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Rescue Groups/Pet Adoption

Animal Rescue Groups and Sources for Pet Adoptions

There are many animal rescue groups working in our region.  They can all be found at the Petfinder website ( ).  Below are the major Philadelphia animal welfare organizations.  Some of the smaller groups working in Philadelphia neighborhoods are listed in the link on the right.  Animal rescue organizations can be sources of many things like information, advice, pet adoptions and volunteer opportunities.  Keep in mind that pet rescue groups  can vary in their degree of organization. Also, they are usually staffed by volunteers working under demanding conditions.

The Pennsylvania SPCA – Philadelphia Adoption Center: Houses hundreds of adoptable cats, dogs, and other animals. Located at 350 E. Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19146. Open seven days a week for adoptions. For more information call (215) 426-6300 or visit

Animal Care & Control Team (ACCT): Functions as the City of Philadelphia’s animal control agency. Also houses hundreds of adoptable cats, dogs, and other animals. Located at 111 W. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140. Open everyday for adoptions. For more information call (267) 385-3800.

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Adoption Center: Philadelphia’s only no-kill shelter. Houses many adoptable cats and dogs. Located at 100 N. 2nd Street (at Arch Street), Philadelphia, PA 19106. Open seven days a week for adoptions. For more information, call (215) 238-9901 or visit

Morris Animal Refuge: Houses dozens of adoptable cats, dogs, and other small animals. Located at 1242 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Open Monday through Saturday for adoptions. For more information call (215) 735-9570 or visit

Philadoptables is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of the 30,000+ stray and unwanted animals that come into the Philadelphia animal control shelter every year.

Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia (  In addition to serving as a resource for Philly’s animal-lovers, this group does a lot of outreach, education, and advocacy to benefit animals and the people who love them. They also have a Humane Education program that teaches people about responsible pet ownership, animal safety, etc. And, like all the other groups, they’re looking for volunteers to get involved.

Animal Welfare Association                Voorhees, NJ      856-424-2288    

This organization is in New Jersey, but will help animals from Pennsylvania.

AWA is a non-profit,501(c)3 organization providing shelter for orphaned animals, low-cost spay and neuter services, pet assisted therapy and humane education for the community since 1948.  Each year, more than 9,500 animals receive care through AWA programs.

The Humane Society of Berks County (in Reading PA) will accept surrendered pets for a fee of $25 or 3 hours of community service.  This is an Adoption Guarantee shelter (technically not a no kill shelter, but euthanasia is very infrequent)

Using the internet to re-home a pet:

(10/2014)  A new i-Phone app supports pet rescue and adoption.  It’s called Rescue Idiot.



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