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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Sheena
Foster Care

I'm a loyal and devoted granny who loves outdoor adventures and spending time with my people!
Churu
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I'm a playful and snuggly ham who will always make you smile!
Macaroni
Foster Care

I'm a snuggly senior sweetheart who'd spend all day by your side if you let me!
Curby
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I'm an affectionate and loving senior sweetheart whose favorite place to be is curled up on your lap!
Shug and Mommas
Foster Care

We're a bonded pair of kind and loving seniors who get along with people of all ages!
Teller
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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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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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Featured Event

PAWS at the Christmas Village

Visit PAWS at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia presented by Bank of America – the authentic German Christmas market. Get into the holiday spirit with decorated tents and wooden houses can be seen throughout Center City’s LOVE Park. There, you’ll find 100+ international vendors with traditional European food, drinks and handmade gifts! PAWS will be […]

DATE:
December 3, 2021
TIME:
5:00 pm  –  7:00 pm
Location:
Love Park - 1500 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA
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Recent News

12.01.21

Sgt. Pepper wins Petco Love Story grant for PAWS


After the PAWS community came together to fund Sgt. Pepper’s costly special surgery to repair his cleft palate, we knew he was destined for great things. He spent time recovering with a foster mom who worked as a speech therapist with children with cleft palates and then found the most incredible adoption match with Caitlin, […]
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11.22.21

Stevie’s Story: “Our lives are better because of her.”


This friendly 9 -year-old was abandoned outside the city shelter last year with matted fur and painful ear infections. Although her world had been turned upside down, Stevie’s bright spirit and loving personality shined through. After being rescued by PAWS and matched with a foster home to recover in, Stevie’s life changed forever when she […]
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33,961 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.

137,013 volunteer hours served


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

294,898 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.

113,935 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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