Behavioral Counseling and Support

PAWS’ team is  here to respond to requests for assistance and offer support in hopes of keeping pets with their families by offering training and behavioral counseling.

PAWS’ Dog Program Manager and a Cat Program Manager offer support and guidance in hopes of keeping pets with their families. These team members speak one on one with owners, identify their specific needs, and connect folks with available services. In some cases, a referral to our medical team for veterinary care may be in order. In many others, we offer training and behavioral counseling and provide related supplies and resources.

PAWS has strong relationships with dog trainers and cat behavior specialists who offer discounted and subsidized services to our clients. Our team is happy to provide recommendations and connect interested pet owners with the right behavioral specialists, trainers, and resources. The issues they address are far easier to resolve in an existing home, where pets feel most comfortable and safe.

Meet the Team

Spike Dougherty, CPDT-KA

Spike, a certified professional dog trainer,  has extensive experience working with dogs in both shelter and home environments. In addition to his other responsibilities as the Dog Program and Animal Care Manager, Spike provides training, support, and counseling for dog owners and fosters in need of assistance.

If you need dog support, please email

Alley Cagnazzi

Alley, PAWS’ Cat Resource Manager, has many years of experience in animal welfare in Philadelphia and has built relationships with community cat caregivers across the city. Alley supports cat owners, fosters, and feral cat colony caretakers to ensure they have the resources needed to keep cats out of shelters.

If you need cat support, please email


Affordable Veterinary Care

Our medical team offers spay/neuter surgeries, annual wellness care, and treatments for a wide range of common illnesses and injuries. We welcome all community members to our clinics, where we provide high-quality, affordable care.

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Pet Food Pantry

Our Pet Food Pantry assists Philadelphia pet owners in need by providing free dog and cat food. We partner with  human service organizations and in-kind donors to provide pet food, litter, and basic supplies to pet owners in need.

Request pet food

Temporary Housing: Safety Net Foster Program for Dogs & Cats

PAWS provide temporary foster care for dogs and cats whose owners are going through times of transition.

  • To request temporary foster care for your dog, click here.
  • – To request temporary foster care for your cat, click here.

Thank you to The Landenberger Family Foundation

PAWS is deeply grateful for The Landenberger Family Foundation’s generous support of our Safety Net efforts!

In 2023, the foundation led our “Paw it Forward” campaign with a matching challenge gift of $25,000. Thanks to their support, Philly’s pets are remaining healthy and happy with the families who cherish them through PAWS’ affordable veterinary care, safety net foster program, pet food pantry, and more.

To learn more about The Landenberger Family Foundation please visit their partner page here.