Boutique-like animal shelter opens in Phila.

January 17, 2008 7:58:25 AM PST

It resembles a pet boutique more than a traditional shelter.

Located at Second and Arch streets in the heart of Old City, PAWS - the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society - is a division of the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association.

PAWS hopes the city's only downtown shelter will save between 2,000 and 3,000 animals this year.

The shelter's atmosphere has a warm, homey feeling in a neighborhood full of residents and workers. People can also bring their pets there and purchase pet food. Proceeds will benefit the organization.

PAWS wants to open more shelters and eventually save 90 percent of the animals in the city system. About 30,000 animals enter it each year, and about 40 percent are euthanized.