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PAWS Needs Volunteers

Help find homes for cats in need! PAWS houses adoptable cats at the Grant Avenue PETCO, and the team of volunteers dedicated to caring for them is looking for new members. Volunteers are needed to provide cats with care and comfort, clean cages, and process adoption applications. If you can commit to at least two shifts per month, please contact Rich at

The following shifts are open:
Weekday mornings, any 1-2 hours between 7-11 a.m.
Weekday evenings: 6-8 p.m.

Weekends: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Any training you need will be provided. By joining the team, you will help make matches between loving adopters and cats who are waiting patiently for a chance at the home they deserve. If you can’t volunteer but would like to adopt a cat, please stop by PETCO to meet your new best friend! PAWS volunteers are on-hand to help on weekdays from 6-8 p.m., and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PAWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. PAWS is Philadelphia’s largest rescue organization and only no-kill shelter, and is working to make Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year. Visit to learn more.

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Saturday in the Park

From adversity sometimes comes triumph.

A few months ago we were talking about the damage some dog owners had done to Overington Park and today we had kids and pets all over.   Beneath the shade of the old tree near the play equipment the kids sprawled on the ground decorating the sidewalk blocks with chalk.  Down at the park entrance on Leiper Street was PAWS offering low cost vaccinations and microchips to a long line of dogs. Looks like we all came out winners on this deal.

I talked to Diane Kunze, Janet Bernstein and Mary Ellen Post as I sat in the shade watching the kids work on their art.  Over with PAWS, I met Kim Wolf, a volunteer, and Clinic Practice Manager Robin Ackerman.

The Friends of Overington park group is growing possibly as a result of this issue.  People love this park.   There is talk of another big event like this in the Spring.