Please complete the form below to reach the appropriate PAWS staff member.


If you cannot keep your pet: You can re-home the animal yourself by asking your friends and family, posting flyers in your neighborhood, posting on websites such as Craigslist, Facebook, etc., or contacting breed-specific rescues (if applicable) to see if they can assist you. Charging a small re-homing fee and checking vet references are good ways to screen applicants and find a good home for your pet. You can also use ReHome or Get Your Pet – online services that directly connect pet owners with adopters, and keep animals out of shelters in the process. You can find more tips and resources here.

PAWS cannot take in animals from the public because we remain full at all times with animals we rescue from the city shelter.

If you have absolutely no other options, you can surrender your pet to your county’s animal control shelter. For Philadelphia residents, animal control is performed by:

Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT)
111 West Hunting Park Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19140
Ph: 267-385-3800

If you adopted an animal from PAWS and cannot keep it: we encourage you to use ReHome or Get Your Pet, or contact us to arrange for return. (If you rehome your pet yourself, you must still contact us so we can assist in any way needed and ensure our ownership records for your pet are correct.) Select “adoption questions” below to reach our staff.

If you found a stray:
click here for information and resources.

If you suspect animal cruelty, neglect, or abuse:
 Please report it to the PSPCA by calling 1-866-601-SPCA or emailing

If you have a complaint about a barking dog or other animal control issue: Please contact ACCT at 267-385-3800 or

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