11th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut a Tremendous Success

10/14/2017: Thank you to everyone who joined us for another amazing Mutt Strut on Saturday, October 14!

We are thrilled to announce that together, we raised an incredible $115,000 for homeless animals! Proceeds will fund PAWS’ lifesaving efforts and enable us to rescue and serve more of Philadelphia’s neediest pets. Thank you to the attendees, sponsors, volunteers, vendors, teams, and fundraisers who contributed to this incredible day!

2017 Mutt Strut - Katie McMenamin
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PAWS and Banfield Foundation co-host community clinic

PAWS was thrilled to cohost a free preventive care clinic in West Philadelphia with the Banfield Foundation in September. A total of 69 pets received wellness care and exams thanks to Banfield’s vets and techs, who did everything from treating ear issues, to giving shots to trimming nails. It’s proven that access to preventive care reduces the number of pets who end up at shelters due to medical issues, and we are so grateful to Banfield for giving owners who love their pets the tools they need to keep them safe, happy, and healthy!

Record-breaking adoptions in August

Feisty is one of the 359 pets with a reason to smile.

Our hard work is paying off: 359 PAWS pets found loving homes in the month of August, shattering our previous adoption record of 290 from October 2016 and surpassing last August’s numbers by 127 adoptions.

That’s not the only record we broke: these adoptions allowed PAWS to rescue 369 animals from area shelters last month, opening up lifesaving space for pets who were only just starting their journeys, and surpassing our previous record of 325 pets rescued in August of 2015.
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Call for Submissions: PAWS Design Contest

Attention artists: design the next PAWS Mutt Strut t-shirt!

Tshirt0The winning design will appear on the official event t-shirt for the 11th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut, which will be held October 14, 2017 to benefit PAWS’ lifesaving efforts.

Submissions due: September 10

Finalists announced: September 11

Online voting: September 11-17

Winner announced: September 18

Send submissions to: designcontest@phillypaws.org. Multiple submissions are welcome! PAWS will select finalists, then open public voting to determine the winner. Continue reading

Clear the Shelters: a Lifesaving Success

Clockwise from top left: Oreo and the Brothers family, Chachi leaving with the Diamonds as the last adoption of the day, Kafi holding her new friend China, Penelope’s new family giving her snuggles, and Sawyer being cradled by his new mom.

On Saturday, August 19th, PAWS and other shelters throughout the region waived adoption fees as part of Clear the Shelters. Animal lovers were lined up outside of our adoption centers when we opened in the morning, and the foot traffic didn’t stop until we closed. By all accounts, it was an incredible day for Philadelphia’s pets: PAWS sent home 8 dogs and 48 cats with their forever families in just 8 hours, and nearly 1,300 pets left shelters across the entire Delaware Valley! It was inspiring to see so many empty kennels at the end of the day, knowing that they represent lifesaving spaces for more pets who are still in need.






Chefs’ Night for PAWS: Save the Date!

Monday, October 2, 2017  • 6-10pm
Skybox  •  2424 E. York Street

Chefs’ Night for PAWS is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for food lovers to experience the city’s best restaurants and bars, neighborhood by neighborhood, under one roof. Participating chefs will be grouped by location, with replicas of the icons that make their area distinct and video to bring their neighborhood to life, taking guests on a visual tour while they enjoy the flavors and meet the culinary stars who give the area its unique personality.

As aways, all proceeds support PAWS’ efforts to save homeless pets and prevent others from entering the shelter in the first place.

A Chance Visit to PAWS Leads to an Extraordinary Reunion!

Beauty Shop Betty had been with us since December and was having a hard time finding a home. This sweet senior came to us from Camden County Animal Shelter after a good samaritan found her outside and brought her to safety. Betty was later diagnosed with medical issues that would require special care down the road, and she spent months at our Northeast location without finding a family who could handle her needs.

Hoping Betty would fare better elsewhere, we moved her to our Old City adoption center, and it didn’t take long for her luck to change. Just one day after Betty’s move, PAWS adopter Devin found himself in the neighborhood and decided to stop in for a visit. He already had two cats from us and had only intended to browse, but when he saw Betty, he froze: as it turned out, she belonged to his parents and had been missing since December!

 After comparing photos to confirm that she was the same cat, Devin had a very emotional call with his family to notify them that Betty- whose real name is Picnic- had been found. It goes without saying that they were overjoyed! Picnic had been with the family for over ten years, and they had pictures of her going all the way back to when she was a kitten. We couldn’t believe the incredible turn of events after Picnic’s long stays at multiple shelters. Although we hope our pets find homes as quickly as possible, this time it seemed to be well worth the wait: in the end, this patient girl wasn’t looking for a new family. She was waiting for her old one to find her.