PAWS services during COVID-19: Clinic visits for sick pets, vaccinations, and spay/neuter available by appointment (curbside service). Walk-in clinics remain suspended. We continue to rescue animals! Adoptions and foster by appointment only. Donations to the Emergency Fund for PAWS help ensure we can keep doing our lifesaving work despite the current crisis.
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Meet your new best friend!


When you adopt from PAWS, you are truly saving a life. Every time an animal finds a home, it opens up a space in our no-kill facilities to save the next homeless pet in need. Read important info here about adopting during COVID-19.

Our Most Urgent Animals

Zizzy, Zahra, and Zazu
Foster Care

We're a sweet, mellow, affectionate trio of bonded seniors who have so much love to give!
Thelma
Foster Care

I'm an easygoing senior sweetheart who loves people and charms everyone I meet!
Princess
Foster Care

I'm a soft and mellow grandma cat who loves chin scratches and cozy naps!
Turkey
Foster Care

I'm a snuggly lap cat who starts purring the moment you start petting me!
Great Grandma Nikki
Foster Care

I'm a friendly and laid back senior who enjoys chatting and being pet!
More Urgent Animals

All Available Animals

All Available Dogs
All Available Cats

Adoption Fees


  • Cat (6 months of age and older): $60
  • Kitten (under 6 months of age): $100, or $150 when you adopt a pair
  • Small dog (under 25 lbs) and any puppy (under 1 year of age): $250
  • Large adult dog (older than 1 year): $150

(Fees listed above do not include PA sales tax.)

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Adoption Locations


Due to COVID-19, adoptions are taking place by appointment only at PAWS’ Grays Ferry location or through foster homes. All other adoption locations are temporarily closed to the public.

Adoption Process


We look forward to helping you adopt a pet! Read about our convenient process, what is included in adoption fees, and how to meet available animals.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does the adoption process take?

At this time, we are only accepting adoption applications for specific currently available pets who have been posted on our website or shared on our social media. Due to a high volume of applications and a lower volume of animals, we are focusing our efforts on reaching out to applicants who we are able to match with a pet right away. If you do not hear from us, that means the pet you listed has been adopted, but your application will stay on file in case other pets who are a good fit become available. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding!

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Should I fill out a new application for each pet I am interested in?

No, please only submit one application per adopter/household. If we can’t match you with the first pet you apply for, we will keep your application for 6 months in case other pets interest you. You can check our website and social media pages regularly to see when new pets are posted. Please email adoptions@phillypaws.org with:

  • your full name (that was listed on your application)
  • the name and ID# of the pet you’re interested in
  • a bit about what drew you to them

Our team will update your application and reach back out to you to talk more if the pet – or a similar pet – is available for a meet and greet! 

If you do not hear from us, that means the pet you listed has been adopted, but your application will continue to stay on file for 6 months in case other pets who are a good fit become available. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding!

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How can I adopt an animal who’s been overlooked and needs me the most?

Please browse our Most Urgent Animals to find out who needs you! Some have special medical or behavioral needs, and others have simply been waiting a long time.

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Can you hold an animal for me until I am ready to adopt?

PAWS is not able to hold animals for potential adopters: every day we hold an animal is a day we cannot save another in danger.

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Can you offer advice on dog and cat care?

Find lots of useful resources here on bringing home a new pet, common behavior issues, pet care advice, and more.

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I can’t adopt. Can I come in just to spend time with animals?

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, PAWS adoption centers are closed to browsing until further notice. (However, we continue to rescue animals, place them in foster and adoptive homes, and serve pets in our clinics.) We look forward to welcoming visitors as soon as it is safe to do so!

Your new best friend is waiting.

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