Save lives in your spare time

Become a PAWS volunteer and help us save Philadelphia’s homeless pets! Whether you help at adoption events, care for animals, help keep the shelter clean, or provide office support, your time and compassion will make a tremendous difference in the lives of the animals who depend on us. It’s rewarding and fun; we hope you’ll join our dedicated and committed family of animal lovers!

Ways to Help:

Cat Care

PAWS volunteers care for shelter cats by providing socialization, feeding, cleaning litter, and more. Providing them with simple comforts like keeping their living spaces clean helps them stay content while they wait for adoption.

Dog Care

Walk dogs, help them practice their manners and good behavior, provide enrichment activities like group walks and yard play. You’ll keep them happy and healthy in the shelter, and also set them up for success in new homes!

Adoption Events

Represent PAWS at off-site public adoption events, introduce animals to potential adopters, raise funds for our lifesaving efforts, and spread the word about what we do! We hold hundreds of adoption and fundraising events throughout the year in various locations in the city and beyond. These incredibly important opportunities depend on positive, outgoing volunteers to make them happen.

Behind the Scenes

Assist with facility upkeep, application processing, and more. By supporting PAWS’ staff, you’ll enable us to accomplish more and save lives faster.

Have a special skill or talent to share? There are endless ways to help the animals: please contact us to see how you can get involved!

There are opportunities at every PAWS location:

Old City Adoption Center

100 N. 2nd Street (at Arch)
Our Adoption Center typically houses 2 dogs and 30+ cats for adoption and is open 7 days a week. Volunteers are always needed to help with cat and dog care and cleaning.

*Currently only housing cats due to COVID-19*

Grays Ferry Clinic

2900 Grays Ferry Avenue
More than just a Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic, it also serves as our shelter and houses about 15 rescued dogs and 80 cats. Volunteers are needed 7 days a week to help with cat and dog care and cleaning.

Northeast Adoption Center

1810 Grant Avenue
Our Northeast Adoption Center typically houses 2-4 dogs and 30+ cats for adoption and is open 7 days a week. Our greatest needs are for our opening (9-11 a.m.) and closing (5-7 p.m.) shifts for both dog and cat care.

*Currently closed due to COVID-19*

Petsmart Cat Habitat

Broad Street and Washington Avenue
We feature adoptable cats in-store, where volunteers provide daily care and assist adopters. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday from 9-11 a.m. and 6-8 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Volunteer Spotlights

“What I love about volunteering is being able to see a shut down animal come out of their shell after being shown kindness. I love working with the dogs and helping them find their forever homes”

– Arianna, dog care volunteer

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“I knew that even if I was only able to get to the shelter for an hour a week, that hour of exercise and attention would make a very real difference for a dog during a stressful time in its life.”

-Karen B., dog care volunteer

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“I’m really enjoying being involved with PAWS and feeling like I’m doing something tangible to help the animals and the community.”

– Megan, transport, event, and animal care volunteer

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“Volunteering brought light back to my life, brought me joy and happiness… I feel so good volunteering and being at PAWS that sometimes I don’t even want to go home. I always find something to do or some kitties and dogs to cuddle just to stay a little bit more.”

-Vanessa, dog and cat care volunteer

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“I enjoy the interaction with the amazing staff and awesome volunteers. It’s satisfying to come in and hear about how all the fantastic cats from the week before have found their forever homes”

-Brett, cat care volunteer

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“To play a part in a PAWS pup finding their person fills me with joy. I love having a Monday morning shift because it sets a tone of gratitude for the rest of my week.”

– Heather, dog care volunteer

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