Meet your new best friend!
**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PAWS’ Adoption Centers are closed to browsing until further notice and adoptions are by appointment only. Due to an extremely high volume of adoption applications, it can take up to three weeks for staff to respond to new applications. We thank you for your patience as we navigate these challenging times together.**
When you adopt from PAWS, you are truly saving a life. Read on for rescued animals who are waiting to meet you! Every time an animal is adopted, it opens up a space in our no-kill facilities for the next homeless pet in need.
Learn about our adoption process, fees, and what to expect.
All Available Animals
***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all adoptions are currently by appointment only through foster care or at PAWS’ Grays Ferry clinic location. Our other adoption locations are currently closed.***
Available animals are waiting for you:
- at PAWS’ Old City Adoption Center (100 N. 2nd Street)
- at PAWS’ Northeast Adoption Center (1810 Grant Avenue)
- in foster homes (see individual pet listings for contact info)
Plus, visit these satellite adoption locations (cats only):
- Kawaii Kitty Cafe (759 S. 4th Street)
- PetSmart in South Philadelphia (2360 Oregon Avenue; M-F 6-8pm; Sat/Sun: 11-3)
- PetSmart at Broad Street and Washington Avenue (M-F 6-8pm; Sat/Sun: 11-3)
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am applying for a specific PAWS animal. If my application is approved, am I guaranteed that animal?
There is a chance the animal may already be adopted once you are ready to bring it home. When your application is approved, it will be good for any animal in PAWS’ care that would be a good match for you and your household. Your application is valid for three months so you have time to find the right one for you!
How long does the adoption process take?
Applications generally take several days to one week to process. There is a possibility for same-day adoption, but we cannot guarantee it.
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.
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. Or, stop by an adoption center and ask who’s been waiting the longest. We can help you match you with a pet who not only needs you the most, but is also a good match for your home and lifestyle.
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.
I can’t adopt. Can I come in just to spend time with animals?
Our adoption centers are open to the public and all are welcome here! However, if you are not visiting to adopt, we ask that you make a donation of funds or supplies to support our lifesaving efforts. Please keep in mind that our staff is busy and that those who are visiting to adopt must be given first priority when visiting with the animals. Even better, you can become a PAWS volunteer and sign up for regular shifts to care for the animals.