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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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We’re low on paper towels, but Toffee wants you to know he had nothing to do with that...

We’ve rescued so many pets that we’re going through supplies more quickly than usual, and could use your help! If you can drop paper towels at any PAWS location during regular hours (, or send through our wishlist at (link in bio), the animals would be grateful!

You can also ship through the online retailer of your choice to:
2900 Grays Ferry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146

#kittenseason #kittensofinstagram #phillypaws

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Did you catch our live video? Meet some of the pets who are looking for foster homes right now! We're working to #ClearTheSheters all month long and are looking for fosters and adopters to take home shelter pets so we can rescue more who need us.

Want to learn more about fostering? Visit our link in bio to register for our online foster info session tomorrow, August 16 at 6pm!

Ready to get started now? Sign up to foster at (link in bio)!

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Help us #ClearTheShelters this week and all month long! If you're interested in fostering a shelter pet or learning more about PAWS' foster program, we've got you covered:⁠

🐾 TODAY at 4:45: Facebook & Instagram live shelter tour⁠
Tune in on Facebook or Instagram to meet some of the pets at PAWS' Grays Ferry location who are looking for foster homes right now!⁠

🐾 TOMORROW, August 16 at 6pm: Online foster info session⁠
Join us for a 30 minute online info session and Q&A with PAWS' foster manager to learn more about what fostering is, how it works, and how to get started. Register today through our link in bio!⁠

🐾 THIS WEEKEND, August 19-21: Foster weekend at PAWS’ Grays Ferry location⁠
Sign up in advance, then come get matched with a foster pet! Our goal is to empty our entire Grays Ferry shelter this weekend. With all that open space, we will head right to the city shelter on a mission to save as many more lives as we can! ⁠

🐾 ADOPTION & FOSTER APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE ALL MONTH! Visit our link in bio to sign up to foster or check out our adoptable pets page.⁠

@ClearTheShelters is a month-long, nationwide lifesaving event taking place every August, with a goal of finding foster or adoptive homes for as many shelter pets as possible so we can open desperately needed space to save more who are counting on us. Please join us however you can (sharing this post counts too)!⁠

#getyourrescueon #fosteringsaveslives #adoptashelterpet #adoptlocalphl #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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Meet our @CioccaSubaruofPhiladelphia adoptable pet spotlight, Angie! This friendly young pup was found tied up under a bridge in a local park, but now she's being spoiled in a PAWS foster home and is ready to start her new life with you. Angie's foster mom describes her as a low maintenance sweetheart who just wants love. She has a passion for snacks and chew toys, but her favorite thing in the world is snuggling up with her humans!⁠

If you're looking for a kind-hearted cuddle bug, learn more about Angie at our adoptions page (link in bio)!⁠

Our friends at Ciocca Philadelphia been vital partners to PAWS, contributing thousands of lifesaving funds though their #SubaruShareTheLove event and special sponsorships. We are profoundly grateful for their support and look forward to saving more lives together!⁠

#phillypaws #cioccadealerships #dogsofphilly #rescuedog #adoptlocalphl #phillypawsfoster

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ATTN: All dog adoption fees are waived through August! 🐶🚨⁠

Thanks to a grant from @petfinderfoundation, dog adoption fees are waived for the rest of the month. Philadelphia shelters are full of 💫angelic💫 dogs like Ace who desperately need a home, so we're grateful to Petfinder Foundation for helping us eliminate barriers to adoption!⁠

Ace is a gentle giant who adores people and gets along great with his foster sister @oonatheyorkie - read more about him through our link in bio, or check out his sisters insta account to see more of his adventures!⁠


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Alaska is going to be stunning one day, but right now, this sweet girl just needs our help.

She arrived with matted fur, advanced dental disease, and a severe ear infection that was so painful, she had to be sedated before we could clean them. When we did, we discovered lesions from several untreated cysts blocking her ear canal that may require special surgery to correct.

We’ve shaved down Alaska’s coat and started her on medication to get her more comfortable, but she has a long road ahead of her, and could use your help. Alaska needs extensive dental work, and may also require special surgery to address the cysts in her ears.

Your #FiveDollarFriday gift of any amount will help us provide Alaska with the care and treatment she needs to get well and start the rest of her life with a family who loves her. You can give via Instagram, Venmo (username @phillypaws), or at (link in bio)!

#getyourrescueon #fridayfeels #rescuecat #catsofphilly #phillypaws

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Friends, we are putting out a Hail Mary plea for Minnie Moo. This affectionate 16 year old has had ongoing medical issues, and we genuinely don’t know if there’s an adopter who’s up to taking her home — but we’re hoping with all our hearts that they’re out there!

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: Minnie Moo has chronic diarrhea, and doesn’t always use the litter box. She doesn’t need an adopter with special skills — just a lot of love and patience. It’s a tall order, we know. But we also know she’s worth it. Minnie is one of the most kind, gentle souls we’ve met. She enjoys being held like a baby, and will nap in your lap for hours if you let her.

As you can see from this video, Minnie is not happy at the shelter, and we’re concerned her health could decline if she stays much longer. Our adoption team would love to tell you all about Minnie, so please email to learn more, or find her profile at our adoptions page (link in bio).

Minnie is looking for an adult home where she’ll be the only pet or have a space to herself.

Ps. Can’t adopt? Please share this post!

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Lola is waiting to wow you! This affectionate girl was a whole new pup during her temporary foster break, but she's more stressed than ever now that she's back at the shelter, and looking for a long term foster or forever home ASAP. According to her temporary foster, Lola was a delightful companion at home and just needed some extra guidance during her walks outside. She's looking for a home with a fenced backyard where she can exercise and play, or a home in a quieter neighborhood where her walks will be uneventful. Visit our link in bio to foster or adopt Lola!

#phillypaws #phillypawsfoster #phillypawsadoptable #rescuedog

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Storm wants to know if you’ve signed up to foster for #ClearTheShelters!

Our cat (and dog!) housing space remains full, and every pet we send home opens a space for us to rescue a new one with nowhere else to go. If you’re not able to make a lifelong commitment by adopting right now, you can make a HUGE difference by becoming a foster and providing a temporary home to a pet who needs you!

Visit our #linkinbio to sign up to foster, or register for our Online Foster Info Session next Tuesday, August 16th at 6pm!

#fosteringsaveslives #getyourrescueon #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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Did you know that PAWS accepts gifts of stock and other securities? Not only will your gift help us care for pets like Dee Dee, but it will allow you to avoid capital gains taxes, so you can claim the full, fair-market value on the date of the gift as a charitable donation. To learn more and explore other ways to give, visit us online here:⁠

If you're currently interested in making a gift of stock, we're ready to help! Contact Lauren Hanak at 267-320-6429, or at

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