PAWS Chicago is committed to ending the killing of homeless dogs and cats and is national model for humane animal care and shelter. 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.
- 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.
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