PAWS services during COVID-19: Clinic visits for sick pets, vaccinations, and spay/neuter available by appointment (curbside service). Walk-in clinics remain suspended. We continue to rescue animals! Adoptions and foster by appointment only. Donations to the Emergency Fund for PAWS help ensure we can keep doing our lifesaving work despite the current crisis.
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Job Openings at PAWS

Join our lifesaving team! PAWS frequently has positions available for caring animal lovers who are dedicated to serving the city’s most vulnerable pets and the people who love them. All open employment opportunities are listed below; please review the job descriptions for details on how to apply.

Available Positions

Veterinarian: FT and PT

At PAWS, we work every day to end pet homelessness and to provide top-quality care for animals with medical and surgical needs who would otherwise not have a chance. We are looking for diversely talented, team-oriented, full-time or part-time veterinarians who are ready to be part of a historic change in ending Philadelphia’s pet homelessness by performing high quality, high volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN), seeing community animals in our busy wellness clinics, and supporting our shelter and foster animals. 


We think you’ll be a great fit if you:

  •   Want to work with pet owners and also play an integral role in caring for the 3,000 or more homeless animals that PAWS rescues yearly.
  •   Are team-oriented and want to work with PAWS’ medical and non-medical staff to provide optimal care for homeless animals while being conscious about cost and outcomes
  •   Can work fast and efficiently without compromising care.
  •   Enjoy working with pet owners to find affordable solutions to keep their animals healthy.
  •   Like teaching and guiding technicians, veterinary students, and support staff.
  •   Want to help low-income families and their pets by providing quality, affordable, practical, appropriate care.   


The Surgical Experience at PAWS:
PAWS’ Spay/Neuter Clinics provide sterilization services for animals owned by members of the community, feral or stray cats through “trap-neuter-release” programs, PAWS animals in foster care, and in-house shelter animals. Additional soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries are performed as needed for foster or in-house shelter animals. PAWS’ rock star team of surgical technicians make surgery days flow smoothly and efficiently.


The Wellness Clinic Experience at PAWS:
PAWS’ Wellness Clinics provide a means for low income families and animal rescue organizations in Philadelphia to access high-quality basic veterinary care for their dogs and cats. Clinics are equipped with the medications and resources to handle routine outpatient cases including wellness exams, skin conditions, upper respiratory infections, gastrointestinal disease, non-emergent urinary tract conditions, minor soft-tissue injuries, and other preventative care. Thanks to grants and other creative partnerships, PAWS is able to assist pet owners who experience financial barriers to getting their pet seen or medications filled. 


The Shelter and Foster Animal Care Experience at PAWS:
PAWS has roughly 50-100 animals housed in our medical facilities at any given time, as well as a robust foster care program that places over 1,000 animals into foster care yearly. PAWS veterinarians assigned to surgery and the wellness clinic work as a team to provide daily care for this population through established walk-in hours for foster animals, routine and sick exams for in-house animals, and surgical care as needed.  PAWS veterinary staff have access to in-house digital radiography, ultrasound, and other diagnostic tools which allow us to provide a high level of care to homeless pets in need. PAWS’ incredible shelter medicine, foster, and adoption programs result in a “save rate”/ ”live release rate” of over 97%. 


Benefits of PAWS employment: 

  •   9am – 5pm schedule, with no on-call duties. 
  •   Health, dental, and prescription insurance for FT employees, as well as access to additional voluntary benefits.
  •   Major holidays off (the shelter is closed) and PTO. 
  •   Yearly CE allowance, and up to four days off for conferences/CE (does not count against PTO).
  •   Pennsylvania bi-annual license/license renewal fees.
  •   Free and heavily discounted clinic services, lab work and medications for your personal pets.
  •   Moving stipend considered for outstanding out-of-state applicants. 
  •   Competitive salary in-line with other shelters in the area


Educational and Licensure Requirements:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent from an accredited university with no history of complaints or disciplinary action required. 
  • Experience in shelter setting and performing quality high-volume spay/neuter surgery strongly preferred.


Additional Job Skills Required:

  •   A self-starter who is well organized, innovative, flexible, and passionate about PAWS’ goals and objectives.
  •   Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with a strong attention to detail. 
  •   The ideal candidate is personable, outgoing, patient, professional, empathetic, mature, and able to get along well with a culturally diverse community.
  •   Strong sense of initiative and ability to problem-solve, identifying tasks that need to be accomplished and prioritizing appropriately, and working independently with minimal supervision and direction.
  •   Comfort and experience with Google and Microsoft applications strongly preferred. PAWS uses a variety of web-based software that veterinarians must be comfortable learning to use on a daily basis for managing client care. 


For a full job description, or more information, please email Natalie Smith, Director of Operations, at

Veterinary Assistant / Veterinary Technician

PAWS is looking for a motivated and caring individual to join our medical team! We are Philadelphia’s largest animal rescue partner and have a large and diverse caseload of in-house, foster, and client-owned animals that need a dedicated, compassionate, and versatile person to care for their daily needs. Our veterinary assistants and technicians are the backbone of our in-house and clinical operations and participate in virtually all aspects of daily animal care. The ideal candidate has a focus on animal welfare, is outgoing, patient, and flexible, and is able to get along well with a variety of people and animals. Experience in a shelter environment and a basic understanding of veterinary diseases, treatment, and disease transmission preferred.


General Position Summary:
Veterinary assistants at PAWS are integral members of the PAWS medical team. They are responsible for ensuring that animals in the shelter are healthy, properly fed and cared for, and receiving the medical care prescribed to them by veterinary staff. Veterinary assistants function within PAWS medical and operational protocols to perform a variety of assigned daily tasks, including but not limited to daily animal care and medication, receiving new animals into the shelter, assisting veterinarians in wellness appointments and surgery, and supporting other departments in handling medical cases.


Veterinary assistants interact regularly with the public and owned animals, as well as foster parents and shelter animals, and must strive to provide excellent customer service and positive experiences for these individuals at all times. Veterinary assistants must be able to treat people and animals with respect, be an effective member of the PAWS team and foster a spirit of teamwork, and perform duties in a manner that promotes the achievement of PAWS’ goals and encourages community support of its work.


Primary Duties:

— Care for and handle animals in a safe, effective and humane manner, especially larger and possibly untrained or feral animals.

— Assist veterinarians and collaborate with other veterinary technicians to perform daily medical tasks.

— Perform and accurately record examinations, vaccinations, and medical treatments for publicly owned and shelter animals under the direction of veterinarians using PAWS’ record keeping systems.

— Administer first aid treatments and medications to sick and injured animals, provide water and proper diet for all animals, and ensure sanitary conditions for all animals in PAWS’ care.

Prepare owned and rescue animals for high-volume sterilization and other surgeries, including:
     — Organize pre- and post- surgical paperwork.
     — Aseptically prepare instruments and patients for procedures.
     — Maintain drug logs and a surgical log.
     — Administration of anesthesia.
     — Monitoring animals during recovery.

— Perform or prepare laboratory tests and diagnostics including fungal cultures, fecal flotations, cytologies, blood smears, and digital radiographs.

— Euthanize animals as needed and appropriate under the supervision and direction of a veterinarian or the director of operations.

— Monitor animals’ conditions, rapidly identify and address any medical or behavioral conditions which might warrant veterinary attention, and work in cooperation with staff to attend to any immediate needs.

— Admit and release animals in a responsive, courteous, and tactful manner, and communicate with volunteers, staff, and the public regarding any pertinent medical information.

— Assist in maintaining healthy, safe, sanitary, pleasant and clean facilities for animals under the care of PAWS.

— Participate in job related trainings and professional development activities.

— Follow procedures governing safe work practices including, but not limited to, wearing protective clothing and safely operating medical equipment when necessary.

— Treat people and animals with respect and compassion.

— Promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals and treat all animals compassionately and respectfully at all times, including sick, injured, feral or aggressive animals.

— Work courteously and cooperatively with staff and volunteers to ensure that all procedures and policies are followed.
— Other duties as assigned.


Required Skills and Qualities:
— Minimum of one year of experience working in a shelter, animal hospital, and/or private veterinary practice.
— Ability to read, write and understand English.
— Computer proficient in Microsoft office and Google/G-Suite products, and proficiency or comfort with becoming proficient in all internet-based clinic management systems utilized by PAWS (ShelterLuv, Clinic HQ).
— Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
— Strong sense of initiative and ability to problem-solve, identifying tasks that need to be accomplished and prioritizing appropriately, working independently with minimal supervision and direction.
— Flexibility, maturity, and ability to manage multiple tasks and accommodate varied work assignments and schedules.
— Ability to communicate effectively with a culturally diverse staff, volunteers and community in a professional, pleasant, respectful, courteous and tactful manner at all times.
— The ability to remain pleasant and calm even in stressful situations, and to turn people down, firmly when necessary, without becoming aggressive or unpleasant.


Physical Requirements:
— Ability to work with and around animals including diseased, injured and/or vicious animals.
— Ability to walk and/or stand on your feet throughout a normal workday and tolerate loud noises.
— Allergic conditions, which would be aggravated when handling or working with animals, may be a disqualification.
— Ability to lift and move objects and animals weighing up to 50 pounds for short distances and to humanely restrain an animal when necessary.


Educational Requirements:
— High school diploma or equivalent is required.
— Post-secondary education in the veterinary sciences field is preferred but not required.


Work Location/Schedule:
This position is based primarily at PAWS’ Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at 2900 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19146. Shifts at PAWS’ Northeast location (1810 Grant Avenue) may be requested, but not required.


PAWS is open seven days a week. A minimum of 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week, is required, with at least one weekend day worked. Daily schedule may vary according to the needs of the organization and may include weekend, night, and holiday work.


To Apply
Please send us your resume and cover letter via this form.

Communications and Grants Manager

PAWS is seeking a creative, resourceful, analytical, and strategic communicator with demonstrated success in securing grants and creating effective messaging for a variety of audiences to play a significant role in advancing PAWS’ mission of making Philadelphia a no-kill city.



The Communications and Grants Manager has primary responsibility for PAWS’ grant-seeking efforts, including stewarding relationships with current funders and identifying new potential funders whose priorities align with our work. The Manager will also be responsible for key communications functions, including messaging and media relations, to strategically advance PAWS’ visibility and support. The Communications and Grants Manager is an essential member of PAWS’ development team, working closely and collaboratively with the Executive Director and staff managers to further our lifesaving efforts in a manner consistent with our values.



Communications/Media (60%)

  • –  In collaboration with the Executive Director and development staff, create and implement a strategic, comprehensive, and integrated annual communications plan that:
    •    –  Advances PAWS’ mission, increases its visibility, and supports development
    •    –  Ensures cohesive and consistent messaging across all of PAWS’ channels.
    •    –  Identifies and maximizes fundraising opportunities throughout the year, incorporating major events, holiday promotions, and other campaigns, both established and new.
  •   Oversee content strategy with a creative eye and supervise PAWS’ Digital Content Manager, who creates and maintains our social media presence and email marketing. Set measurable goals, establish expectations and priorities, and guide messaging to be used across platforms as needed.
  •   Lead PAWS’ media relations effort by: cultivating and maintaining relationships with members of the media; pitching and placing stories that illustrate PAWS’ impact and position PAWS as a thought leader; monitoring the news for story opportunities and industry trends; writing/distributing news releases and media alerts; and, serving as primary contact for members of the media.
  •   Assume primary responsibility for writing and design of PAWS’ key stakeholder communications, including the midyear and annual impact reports, year-end direct mail fundraising appeal, and other pieces as needed.
  •   Ensure PAWS’ web site content is current, impactful, and reflective of our range of programs and efforts.
  •   Utilize metrics and other analytic tools to assess efforts and develop actionable insights to increase individual giving revenue and audience engagement.
  •   Serve as a liaison between PAWS and community partners and other external organizations as needed.
  •   Assist with event planning as needed.


Grant Writing/Management (40%)

  •   Maintain PAWS’ grant calendar, prepare compelling proposals, fulfill reporting and recognition requirements, and steward relationships with funders to maximize engagement and support.
  •   Research, evaluate, and identify new grant opportunities, ensuring potential support for all PAWS program areas; develop proposals accordingly.
  •   Establish and work to meet annual grant funding goals.
  •   Utilize PAWS’ fundraising database (Salesforce) to maintain accurate and timely records of all interactions with funders and to track proposals, pledges, receivables, receipts, and reporting deadlines.



  •   Remain knowledgeable of trends, tactics, and best practices in animal welfare, as well as in nonprofit communications, marketing, and fundraising.
  •   Uphold the integrity of the organization at all times, working collaboratively with colleagues and volunteers to ensure its smooth operation.



  •   Outstanding interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with the ability to articulate messages to a variety of audiences
  •   Passion for PAWS’ mission and an ability to bring it to life through persuasive storytelling and impactful metrics.
  •   A persevering, outgoing, mature self-starter who:
    •    –  Thinks big, yet has careful attention to detail, and is organized, prepared, and reliable.
    •    – Is proactive, works with a sense of urgency, and thrives in a fast-paced environment surrounded by extremely motivated and determined colleagues who are both compassionate and analytical.
    •    –  Has good judgment, strong problem-solving skills, and can work independently, prioritizing and managing multiple tasks with minimal supervision or direction.
  •   Ability to:
    •    –  Work respectfully and productively with a culturally diverse community of stakeholders.
    •    –   Empathize, making stakeholders feel valued, and deepening their sense of connection to PAWS.
    •    –  Promote a humane and caring attitude toward all animals, treating all animals properly and with compassion at all times, including those who are sick, injured, feral, or aggressive.
    •    –  Maintain a calm, pleasant, tactful, and professional demeanor, even in stressful situations.
  •   Technologically savvy, with the ability to troubleshoot, identify, and learn to use new tools that may aid our development and communications efforts.
  •   Proficiency in WordPress, Salesforce CRM, and G Suite/standard office software.
  •   Basic graphic design and photo editing skills and ability to create graphics as needed strongly preferred.


EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years of non-profit communications experience, preferably in animal welfare, and demonstrated success in securing significant grant funding, implementing strategic communications plans, working with members of the media, and managing staff.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: No allergic conditions that would be aggravated by handling or working with animals.




HOURS: This is a full-time, exempt position. A minimum of 40 hours per week is required. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.


TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and salary requirements to