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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I'm a happy-go-lucky young guy who loves people and makes everyone laugh with my goofy antics
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I'm a sensitive boy who's shy with people but LOVES other cats and would live with ten feline friends if I could!
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I'm a friendly senior lovebug who loves people and has perfect house manners!
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I'm a chatty sunbathing enthusiast who's the perfect combination of sweet and sassy!
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I'm a loyal and devoted granny who loves outdoor adventures and spending time with my people!
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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

01.20.22

An emergency rescue for Moby


This sweet boy was in critical condition when he arrived at the city shelter. A Good Samaritan had found him alone, in shock, and covered in life-threatening injuries from a dog attack. We were already in the building for a rescue pickup when he arrived, and knew we couldn’t leave him behind. Moby was rushed to […]
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12.29.21

2021: Fifteen years of lifesaving


From newborn kittens to grey-faced seniors, healthy and strong to injured and sick, lonely strays to beloved family members, more than 27,000 pets (and counting!) have found comfort, safety, and care at PAWS in 2021. In another – yet very different – pandemic year, our adopters, fosters, volunteers, supporters, and staff have redefined what it […]
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34,351 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.

138,257 volunteer hours served


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

299,276 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.

116,033 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.

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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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