Adopt

Meet your new best friend!


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.

The first step is to fill out our cat adoption application or dog adoption application, which you can also pick up at any of our adoption locations.

Learn about our adoption process, fees, and what to expect.

Our Most Urgent Animals

Ms. Gordita Grande
Northeast Adoption Center

I'm a hilarious girl with a huge personality who will always make you laugh!
Ron & Hermione
Foster Care

We are a bonded pair of siblings who are looking for a home where we can continue enjoying life together as best friends.
Layla
Old City Adoption Center

I'm a friendly girl with a happy smile who enjoys keeping active and then snuggling up at the end of the day!
Rockie
Northeast Adoption Center

I'm a handsome and majestic boy cat who'd like to make your home my castle!
Luna
Foster Care

I'm an adorable and sassy small dog who's searching for someone patient and understanding.
Franklin
Old City Adoption Center

I'm an adorable young guy who is the perfect combination of playful and independent!
More Urgent Animals

All Available Animals

More Available Animals

Ready to Add a New Member to your Family?

Process and Fees


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

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Cat Application


Looking for a feline companion? Completing this adoption form is the first step to welcoming a PAWS cat or kitten into your family.

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Dog Application


Complete this online form to get started: it will help us learn about your household and lifestyle to make the best match possible.

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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


Available animals are waiting for you:

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)
  • New! Petsmart at Broad Street and Washington Avenue (M-F 6-8pm; Sat/Sun: 11-3)

Frequently Asked Questions

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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!

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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.

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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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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.

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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?

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.

Your new best friend is waiting.

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