About Operation Ava
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!
Come Meet Our Pets...No appointments necessary! Come by our Save-A-Life center to see animals anytime during our operating hours. The Save-A-Life center is open Monday-Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday 9am-8pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. Through our partnership with Doggie Style Pet Boutiques, some of our adoptable animals are viewable in their retail stores as well.
Our Adoption Process...
To adopt you'll need identification, proof of home ownership or permission from your landlord, a veterinary references or three personal references. All pets are spayed or neutered, up to date with vaccines, micro-chipped, and seen by our veterinarian. Cats are tested for FeLV and FIV and dogs over 7 months are tested for heartworm. All pets are eligible for a complimentary 30 day pet health insurance policy. Adoption fees are $75.00 for cats and kittens - $350.00 for puppies under 6 months, $275.00 for adult dogs and $225.00 for Senior dogs over 8years. We are open Monday through Friday from 10am until 8pm, Saturday 9am until 9pm and Sunday from 11am till 6pm. No appointment neccessary.