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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Dogs For Adoption

Old City Adoption Center
Northeast Adoption Center
Foster Care
Grays Ferry Clinic
South Philly Petsmart
Broad and Washington Petsmart
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Dog Adoption Locations

Available dogs are waiting for you:

  • at PAWS’ Old City Adoption Center (100 N. 2nd Street) This location generally has 2-3 dogs at a time.
  • at PAWS’ Northeast Adoption Center (1810 Grant Avenue) This location generally has 3-4 dogs at a time.
  • in foster homes (see individual pet listings above for contact info)
  • at our Grays Ferry wellness clinic (This is NOT a walk-in facility. Appointments can be made to meet dogs at this location after your application is approved.)

Adoption Fees

  • Large adult dog (older than 1 year): $150
  • Small dog (under 25 lbs): $250
  • Puppy (under 1 year of age): $250

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:

  • spayed or neutered;
  • vaccinated for: distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus (DHPP – for puppies, the first in a series of three vaccinations that should be completed at your veterinarian’s office or at a PAWS clinic), bordetella and rabies;
  • dewormed (often the first in a series of treatments that should be completed after adoption);
  • treated for fleas (treatment must continue monthly after adoption to keep your pet flea-free); and,
  • microchipped. Your 24 Petwatch microchip should be registered in your name after adoption.

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 adoption centers.

Dog Adoption Application

Ready to get started? This brief online form is the first step to bring home your newest family member.

We look forward to helping you meet your new best friend!

Begin Application

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.