable to keep him due to health issues, but now he’s safely settled and stealing hearts at PAWS!

Register to start fundraising at through our #linkinbio, then join us at @navyyardphila this Saturday for a fun-filled fall festival for humans and dogs alike!

#dogsofphilly #phillypaws #phillyfallfestival
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This adorable weirdo is looking for a partner in crime! Pierogi is a big ‘ole nerd once the squeaky toys come out, and she’s not afraid to show it. She might be four years old, but Pierogi has the soul of a puppy and lots of silly antics to go with it.

A “Velcro dog” who loves to stay glued to your side, Pierogi is hoping to find a home with a dog-savvy foster or adopter who can continue her training and help her to feel comfortable spending time alone. Email foster@phillypaws.org to foster Pierogi, or learn more about her at our adoptions page (link in bio)!

#nerdalert #dogsofphilly #getyourrescueon #rescuedog #fosteringsaveslives #phillypaws
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Say hello to our @CioccaSubaruofPhiladelphia spotlight pet, Lady! This sweet girl was very shy at the shelter after losing her home, but she’s blossomed into a snuggly and loyal companion now that she’s in foster care with a doggy sister to pal around with. Lady will be a great fit if you’ve got a pup at home who’s looking for a friend, and she even gets along with cats!

Our friends at Ciocca Philadelphia continue to be vital partners to PAWS. They’ve contributed thousands of lifesaving funds though their #SubaruShareTheLove event and special sponsorships, including a $5000 matching donation for the #PAWSMuttStrut! We are profoundly grateful for their support, so be sure to pop by their tent and show them some love at the #PAWSMuttStrut next Saturday!

#phillypaws #cioccadealerships #dogsofphilly #rescuedog #adoptlocalphl #phillypawsfoster
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The PAWS Mutt Strut is one week away! Join us next Saturday at The Navy Yard for a scenic walk and family-friendly fall festival with fun activities for humans and dogs alike, including:⁠

Live music • Costume Contest • Dog Adoptions • Food Trucks • Paw Print Painting • Talent Contest • Ask the Trainer • Doggy Ice Cream • Games • Dozens of Local Vendors • Giveaways, Raffles, Prizes... and more!⁠

Every dollar raised helps us save and serve Philly’s most vulnerable pets all year long. Register now at pawsmuttstrut.org (link in bio)!


⁠@livecasinophl • @cioccasubaruofphiladelphia • @vca • @annamaetpetfoods • @theanimallawfirm • @rarebreedvets • @tdbank_us • @opbarks • @pasevets • @wedgewoodpetrx • @heilerpainting • @psp_fishtown

#PAWSMuttStrut #visitphilly #phillypets #phillydogs #phillysupportphilly #phillypaws
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Help Lunchables heal with a #FiveDollarFriday gift! This friendly kitten was brought to PAWS by a Good Samaritan who’d found him in distress outside. His leg was badly wounded from what appeared to be an animal attack, and he needed immediate medical attention.

PAWS’ veterinary team sprang into action to assess his condition. Although he was clearly in pain, this little one still had tons of spirit and spunk, exploring his surroundings and chattering away to anyone who’d listen during. After his exam, Lunchables was sedated so we could run x-rays, determine the extent of damage to his leg, and clean and bandage his wound.

While Lunchables thankfully suffered no fractures, the infection in his leg appears to have gone untreated for some time, and the prognosis for saving it remains guarded. We’re doing all we can to counteract the infection through intensive wound care, antibiotic treatment, and close monitoring in the coming days.

If you can, please consider making a #FiveDollarFriday gift to help Lunchables and other wounded pets like him heal. You can give via Instagram, Venmo (username @phillypaws) or through our link in bio!

#rescuekitten #getyourrescueon #catsofphilly #phillypaws #kittensofinstagram
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We’re celebrating the first day of fall with DOUBLED Mutt Strut donations from our friends at @cioccasubaruofphiladelphia! They’re matching every #PAWSMuttStrut gift until we reach $5,000, which means twice the impact for pets like Yogi.

This sweet senior was found stray with a severe case of dental disease, but thanks to supporters like you, he got the surgery he needed to enjoy his golden years pain-free, and is now ready to find a forever home!

Sign up to start fundraising through our #linkinbio, then join us for a fun-filled fall festival at The Navy Yard on October 1!

#phillyfallfestival #cioccasubaru #cioccaonsocial #phillypaws
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Tomorrow might be the first day of fall, but kitten season is still going strong 💪

PAWS’ ringworm ward is packed with cuties who just need a few more weeks to finish their treatment – hopefully in a foster or forever home with you! These little ones are desperate for love and as sweet as can be. Ringworm kittens face some of the longest shelter stays, which means they can miss out on critical socialization and daily affection from humans.

To foster or adopt one or more of our adorable fungal felines, email foster@phillypaws.org with the subject “ringworm kittens”!⁠⁠⁠⁠

Some ringworm fast facts:⁠⁠
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🔹 It’s not a worm — it’s a fungal infection of the skin that usually shows up as small patches of hair loss in pets⁠⁠.
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🔹 It’s a mild infection, but contagious to people and pets, so a separate room for fosters is the best way to prevent it from spreading during treatment.

🔹 It usually takes 4-8 weeks to clear up (and many of these babies are already a few weeks into their treatment)!

🔹 We have twice weekly “dip days” at our Grays Ferry clinics for ringworm fosters/adopters to drop their kitties off for medicated baths — no need to do it at home!

#getyourreascueon #kittenseason #ringwormkittens #fosteringsaveslives #rescuekittens #phillypaws
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