PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, is a 501(c)3 donor-funded division of the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA), the City of Philadelphia's contracted animal control shelter. PAWS is dedicated to saving the lives of Philadelphia's homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals. Taking in nearly 30,000 animals each year, and operating the highest volume shelter in the region, PAWS is working to end the killing of healthy and treatable pets in the City of Philadelphia.

Adopt Adoption is the only hope for many of the animals in our care. When you adopt a new best friend from PAWS, you are saving a life that might not have had a chance without your kindness. Click here for more info, or click here to see our calendar of adoption events.

Volunteer Our dedicated volunteers mean the difference between life and death for PAWS animals. Whether you help at adoption events, socialize or bathe animals at the shelter, transport animals to foster homes or rescue organizations, or even provide administrative support, your time and compassion will make a tremendous difference. We have volunteer opportunities to fit every schedule and preference; please click here to get started!

Foster Thousands of animals who are too young or too sick to be adopted arrive at PAWS each year. Temporary foster care gives them a chance at life, something the shelter cannot offer. The need for foster care is great throughout the year, but it is particularly urgent during “kitten season,” April through September, when hundreds of cats and kittens can arrive at the shelter on any given day. Click here to learn more about PAWS' Foster Care Program and to get involved.

Donate Donations to PAWS support our lifesaving efforts: adoption programs, spay/neuter clinics, low-cost vaccinations, and other community-based programs. They also enable us to provide medical care to sick or injured animals. By giving generously, you play a critical role in helping PAWS’ greater endeavor of making Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Click here to learn how you can help save a life today.

-- 13:38, 19 March 2008 (UTC)Garrett Elwood