Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
860 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Pets at Our Shelter:
Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:Our Save-a-life center is located in Northern Liberties Philadelphia but we pull animals locally and nationwide from overburdened shelters. We are one of the largest no-kill animal shelters in Philadelphia and are proud to say that as of March 2012 we have saved 1,200 lives (and counting!).
About Our Shelter:Operation Ava is a Philadelphia based no-kill animal shelter. We save animals from overburdened shelters both locally and nationwide. Operation Ava’s mission is to provide animals in need with rescue, adoption and medical services, to empower children to make a difference in their community and to educate children of all ages on responsible pet ownership and issues facing homeless and abused animals.
Our mission is to provide life-saving rescue and medical assistance for dogs and cats and educate the children and families that care for them. Nine-year old Ava and twelve-year old Lexie Gutierrez founded Operation Ava after they visited a local animal shelter in July of 2009. They were touched by the large number of sick, homeless and unwanted animals at the shelter. They were determined to make a difference, but were turned away because they were too young to volunteer. With help from their mother, they founded Operation Ava, which has become one of Philadelphia’s largest no-kill animal shelters and has saved the lives of close to 1,200 animals. The majority of the animals we save are housed in our Save-a-Life Center located at 858 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia PA 19123. In 2011, we saved 722 animals and gave them a second chance at happiness. In the coming years we hope to save thousands more!