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Mission Statement

PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia's homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is Philadelphia's largest rescue organization and only no-kill shelter, and is working to make Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year.

Support for PAWS funds lifesaving initiatives including adoption and foster care programs, spay/neuter surgeries, low-cost vaccinations, and other efforts, all of which help reduce and will ultimately eliminate the unnecessary killing of Philadelphia''s animals.


In March 2010, PAWS opened a low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter and wellness clinic serving pet owners and rescues in an effort to keep pets healthy and reduce the homeless pet population. Located in the Grays Ferry section of the city, the Clinic serves pet owners who have difficulty affording or do not have access to basic veterinary care (sterilization, vaccinations, treatments for upper respiratory infections/parasites/fleas, etc.) and rescue organizations that need affordable spay/neuter surgery and basic veterinary care to carry out their lifesaving work.

Through our Old City adoption center, our network of foster homes, and special adoption events held throughout the area, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of stray or owner-surrendered animals each year. All PAWS animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped before being sent home. Our adoption center is open seven days a week. For hours of operation, directions, and to see our full calendar of adoption events and locations, please visit: www.phillypaws.org.



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Average Review 4 reviews

Would you recommend PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)?

by Sarah G. (April 17, 2014)
I have volunteered with PAWS several times. Not through this website--which I just joined--but on my own. The are great in every way. Wonderful, caring people and of course great animals. They definitely have the needs of the animals as their first priority and it shows in the work they do. I would not hesitate to volunteer for them again or tell a friend to do so.
by R. F. (August 6, 2010)
PAWS is run by a dedicated staff and volunteer corps. Both staff and volunteers are very personable and care deeply about their mission to rescue and adopt out cats and dogs that are deserving of a good life.
by Jennie R. (August 6, 2010)
Volunteering at PAWS is a fabulous experience. If you want a drama free, hands on experience with great people, this is the rescue for you. I started volunteering in September of 2009, and would happily spend my every waking hour there if I could. The staff members are friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to be around and the other volunteers are almost always great to work with. Having volunteered for a lot of organizations where this wasn't the case, I feel extremely lucky to have discovered an organization that treats volunteers so well. If you want to do something to help homeless animals, you should definitely check it out. Even if you don't want to work directly with the animals, there are many administrative tasks that volunteers are needed for. And if you do want to work hands on, there are always opportunities do so. What are you waiting for? Go sign up!