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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Photo by: Kevin Ackerman

Melissa Levy

Executive Director


At PAWS since:
2006 as a volunteer; 2007 as a staff member.
Pets at home:

Rosie, a black lab mix, who I rescued from Philly’s animal control shelter in 2005 and quickly inspired me to start helping others find the loving homes they deserve.

The most rewarding thing about my job:

is that it doesn’t feel like a job at all. I get to do work I love with people who constantly teach me what caring, generosity, and dedication looks like. Together, we are making Philadelphia a better place for pets and the people who love them. I couldn’t ask for more!

When I’m not at work, I’m probably:

At the shore, planning our next travel adventure, or both.