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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Northeast Adoption Center & Low-Cost Clinic

1810 Grant Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115

Northeast Adoption Center & Low-Cost Clinic

Due to COVID-19, our Northeast Adoption Center is closed for browsing. Adoption and foster placements are taking place by appointment only at our Grays Ferry location. Our clinic remains open for vet appointments and spay/neuter surgery. For updates, read more here.

Please note:

  • PAWS is currently providing low-cost spay/neuter for cats, as well as sick visits and vaccinations for owned cats and dogs, through scheduled appointments only. Due to the extremely high volume of requests we are receiving, there is a wait time for appointments, and you will only get a call or email back as appointments become available.
  • PAWS is NOT an emergency hospital, nor do we provide full-veterinary services such as x-ray, overnight care, or extensive surgery.
  • If your pet is experiencing an emergency, please take them to the nearest ER. Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center and Penn Vet are two local facilities offering emergency services.
Clinic Appointments

Exams and treatments for common conditions.

*As part of PAWS’ changes to operations due to COVID-19, we continue to serve pets who are sick, but visits for other routine care (wellness checks, heartworm/combo testing, nail trims, health certificates for flying, etc.) will not be scheduled until further notice. You will be given instructions on our curbside procedures when you schedule your appointment.*

  • $25 for the visit, plus the cost of any tests/medications prescribed.
By Appointment.: Call 215-545-9600 or email
Call 215-545-9600 or email

Includes rabies and distemper vaccinations if needed, e-collar (plastic cone) for all dogs and female cats, plus complimentary nail trim.

*As part of PAWS’ changes to operations due to COVID-19, we are prioritizing spay/neuter for cats at this time. Spay/neuter surgery for owned dogs is not yet being scheduled.*

  • Cats: $70
  • Dogs under 40 lbs: $110
  • Dogs 40-90 lbs: $145
  • Dogs over 90 lbs: $195
Tuesday - Saturday: By appointment. Call 215-545-9600 or email

Spay/neuter for feral cats is available, space permitting.

  • Please call or email in advance to confirm availability; we cannot accept walk-in TNR clients at this time.

*As part of PAWS’ changes to operations due to COVID-19, we are scheduling appointments for vaccines; walk-in services are not available.*

  • rabies and distemper vaccinations: $25 per animal
  • other vaccinations as needed: $12-25
  • nail trimming: $10
  • microchipping: $20
  • FIV/FeLV testing: $25
  • de-worming: $5-14
  • flea treatment: $14-16
By appointment only.

Clinic Services: Frequently Asked Questions


Are the clinic services offered by PAWS right for me?

PAWS’ low-cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics serve pet owners who have difficulty affording or lack access to basic veterinary care, and rescue organizations that need affordable services to carry out their lifesaving work. While PAWS does not have income restrictions, we do ask that if you are able to afford care at a full-service veterinarian’s office you do so, so that we can prioritize care for the pets who would not otherwise get treated.


Can PAWS be my primary veterinarian?

PAWS is not a full-service veterinary practice, and we are not able to provide x-rays or overnight care. If you are able to afford it, we recommend that you establish a relationship with a full-service veterinarian. If not, we will be happy to serve you and your pet to the best of our ability.


Does PAWS offer free services for people with ACCESS cards or payment plans?

Unfortunately, PAWS is not able to offer free services. We keep our prices as low as possible in order to serve the greatest number of pet owners who cannot afford to go elsewhere. We cannot accept payments through Care Credit. PAWS accepts cash, debit, or credit cards. Payment is due at the time services are provided.


How should I prepare to bring my pet to PAWS?

All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. Dogs should be wearing a well fitted collar or harness. If your puppy has not had all of its shots, please carry them in your arms or in a carrier; walking on the ground exposes them to disease they are not yet immune to. Your cat must be in a carrier for their own safety, even if they don’t mind being carried in your arms (there may be dogs in our lobby that are not cat-friendly!). If you do not have a carrier, you can use a box with air holes; we also sell cat carriers if you would like to purchase one.


I have a spay/neuter appointment for my pet. What instructions should I follow and what will the day of surgery be like?

Please read these instructions for important things to keep in mind before surgery, the day of, and afterward.


Should I spay or neuter my pet?


What flea treatment and heartworm preventative is available at PAWS?

PAWS carries Paradefense, Revolution, Bravecto, and Tri-Heart. Heartworm preventative requires a yearly exam and prescription by one of our veterinarians, or a valid prescription from an outside veterinarian. Dogs should ideally be kept on heartworm preventative year-round; dogs that are only on heartworm preventative during the warmer months will need a test every year before restarting their medication in the spring. Puppies under 6 months of age can be started on preventatives without a test.

Paradefense does not require a prescription or an appointment, but you must know the weight of your dog or cat. Cat dosing is based on whether they are below or above 9 pounds. If you would like to purchase Tri-Heart or Revolution, your pet must have been seen by PAWS in the last year and dogs require a negative heartworm test.


Should I bring anything to my pet’s appointment?

If you have any previous medical records for your pet, including vaccination records, emergency room visits, and routine care visits, please bring them to your appointment.

If your pet is vomiting, has diarrhea, or any other intestinal issues, please bring a stool sample with you. To obtain a stool sample, use a small plastic bag to pick up a small piece of your animal’s poop, tie it up, and place the bag in the refrigerator until your appointment.

About PAWS Northeast

Located at the corner of Grant and Bustleton Avenues, PAWS’ Northeast adoption center enables us to rescue and find loving homes for thousands of stray and abandoned dogs and cats. Our adjacent low-cost clinic helps struggling pet owners care for and keep their cherished pets, rather than face surrendering them to shelters, and prevents the birth of countless unwanted litters.

PAWS’ Northeast facility features Mural Arts’ Program’s “Forever Home,” a celebration of our community’s work to save pets in need.

All our efforts – to prevent pet homelessness and save the ones who need rescuing – lead us closer to our ultimate goal of making Philadelphia a no-kill city.

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