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There are many ways to save a life!

PAWS was founded in 2005 as a small volunteer group with a dream to make Philadelphia a no-kill city where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. We have made incredible strides thanks to caring supporters who get involved however they can, whether adopting, fostering, making contributions of time or funds, and so much more. Join our mission and start saving lives!

The Most Important Ways You Can Make An Impact


Every adoption from PAWS opens up space for us to save another animal in need.

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Your gift of funds or supplies will truly save lives.

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By opening your home for a few weeks, you’ll change the life of a shelter pet who needs you.

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Volunteers play a central role in every aspect of our work and enable us to save as many lives as we can.

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Join the PAWS Community

Share Your Story

Share your pet’s story and help spread the word about PAWS’ lifesaving efforts. Post your adoption update on social media to inspire others to adopt!

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Attend PAWS Events

From smaller adoption events to our annual Mutt Strut fall festival and Chefs’ Night gala, there’s something for everyone.

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Start a Fundraiser

Create a personalized online fundraising page in minutes to share with friends and raise needed donations for Philadelphia’s animals.

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Become A PAWS Partner

Businesses of all kinds play a major role in helping PAWS save lives. Whether you sponsor or host an adoption or fundraising event, donate expertise or supplies, help us reach new audiences to build support, or offer help in another way, you will be serving your community and joining a city-wide effort to make Philadelphia a no-kill city. In return, we can offer branding and promotional opportunities, exposure through our social media channels, and the appreciation of our large and loyal community of supporters.
Become a Partner

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Volunteers Welcome!

Share your free time with the animals and help save the lives of pets in need. We’re always looking for volunteers to help in every area of our lifesaving efforts.

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Become a Foster Parent

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Make a Gift and Save a Life

Make A One-Time Donation

PAWS is 100% donor-funded. Every animal we save depends on the generosity of our supporters.


Give Monthly

Make the commitment to be a lifesaver all year long.

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Give Another Way

There are many ways to make a difference for the animals who need you.

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Find Your Newest Family Member

When you adopt a new best friend from PAWS, you are saving a life that might not have had a chance without your kindness.

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PLEASE SHARE: PAWS cat Lemur is missing after escaping her adopter’s carrier on Sunday! She was last seen at the Front & Olney shopping center parking lot. Please keep an eye out and contact us at 267-972-2175 or with sightings or if you think you’ve found her.

#phillypets #catsofphilly #phillypaws

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We’re stoked on Stokes, and you will be too! This sweet and spunky kitten is a non-stop purr machine who will brighten your life with antics and affection in equal measure. He has a condition called cerebellar hypoplasia that affects his balance, but it just means he’s wobbly and doesn’t require any special medical care (although his home should have some “baby-proofing” around stairs to keep him from taking a tumble)!

Stokes will steal your heart and is just one of the cats who is waiting to meet you at PAWS’ Old City Adoption Center. Come visit our feline friends or apply to adopt today through our #linkinbio!

#cerebellarhypoplasia #oldcityphilly #adoptlocalphl #catsofphilly #kittensofinstagram #phillypaws

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Senior cutie alert! Myrtle is a sensitive and sweet granny who’s looking for a foster home where she’ll get lots of pampering and affection. She was found stray with some senior medical ailments that we’re working to diagnose and treat, and she’s also emaciated and could use some nourishment and TLC.

Myrtle seems to do well with large and small dogs thus far, and is also house trained. As an added bonus, she has the world’s cutest tail nubbin that bobs from side to side when she is excited! If you’d like to help this golden girl get well again, and have reliable transportation to our Grays Ferry location for check ups, please email for more info!

#oldbutgold #seniordoglove #seniordogsofinstagram #boxerlove #boxersofinstagram #fosteringsaveslives #phillypaws

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Have you ever wanted your very own sugarplum fairy? Maybe one with floppy jowls, silly antics, and mixed feelings about holiday attire? Sweet Stuff is ready to bring you tons of cheer throughout the year!

This lovable pup is a full-time wiggle butt whose love for squeaky toys is matched only by her love for snuggling (seriously, she’s 100% convinced she’s a lap dog). A fast learner with tons of joy and enthusiasm to spare, Sweet Stuff will make a wonderful companion for anyone who’s looking for an adventure buddy by day and a cuddle queen by night.

Learn more about this affectionate 3 year old at our adoptions page (link in bio)!

#dogsofphilly #holidaycheer #adoptarescuedog #adoptlocalphl #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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Our @CioccaSubaruofPhiladelphia pet of the week is Delaney! This friendly senior is gentle with people of all ages and greets everyone with a soft, wagging tail. At 34 pounds, she’s the perfect city-sized pup, and she’s also housebroken and crate trained!

We’re featuring adoptable pets throughout December to celebrate PAWS’ partnership with our friends at Ciocca Philadelphia. If you purchase a car with them before January 3rd, you'll be able to designate a $300 donation to PAWS through their #ShareTheLove event!

#dogsofphilly #subarusharethelove #subaruphiladelphia #cioccasubaru #phillypaws

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Say hello to our newest Guinea pig, Pumpernickel! This cutie is as sweet as can be and is just one of the piggies who’d love to join your crew. Pumpernickel is waiting to meet you at our our City Adoption Center, but you can meet all of our tiny friends at our link in bio!

Ps. We’re also looking for guinea pig fosters!

#guineapigsofinstagram #guineapiglove #guineapiglife #piggiesofinstagram #phillypaws

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Some happy news for a gloomy morning: on a sunny November day, ABBA became the 5,000th dog rescued by PAWS! That’s 5,000 new beginnings, second chances, and happy endings that wouldn’t have been possible without you, our incredible supporters, volunteers, fosters, and adopters.

This affectionate young pup was brought to the city shelter after being found on her own as a stray, but she was rescued by PAWS and found her forever home the very next day, and now has a lifetime of love ahead of her. On behalf of ABBA and the thousands of pets we save and serve, thank you for making this milestone possible!

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Pierogi needs your help! This affectionate little energizer bunny is reaching the end of her foster period next week, and will have to come back to the shelter if a foster or forever home can’t be found. As an outgoing lovebug who wants to spend all day with her humans, Pierogi finds the shelter especially difficult, and she’s really hoping her special someone is out there!

Pierogi will be a great fit for an active, dog-experienced household where she can spend lots of time with her people, especially if there’s another playful pup for her to zoom around with!

Visit our #linkinbio to learn more about Pierogi at our adoptions page, or to sign up as a foster (you can also help by sharing this post)!

#getyourrescueon #dogsofphilly #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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After a difficult beginning, this very special girl is ready to find a home!

Donatella was found outside with a neck wound and a very large ulcer on her mouth. In spite of her discomfort, she’s been incredibly sweet from day one! Whether we were changing her bandages or giving her medication, Donatella has been kind and patient with every person she meets throughout her treatment.

Donatella is finally healed, but will always have a distinctive look to her upper lip. As far as we’re concerned, that just makes her even more lovable! Now ready to find her forever home (or a foster) at our Old City location, Donatella can’t wait to start her next chapter with someone who loves her just the way she is.

An adoption bio is still in the works for this little queen, but you can apply to adopt or sign up to foster through our #linkinbio!

#getyourrescueon #catsofphilly #fosteringsaveslives #adoptarescuecat #phillypaws

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Pumba here to remind you there’s just hours left to have your gift matched!

#GivingTuesday is almost over, but there’s still time to double your impact for pets who are waiting for their chance to be safe and loved. This little grandpa ended up at the city shelter when his heartbroken owner was unable to keep him, but he got his second chance at PAWS and is hoping you’ll give what you can for other pets who need our help!

You can give through our Instagram fundraiser, Venmo (username @phillypaws), or through our #linkinbio!

#snaggletooth #getyourrescueon #dogsofphilly #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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Muffin Man is in biscuit overdrive with some exciting news: our $60,000 match is now $75,000! A donor was so inspired by the outpouring of generosity for animals who need us that they have pledged an additional $15,000 in matching funds, which means we need your help to reach our goal before midnight!

Your kindness will provide healing and hope for pets like Muffin Man who desperately need it. This affectionate senior spent 8 years as an outdoor cat, but was brought to the city shelter when his neighborhood caretaker saw that he was unwell. He needed medical evaluation beyond their resources and was at risk for euthanasia if a rescue couldn’t be found to take on his care.

Thanks to supporters like you, we were ready to rescue Muffin, evaluate his needs, and start him on a path to spend his golden years happy and healthy. Now recovering from dental surgery in foster care with a PAWS vet tech, Muffin Man will be safe and loved for the rest of his days!

Please give before midnight to double your impact for more pets who needs us! You can give via Instagram, Venmo (username @phillypaws), or at our #linkinbio!

#givingtuesday #makingbiscuits #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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Will you be a hero to homeless pets like Eloise and Lorelei? She and her sister were alone, hungry, and cold when they were found without their mother in the freezing cold last week. At just ten days old, they needed round-the-clock bottle feeding to survive. Thanks to supporters like you, they found safe haven at PAWS, and are now in a loving foster home and growing stronger every day. We’ll give these little ones all the care they need for as long as it takes until they are ready for a forever family.

Today only, gifts are being matched up to $60,000, so your gift will be doubled to ensure we can be there for twice as many pets whose lives are on the line. You can give via Instagram, Venmo (username @phillypaws), or through our #linkinbio!

#getyourrescueon #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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