Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society

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100 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia,  PA 19106
Phone: 215-238-9901

PAWS is Philadelphia's largest animal rescue partner and provider of low-cost veterinary care for struggling pet owners. Through our three no-kill shelters, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of homeless pets each year.

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Success Story

Since 2006, PAWS has played a leading role in transforming animal welfare in Philadelphia, and our goal is now very much within reach. The number of dogs and cats entering the city shelter is less than half of what it was when we started – 13,000 estimated for 2020, compared to 30,000 in 2006 – and 89% of them are now being saved, compared to the abysmal 11% that prompted PAWS’ founding. This tremendous progress has come from years of relentless efforts to expand lifesaving opportunities, and to provide struggling pet owners with the help they need to keep their pets as cherished family members.

PAWS’ provides rescue and prevention services in its three no-kill facilities.

Join us in making Philadelphia a no-kill city!

Every homeless and at-risk pet we save and serve depends on the generosity of our supporters. We spend donations carefully: $0.91 of every dollar goes directly to the animals. Your gift will make an immediate difference in the lives of dogs and cats who are depending on us. For more information on our lifesaving efforts, please visit

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