$20 Spay/Neuter Special

For a limited time, PAWS is offering $20 spay and neuter surgeries for owned dogs and cats. To qualify, pet owners must present ACCESS card or similar proof of public assistance.

Clinic Locations:

Cost of surgery includes rabies and distemper vaccinations if needed.

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions about PAWS’ clinics and services.

Discounted spay/neuter surgeries are possible thanks to support from Petsmart Charities.

A PAWS Dog’s Journey from the Street to a Home

PAWS’ Rescue Manager Rich Island evaluates a dog at the city shelter. Photo by Jen Colletta

Ever wonder what goes into rescuing a PAWS dog? This article by Philadelphia Gay News gives an inside view of our process for evaluation, matchmaking, and more. We visit the city’s animal control shelter nearly every day to select and rescue homeless pets, bring them to our facilities for medical care and enrichment, then find them loving foster and adoptive homes.

Each dog we rescue has a unique story and personality, and we are committed to finding an excellent match for every one. Read more.

PAWS 2016 in Review: 36,000+ Saved and Served

Thank you for being a part of a record-breaking year! In 2016, PAWS served more animals than ever before through rescue, adoption, spay/neuter, and low-cost veterinary care.

This year has brought us even closer to achieving our mission of making Philadelphia a place where every savable pet has a home. Our efforts are working: Philadelphia’s pets are being saved in record numbers and fewer are entering shelters in the first place.


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PAWS Celebrates Its 10th Birthday


Join us in marking an exciting milestone!

PAWS began in 2006 as a small, volunteer-based group with a big dream: to make Philadelphia a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. At the time, more than 30,000 animals entered the city shelter each year, and only 11% made it out alive.

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Volunteer Spotlights

PAWS’ work is possible thanks to an extraordinary community of hundreds of volunteers who are involved in every aspect of what we do. Here are just a few of the dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and passion to help bring Philadelphia closer to becoming a no-kill city.

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Call for Submissions: PAWS Design Contest

Attention artists: design the next PAWS Mutt Strut t-shirt!

Tshirt0The winning design will appear on the official event t-shirt for the 10th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut, which will be held October 22, 2016 to benefit PAWS’ lifesaving efforts.

Submissions due: September 19
Finalists announced: September 20
Online voting: September 20-26
Winner announced: September 27

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Pets find Homes for “Clear the Shelters”

On July 23, PAWS took part in Clear the Shelters, a nationwide adoption event that matched thousands homeless pets with new families. Here are some of the happy adoptions we celebrated here at PAWS. . .


The first adoption of the day! Xelanys and her daughter brought home Samantha, who had been rescued from the streets and now has a happy life ahead.


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Best Kept Secrets

Meet the PAWS cats who have been flying under the radar, waiting to be noticed! Cherry, Goliath, Cattleya, Sasha, Kitty, and Ninja are looking for a new start in life after being rescued by PAWS. To adopt one, visit or stop by our Northeast Adoption Center at 1810 Grant Avenue.

Special thanks to Aspects to creating these videos!
Sasha, a gorgeous 5-year-old who’s looking for a quiet home to relax in.

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