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!

Mikey
Foster Care

I'm a fun loving guy who just wants to snuggle and eat puppuccinos all day!
Chef
Grays Ferry Clinic

I'm a handsome toy enthusiast who loves to show off my smarts for treats!
Honey Monster
Foster Care

I'm a chatty and affectionate social butterfly who will charm you with my coos, chirps, and trills!
Fancy Boy
Grays Ferry Clinic

I'm a hilarious goofball who loves people, playtime, and flopping over for belly rubs!
Penny
Foster Care

I'm a kind and easygoing granny cat who enjoys hanging with my people but is happy napping when you're away for work!
Bella
Foster Care

I'm a bouncy, pocket-sized cutie who loves to play and spend time with my people!
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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

04.20.22

Han Solo: orphaned kitten gets a fighting chance


This little one is the last surviving member of his litter, and he’s been a fighter since day one. Han Solo was born in the unlikeliest of places: in our surgery suite during a spay/neuter day. His mother was an underweight feral who’d been scooped up for TNR (trap neuter release) by a community cat […]
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04.20.22

Aioli: healed, happy, and home!


It was a regular Monday when we received an urgent email from ACCT Philly about a cat who desperately needed our help. A Good Samaritan had brought Aioli to the city shelter after discovering him inside a box at their apartment complex that morning, dazed and bleeding from horrific leg wound that went down to […]
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34,866 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.

140,881 volunteer hours served


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

306,081 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.

119,167 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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PAWS' impact grows as our services expand & progress continues

By rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding loving adopters for homeless animals with nowhere else to go, and providing affordable vet care and other services so 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. The pandemic has prompted a shift toward more intensive, individualized care for more complex needs.
2010
7154
2012
16160
2014
26188
2016
36510
2018
40455
2019
39428
2020
33840
2021
34528
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