URGENT: The city shelter is full, and we need your help to make more room for at-risk cats and dogs!

It’s Kitten Week at PAWS!

As spring arrives, kitten season begins, bringing an influx of orphaned kittens and new mothers to the city’s shelters. PAWS’ nursery is quickly filling up with litters, and we’re seeking your assistance to support them — and many more who will follow — throughout the warmer months ahead!

Help us welcome the little ones by joining us for “Kitten Week” from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 21. We’re hosting a donation drive and a range of events with a special focus on fostering. This emphasis is inspired by the pressing reality that the number of at-risk kittens and cats far exceeds the capacity of our shelter and existing foster homes; so PAWS is actively recruiting new fosters to make sure we can keep up with the need. 

Check out a variety of fun ways to get involved and support PAWS during Kitten Week:

Join our Foster Team

Foster parents are the reason we can save as many lives as we do, and they are essential for young kittens, who are too small and fragile to survive in the shelter. By signing up to foster now, you’ll ensure enough homes will be ready as kittens arrive in the coming weeks and months. Our foster team can match you with orphaned siblings or singletons, bottle-feeders, or a mom with babies — based on your comfort level, experience, and preferences.

Join our Live Foster Orientation

This year, we’re making it even easier to get started fostering! Join us for a live foster orientation on Wednesday, April 17 at 6pm. You’ll learn all about our foster program and how to care for young kittens, and then you’ll be able to start fostering as soon as you’re ready! Register today.

Send Vital Kitten Supplies

Between in-shelter kitten care and supply kits for our foster parents, we go through tons of formula, wet food, and other necessities that keep growing babies heathy and nourished. You can help make sure we have everything we need to care for them by sending supplies through our Kitten Shower WishlistChewy Wishlist, or Amazon Wishlist. (We’ll need donations throughout kitten season and all year long, so please bookmark these pages for later!)

Attend our Kitten Shower Happy Hour at American Sardine Bar

Join PAWS at American Sardine Bar on Friday, April 19 from 4-7pm for “Kitten Shower Happy Hour.” Attendees are encouraged to bring items from PAWS’ Kitten Shower Wishlist and can learn about fostering, win raffle prizes, and mingle with fellow animal lovers.

Attend our Kitten Week Open Houses

Stop by our open house at our Grays Ferry shelter on Saturday, April 20 from 11am-2pm. Attendees can learn about fostering, enjoy light snacks and refreshments, and meet adoptable cats! This event is open to the public, however we encourage folks to bring a donation or Kitten Wishlist shower gift to attend! Our Old City Adoption Center will also host an open house on Sunday, April 21 from 11am-2pm. 

During Kitten Week only: Make a gift, have it DOUBLED!

As some of the most fragile animals we rescue, kittens often require above-and-beyond care and medical treatment due to illness, injury, or failure to thrive. Your gift of any amount will ensure we are ready for the little ones who will be counting on us this year. Because the need is so great, all gifts to our Kitten Care Fund are being generously matched by the Tringali Family, up to $5,000!

The Tringalis are PAWS adopters and dedicated animal lovers who are committed to helping all pets in need — we are so grateful for all of their support and for this wonderful opportunity. Please give today to double your impact!