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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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Looking for a new brunch date? How about 2? Meet Bryce & Harper! These two adorable piggies will greet you with the cutest sniffs and squeals, especially if you have some lettuce! 🥬

Bryce & Harper were found as strays and are still getting used to being handled, but their foster says in recent weeks they’ve really come out of their shell. Walk up to their cage and they’ll come running over to say hello. Bryce loves to cuddle up while lounging on the couch. Harper is a little more shy, but has been showing more of his personality recently.

You can follow their adventures @philly.paws.foster , or visit our small animal adoptions page to see them and all of our other available piggies! #linkinbio

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Dog fosters are urgently needed, and you can help! @acctphilly’s kennels are completely full right now, and our ability to save at-risk dogs from the city shelter is directly tied to the number of fosters who can open their homes. Fostering is an incredibly rewarding experience, and spending even a couple of weeks in a home can have enormous health and behavior benefits for homeless dogs!

PAWS can make a foster match for just about any type of household (although pet-free adult homes are especially needed!) and we’ll provide you with all the support you’ll need for your new friend, including:
🏥 Medical care at our clinics ⁠
🐶 One-on-one behavior and training support⁠
🐾 Supplies like collars, leashes, and crates⁠
📝 Adoption screening ⁠
⁠💻 Advice and support through our foster community page

Whether you’re ready to foster a dog in two days, two weeks, or two months, our foster team would love to get you started! If you’d like to help us save lives and can take in a canine companion in need, visit our #linkinbio to sign up to foster or sign up for our online foster info session!

#getyourrescueon #fosteringsaveslives #dogsofphilly #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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Milly wants you to know today is the last day of PAWS’ Constant Companion Challenge!

With your help, we have a chance to unlock $30,000 for pet who need us now. A generous supporter is pledging $300 for every new monthly donor who commits to a gift, and to receive the full $30,000 match, we need 100 animal lovers like you to join us before the challenge ends tonight!

We can't help pets like Milly without support from compassionate people like you. Here are just some of the ways your gift will make a difference this year:

🔹 $29/month enables us to rescue and find a home for one animal.
🔹 $50/month provides medicine to nurse 14 ailing dogs back to health.
🔹 $84/month provides vaccinations for 100 rescued pets.
🔹 $100/month provides care for 39 litters in our kitten nursery.

Please join us today at (link in bio)!

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Aslan needs a foster home…like, yesterday. This sweet senior arrived at the shelter with a host of conditions including dental disease, an upper respiratory infection, a heart murmur, and FIV & feline leukemia. He’ll benefit tremendously from some rest and TLC outside of the shelter, and is seeking a foster home to recover in as soon as possible.

If you’d like to help this gentle guy feel better and have a pet-free space where he can recover for a few weeks, please email!

#getyourrescueon #hotmessexpress #fosteringsaveslives #catsofphilly #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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This spunky little chi is looking for a foster! Jett loves people and is a tiny bundle of fun, but he recently lost his home and is having a hard time showing off his regular personality at the shelter.

His family was devastated to give him up due to an unavoidable change in their living situation, and said he’s a wonderful companion who loves to cuddle and was great with the four kiddos in his home.

Jett can be a barky boy when he sees other dogs or hears a racket outside, so he’ll be a better fit if you have a home without finicky neighbors or any other pets. Email if you’d like to take this little man home until his finds his forever family!

#chihuahuasofinstagram #getyourrescueon #fosteringsaveslives #phillypaws

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There’s no other way to put it: we are really worried about Denny. He’s spent 163 days at the shelter, and it’s taking a very real toll. That’s 163 days of stress, uncertainty, and watching his friends leave while he stays behind.

It’s always been hard for him here, but in the last few weeks, his goofy, lovable spark has clearly diminished. Denny urgently needs a break, and we urgently need your help.

We’re not asking for a long term foster commitment (although Denny would be thrilled if you’re able to give one). We’re just asking for two weeks. Two weeks in a home will give this sensitive young dog a chance to decompress, open up, and give us valuable information to help him find his forever family.

You might be a perfect fit for Denny if you:
✅ Have a quiet, pet-free household
✅ Can open your home to Denny for two weeks
✅ Have some past dog experience
✅ Can follow a few daily routine recommendations to help Denny settle in.

Our dog team will be with you for every step of Denny’s journey and can provide any supplies you might need. If you’d like to help this very special boy, we’d love to tell you all about him!

Email to speak with our team about Denny ❤️

#getyourrescueon #fosteringsaveslives #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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Yes, it’s true: Amazon is phasing out AmazonSmile. This program provided an important and consistent revenue stream to sustain PAWS' work month after month, so we can understand how this kitten is feeling. Luckily, there’s an easy way to help whether you participated in AmazonSmile or not!

By making a monthly donation to PAWS, you can help us fill this funding gap and ensure we can be there all year for the pets who need us — and there’s never been a better time to start!

When you sign up for a monthly gift of $10 or more before January 27, you’ll unlock an additional donation of $300 from a generous supporter!

We have the chance to receive $30,000 if 100 new members join our Constant Companion monthly giving program, and we’re almost halfway to our goal. Please join us! Start your gift and save lives now at our #linkinbio.

#grumpykitten #amazonsmile #phillypaws

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Do you love animals? Do you want to save lives? Learn about fostering a pet with PAWS!

PAWS’ ability to save and care for homeless pets — many of whom need time in a home to heal, grow, decompress, or learn a routine — depends on the number of foster parents we have standing by, ready to help. When you foster a pet, you welcome a cat, dog, or small pet into your home until they find their permanent family. We cannot do this work without YOU!

Join us for our online foster info session hosted by PAWS’ foster manager! This half hour Zoom will cover a range of topics, including:
• What fostering is and why it's important
• More about PAWS' foster program and what we offer
• Frequently asked questions
• How to get started
• ...And more!
Plus, a Q&A session at the end to answer any other questions you might have!
Register for our info session on Wednesday, February 8 at 6pm through our #linkinbio.

#getyourrescueon #fosteringsaveslives #phillypawsfoster #phillypaws

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Edie is ready for a @philadelphiaeagles win tonight and says GO BIRDS! If you’re looking for an adorable wiggly friend to keep you company on game days, this affectionate senior is looking for a foster home and would love to fill that empty spot on your couch 💚🦅

#eaglesnation #flyeaglesfly #itsaphillything #dogsofphilly #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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Does your cat need to be spayed or neutered? PAWS offers online self-scheduling for affordable feline spay/neuter surgeries at our Northeast and Grays Ferry clinics, and we’ve just opened a ton of appointment slots for our Northeast location!

Surgery for cats is $70, which includes rabies and distemper vaccinations if needed, plus complimentary nail trim. Schedule yourself for our Northeast clinic today and learn more about our services at our #linkinbio!

#spayneutersaveslives #phillypaws

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Say hello to our newest rescue, Science! She was a very good girl for her welcome exam and would love for her next stop to be a foster home. We’re still getting to know all the wonderful ins and outs of her personality, but we do know she loves human companionship, enjoys chin massages, and has a soft spot for squeaky toys. She may be able to join a home with another gentle pup who will respect her space, but cats are still an unknown.

If you’d like to open your home to this very sweet former stray and spoil her while she looks for her forever family, email!

#getyourrescueon #dogsofphilly #formerstray #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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Here is an exciting opportunity to help sustain PAWS' lifesaving efforts all year long, and kick it off in a big way! For every new monthly donor who joins us by January 27, a generous supporter will donate an additional $300, up to $30,000! In order to unlock the full amount, we need 100 supporters to commit to a monthly gift before the challenge ends. Please join us!

When we save an animal, we commit to their care no matter how long their journey or what surprises we encounter along the way. Your monthly gift to PAWS provides stable, crucial funding for our essential rescue and prevention programs, and ensures we can continue being there for pets who need us most — like Aloe, who once faced an uncertain future but is now safe and loved in a PAWS foster home!

Visit our #linkinbio to join the challenge today and start saving lives!

#getyourrescueon #phillypaws

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Can you tell that Berry and Honeydew are ready to leave the shelter? These very shy grannies are incredibly stressed out and urgently need a foster home. They’re from the same household as our beloved Apple and Banana, whose reunion video stole a lot of hearts last week, and they’re understandably very scared after losing their home.

We can tell that Berry and Honey are sweet ladies who want affection — they warm right up to a gentle touch if you sit with them quietly and pet them, but the shelter is so loud and overwhelming that it’s hard for them to drop their guards with every new face they meet daily. They’ve really been through a lot and are desperate to get back in a home!

If you have a quiet space in your home where these ladies can open up, de-stress, and show more of their wonderful personalities, please email

#getyourrescueon #fosteringsaveslives #seniorcatlove #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster

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WOW 🙀 Our staff, fosters, and volunteers sure have been busy! We just crunched some more of our year-end numbers, and would like to give a huge round of applause to the amazing animal lovers who enabled us to change so many lives last year — and that includes supporters like YOU! Thanks to your help in 2022, PAWS:

🐾 Rescued 2,334 pets: 2,091 cats, 218 dogs, and 25 small animals.
*More than 1,100 of them came from ACCT Philly, representing our role as the city's largest rescue partner!

🩺 Provided 26,348 affordable veterinary care appointments, including 7,699 wellness visits, 6,251 vaccine appointments, and 12,398 spay/neuter surgeries to prevent unwanted litters.
*Over 2,000 of our spay/neuter surgeries were provided through PAWS’ TNR program, a 38% increase from 2021!

🤝 Supported approximately 8,000 pets through our pet pantry programming and partnerships.

🦷 Provided 115 shelter pets with dental surgery through PAWS’ Tooth Fairy Fund.

🏡 Placed 1,680 pets into temporary homes with 873 amazing, caring foster parents.

👏 And let’s also give a huge round of applause to the 800 volunteers who gave thousands of hours of their time to PAWS!

These are so much more than numbers: they’re new beginnings, second chances, and happy endings that wouldn't have been possible without you — our incredible supporters, staff, volunteers, fosters, and adopters. Now and always, thank you for saving — and changing — lives with us!

#getyourrescueon #thankfulthursday #phillypaws #phillypawsfoster #phillypawsvolunteer

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