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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.
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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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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.


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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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What were these pups made for? To be loved by you, of course. 🩷 Our three newest rescues from the city shelter really need to move out of our shelter and into foster care. We know a foster home would make a world of difference as they undergo medical treatment and decompress...can you help?

🐾 Heather: This 4-year-old had a rough start after arriving from the city shelter and suffered a vaccine reaction, spending a night in emergency care. With medication and TLC, she’s feeling much better, but she’d be even happier in a foster home. Before her spay, she needs a “glow-up” for her itchy skin and ears, so she’s currently getting ear drops, antibiotics, anti-fungals, and medicated baths.

🐶 Nelly Furtado: This 8-year-old was surrendered after her owner passed away, and she’s been a hit with everyone at PAWS. This friendly girl is social with people and playful with other dogs. She’s on pain meds for her front legs and needs an accessible foster home with minimal stairs. We’re unsure about her history with cats, so any foster home should plan for slow introductions.

🌴 Mama Bahama: This 6-year-old is full of spunk. Great with kids, dogs, and cats, she’s a loving, housebroken, and crate-trained pup. She was surrendered after her owner fell ill and would be much happier in a home, like she’s accustomed to.

Please email if you can help.

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No one puts Baby in the corner...unless it’s @philadelphiaflyers Head Coach Tortorella! 🏒🐾

Our adorable 1.5-year-old pup, Baby Girl, recently took the trip of a lifetime with her foster mom and PAWS staff to hang with Coach Torts at the Wells Fargo Center! Baby Girl and Torts hung out in the Flyers’ locker room, discussing the importance of pet adoption and supporting animal welfare organizations like PAWS, all as part of ESPN’s Stanley Pup.

As you can see from this clip, Baby Girl is super friendly, curious, and full of happy-go-lucky energy. She couldn`t help but check out every corner of that locker room! Known for her zoomies in the morning, love of long walks, and penchant for snuggling with her people, she’s always bringing joy. Her foster mom says she runs at such an impressive speed to greet them after work that she often ends up sliding across the floor! Her enthusiastic and goofy energy is contagious, and the lucky person who adopts her will have a built-in happiness maker.

Baby Girl is cat and dog friendly, and would love to live with animals that like to play and snuggle. She has excitable high energy, so we think she would do best in a home with older, dog-savvy children who don’t mind getting the best slobbery kisses!

Ready to draft Baby Girl as your star player? Submit an application at the link in bio.

#philadelphiaflyers #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #philadelphia

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PAWS’ June volunteer spotlight is Elyse Littman! Elyse began volunteering over a year ago, but it feels like she has been with us for much longer! She is a staple in our cat room and has a regular weekly shift and even takes extra shifts each week.

"Since being retired and a recent empty nester, I enjoy picking up shifts 2 to 3 times a week," says Elyse, "I feel that sense of purpose and satisfaction again. Cats and dogs have always been a part of my life and have brought me so much comfort and happiness that it is my honor to give back. The staff at paws are caring, friendly and give individual attention to each animal which is really special in a shelter environment."

Along with volunteering in the shelter, Elyse also does transport for PAWS! She takes animals to our adoption center, make sure that supplies get where they need to go and has even helped with our Philly Loves PAWS event. She is always ready to jump in where help is needed most! "I love being at the clinic and being a part of the cats` journey from arrival and medical treatment to foster homes or adoption center. I also get a lot of satisfaction when transporting cats from Grays ferry to PAC knowing I am helping get them closer to a forever home!"

We are so lucky to have Elyse and hope she volunteers with us for many years to come!

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Make lifesaving a part of your legacy! By planning a future gift to PAWS through your will, trust or other financial plan, your kindness will have a lasting impact on the city`s most vulnerable pets. Estate planning is an important step you can take at any age to ensure the people, animals, and organizations you love are protected. We encourage you to explore your options with your attorney, estate planner, or tax professional, and to learn more about planned giving with PAWS at!

P.S. Have you already designated a gift to PAWS in your will or estate plans? Email so we can thank you for your generosity and welcome you to our legacy society!

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Just picture it now: 🧘 a quiet summer evening at home, a refreshing drink in hand, a gentle breeze through the windows... and a sweet kitty friend like Ivy, Lanza, Joe Dirt, or Blondie curled up next to you. These four beautiful creatures are currently at Grays Ferry and are desperately looking to move into foster care. Can you help them out?

Cats in order of appearance are:

🐾 Ivy: A two-year-old female on “bed rest” because her left femur is broken. She’s also getting bandage changes every few days for a secondary leg wound, which is improving greatly. The ideal foster could bring her to PAWS every 2-3 days for fresh bandages. Ivy is finishing up antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection and is currently on medication by mouth 2x a day for her pain. She’s a social eater and loves attention.

🐾 Lanza: A 14-year-old golden girl who just received a dental procedure and is currently taking meds 2x a day. She is a sweet old lady who doesn’t hesitate to ask for pets and will happily lean into any and all scratches.

🐾 Joe Dirt: David Spade, eat your heart out for this 7-year-old stunner. Despite his current rough and tumble looks, he is so down to earth and sweet. He would love a foster to help him get in tip-top shape so he can get adopted.

🐾 Blondie: This poor beauty was left at a local vet’s office and transferred to PAWS. She’s about 11 years old and in need of dental work. She’s got pending senior bloodwork to ensure she’s okay to sedate for her dental procedure, so in the meantime, she’d love to relax in foster care.

Don’t forget: We’re only halfway through our #JuneFosterChallenge, where we aim to place 150 homeless pets into foster care. We’re just shy of 100 placements to go, and we need your help to achieve our goal. Sign up today at (link in bio) or email 💙

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Dog lovers, now is your time to shine! Join us TONIGHT at 6pm for our live online orientation for dog fosters. You`ll get the lowdown on our foster program, learn all about fostering a pup through PAWS, and have a chance to have your questions answered by PAWS` foster manager Tammy! Once you’ve completed the live session, you’ll be ready to take home your new foster pet for the #PAWSFosterChallenge!

Sign up now at

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Cat lovers: have you been thinking of joining the #PAWSFosterChallenge, but want to know what fostering cats or kittens entails? Join us TONIGHT at 6pm for our live online orientation for cat and kitten fosters! You`ll get an overview of PAWS` foster program, learn all about fostering a pup through PAWS, and have a chance to have your questions answered and meet some pets who are looking for homes. Once you’ve completed the live session, you’ll be ready to take home your new foster pet!

Sign up now through our #linkinbio.

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Pet pantry supplies needed: help provide meals and more to pets in our community! We are looking for all brands of kitty litter, as well as unopened bags of dry cat food and dry food. There are a few ways to donate!

🐾 Send through our Chewy or Amazon wishlists (link in bio)
🐾 Drop off at any PAWS location during regular hours (found at
🐾 Ship through the retailer of your choice to: PAWS
2900 Grays Ferry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19146

As community members and neighbors continue to face financial hardship, the need for pet pantry assistance remains as strong as ever. By providing food for our pantry, you`ll be ensuring that cherished family pets remain where they belong: at home with the people who love them most ❤

PS. If you can`t send food at the moment, you can still help by sharing this post!

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