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Rex
Foster Care

I'm a friendly, active young guy who loves to learn tricks and show off for treats!
Shaq
Foster Care

I'm a handsome and laid back 6 year old who would love to relax by your side!
Cupcake
Northeast Adoption Center

I'm an affectionate gentleman who will charm you with my sweet and chatty personality!
Dave
Northeast Adoption Center

I'm a super loving lap cat who is happiest when I'm snuggled up with you!
Wishbone
Old City Adoption Center

I'm a fun and sassy lady with a big personality to make you smile!
Peanut
Foster Care

I'm a beautiful 4-6 year old kitty who is the perfect balance of affectionate and independent!
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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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Our lifesaving work is possible with the meaningful support of business and community partners.

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26,259 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.

96,613 volunteer hours served


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

211,294 clinic patients served


Our low-cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics reduce 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.

82,137 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.

Every year, PAWS helps more animals than the year before.

By constantly finding ways to rescue and adopt out more animals, and care for more of the neediest pets at our clinics, PAWS provides an ever-expanding safety net for the cats and dogs least likely to survive.
2011
12267
2012
16160
2013
19626
2014
26500
2015
30800
2016
36510
2017
37400
2018
40455
Pets Served 100 100
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Recent News

03.21.19

With Love and Dedication, Angel is a Whole New Cat


The shelter can be an intimidating place for many animals when they first arrive. The unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells can sometimes cause even the sweetest cat or dog to act defensive and nervous with people. Usually, these animals simply need some time to adjust, but sometimes, they need something more. Angel was brought to […]
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03.05.19

Keeping Pets in Low-Income Homes: A New Approach


It takes more than rescue alone: in order to solve the crisis of pet homelessness in Philadelphia, we must keep pets out of shelter in the first place.  This recent Philadelphia Inquirer article highlights the efforts underway by PAWS and our partners in the Philadelphia No-Kill Coalition to give struggling pet owners the resources they […]
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