PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is the city’s largest no-kill shelter and operates a high-volume, low-cost clinic serving pet owners and rescue organizations that lack access to affordable basic veterinary care. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year. PAWS is working to make Philadelphia a place where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home.
Every year in Philadelphia, more than 30,000 homeless, abandoned, and unwanted dogs and cats enter the city’s animal control shelter. Approximately four in ten of them – 12,000 pets – never make it back out alive. PAWS is committed to reducing that number, and to leading Philadelphia toward becoming a no-kill city. We do so through comprehensive rescue and prevention efforts: pulling at-risk animals out of the city’s shelter and placing them in loving adoptive and foster homes, and providing low- or no-cost veterinary services and spay/neuter surgery to disadvantaged pet owners, enabling pets to remain as cherished family members rather than face abandonment and preventing the birth of unwanted litters.
Our efforts are based out of our boutique-style Adoption Center in the Old City section of Philadelphia, which showcases adoptable animals in an inviting setting, and our Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in the Grays Ferry section.
When you adopt your new best friend from PAWS, you are truly saving a life that may not have had a chance without your kindness.
Because of the high volume of animals that come into Philadelphia's shelters each day, there are always new PAWS animals looking for loving homes. So, if you don't make a match on Petfinder today, stop by our adoption center to meet the dozens of animals who are available for adoption every day.
ADOPTING A NEW BEST FRIEND
All dogs and puppies are spayed or neutered prior to going home, vaccinated for: distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus (DHLPP - for puppies, the first in a series of three vaccinations that should be completed by the adoptive family either at the family veterinarian's office or by returning to PAWS for a $15 fee), bordetella and rabies (for dogs three months and older), dewormed (often the first in a series of treatments that should be completed by the adoptive family) and treated for fleas (treatment must continue after adoption to keep your pet flea free). Never lose your best friend! Your new pet will be implanted with a 24 Petwatch microchip that should be registered in your name after adoption.
Our Volunteer Adoption Team assists in finding homes for our homeless animals every day at our downtown adoption center, at various off-site adoption events each weekend, and at the Cottman Avenue PETsMART seven days a week. To become a PAWS volunteer or to learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
PAWS is a rescue organization which pulls the most vulnerable animals out of the City's animal control shelter and finds them homes. Those animals are placed either at PAWS adoption locations (2nd & Arch, PetSmart, etc.) or in foster homes while they wait for adoption. The number of animals we can rescue depends on the number of spaces available in our adoption locations and the number of foster homes who are ready to take in animals.
PAWS Adoption Center is open seven days a week: Monday through Friday, 12pm-7pm; Saturday, 11am-7pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm. It is located on the corner of 2nd & Arch Streets in Philadelphia. Click here for a map and directions.
HELP PROMOTE PAWS PETS FOR ADOPTION
You can help promote PAWS pets for adoption by placing Petfinder's Pet Scroller on your website. For more information on adding the Pet Scroller to your website contact PAWS at email@example.com.