When you adopt a pet from PAWS you truly save a life!

Applications generally take several days to one week to process. There is a possibility for same day adoption, but we cannot guarantee it. Please present your application at a PAWS Adoption Center in person at least one hour prior to closing time. You may also mail it to 100 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or email it to .


Have you ever seen an adorable cat or kitten up for adoption and featured on your local news channel? Those great cats and kittens aren’t rare finds! They are the norm, and just about everywhere – including right here in Philadelphia – there are too many pets and not enough homes choosing to adopt them. Unfortunately, many animals are still not spayed or neutered resulting in thousands of unwanted cats and kittens each year.

Old City Adoption Center - Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Brenda's Cat Rescue has cats and kittens for adoption. Adopt a pet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You may be looking at the options, and wondering what the difference is between buying a cat or kitten you see advertised for sale in the Philadelphia newspaper, for instance, and adopting a cat or kitten from a shelter. One main difference is the feeling you get from knowing your choice is actually saving a life. When you adopt a cat or kitten from a Philadelphia-area shelter or rescue group, you’ll not only save the life of the cat you’ll call your new best friend, but you’ll be helping another cat by creating an open space at the shelter. And your new cat will show you vast amounts of gratitude every day!

Adopt a New Best Friend! - Philadoptables

Modeled after our successful locations in and , which save and serve thousands of vulnerable pets each year, PAWS opened its newest facility in 2014 in Northeast Philadelphia, bringing adoption and affordable basic veterinary care to a brand new community.

Le Cat Café - Philly's first cat cafe is open

The animals at our adoption locations who need to go into foster care make up only a small portion of Philadelphia's homeless animal population that PAWS is working to save. There are hundreds of animals in the City's animal control shelter on any given day whose lives depend on a rescue coming for them.Visit our adoption center at 3rd and Poplar Streets in Philadelphia or attend one of our to meet some wonderful cats and dogs waiting for their forever home. Or browse through all of Saved Me’s adoptable animals to find your new best friend.