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PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)

100 N. 2nd Street
(on the corner of 2nd & Arch Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Our Mission

PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless and at-risk animals. PAWS is the city’s largest rescue partner and provider of low-cost, basic veterinary care for pet owners and rescue organizations that cannot otherwise access or afford it. Through its three no-kill shelters, foster care network, and special events, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year. PAWS is working to make Philadelphia a no-kill city where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home.

Adoption Policy

The first step is to fill out our cat adoption application ( or dog adoption application (, which you can also pick up at any of our locations.

For information on PAWS' adoption process, visit

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