PAWS services during COVID-19: Clinic visits for sick pets, vaccinations, and spay/neuter available by appointment (curbside service). Walk-in clinics remain suspended. We continue to rescue animals! Adoptions and foster by appointment only. Donations to the Emergency Fund for PAWS help ensure we can keep doing our lifesaving work despite the current crisis.
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Dog Adoption Application

Thank you for your interest in adopting!


Please read the following before applying. We look forward to matching you with a new best friend!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PAWS adoptions are by appointment only at our Grays Ferry shelter or through foster homes. (PAWS’ adoption centers are closed to browsing until further notice.)

Due to an extremely high volume of adoption applications, we are prioritizing applications for specific urgent animals.

– If you are interested in adopting an urgent animal featured on our social media, please submit your online application AND email adoptions@phillypaws.org with the pet’s name in the subject, letting us know you are ready to move forward right away with the adoption process.

–  If you are interested in adopting a specific pet that is in foster care, please submit your online application and then reach out to the foster parent directly (their contact info is noted in the pet’s bio on our adoption page) to let them know you have done so.

– Applications for general adoption approval will be reviewed as time allows and you will be contacted by staff once approved.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding!