PHILADELPHIA ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY

Working to make Philadelphia a no-kill city.

aka PAWS   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  www.phillypaws.org

Mission

PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia's homeless and at-risk pets. 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.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Melissa Levy

Main address

100 N. 2nd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA

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EIN

26-3862631

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There has been a dramatic reduction in Philadelphia's homeless pet population since PAWS began: 63% fewer animals entered the city shelter in 2020 than when we started in 2006 – 11,000, down from 30,000. The lifesaving rate has also skyrocketed, 89% in 2020, up from the abysmal 11% that prompted PAWS' founding. Still, 384 savable homeless dogs and cats entering Philadelphia's animal control shelter in 2020 were euthanized there. To make Philadelphia a no-kill city, more animals must be adopted into loving homes, struggling pet owners must get the help they need to keep and care for their pets, and unwanted litters must be prevented. In Philadelphia, where 25% of the population lives in poverty, hundreds of thousands of pet owners cannot afford or access basic veterinary care. Their pets are the ones most vulnerable to being abandoned and euthanized in shelters. A safety net to help families stay together, and to treat and rehome pets when necessary, is vital to our city's well-being.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pet Adoption

Through our two adoption centers, located on the corner of 2nd & Arch Streets in Old City and at Grant and Bustleton Avenues in the Northeast, and through our special adoption events held throughout the area, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of stray or owner-surrendered animals each year. All PAWS animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped before being sent home.

Our adoption centers are open seven days a week. For hours of operation, directions, and to see our full calendar of adoption events and locations, please visit: www.phillypaws.org.

There are many adoptable animals living in one of our many foster homes, which provide temporary care for adoptable pets and help find them permanent homes. Visit www.phillypaws.org and click "Adopt" for a list of animals currently in foster care. You may contact foster parents directly to learn more, arrange to meet, and explore the adoption process.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Foster homes are at the heart of PAWS' ability to save lives. By opening your home to an animal in need, you will provide a chance at life to a pet who would otherwise die. Some are too young to be adopted, while some are sick or injured and need time to heal. Others just need to get out of the shelter to make space for incoming animals whose lives depend on it. There is always an animal who needs you; fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences imaginable. The need for foster care is always great, but it is particularly urgent during "kitten season” — April through September — when hundreds of cats and kittens can arrive at local shelters on any given day. To learn more or to get started, please email [email protected] or visit www.phillypaws.org.

Population(s) Served
Adults

PAWS' two low-cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics are open seven days per week and offer basic veterinary care including spay, neuter, vaccinations, wellness examinations, and treatments for common conditions. The Clinics serve pet owners who cannot otherwise access or afford basic veterinary care. By offering low-cost services, PAWS aims to help Philadelphians provide the care their pets need and keep them as beloved family members. In addressing this dire need in the community, the Clinics also reduce the number of animals born on the streets and/or entering city shelters by providing pet owners with an alternative to abandoning their pets. The Clinics also extend affordable services to area rescue organizations, providing low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary care to enable them to do more of their lifesaving work. By offering additional housing space for rescued animals, the Clinics dramatically expand PAWS' ability to rescue more animals that would otherwise be killed in city shelters.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Pet Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, shelter intake in Philadelphia decreased by 25-30%, reflective of national trends due to COVID-19. In addition, the animals we rescue are more medically complicated than in previous years.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Pet Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 adoption numbers are in keeping with our intake numbers, and include 3 animals who were already in our care at the start of the year. Approximately 300 animals remained in our care on 12/31/20.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, the dip was due to a mandatory 6-week pause in surgery to conserve PPE for human hospital use at the start of the pandemic, and reduced capacity due to COVID-19 modifications.

Average number of animals spayed and neutered per day

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

spay/neuter is performed 5 days per week, so average is calculated based on available surgery days rather than calendar days.

Number of community pets provided with basic veterinary care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Changes due to COVID-19 included a complete shift to curbside service, by appointment only, which reduced our overall capacity to serve clients in the volume we've been able to in previous years.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our ultimate goal is to reduce the homeless animal population in Philadelphia until only pets who are unsavable due to severe medical or behavioral issues are euthanized in shelters. Specifically, by rescuing animals and providing services to community pets in our clinics, we aim to:

• Reduce the city's use of euthanasia as a means of population control;
• Reduce the number of stray and unwanted pets entering the city's animal control shelter;
• Prevent the birth of unwanted litters born to owned pets; and,
• Enable communities to humanely manage feral and stray cat colonies more effectively and affordably, and in the process, curb the number of stray litters born (which are vulnerable to the elements, susceptible to disease and injury, and potential victims of cruelty).

Our efforts are based out of our boutique-style Adoption Center in the Old City section of Philadelphia, which showcases adoptable animals in an inviting setting, our Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic in the Grays Ferry section, and our Northeast Adoption Center and Low-Cost Clinic, which brings our services to a community that previously lacked them.

Through these locations, combined with our strong and ever-expanding foster care network, PAWS is expanding the safety net for the city's most vulnerable animals. Our rescue efforts match homeless pets with loving fosters and adopters. Our prevention efforts provide struggling pet owners with affordable basic veterinary care. Over time, these services both increase homeless pets' chances of leaving the city's animal control shelter alive and finding safe, caring homes, and decrease the overall number of animals entering the overburdened shelter in the first place or being born on the streets.

RESCUE: Each of our adoption centers can house 2-4 dogs and approximately 40 adoptable cats at any given time. Our no-kill shelters can house a total of 36 sick cats in isolation, enabling them to recover from common illnesses and become ready for adoption. We can also house as many as 80 kittens (with or without their mothers) in our nurseries, while they await placement in temporary foster homes where they can grow in a safe and nurturing environment until they reach an adoptable age. Our shelter's kennels can house up to 17 dogs while they await placement in foster or adoptive homes. In addition to safety, housing, and proper nutrition, all animals in our care receive veterinary attention, daily TLC, socialization, and behavioral enrichment from staff and volunteers. Our goal is to prepare the animals we rescue for a successful transition to a forever home, beginning as soon as they arrive at one of our facilities, and to support that transition even after the animals have left our care, to help ensure success in their new homes.

PREVENTION: Our clinics provide high-quality, high-volume, low-cost basic veterinary care seven days a week. We serve more than 38,000 pets each year, performing thousands of spay/neuter surgeries and providing vaccinations and management/treatment of the most common health conditions (upper respiratory infections, parasites, skin conditions, etc.). The goal of these services is to stop the birth of unwanted litters and to enable pets to remain as cherished family members, rather than face abandonment due to unaffordable or inaccessible veterinary care. We also extend our services to other rescue organizations, so that they can stretch their limited resources and maximize their lifesaving capacity.

PAWS has steadily increased the number of animals it saves and serves, from nearly 3,000 in 2009 to more than 43,000 in 2019. We have done so by constantly working to engage the community in our efforts, making it as easy as possible for them to join our mission by adopting, fostering, volunteering, or donating. We have also expanded our physical presence to include three facilities, making our low-cost clinical services available to as many struggling pet owners as possible.

The primary indicators of our success are the overall intake and euthanasia rates at the city's animal control shelter. Intake and euthanasia rates at the city shelter have been steadily decreasing since 2011 -- both signs that our efforts are making the desired impact on the city's homeless animal population. We must and will continue expanding the safety net we provide to the city's neediest pets until every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home.

Financials

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PHILADELPHIA ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 2/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maxine Mann

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Peter Jaslow

Ballard Spahr, LLP

Elizabeth Wideman, Esq.

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Pete Shrier

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Mark Dorfman

Radial

Jocelyn Barton

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Ashley Berke

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Chris Kohl

Fortium Partners, LP

Chris Monteleone

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Michael Raphael

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Lynda Macdougall

JPMorgan Chase

Mark DeSouza

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Laura Kilday

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data