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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Foster Care

I'm a goofy sweetheart who loves spending time with my people!
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I'm a fun and sassy social butterfly who will make you laugh every day!
Chispa
Old City Adoption Center

I'm a snuggly social butterfly who greets new friends by flopping over for belly rubs!
Farrah
Foster Care

I'm a cute and playful senior who loves to burrow under blankets and covers!
Hambone
Foster Care

I'm a friendly and well-mannered guy who's a dream at home and can't wait to find my forever family!
Pogo
Foster Care

I'm an affectionate social butterfly looking for a special home to spend my golden years!
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PAWS is the city's largest rescue partner.

We are working to make Philadelphia a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. We do so through rescue, foster care, adoption, and preventing pet homelessness in the first place by offering low-cost spay/neuter and basic vet care.

Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics


Keeping pets and families together through low-cost basic veterinary services. Our clinics in Grays Ferry and the Northeast serve tens of thousands of pets every year whose caretakers may not afford care elsewhere.

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Recent News

06.29.21

Grover’s foster transformation


When this sweet senior came to PAWS in February, he was extremely emaciated and suffering from untreated heart disease and a mouth full of bad teeth. He had lost his home of 14 years and needed extensive vet care, dental work, and nourishment. Fortunately, veteran dog foster Alice was up to the task!
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05.12.21

There’s an adopter for everyone!


It used to be that cats with certain medical issues or behaviors were considered unsavable — a self-fulfilling prophecy where adopters weren’t found because it was assumed they weren’t out there. But over the years, we’ve learned there is truly someone for everyone. Read these heartwarming stories of special adopters and unconventional homes who have […]
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33,115 animals saved to date


We take in rescues from the city shelter almost daily with a focus on the most vulnerable: adult dogs, kittens, and cats recovering from illnesses. Once safe at PAWS, they receive everything they need to become ready for adoption, then are matched with loving homes.

134,484 volunteer hours served


PAWS’ dedicated and caring volunteers are essential in every aspect of our lifesaving efforts.

286,080 clinic patients served


Our low-cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics prevent pet homelessness and provide a needed resource in our community, enabling loving pet owners to care for and keep their dogs and cats as family.

109,734 spay/neuters performed


PAWS provides low-cost spay/neuter surgery for owned pets, rescues and community cats to prevent the birth of unwanted litters. Our efforts are working: since our clinics opened their doors, the number of homeless animals entering Philadelphia’s city shelter has declined year over year.

PAWS Partners

Our lifesaving work is possible with the meaningful support of business and community partners.

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Every year, PAWS' lifesaving impact grows, and our progress continues.

By rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding loving adopters for homeless animals with nowhere else to go, and providing affordable vet care so sick and injured pets can stay in their homes where they are loved, PAWS provides a vital and growing safety net for Philadelphia's most vulnerable cats and dogs.
2012
16160
2013
19626
2014
26500
2015
30800
2016
36510
2017
37400
2018
40455
2019
41142
Pets Served 100 100
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