PAWS is a Philadelphia non-profit organization and the city's largest no-kill shelter. It is dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals.
PAWS runs two high-volume, low-cost clinics for pet owners and rescue organizations that do not have access to affordable basic veterinary care.
PAWS strives to make Philadelphia a no-kill city so that every healthy and treatable animal is guaranteed a home.
The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society is entirely privately funded. They receive their money from the generosity of individual, corporate, media, and foundation supporters.
The organization received support from staff, a volunteer base, an engaged Board of Directors, frequent media appearances, and community backing.
Support for PAWS funds initiatives to help reduce and eliminate the killing of Philadelphia’s healthy pets. Donations to PAWS are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Why PAWS is Important
Nearly 24,000 homeless, abandoned, and unwanted dogs and cats enter Philadelphia's animal control shelter. More than a quarter of them will unfortunately be killed (2017 | Philly Paws - About).
PAWS is working to end this and bring Philadelphia closer to a no-kill city through rescue and prevention efforts.