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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Adoption Process

Matchmaking Is Our Specialty


While we work hard to place animals as quickly as possible in order to rescue more, we are committed to making great matches. Our open, friendly, and conversation-based process considers many factors – energy level, personality, and experience, to name a few – when making a match. If the animal’s needs are met and you are happy with the pet you bring home, it is more likely to last forever. We look forward to helping you meet your new best friend!

COVID-19 UPDATE – PLEASE READ: At this time, we are only accepting adoption applications for specific animals currently in our shelter and foster homes.

  • If you are interested in adopting an urgent animal featured on our social media, please submit your online application and enter the pet’s information on the line at the top. 
  • If you are interested in adopting a specific pet who is in foster care, please submit your online application, and then reach out to the foster parent directly (their contact info is noted in the pet’s bio on our adoption page) to let them know you have done so. 
  • If we are able to match you with the pet you listed we will reach out to you.  
  • If you do not hear from us, the pet has found their forever home! You will only be contacted by our adoptions staff if we have another pet who may be a good fit for you. 

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding!

Adoption fees:

  • Cat (6 months of age and older): $60
  • Kitten (under 6 months): $100
  • Kitten pair (under 6 months): $150
  • 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.)

Cat Adoption Information

Before going home, all cats and kittens are:

  • spayed or neutered;
  • vaccinated for: panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, and calici (for kittens, the first in a series of vaccinations that should be completed by the adopter at your veterinarian’s office or by returning to a PAWS clinic) and rabies (for cats three months and older);
  • dewormed (often the first in a series of treatments that should be completed by the adopter);
  • treated for fleas (treatment must continue monthly to keep your pet flea-free);
  • tested for FIV/FELV; and,
  • microchipped. If your pet is ever lost, a microchip with your contact info can be its ticket home.

Cats must go home in a cat carrier for safety; you can bring one with you or purchase at our facilities.

Dog Adoption Information

Before going home, all dogs and puppies are:

  • 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 by the adopter either at your veterinarian’s office or by returning to a PAWS clinic), bordetella, and rabies;
  • dewormed (often the first in a series of treatments that should be completed by the adopter);
  • treated for fleas (treatment must continue monthly to keep your pet flea-free); and,
  • microchipped. If your pet is ever lost, a microchip with your contact info can be its ticket home.

Dogs must go home in a collar or harness and leash, for safety. You can bring your own or they are available for purchase at our facilities. Adopters living in Philadelphia must also purchase a city dog license at the time of adoption ($18).

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 Applications

Cat Adoption Application


Your new family member is waiting! Get started by completing the adoption form online for cats and kittens.

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Dog Adoption Application


Ready to welcome a new canine family member? Complete your adoption form online to get started.

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Your New Best Friend Is Waiting!