Banfield Foundation Supports PAWS with COVID-19 Emergency Grant

A patient receives care from PAWS’ vet team.

The Banfield Foundation, a valued, longtime supporter of PAWS, has made a generous grant of $10,000 to help us continue serving the community’s most vulnerable pets during the COVID-19 crisis.

Funds will help PAWS keep its doors open to provide affordable, basic veterinary care to pets whose owners cannot access it otherwise. Together, PAWS’ partnership with the Banfield Foundation has contributed to a city-wide reduction in the number of animals entering and dying in city shelters, and to record-setting lifesaving rates that are signaling steady progress toward our ultimate goal of making Philadelphia a no-kill city.

Read about our modified COVID-19 procedures here, and consider making a gift to the Emergency Fund for PAWS to help us weather this storm, no matter how long it lasts.

Meet some of our 2020 clients

Charlie Brown

His owner was concerned after she noticed hair loss and an odor coming from his ears. Our vet examined him and took ear swabs, and concluded that he was suffering from a flea allergy and an ear infection. The doctor called his owner – who was waiting in her car – to discuss her treatment recommendations, then Charlie was given a shot of antibiotics and our tech brought him back outside for a happy reunion.


Fang has been a PAWS clinic client since 2017, so we know this sensitive 10-year old well. He has a history of severe allergies. His owner Mike, who lives in our neighborhood, depends on us for affordable medication, testing, and prescription food to keep his beloved companion feeling his best.


This brave boy was understandably nervous, but he got lots of reassurance from our vet staff while his family waited outside. He was brought to PAWS for a suspected ear infection and upset stomach. After an exam and tests, our vets sent him back home with antibiotics and medication to help with his itching. We got that tail wagging, and Oreo got the care he needed!


This sweet 4-year old was vomiting, suffering from diarrhea, and had loss of appetite. While her owner waited outside, our vet performed a full exam and ran a fecal test, then prescribed medication and a special diet. She spoke to Charlie’s owner by phone, encouraging her to monitor her for worsening symptoms, and bring her back for more testing if she wasn’t feeling better soon.