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PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society

100 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone (215) 238-9901
cats & dogs at PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society

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Philadelphia, PA

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To adopt a dog, complete the application at
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Adoption fees are as follows (plus tax):

Cat (6 months of age and older): $60
Kitten (under 6 months): $100
Kitten pair (under 6 months): $150
Small dog (under 25 lbs): $250
Puppy (under 1 year of age): $250
Large adult dog (older than 1 year): $150

All PAWS animals are spayed/neutered, microchipped, given age-appropriate vaccinations, dewormed, and treated for fleas.

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About PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society

PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless and at-risk animals. PAWS is the city’s largest rescue partner and provider of low-cost, basic veterinary care for pet owners and rescue organizations that cannot otherwise access or afford it. Through its three no-kill shelters, foster care network, and special events, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year. PAWS is working to make Philadelphia a no-kill city where every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home.

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Support adoption and rescue. Why go to a dog breeder, cat breeder or pet store to buy a dog or buy a cat when you can adopt?

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life.

What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder?

When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes.

So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.