Happy New Year! On January 1, PAWS celebrated four years as Philadelphia’s largest no-kill shelter. In that time, we have rescued more than 8,000 homeless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens, saving lives that otherwise would have been lost.
Here is a glimpse of some of our biggest achievements in 2012, which you helped make possible by adopting, fostering, donating, volunteering, attending or hosting an event, or supporting us in other valuable ways.
In 2012, PAWS:
– Provided basic veterinary care to more than 14,000 dogs and cats at our Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic, helping at-risk pets stay healthy and preventing the birth of thousands of unwanted litters;
– Rescued more than 1,700 cats and dogs and placed them in loving homes through our Adoption Center at 2nd & Arch Streets, our network of foster homes, our Mobile Adoption Unit, and our offsite adoption locations in Northeast Philadelphia and Port Richmond. Tilly is one of the many animals we saved this year – she is still waiting for a home.
The Adoption Center will celebrate its 5th birthday on January 17!
– Held the 6th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut on November 3, bringing nearly 2,000 pet lovers together at FDR Park for a day of fun and raising over $100,000. This year’s Mutt Strut attracted our biggest crowd yet, despite being held just days after Superstorm Sandy. The 7th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut will be even bigger and better: stay tuned for details!
– Hosted the 7th Annual Chefs’ Dinner for PAWS in June, an incredible evening featuring more than 40 top chefs from Philadelphia and beyond, and raising more than $280,000 for our lifesaving efforts.
– Found loving homes for hundreds of cats at our Northeast Philadelphia adoption locations at the Grant Avenue PETCO and Cottman Avenue PetSmart.
– Provided free and subsidized veterinary services at our clinic to hundreds of pet owners in need. In our ongoing effort to turn no one away because they cannot pay, we offer:
– Free veterinary care for low-income pet owners through the Paws & Claws Fund (when funds are available)
– Name Your Own Price spay/neuter surgery for pit bulls, thanks to Animal Farm Foundation.
– Raised nearly $15,000 for the Paws & Claws Fund for Low-Income Pet Owners by raffling off tickets to Flyers games, which were generously donated by the Flyers’ Braydon and Nadine Coburn. PAWS dogs also attended a home game to show their Flyers pride!
– Won a $10,000 grant to replenish the Paws & Claws Fund in the Chase Community Giving contest – all thanks to your online votes!
– Held or participated in 83 adoption or community events and 34 fundraisers to find homes for our rescued dogs and cats and garner support for our adoption and foster care programs and clinical services.
– Took our Mobile Adoption Unit on the road to visit PETCO stores five days a week across Greater Philadelphia. We thank the PETCO Foundation for their support of our effort to find homes for animals in more places than ever before.
– Launched the redesigned www.phillypaws.org – tell us what you think!
– Began making plans to open PAWS’ second adoption center and low-cost clinic, to be located in Northeast Philadelphia. Stay tuned for details!
All of our work is privately funded and depends on the generosity of our donors. We stretch donations as far as they will go, saving as many dogs and cats as possible. Please lend a hand by making a contribution. Together, we will make Philadelphia a city where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. They won’t make it without you.