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PAWS was founded in 2005 as a small volunteer group with a dream to make Philadelphia a no-kill city where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. We have made incredible strides thanks to caring supporters who get involved however they can, whether adopting, fostering, making contributions of time or funds, and so much more. Join our mission and start saving lives!

The Most Important Ways You Can Make An Impact


Every adoption from PAWS opens up space for us to save another animal in need.

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Your gift of funds or supplies will truly save lives.

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By opening your home for a few weeks, you’ll change the life of a shelter pet who needs you.

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Volunteers play a central role in every aspect of our work and enable us to save as many lives as we can.

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Share your pet’s story and help spread the word about PAWS’ lifesaving efforts. Post your adoption update on social media to inspire others to adopt!

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From smaller adoption events to our annual Mutt Strut fall festival and Chefs’ Night gala, there’s something for everyone.

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Businesses of all kinds play a major role in helping PAWS save lives. Whether you sponsor or host an adoption or fundraising event, donate expertise or supplies, help us reach new audiences to build support, or offer help in another way, you will be serving your community and joining a city-wide effort to make Philadelphia a no-kill city. In return, we can offer branding and promotional opportunities, exposure through our social media channels, and the appreciation of our large and loyal community of supporters.
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Share your free time with the animals and help save the lives of pets in need. We’re always looking for volunteers to help in every area of our lifesaving efforts.

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When you adopt a new best friend from PAWS, you are saving a life that might not have had a chance without your kindness.

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Take a break from scrolling and enjoy a serotonin boost from Cody!✨This lovable senior really knows how to savor life’s sweet moments, and he’ll make sure you remember to enjoy them too 🥰 From blanket forts on the couch, to sunshine strolls through the neighborhood, to morning cuddles in bed, every day with Cody is like a mini-vacation waiting to happen!

In true grandpa fashion, Cody is all about that couch potato life and prefers quieter neighborhoods to busy downtown apartments. And at 10.5 years old, his house manners are impeccable! He’d be happiest having your love to himself at the only pet, but may be open another large mellow dog friend.

If you’re looking to add a big snuggly teddy bear to your life, email to learn more about our pal Cody, or find him on our adoptions page (link in bio)!

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Have you signed up for tonight`s live online foster orientation? Join us at 6 for a chance to get to know PAWS` foster program, learn how to care for young kittens and bottle feeders, and get to meet some adorable tiny friends! Sign up today at (link in bio). ...

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Weighing in at a combined 45 pounds(!), Mickey & Jagger are looking for a foster home ASAP!

These sweet brothers lost their home when their family’s living situation changed, and they’re having a really hard time at the shelter. If you think Jagger (grey) looks like the heavier of the two, you are very correct: he clocked in at a whopping 30lbs, and urgently needs to lose weight so he can safely undergo anesthesia for some much-needed dental work.

In spite of being nervous and recently catching kitty colds, Mickey and Jagger are a very kind and affectionate duo once you give them some gentle pets to let them know you’re a friend. Unfortunately, they’re spending most of their day hiding in a box together when we’re not around, so we’d really love to get these boys into a home so they can come out of their shells and start their fitness journey in earnest!

Mickey and Jagger are about 4 years old and would prefer a single pet home with teens and up. If you’d like to help this friendly duo, email to learn more!

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They’re cute, they’re cuddly, and they need your help! PAWS is seeking kittens fosters now and throughout kitten season during the spring and summer.

Foster care is where animal lovers like you volunteer to take home and care for a homeless pet (or pets) temporarily. Fosters are the reason we can save as many lives as we do, and they’re especially critical for young kittens who are too small and fragile to survive in the shelter.

Fostering can last from a couple weeks to a couple months, and our foster team can help make you a match depending on your schedule and comfort level. Right now, fosters are most needed for:
🐱Orphaned kittens
🐈‍⬛ Nursing moms with babies
❤️‍🩹Kittens with ringworm, shelter colds, or other medical needs
🍼Bottle feeders

By signing up to foster now, you can ensure we’ll have enough homes ready as kittens arrive in the coming weeks and months! All they need is a spare room and lots of love until they’re old enough for adoption, and we can provide supplies if needed. Please join us now: sign up through our #linkinbio today!

Ps. Can’t foster? You can still help save lives! Visit our bio link to send supplies for our kitten shower or make a gift to our Kitten Fund. All gifts are being matched this week by the Tringali family this week, up to $5000! You can also give via Venmo (username @phillypaws) or directly through Instagram.

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Rachel Green is looking for her lobster...or at least a foster with a comfy couch! This cutie needs a home lined up by Friday to keep her from returning to the shelter, and is hoping her future roomie is out there so she won’t have to spend any time in our kennels.

A sensitive girl with big main character energy, Rachel Green is 50% cuddles, and 50% spunk. She loves to relax on the couch and snuggle, and is also happy to romp around and play with her toys (with the occasional zoomie thrown in to keep things fun)!

Rachel’s last home didn’t work out after her adopter’s work hours changed drastically, so she’s looking for a foster with a consistent schedule to give her some love and stability while she finds her future adopter. She’s a great medium size at 32 pounds, is about 3-4 years old, and would prefer to be your only pet. We’d love to tell you all about this little lady, so email today for more info!

🐾 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society📍 2900 Grays Ferry Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19146 (by appointment only) ⭐️ PA License # 06172

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It`s Kitten Week at PAWS! Looking for ways to join the fun? Stop by for one of our foster care open house events this weekend! Join us Saturday, April 20 from 11-2 at PAWS` Grays Ferry Shelter, or Sunday April 21 from 11-2 at PAWS` Old City Adoption Center. You`ll have a chance to:

👥 Chat with PAWS` staff, have your questions answered, and learn more about PAWS` foster program and how you can get involved.
🐈‍⬛ Meet kittens who are part of PAWS` foster program!
✈️ Drop off kitten shower supplies or donate virtually for a chance to win our travel-themed raffle, which includes flight vouchers, PAWS swag, and an AirBnb gift card!

Learn more at We hope to see you next weekend!

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Kitten season has arrived! Help us prepare by sending a kitten shower gift for kitten week. Between supply kits for our foster parents and in-shelter kitten care, we go through tons of wet food, formula, and other necessities that keep growing babies healthy and nourished. There are a few ways you can help ensure we have everything we need to care for them:

📦 Send supplies through our kitten shower wishlist (link in bio)!

🎁 Drop supplies at one of our in-person events next weekend (bonus: everyone who brings supplies or shows proof of donation will be entered to win our vacation/travel raffle prize)!

💝 Donate funds towards medicine, care, and supplies — through April 21, your gift will be doubled! Donate via Instagram, Venmo (username @phillypaws), or through our bio link!

The babies say thank you, and so do we!

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Next Friday: join us for a Kitten Shower Happy Hour at @americansardine from 4-7! Chat with members of PAWS’ foster team, mingle with fellow animal lovers, and meet adorable PAWS kittens (such as Pip, pictured above)! Plus, event attendees who bring kitten shower supplies or show proof of their online wishlist donation will be entered in our travel-themed raffle, which includes airline vouchers, an Airbnb gift card, and PAWS swag. We hope to see you next week!

DATE: Friday, April 19
TIME: 4-7pm (bar happy hour runs from 4-6)
WHERE: American Sardine Bar, 1800 Federal Street

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We are simply swooning for Ace! This sweet grandpa is a big softy with TONS of personality, love, and jowls to share.

He has truly come into his own in foster care after losing his home of 12 years, and his fosters have watched him transform from “a sad shelter Eyore to a happy and hopeful guy.” Now he’s ready to enjoy the best part of his golden years with you! Here are just a few of the wonderful things his fosters have shared about him:

🎾 He still has plenty of playful energy but is happy to snooze the day away in a sunny spot between walks and playtime with his stuffies

🧸 Ace loves to snuggle up with a stuffy friend or even a rope toy 🥹 This dude loves his toys and it is endlessly adorable to see!

🥰 No crates or gates needed! He is never destructive or gets into anything while we’re away. Easy peasy goodboi!

🌳 Ace is fully housetrained and loves going for walks. Even from a deep sleep, he’ll hop to it anytime a stroll is offered and knows the word “walk”!

💞 He is a friendly boy who trusts and bonds quickly. And he loves visitors! We had a birthday gathering of 8 people and Ace stole the show with his charm (and his ability to nap in the middle of a party). Everyone who meets him has nothing but great things to say!

🐶 In his 12 years of living with people, he’s become an expert at human behavior and can easily understand if you are asking him to do something. He knows a lot of English words like sit, lay down, paw, stay, wait, etc but also more complex things like “get out of the kitchen” and “go lay down in your bed.”

Ace has lived well with both adults and children, and is the kindest soul to everyone that he spends time with. If you’re looking for an easy starter dog or family dog, this perfect potato is ready to brighten your life! Learn more about Ace at our adoptions page (link in bio) and be sure to follow him at!

🐾 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society📍 2900 Grays Ferry Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19146 (by appointment only) ⭐️ PA License # 06172

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We’re expecting! 🍼Spring marks the start of kitten season, which means hundreds of orphaned babies as well as mothers with newborns will arrive at the city’s shelters throughout the warmer months. PAWS’ nursery is already filling up with a constant flow of litters, and we need your help!

To make sure we’re ready to welcome the little ones, we’re throwing a kitten shower and foster recruitment drive today through April 21. There are so many ways to get involved!

🎁 Send a kitten shower gift through our wishlists (link in bio!)
🐈 Join our foster team: visit our bio link to sign up to foster or register for our live online kitten foster orientation!
💝 Donate to PAWS’ Kitten Fund: through April 21, your gift will be doubled by the Tringali family up to $5000! Give today via Instagram, Venmo, or through our #linkinbio.
🐾 Join us for our in-person events next weekend, including a kitten shower happy hour at @americansardine, and open houses at our Grays Ferry and Old City locations. Visit our events page for more info (link in bio)!

Stay tuned to learn more, and remember that while this event runs for the next week, the need for fosters, supplies, and donations lasts all spring and summer long!

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Poor Eris! She’s been through so much, and really deserves a nice upgrade in her living situation by moving into foster care ❤️

This little lady came to us with severe dental disease that was negatively impacting her quality of life, and she’s now on the mend after receiving extensive dental work with our medical team. Unfortunately, she now has a kitty cold that she’s struggling to fight off at the shelter, and is feeling very nervous in our kennels to boot 🤧🥺

Even though Eris can be shy and flighty at first, she’s starting to warm up a lot more and is super sweet when she feels safe. She loves full body pets, and will reward you with lots of gentle purrs and biscuits if you take a moment to show her you’re a friend 🥰

If you’d like to help 4-6 year old Eris feel safe and healthy again, please email for more info!

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Pours For PAWS has officially sold out! We are thrilled to have so many fellow animal lovers joining us tonight at @positanocoastphilly and can’t wait to enjoy an evening of great food, drinks, and music to benefit the pets we save and serve. A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first served basis! ...

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Arlo is a big boy with a BIG personality to match! He’s looking for a unique home, either as a “working” barn cat where he can still get the human love and attention he craves, or as part of an adult, cat-savvy household outside of the city where he can have as much outdoor access as he wants.

Our adoption contract requires that cats live indoors only, but there’s an exception to every rule. In his previous homes, Arlo made it very clear that he would only be happy in a single-pet home where he was allowed to go outside – and if his parents tried to stop him, he’d apparently act out by being a chompy, swatty butthead. But the thing is, Arlo truly loves people – he’s just a complicated guy!

A staff favorite at the shelter, Arlo will ask for affection, petting, and lap time from anyone who will give it to him, and he’s a total ham when the toys come out. He’s also quick to get over-stimulated though, and may swat or chomp to let you know he’s gotten too excited. Luckily, cat-savvy folks will be able to read that naughty gleam in his eye from a mile away!

We can see Arlo being a truly fantastic buddy once he’s set up for success, and our team would love to tell you all about what that might look like!

Email to learn more about Arlo, or read more about him at our adoptions page (link in bio)!

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Looking for a new best friend? Meet Icy and other adoptable pups at our weekend events!

Saturday: Dog adoptions with TD Bank South
Join us for a PAWS Dog Adoption Event in South Philly April 13. There’ll be adorable pups on-site eager to meet their fur-ever families. Plus, pooch-friendly prizes, treats and snacks for humans, too. Bring your dog to snap and share pics of them making crunchy withdrawals at TD`s new Automated Treat Machine (ATM).

WHERE: @tdbank_us, 2201 S. Broad Street
WHEN: Saturday, April 13
TIME: 10-1

Sunday: Subaru`s Sakura Sunday at @hortcenter.philly
PAWS will be joining @subaru_usa for Sakura Sunday in Fairmount Park! Come out and meet adoptable dogs, learn more about getting involved and enjoy the cherry blossom trees. We hope to see you there!

WHERE: 100 N Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia 19131
WHEN: Sunday, April 14
TIME: 10-4

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Kittens are coming! Interested in fostering, but want to learn more? Join us Wednesday, April 17 at 6pm for a special, live online orientation that`s completely kitten-centric!

You`ll learn all about our foster program and how to care for young kittens and bottle feeders, plus you`ll get to meet some adorable tiny friends. Sign up today at (link in bio)!

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Candy tried on some eclipse glasses and decided she’ll be taking a nap instead 🕶️🥱 This tiny senior was understandably nervous at the shelter after losing her home, so she was overjoyed to find a foster home this weekend!

Foster homes give dogs a chance to decompress and show us their true personalities so we can make better adoption matches. Plus, each time a dog leaves the shelter for a foster home, we can use that space to rescue another dog in need!

Be a hero to a shelter dog and join our foster family today (link in bio)!

Ps. Please do not have your pets look at the eclipse even if they have glasses 😅

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