Dogs For Adoption
Old City Adoption Center
Northeast Adoption Center
Grays Ferry Clinic
South Philly Petsmart
Broad and Washington Petsmart
Due to COVID-19, dog 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.
Fees do not include PA sales tax. Dog adopters living in Philadelphia must also purchase a city license at the time of adoption ($18).
The following services are included in the adoption fee. Before going home, your new dog will be:
For safety, dogs must go home in a collar or harness and leash. You can bring your own or they are available for purchase at our facilities.
Read more here about our Dog Rescue & Care program and learn about the process from intake to adoption!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with:
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!
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.
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.
Find lots of useful resources here on bringing home a new pet, common behavior issues, pet care advice, and more.
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!