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!

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 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


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)

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!