PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is a national model in No Kill animal sheltering. As Chicagoland’s largest No Kill shelter, PAWS has helped to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the city by more than 80 percent since its founding in 1997.
In just 20 years, PAWS Chicago has grown from a grassroots organization to a national leader in the No Kill movement, guiding other communities in how to dramatically reduce the euthanasia of homeless cats and dogs.
In the last five years alone, PAWS Chicago has found homes for 28,542 homeless pets, spayed or neutered 89,839 cats and dogs and trained 15,039 volunteers to be part of the solution.
In 2016, PAWS Chicago found homes for over 5,100 homeless pets through its Lincoln Park and Highland Park Adoption Centers and performed over 17,000 spay and neuter surgeries through its Lurie Clinic and GusMobile Spay/Neuter Van. These two medical resources give PAWS Chicago the ability to provide free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and humane education to under-resourced families and neighborhoods that need the most help in controlling pet population.
This partnership will help PAWS Chicago continue to provide residents with free spay/neuter services and medical care for their pets through the PAWS for Life program. The PAWS for Life program works on the ground in underserved communities of Chicago to remove barriers to humane pet care, which helps keep pets in their homes.