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PAWS Chicago

Help PAWS Chicago Save Dogs and Cats with Your Next Home Sale, Purchase or Commercial Lease

PAWS Chicago is committed to ending the killing of homeless dogs and cats and is a national model for humane animal care and shelter. As a member of Investing in Communities®, PAWS Chicago can receive funding from the real estate transactions of its supporters, at no cost to the supporter or to PAWS Chicago. The more supporters use this free platform before engaging a real estate agent, the more resources PAWS Chicago has to help homeless pets.


PAWS Chicago has a “save rate” of 98% and in 2017 alone facilitated over 5,300 adoptions of cats and dogs, performed more than 16,200 surgeries and harnessed over 141,000 of volunteer hours to make it all possible. 

Founded in 1997, PAWS Chicago strives for a No Kill city where healthy and treatable pets are saved. The only dogs and cats for whom euthanasia is reserved are suffering, injured or sick beyond treatment, or for those animals who pose a threat to public safety and are deemed by experts to have no chance of viable rehabilitation. The No Kill Model requires a comprehensive, multi-prong approach that includes:

  • Community engagement in the cause of homeless cats and dogs;
  • Prevention efforts to reduce the number of pets that become homeless;
  • Adoption opportunities that are widely accessible and highly visible;
  • Animal treatment and rehabilitation through medical treatment and behavioral training to improve the health, quality of life, and adoption-readiness of every animal; and
  • Trained and caring volunteers are the only way to provide high caliber standard of care in shelter operations.

PAWS Chicago has a four star rating on Charity Navigator and welcomes the support of a community of individual donors. The organization values: respect for each and every life, community of people and organizations working together, innovation, proactivity, transparency, education, sustainability, and compassion toward people and animals.

How Your Real Estate Transaction Can Help PAWS Chicago

Now, anyone who cares about humane animal care can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for PAWS Chicago. Generate funding for the cause by using this free platform to choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for your residential or commercial real estate needs. Or use IIC to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. For example, the purchase or sale of $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding, which has a direct impact on PAWS Chicago’s ability to save and care for at-risk dogs and cats. Ready to start?


Location: Chicago, Illinois

Focus Area: Animals

Budget: $5 million - $10 million

Total IIC Funding:

Want to help this charity with your next real estate transaction?

We respect your privacy and want to make sure you are totally at ease. By submitting, you are sharing your information with us only and we will not share it with or sell it to anyone else. We will contact you by email to get more information about your real estate needs. Then we will provide you with several agents suited to your needs and you may contact them -or not- as you choose. There’s no sales pitch or pressure. It's entirely your choice.


As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, PAWS Chicago is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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