By the Numbers

Leading Philadelphia to Becoming a No-Kill City


Every year, PAWS serves more animals than we did the year before, and we will continue until Philadelphia is a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Our efforts are working, with more lives being saved than ever before citywide. Learn more about the numbers behind our progress.

Lives Saved

As Philadelphia’s largest rescue partner, PAWS saves at-risk animals from the city’s animal control shelter, provides all the veterinary care they need, and finds them loving homes. We place a special focus on saving populations least likely to survive (adult dogs, cats with treatable illnesses, kittens too young for adoption, and animals with special medical needs).

3,916 Rescued in 2017
Dogs

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Cats

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23,866 Rescued to Date
Dogs

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Cats

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Pets Served In Our Clinics

With 1 in 5 of Philadelphia’s 1.5 million residents living in poverty, we offer a safety net to help struggling pet owners keep and care for their pets as family as an alternative to shelter surrender. Recognizing that rescue alone will not solve the crisis of pet homelessness, PAWS’ Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics provide low-cost basic veterinary care to pet owners who cannot otherwise afford or access it.

34,451 Served in 2017
Grays Ferry

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Northeast

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182,907 Served to Date
Grays Ferry (opened 2010)

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Northeast (opened 2014)

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Spay/Neuter Surgeries Performed

By providing high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter for owned pets, feral cats, and animals in the care of other rescue organizations, PAWS’ clinics are preventing the birth of unwanted litters, preventing health conditions that could lead to shelter surrender, humanely managing stray cat populations, and reducing the number of pets needing homes.

11,922 Spay/Neuters in 2017
Grays Ferry

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Northeast

0
71,709 Spay/Neuters To Date
Grays Ferry

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Northeast

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Fewer Pets Becoming Homeless

As a result of community-wide efforts, the number of stray and surrendered pets entering Philadelphia's animal control shelter is experiencing a steady and sustained decline. Today, fewer pets are landing at the city’s animal control shelter than at any point since modern animal welfare efforts began in Philadelphia.
2011
30139
2012
29976
2013
28502
2014
25948
2015
23605
2016
21185
2017
17946
Animal Intake 100 100

Rising Citywide Lifesaving Rates

The goal of all PAWS' efforts is to increase live release rates at Philadelphia's animal control shelter, with the ultimate goal of ensuring survival for every savable animal. Thanks to increased rescue efforts and declining shelter intake, more lives are being saved year over year, and homeless pets' chances of survival are steadily rising.
2012
65
2013
68
2014
70
2015
73
2016
78
2017
83
ACCT Live Release Rate (%) 100 100

Shelter Statistics

PAWS is a limited-admission, no-kill shelter. We rescue dogs and cats primarily from Philadelphia’s animal control shelter based on available space in our facilities and foster homes, and on our ability to provide proper care for animals’ behavioral and medical needs. Once we rescue an animal, we remain committed to its care until we can find it an appropriate, loving adoptive home. PAWS only euthanizes animals who are suffering from untreatable illnesses/injuries, or whose behavior would make them a danger to the public if released.

There is more work to be done.

Together with like-minded organizations and a vast and caring community of animal lovers, PAWS is leading the effort to save and serve the city's neediest pets. We won't stop until every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home and we can finally call Philadelphia a no-kill city.
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