PAWS SERVICES DURING COVID-19: OUR OLD CITY ADOPTION CENTER IS OPEN! CATS ONLY, APPOINTMENTS RECOMMENDED. BOTH CLINICS OFFER VISITS FOR SICK PETS, VACCINATIONS, AND SPAY/NEUTER BY APPOINTMENT (CURBSIDE SERVICE); NO WALK-IN SERVICES. WE CONTINUE TO RESCUE ANIMALS! FOSTER PLACEMENTS AND DOG ADOPTION BY APPOINTMENT AT OUR GRAYS FERRY SHELTER.
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Meet your new best friend!

Joseph
Foster Care

I'm a social, friendly, trusting lap cat who loves affection!
Nairobi
Grays Ferry Clinic

I'm a devoted, sensitive sweetheart who just wants to find my person and give them all my love!
Pogo
Foster Care

I'm an affectionate social butterfly looking for a special home to spend my golden years!
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!
Zha Zha
Foster Care

I'm a chatty sunbathing enthusiast who's the perfect combination of sweet and sassy!
Pugsley
Foster Care

I'm a gentle old soul who appreciates life's quiet moments and loves to be by your side!
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15th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut


On October 23, Philadelphia will once again go to the dogs! The Mutt Strut is the must-attend fall festival for dogs and the people who love them.

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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

09.20.21

PAWS Midyear Impact Report


Amid another extraordinary year, PAWS is proud to share our 2021 Impact Report in celebration of all we’ve accomplished together for the city’s most vulnerable pets. As we mark our 15th year of lifesaving, reflect on the progress we’ve made, and plan for challenging times ahead, our gratitude to you, our supporters, is immeasurable. You make our […]
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08.20.21

Pugsley’s story


If ever there was a “project dog,” it was Pugsley. Surrendered to the city shelter at age 15, he seemed to have every senior ailment under the sun: dental disease, muscle wasting, chronic anemia, skin and ear infections, arthritis, and GI upset due to unmanaged kidney and liver disease. To some, his case may have […]
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33,298 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.

135,478 volunteer hours served


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

290,606 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.

111,930 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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