Shelter Me: PAWS Rescue

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The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society or PAWS is throwing itself a birthday PAW-ty to celebrate 10 years of saving animals in the city and raise money to rescue many more.

The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society or PAWS is throwing itself a birthday PAW-ty to celebrate 10 years of saving animals in the city and raise money to rescue many more.

PAWS Rescue has a grand goal to ultimately make Philadelphia a no kill city.

"PAWS is Philadelphia's largest rescue partner. We pull animals out of an animal control shelter and we bring them into our adoption facilities," said Executive Director Melissa Levy.
On Thursday, April 6, they're throwing themselves a birthday bash at La Peg on Christopher Columbus Boulevard to celebrate 10 years of saving lives.

The fare will be Vegan and Vegetarian.

Levy said, "We're going to have music and dancing, a silent auction, we're going to be raffling off a pair of round trip American Airlines tickets."

"And to re-energize us and get us ready to keep going and continue to do all that we can for the animals that still need us. So there's something for everybody, but no animals are harmed in the process."

The event will also raise money for the rescue to continue its work.

"PAWS is totally donor funded," added Levy.

PAWS rescues roughly 3000 animals a year at a cost of $900,000.

If weather permits, party goers can meet some of the adoptable pups like Henrietta.

"She was found as a stray in Germantown," said Levy.

She's a sweet quiet pooch that just wants a lap to curl up in.
Levy adds, "She's here with us and safe until we find her a great home."

Anastasia was also found as a stray, along with one of her kittens.

"We're going to find her a great home where she won't ever have to be on the street again," said Levy.

Geoff is a playful 3-5-year-old pup who would do well in an active home.

"He's a really smart boy who really needs a home that can give him some structure," said Levy.

Tasty is PAWS' longest resident.

"She is very slowly coming out of her shell, and becoming much more affectionate and playful. She was and still is extremely overweight, but we're working on that she's on a special diet," said Levy.

Busy Bee is a very curious and playful kitty.

"She just can't get enough human contact. A really sweet girl," said Levy.

Meet Yolanda. Yolanda is 3-6 month old pit pup who was found as stray about a week ago. She's an absolute love bug and could not be any sweeter.

If you're interested in Yolanda, any of the animals you've met today, or want to attend the PAWS 10th Birthday Celebration, you can visit the PAWS website.

And, if you'd like us to share your shelter success stories, post a picture to the FYI Philly Facebook page using #6abcShelterMe and tell us where you adopted your pet and how much they mean to you.

Action News will feature your stories in upcoming Shelter Me segments.

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