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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Sweet Juniper
Grays Ferry Clinic

I'm a silly and affectionate three year old with an adorable nubbin tail!
Preacher
Foster Care

I'm a kind and gentle senior who's ready to bring 120 pounds of snuggly love into your life!
Zizzy, Zahra, and Zazu
Foster Care

We're a sweet, mellow, affectionate trio of bonded seniors who have so much love to give!
Louie
Foster Care

I'm a kind and trusting senior sweetheart who loves to be cuddled and held!
Barley
Foster Care

I'm a sweet and wiggly couch potato who will melt your heart with my loving personality!
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.

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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

12.30.20

2020: Thousands of bright spots during a dark year


  In a year when so much was threatened and nearly everything was a struggle, the pets in our lives — those who have families and those still waiting for love — effortlessly inspired us. They brought us even closer together to fight for them, and taught us yet again how much we can overcome — […]
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03.10.21

Jojo’s story: “He has been such a joy in our life since day one”


Jojo had already been adopted and returned twice because of “behavior issues” when he found himself at the shelter again last fall. With a withdrawn personality and a history of stress-related house soiling, finding a new foster was going to be a challenge. But if years of rescue efforts have taught us anything, it’s that there […]
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03.09.21

Attention cat owners: Online scheduling now available for spay/neuter


New at PAWS’ Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics: cat owners can schedule spay/neuters online! You can now schedule your own appointment online for cat spay and neuter surgeries, along with other services including vaccines, dewormer, FeLV/FIV testing, flea treatment, and microchips. (If you prefer, you can still call or email us to schedule, but please note […]
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32,525 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.

132,972 volunteer hours served


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

278,525 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.

106,819 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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