Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) https://phillypaws.org Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:55:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Volunteer Spotlights https://phillypaws.org/volunteer-spotlights/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:53:26 +0000 http://phillypaws.org/?p=8225 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 incredible volunteers who contribute their time and passion to help bring Philadelphia closer to becoming a no-kill city. Volunteer Spotlight: Jesse Ringel Jesse began volunteering with PAWS […]

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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 incredible volunteers who contribute their time and passion to help bring Philadelphia closer to becoming a no-kill city.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jesse Ringel

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Jesse began volunteering with PAWS in early 2010 after having adopted his first cat from the city shelter. “I love both of my cats, Dreya and Gizmo, but I had always been a dog person growing up, so I knew I had to get involved.” 
 
Jesse has been our Wednesday evening dog walking volunteer at our Old City location for many years. In 2015, he began leading the dog walking orientation for new volunteers.  “Promoting animal adoption and welfare has become a major part of my life. It’s such a rewarding experience to go to PAWS each week and help the dogs burn off a little energy, work on their manners, and ultimately get them adopted out to loving homes.”
 
Later this summer, Jesse will be leaving the PAWS family and relocating to a new city. He has been an incredible part of our team for many years, and although he will be missed, we wish him nothing but the best in his new adventure!

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Kathy Plover

26810851363_2935f26432_oKathy is a longtime PAWS volunteer who joined the PAWS family more than seven years ago. “I love everything about volunteering – taking care of the mom cats and kittens in the maternity room and walking dogs at the Northeast location, meeting other volunteers (I haven’t even scratched the surface there), and speaking with people about PAWS at events.”

Kathy has volunteered at all three PAWS locations, helped care for cats at an off-site PetSmart location, and represented PAWS at countless adoption events throughout the city. She has also adopted from PAWS! “I met my three best four-legged buddies while volunteering. Jingles in 2011, Gunner was my foster from 2013 (just 12 oz. when I brought him home), and Elvis came home in 2014 after I met his foster parent at an adoption event.” Kathy and her cats recently made a TV appearance to spread the word about PAWS!

Kathy’s dedication to the animals at PAWS is more than above and beyond and PAWS is grateful to have her as a volunteer!

Volunteer Spotlight: Allison Tipton

tiptoncatAllison became a volunteer in December of 2011 at our Old City Adoption Center, where she fell in love and adopted her cat Fat Man! “I first got involved with PAWS when coming to college because I missed my family pets and wanted to make a difference. Over time, however, my work at PAWS became so much more than simply getting my weekly “cat fix.” Through PAWS, I felt empowered to truly make a difference in the lives of the homeless cats and dogs of Philly, and to help potential adopters find a companion (or two!).”

She did more than care for shelter cats: she also helped match pets with new families, represented PAWS at adoption events, and assisted behind the scenes with administrative work. “I appreciated the sense of community and camaraderie present amongst the shelter staff, as well as so many in the amazing network of volunteers that regularly gave their time.”

Allison recently moved to Boston to start a new adventure. She was a wonderful part of our volunteer program for many years will be deeply missed by PAWS’ staff and animals!

Volunteer Spotlight: Lauren-Alice Lamanna

Lauren-Alice started volunteering in 2012 and became a very active volunteer immediately (even recruiting her boyfriend as a volunteer!). “When I started dating my other half Ryan (a fellow PAWS volunteer), I soon fell in love with his cat Baby (pictured) and realized just how much having a pet adds to your life, and what a valuable part of the family they are“, says Lauren-Alice. She volunteers with the cats at PAWS’ adoption center, represents PAWS at adoption events and even became an orientation leader to welcome new volunteers into the fold.

“Aside from the wonderful PAWS cats and dogs, what keeps me coming back is the amazing PAWS staff. Seeing how committed they are to their jobs and how deeply they care for the animals is inspiring to me. And of course, my fellow volunteers are a pretty fantastic bunch too!”

 

Stay tuned for more volunteer spotlights and join us at www.phillypaws.org/volunteer.

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Call for Submissions: PAWS Design Contest https://phillypaws.org/call-submissions-paws-design-contest/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:59:28 +0000 http://phillypaws.org/?p=8191 Attention artists: design the next PAWS Mutt Strut t-shirt! The winning design will appear on the official event t-shirt for the 10th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut, which will be held October 22, 2016 to benefit PAWS’ lifesaving efforts. Submissions due: September 19 Finalists announced: September 20 Online voting: September 20-26 Winner announced: September 27 Send submissions to: […]

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

Tshirt0The winning design will appear on the official event t-shirt for the 10th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut, which will be held October 22, 2016 to benefit PAWS’ lifesaving efforts.

Submissions due: September 19
Finalists announced: September 20
Online voting: September 20-26
Winner announced: September 27

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

Design specifications:

  • Maximum 2 colors
  • Family-friendly, unisex design
  • Front of t-shirt only
  • Color of shirt will depend on winning design

Suggested text (not required, but please use only items from this list if you incorporate text):

  • 10th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut
  • October 22, 2016
  • The Navy Yard
  • Where Saving Lives is a Walk in the Park!

Logos (suggested but not required):

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Pets find Homes for “Clear the Shelters” https://phillypaws.org/pets-find-homes-clear-shelters/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:11:07 +0000 http://phillypaws.org/?p=7945 On July 23, PAWS took part in Clear the Shelters, a nationwide adoption event that matched thousands homeless pets with new families. Here are some of the happy adoptions we celebrated here at PAWS. . .   The first adoption of the day! Xelanys and her daughter brought home Samantha, who had been rescued from the streets […]

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On July 23, PAWS took part in Clear the Shelters, a nationwide adoption event that matched thousands homeless pets with new families. Here are some of the happy adoptions we celebrated here at PAWS. . .

 

The first adoption of the day! Xelanys and her daughter brought home Samantha, who had been rescued from the streets and now has a happy life ahead.

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Ariel and her daughter adopted their new kitten Miss Clark, who was found as a West Philly stray at just a few weeks old and grew up in PAWS foster care.
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This couple adopted a cat at last year’s Clear the Shelter event, and this time they came back to get it a friend!
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Kareem waited two months at our adoption center for a home. Thank you to the Placid family for adopting him!
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4-month-old Larry has been shuffled around a lot in his short life: he was found as a stray in West Philadelphia, rescued by PAWS, adopted, returned due to allergies, adopted again, returned due to landlord issues, then finally found his forever home with the Lin family. He has a new human sister who was very excited for her new playmate!
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Rico had been adopted and returned several times before finally hitting the jackpot. He now lives happily in Fairmount with the Thomas family!
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Every adoption meant another life saved!
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Thank you, adopters!
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Every pet that went home opened up a space for PAWS to rescue a new animal in its place. Thanks to everyone who has joined the effort to save lives!

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Best Kept Secrets https://phillypaws.org/pawsbestkeptsecrets/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:13:57 +0000 http://phillypaws.org/?p=7672 Meet the PAWS cats who have been flying under the radar, waiting to be noticed! Cherry, Goliath, Cattleya, Sasha, Kitty, and Ninja are looking for a new start in life after being rescued by PAWS. To adopt one, visit www.phillypaws.org/adopt or stop by our Northeast Adoption Center at 1810 Grant Avenue. Special thanks to Aspects to […]

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Meet the PAWS cats who have been flying under the radar, waiting to be noticed! Cherry, Goliath, Cattleya, Sasha, Kitty, and Ninja are looking for a new start in life after being rescued by PAWS. To adopt one, visit www.phillypaws.org/adopt or stop by our Northeast Adoption Center at 1810 Grant Avenue.

Special thanks to Aspects to creating these videos!
Sasha, a gorgeous 5-year-old who’s looking for a quiet home to relax in.

Cherry, who’s the perfect mix of affectionate and independent.

 

Ninja, a handsome 1-2 year old who’d like to spend his days lounging on your windowsill.

 

Cattleya (cat-a-lay-a), a spunky girl who likes to hunt toys!

 

Goliath, a laid-back gentleman who loves being petted and gets along with other cats.

 

Kitty, a curious 2-4 year old who’s always looking for a new place to perch.

 

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Foster Parents Save Lives as Adoption Ambassadors https://phillypaws.org/foster-parents-save-lives-adoption-ambassadors/ Wed, 06 Apr 2016 19:38:28 +0000 http://phillypaws.org/?p=7638 .  PAWS foster parents do so much more than provide a homeless pet with a temporary place to stay: they give them a new life! PAWS is a participating shelter in Adoption Ambassadors, a nationwide initiative to increase adoptions by empowering foster parents and increasing placements. PAWS provides support in the form of vet care, supplies, one-on-one guidance, and more. […]

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PAWS foster parents do so much more than provide a homeless pet with a temporary place to stay: they give them a new life!

PAWS is a participating shelter in Adoption Ambassadors, a nationwide initiative to increase adoptions by empowering foster parents and increasing placements. PAWS provides support in the form of vet care, supplies, one-on-one guidance, and more. Foster parents take the lead and find loving homes for their foster pets. The result is more happy matches made and more lives saved!

Melody is just one recent success story: after several weeks’ stay in our shelter without finding a home, she went into foster care with Alexandra and her roommates.

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A short time later, Fishtown couple Karen and Andy visited PAWS looking for a dog to adopt. They’d browsed several shelters but were looking for a dog whose personality and in-home behavior was well known. Melody was a great candidate thanks to her foster parents, who had gotten to know her inside-and-out.

Melody fit their wish list: an energetic dog who likes to run and play, and would be happy as an only pet. As pastors, they were looking for an outgoing dog who could come to work with them at church and socialize with members of their congregation.

The rest was history: “We met with her foster mom at Sister Cities Park and loved her, and decided that we wanted her to be our dog.”

Melody is now loving her life with Karen and Andy and is enjoying plenty of toys, love, and playtime!

Above: Melody takes a selfie with her foster parents the night before going off to her new home.

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Above: Melody with her new family, resting after a game of fetch in the church yard.

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More pets are waiting! PAWS is in need of more foster parents to act as ambassadors for animals in need.

Ready to take the lead? Get started here: www.phillypaws.org/foster.

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Support for the Adoption Ambassadors program is provided by ASPCA.

 

 

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PAWS Marks Six Years Providing Low-Cost Vet Care https://phillypaws.org/clinic-celebrates-six-years/ Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:50:10 +0000 http://phillypaws.org/?p=7543 March 22, 2016: PAWS celebrated the sixth anniversary of opening our first Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in Southwest Philadelphia. In 2010, PAWS embarked on an effort to provide accessible, affordable veterinary care: a desperately needed resource. At the time, more than 30,000 homeless pets were flooding the city’s animal control shelter yearly: more than could […]

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PAWS-193000March 22, 2016: PAWS celebrated the sixth anniversary of opening our first Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in Southwest Philadelphia.

In 2010, PAWS embarked on an effort to provide accessible, affordable veterinary care: a desperately needed resource. At the time, more than 30,000 homeless pets were flooding the city’s animal control shelter yearly: more than could be saved through rescue and adoption alone.

To truly make a difference in these staggering numbers, we needed to curb unwanted litters and prevent pets from becoming homeless in the first place. So, on March 22, our clinic opened its doors to offer low-cost spay/neuter surgery and basic veterinary care, giving struggling pet owners an alternative to PAWS-260000losing their pets or watching them produce one unwanted litter after another.

Six years later, PAWS now operates two high-volume clinics in Grays Ferry and the Northeast, which together have served more than 100,000 of the city’s neediest pets. The clinics also serve trap-neuter-release groups and other rescue organizations to help them do more of their lifesaving work.

These efforts are working: intake of stray and surrendered animals to the city shelter is steadily decreasing. Fewer pets are becoming homeless in Philadelphia, and more lives than ever are being saved. We’ll keep up the effort until every healthy and treatable pet in the city is guaranteed a home.

Help a neighbor in need: donate to PAWS’ fund for low-income pet owners. Your gift will help a struggling pet owner and mean the difference between keeping and losing a beloved pet.

Pictured: clinic client Terry with PAWS staff, and Miss Baily with owner Margo. Photos by Devon John Photography.

 

 

 

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“Pit Bull Flower Power” Comes to Philly https://phillypaws.org/pit-bull-flower-power-comes-to-philly/ Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:28:04 +0000 http://phillypaws.org/?p=7321 The dogs of PAWS were crowned with flowers! PAWS recently hosted Sophie Gamand Photography who created portraits as part of a larger effort to promote pit bulls and shelter dogs in a positive light. Here are some of the beautiful images that resulted:     Melody, a 5-6 year old girl who was found as a stray and taken to […]

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The dogs of PAWS were crowned with flowers! PAWS recently hosted Sophie Gamand Photography who created portraits as part of a larger effort to promote pit bulls and shelter dogs in a positive light.

Here are some of the beautiful images that resulted:

 

 

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Melody, a 5-6 year old girl who was found as a stray and taken to the shelter after being hit by a car. She is now a happy and healthy three-legged dog and is ready to find a home. Adopt her!

 

 

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Sweetie, a 6-year-old who was originally adopted from PAWS as a puppy, then recently returned to us when her family could no longer care for her. Sweetie is very intelligent and energetic and has excellent house manners. She is currently waiting for a new home. Adopt her! 

 

 

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Suzie, a young adult who was found as a stray in Germantown, brought to the city shelter, and taken in by PAWS. She was recently adopted by her foster mom!

 

 

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Avon Barksdale, a 1-year-old mix who was found as a stray, taken to the city’s animal control shelter, then rescued by PAWS. He found a loving home with a canine brother to keep him company!

 

 

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Marci, an energetic senior girl who was well-loved by her family but was returned to PAWS when a family member became allergic. Her eye had clouded over time but she was in great health. Marci found a new home and now lives happily with her new family!

See more portraits of PAWS dogs.

Special thanks to Free People for making this photoshoot possible.

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2015 in Review https://phillypaws.org/2015-in-review/ Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:35:43 +0000 http://phillypaws.org/?p=7132 Thank you to all our supporters for being a part of an incredible year! In 2015, PAWS served more animals than any year prior through rescue, adoption, spay/neuter, and low-cost veterinary care. We are getting closer and closer to being able to call Philadelphia a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. With so […]

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sassyThank you to all our supporters for being a part of an incredible year! In 2015, PAWS served more animals than any year prior through rescue, adoption, spay/neuter, and low-cost veterinary care.

We are getting closer and closer to being able to call Philadelphia a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. With so many pets saved and served, this year truly brought our dream into focus.  

In 2015, PAWS: 

Rescued 2,854 homeless pets who would not have survived otherwise, setting a new lifesaving record! Sassy (right) was one of them – she became homeless at 6-10 years old and is now safe at PAWS.

hamushServed more than 30,000 animals at our low-cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics, where we provide basic services to prevent pet homelessness and enable struggling pet owners to care for and keep their cherished companions. (Hamush, left, visited our Grays Ferry clinic with loving owner Ipek.)

Performed more than 11,000 spay/neuter surgeries, preventing the birth of unwanted litters and reducing the number of animals entering shelters.

Served our 100,000th animal since 2009.

– Continued to serve as the city’s largest rescue partner, collaborating with the city shelter to save lives and reduce unnecessary euthanasia.

 

We have made incredible progress this year, but more animals need our help. PAWS is 100% donor funded, so everything we accomplish is thanks to the generosity of animal lovers like you.

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More highlights of 2015:

Celebrated the first anniversary of our Northeast Adoption Center and Low-Cost Clinic, which brings adoptable animals and affordable veterinary care to a community that previously lacked them. To celebrate, we hosted Animal Planet and ASPCA for a successful adoption event that sent more than 30 animals into new homes (including Scotch, right, adopted by Rhonda)!

scotchSaved hundreds of the most vulnerable kittens and gave them all the care they needed to grow and thrive. PAWS is the only no-kill shelter in the region with dedicated maternity housing to save kittens who are too young or ill for adoption.

Rescued cats with treatable illnesses who were the most at-risk in the crowded city shelter. We took them in, provided them with safe, comfortable housing, and gave them needed veterinary attention for as long as it took – sometimes months – to become healthy and ready for adoption.

Rescued dogs and provided them with playgroups, walks, training and behavior enrichment to give them the best shelter stay possible and set them up for success in new homes.

george– Maintained a network of hundreds of foster parents who opened their homes to pets who were too young or sick for adoption (including George, left, who fostered Chihuahua mix Charlie). During our 5th Annual Foster Challenge in the spring, we surpassed our goal and sent 145 animals into foster care in a single month!

– Placed second nationwide in the Saving Pets Challenge, which brought the entire PAWS community together to raise lifesaving funds.

– Held the inaugural Philly Loves PAWS Day, where businesses across the city donated 10% of proceeds to help us save lives. Save the date: the 2nd Annual Philly Loves PAWS Day will be May 18, 2016!

– Held the 9th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut: our biggest and best yet! 2,000+ dogs and the people who love them came together on October 24 and raised a record $118,000 to save lives. Save the date: the 10th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut will be held October 22, 2016!

– Hosted the 10th Annual Chefs’ Dinner for PAWS on June 22, which brought together the region’s best chefs to raise essential lifesaving funds.

kittt– Was an official charity partner of the Philadelphia Marathon for the third year running.

– Celebrated our best day of adoptions ever during the nationwide Clear the Shelters event on August 15. We sent 64 animals home in a single day, more than twice our previous record!

– Spayed/neutered outdoor cats in collaboration with Best Friends Animal Society and Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia, helping to prevent the next generation of homeless kittens.

– Prevented shelter surrenders by assisting the neediest low-income pet owners at our clinics with the support of Banfield Foundation.

– Hosted or attended more than 130 adoption and fundraising events in and around the city.

– Were featured at Flyers and Phillies games, raising funds and awareness for homeless animals.

– Maintained a volunteer community of nearly 1,000 caring individuals who play an essential role in every area of PAWS.

All our achievements are possible thanks to our adopters, fosters, volunteers, donors, and partners. We have much to accomplish in 2016 and are aiming for even bigger successes: more pets saved, more matched with loving adopters, fewer becoming homeless, and fewer than ever losing their lives.

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Photos by Devon John, Jeannine D., and Animal Planet.

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Top 20 PAWS rescues of 2015 https://phillypaws.org/top-20-rescues-of-2015/ Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:20:42 +0000 http://phillypaws.org/?p=7170 In 2015, PAWS saved 2,854 homeless dogs and cats. Here are some favorites to celebrate!   Tucker, a rescued PAWS dog who donated blood to save shelter kitten Milkshake – read their story!     Jinxy, the unforgettable cat who has more personality than we knew could fit in one animal. He took over the internet with #JinxyTakeover and continues to […]

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In 2015, PAWS saved 2,854 homeless dogs and cats. Here are some favorites to celebrate!

 

11221986_1000795286619417_7563066692881059290_oTucker, a rescued PAWS dog who donated blood to save shelter kitten Milkshake – read their story!

 

 

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, who formed a special friendship during their time at PAWS. Both were adopted to loving homes and are doing well!

 

 

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12246736_1085244684841143_2453506086547864461_nPaco, our 100,000th animal served! He was found as a stray in Frankford, taken to the city shelter by a Good Samaritan, rescued by PAWS, and found a loving home in West Philadelphia.

 

 

backpackbasssmBackpack, who was brought to PAWS in a backpack by a young girl who had found her as a stray. In the shelter she was too scared to show her face, but now, she’s happily adopted and thriving in her home! Above: before and after.

 

 

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12036596_1070249289674016_6013790964810579800_nTilly, who suffered from anxiety when she was in the shelter. Now, she’s paying forward the care she received by serving as an emotional support animal for her adopter.

 

 

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adjusted to blindness. He was adopted with Shadow, another PAWS cat who serves as his “eyes.” See his story on Fox29!

 

 

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avoAvocado, who was found as an orphaned kitten in a South Philly backyard, suffering from severe eye infections. Thanks to PAWS’ vet staff and his foster mom, he grew into a healthy young adult! Above: before and after.

 

 

10403532_938762629489350_6650911176195945485_nMister Man, the loving and affectionate cat who had a heart on his backside!

 

 

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mavisMavis, who recovered from a broken leg to be a happy, healthy family dog.

 

 

ellieadoptedEllie, who was found wandering the streets in North Philadelphia in freezing January weather, and found true love at PAWS with adopter Sean!

 

 

mikaMika, who wasn’t actually a PAWS dog: she was rescued without ever having to enter a shelter! George found her on the street in North Philadelphia and wanted to keep her, but needed affordable vet care, so he came to PAWS’ low-cost clinic for Mika’s basic needs. Not only did Mika get a great home, but another shelter pet’s life was saved thanks to the space she didn’t take up!

 

 

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11693941_1013348962030716_2120234037460002528_nBella, a staff favorite who was found as a stray and waited months for a home before hitting the jackpot!

 

 

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More homeless pets are counting on us:
you can help us create more happy success stories by making a donation.

Thank you to everyone who helped us save lives this year: here’s to many more rescued in 2016!

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PAWS Holiday Party: thanks for joining us! https://phillypaws.org/paws-holiday-party-thanks-for-joining-us/ Tue, 29 Dec 2015 01:58:24 +0000 http://phillypaws.org/?p=7153 Thank you to all who came out and helped us celebrate our exciting milestone! PAWS staff, volunteers, and supporters came together at Barra Rossa on December 18 to commemorate PAWS’ 100,000th animal served since 2009. Not only was the event a celebration; it was also a fundraiser that raised $3,362 to kick off our effort to serve […]

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pawspartyThank you to all who came out and helped us celebrate our exciting milestone! PAWS staff, volunteers, and supporters came together at Barra Rossa on December 18 to commemorate PAWS’ 100,000th animal served since 2009.

Not only was the event a celebration; it was also a fundraiser that raised $3,362 to kick off our effort to serve the next 100,000 pets who need us.

Special thanks to Barra Rossa, Tito’s Handmade VodkaLuxe Wine and Spirits, and Clashing Plaid for helping to make the evening a success.

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