About PAWS Chicago

PAWS 2015 Stats 600.jpgPAWS Chicago is dedicated to building No Kill communities–starting with a No Kill Chicago–
where all healthy and treatable pets are saved. Since our founding in 1997, the number of homeless dogs and cats killed annually in Chicago has dropped 77 percent. But with nearly 10,000 homeless pets still dying in our city each year, there is more important work to be done.

PAWS Chicago focuses on engaging the community to help solve the pet overpopulation problem. When people find out what pets are facing in our current sheltering system, they are inspired to adopt, volunteer, donate and spread the word about the importance of spay and neuter. It is the power of community engagement that fuels our lifesaving efforts and our four core programs:



Prevention The main tools for reducing the birth of unwanted animals are spay/neuter programs and community outreach. The majority of stray, feral and other homeless pets originate in low‐income, under‐resourced communities. With the PAWS Chicago Lurie Clinic and the GusMobile Spay/Neuter Van, we perform more than 18,000 spay/neuter surgeries each year.


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Thanks to our adoption centers, offsite events and innovative programming, more than 6,000 animals find loving homes each year. Our Adoption Center in Lincoln Park redefined animal sheltering. PAWS’ first satellite adoption facility—the Glenn L. Felner North Shore Adoption Center—represents an important step in our mission to expand lifesaving and build No Kill communities.



Our No Kill commitment means that we give every pet the individualized treatment and rehabilitation they need. Our shelter medicine program helps pets with illnesses and injuries, while our behavior programs provide enrichment and training for pets who have suffered mistreatment, abuse or lack of socialization.


Volunteers are the life force behind every aspect of our lifesaving efforts, from supporting our adoption, medical, spay/neuter and outreach to serving as foster parents, welcoming pets into their homes. Volunteers dedicate more than 100,000 hours of service each year, fulfilling the work of 50 full-time employees. 




charitynav.jpgCharity Navigator, the country’s premier independent charity evaluator, has ranked PAWS Chicago the best performing charity in the nation in the Animal Rights, Welfare and Services category. They have also awarded PAWS Chicago their highest 4‐star rating for 13 consecutive years. That’s something less than one percent of charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have ever received.

Learn more at pawschicago.org >>