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


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

*Due to the pandemic, PAWS’ Adoption Centers are closed to browsing until further notice and adoptions are taking place by appointment only through our Grays Ferry location and our foster homes.*

Due to an extremely high volume of adoption applications, we are prioritizing applications for specific urgent animals.
  • If you are interested in adopting an urgent animal featured on our social media, please submit your online application AND email adoptions@phillypaws.org with the pet’s name in the subject, letting us know you are ready to move forward right away with the adoption process.
  • If you are interested in adopting a specific pet that 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 website) to let them know you have done so.
  • Applications for general adoption approval will be reviewed as time allows and you will be contacted by staff once approved. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding!   

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.

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 adoptive family either at the family 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 adoptive family);
  • treated for fleas (treatment must continue monthly after adoption to keep your pet flea free);
  • tested for FIV/FELV; and,
  • microchipped. Never lose your best friend! Your 24 Petwatch microchip is included in the adoption fee and should be registered in your name after adoption.

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

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 adoptive family either at the family 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 adoptive family);
  • treated for fleas (treatment must continue monthly after adoption to keep your pet flea-free); and,
  • microchipped. Never lose your best friend! Your 24 Petwatch microchip is included in the adoption fee and should be registered in your name after adoption.

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 adoption centers. Dog adopters living in Philadelphia must also purchase a city license at the time of adoption ($18).

Adoption Locations


** Due to COVID-19, all adoptions are currently by appointment only through foster care or PAWS’ Grays Ferry Clinic location. All other locations are closed to the public.**

Adoption Locations:

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)

Adoption Applications

Cat Adoption Application


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

Go To Application

Dog Adoption Application


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

Go To Application

Printable Application

Prefer to complete your application on paper? Print this form ahead of time and bring it to any PAWS adoption location (please arrive at least an hour before closing).

Your New Best Friend Is Waiting!