Giving PAWS in Philadelphia


Recently I was in Philadelphia for about four hours, just enough time to get a Philly Cheese steak and take in a few sights. After I made the nearly impossible decision on whether to have a Pat’s or Geno’s steak, I became familiar with Philadelphia’s only no-kill shelter.  The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society or PAWS as it is lovingly known by supporters and fans is one of the Keystone State’s true gems.

PAWS needs volunteers to help facilitate monetary donations, spread the no-kill shelter philosophy, foster animals and promote animals available for adoption. Volunteers stopping by for the day can help animals stay socialized while they wait for their new fur-ever homes, help out with office work and participate in general upkeep of the shelter. Event volunteers are also needed. PAWS has a packed event calendar filled with everything from  traditional pet shelter adoption events to a fundraising dunk tank at Beer Week, and a National Hockey League Philadelphia Flyers fundraiser. They are clearly an organization on the move and in touch with the thriving city whose pets they are saving.

Waiting for you!

All of PAWS’ efforts are privately funded and are aimed at reducing the homeless pet population, keeping pets healthy, and ending the city’s use of euthanasia as a means of population control for healthy and treatable pets.  This means they save lives. Period. PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. PAWS is also selling calendars and t-shirts through their website to support their work. Learn more at





Carrie Collins-Fadell

Taking Root: Innovation From The Nonprofit Community

May 2012

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