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Dr. Rippie loved his town. He knew what it meant to be a part of a community. A good neighbor. A trusted friend. A real small town vet with a big heart. It’s in that spirit of generosity that Dr. Torre and the staff at Pennsauken Animal Hospital have started a non-profit called Dr. Rippie’s Helping Paws.

Helping Paws is based on the belief that every animal deserves an advocate, a voice that will speak for them and fight for their future. Lost, stray, and abandoned animals need someone to stand up for them if they have a good prognosis. Your support and donations towards this program will help us provide the medical care these animals deserve. 

We can all think of a pet we lost too soon. A loved one we would give just about anything to have one more day with. One more game of fetch. One more shared cat nap. Let’s do this together. 

All funds raised will be used to help animals in need of live-saving medical care. 

Ways to Support

There are a few ways to support Helping Paws! You can purchase some Helping Paws merch when you come to the site, enter to win one of our monthly raffle baskets, or donate directly. 

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Become a Foster!

We couldn't care for the number of animals we have without amazing fosters. These fosters give our cases the space to heal and the love to grow.

St. Patty's Day Raffle Basket!

Enter for a chance to win lots of adult beverages and fun St. Patrick's Day items. Each chance to win is $5.

Must be 21+ to win. Enter below with Venmo or stop by the site in person.

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Drink Beer. Help Save a Life.

Dr. Brewlittles will make a donation with every

Helping Paws beer sold.

We have been able to help 90 pets with our community's support!

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Our Corporate Sponsors

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Current Cases

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Status: This sweet boy was surrendered to us after he was hit by a car. He needed to have his eye removed and his jaw wired. Our amazing friends at Community Cat Club stepped up and found a wonderful foster! He has healed beautifully and he is ready for his forever home. If you are looking to adopt, please contact Community Cat Club!

Lilo

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Status: Ready for adoption with Rose! Brought in by ACO/a Good Samaritan. He was in terrible pain when he came in – his skin was cracked, oozing, and bleeding. With a lot of medical care and love by his foster family, he is now ready to find his forever home with his sister Rose. They will need lifelong medical care for ongoing skin issues. They both love dogs, cats, and kids! 

River

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Status: Such a handsome boy! Pepper was surrendered because he was having some symptoms and behaviors that needed further investigation. After a whole slew of diagnostics, Pepper has some liver issues that we are hoping will resolve soon and he needs to drop some pounds but we are hopeful he is on the up and up! He LOVES his foster family and has become besties with one of their dogs. 

Pepper

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Status: Ready for adoption with River! Rose is a really happy, energetic, playful, silly girl who also loves to snuggle. She came in with slightly less severe skin issues than her brother River but likewise will need ongoing medical care in order to keep their skin issues under control. They both receive monthly injections and are on prescription food. They both love dogs, cats, and kids! 

Rose

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Status: In foster – Sophie came to us when she ate the top of a door stopper. She had emergency surgery and has been in foster ever since. She needs a very special home who understands her behavioral issues. We are looking for a rescue or sanctuary who can take her in. 

Sophie

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Status: Ready for adoption! This little one was hit by a car. A group of kindhearted teens saw it happen and brought her to us for help. Kittens are absolutely amazing though and with some TLC she has become a healthy, happy, super playful kitten! She is incredibly affectionate and loves to sleep on you. She loves other cats and will make an incredible loving addition to your family. 

Biscuit

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Status: In foster care while healing from a leg amputation. Anya came in as a stray after being hit by a car - she was at risk of being euthanized and we just couldn't let that happen. She is healing up from her leg amputation as well as some other traumatic injuries. When she is well enough we will continue her vetting including making sure she is spayed. She is loving her foster sister and Helping Paws alum Maddie who is showing her the ropes! 

Anya

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Status: We promised we would take someone in honor of Nellie and we couldn’t say no to this gentle giant. As you can see, he is skin and bones. We are doing a full work up so we can start to tackle his various issues. He literally needs a soft place to land - if you can donate some funds we would love to get him a nice soft bed and introduce him to toys. Because he is so emaciated he will be on a strict feeding regimen. We add hoping against hope that all of these diagnostics come back boring.

Nelson

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Status: Chicken was brought in by our amazing friends @angelshelpinganimalsnj to be TNR’ed. When it turned out he was a super friendly boy (and our staff fell in love). We knew we wanted to help make sure he got to be an indoor boy and he is now in foster with us. He has already been a super sweet boy. We’re giving him a little time to adjust and he’ll need one more round of vaccines and then he’ll be up for adoption!

Chicken

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Status: In foster care and will be up for adoption through our partner Paw It 4Ward. This sweet girl was hit by a car and needed her leg amputated. We quickly got her into surgery where we spayed her at the same time. She scored an amazing foster home where she is quickly getting comfortable and healing so well. Thanks to our rescue friends Paw It 4Ward for stepping up to foster her! 

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Past Helping Paws Cases

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