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.
PAWS is thrilled to welcome getyourpet.com and its new, lifesaving approach to pet adoption to Greater Philadelphia. Get Your Pet is an online community that directly connects people who need to give up their pet with people who want to adopt. It’s a simple way to keep pets out of shelters and in their homes while their families help them from one good home to another.
“We are proud to partner with PAWS and support their commitment to leading Philadelphia to becoming a no-kill city,” said Get Your Pet Founder Angela Marcus. “Get Your Pet will prevent thousands of dogs and cats from entering the stressful animal shelter environment, where they are exposed to illness and the possibility of being euthanized.”
Get Your Pet offers people who need to give up their pet, the opportunity to post their pet’s picture with a profile on the site for free. Those who want to adopt can freely browse up-to-date pet profiles until they find a pet they want to meet.
To learn more about Get Your Pet and how it enables rehoming without shelter surrender, click here.
Thanks to all who joined us for a birthday party to remember!
On Thursday, April 6, PAWS supporters, sponsors, volunteers, board, staff, and friends gathered at La Peg to celebrate the 10th birthday of the beginning of our lifesaving efforts.
We had a wonderful evening of drinks, dancing, and fun to mark PAWS’ journey from a small volunteer-based group with a big dream to Philadelphia’s largest no-kill shelter and provider of low-cost vet care. It was a chance to celebrate all we’ve accomplished together as we come closer than ever to achieving our dream of a no-kill city.
Attendees enjoyed music by DJ Side Swipe and drinks by Victory Brewing and Luxe Wines and Spirits. Thanks to our sponsors and attendees, the event raised important lifesaving funds for PAWS to serve more of the city’s neediest pets.
We sang “Happy Birthday” and cut a beautiful cake by Kay Kay’s Cakes.
Lots of fun was had in the photo booth thanks to Shutterbooth Philadelphia. Find your photo strips here!
For a limited time, PAWS is offering $20 spay and neuter surgeries for owned dogs and cats. To qualify, pet owners must present ACCESS card or similar proof of public assistance.
Cost of surgery includes rabies and distemper vaccinations if needed.
For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions about PAWS’ clinics and services.
Discounted spay/neuter surgeries are possible thanks to support from Petsmart Charities.
PAWS’ Rescue Manager Rich Island evaluates a dog at the city shelter. Photo by Jen Colletta
Ever wonder what goes into rescuing a PAWS dog? This article by Philadelphia Gay News gives an inside view of our process for evaluation, matchmaking, and more. We visit the city’s animal control shelter nearly every day to select and rescue homeless pets, bring them to our facilities for medical care and enrichment, then find them loving foster and adoptive homes.
Each dog we rescue has a unique story and personality, and we are committed to finding an excellent match for every one. Read more.
PAWS is grateful to announce that the Banfield Foundation has provided meaningful support for PAWS’ efforts to provide basic veterinary care to the pets who need it most. Their $10,000 grant in 2016 enabled us to serve more than 250 low-income pet owners whose pets were in urgent need of veterinary care, and who would not have been able to access it otherwise.
Thank you for being a part of a record-breaking year! In 2016, PAWS served more animals than ever before through rescue, adoption, spay/neuter, and low-cost veterinary care.
This year has brought us even closer to achieving our mission of making Philadelphia a place where every savable pet has a home. Our efforts are working: Philadelphia’s pets are being saved in record numbers and fewer are entering shelters in the first place.
Join us in marking an exciting milestone!
PAWS began in 2006 as a small, volunteer-based group with a big dream: to make Philadelphia a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. At the time, more than 30,000 animals entered the city shelter each year, and only 11% made it out alive.
10/23/2016: Thank you to everyone who joined us for our best ever Mutt Strut on Sunday, October 23! After our original date of Saturday was rained out, nearly 2,000 animal lovers came out to The Navy Yard for a sunny and beautiful day.
PAWS’ work is possible thanks to an extraordinary community of hundreds of volunteers who are involved in every aspect of what we do. Here are just a few of the dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and passion to help bring Philadelphia closer to becoming a no-kill city.