About No Kill

How to Tell if a Shelter is No Kill
In 2013, we were able to save 96.88% of pets.

Key indicators that we advise all animal welfare donors consider when planning their charitable giving.

Gold Standard for No Kill: Transforming Animal Welfare
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The No Kill movement is prompting people around the country to get involved, save lives and change the status quo.

About No Kill
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PAWS Chicago is proud to be part of the No Kill movement that has challenged the methods of traditional animal sheltering.

No Kill Revolution
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The story of animal sheltering, rise of No Kill, and outlining the future for homeless pets.

Revolutionizing Sheltering to Stop the Killing
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PAWS Chicago is part of a No Kill revolution that started in San Francisco in 1994 and is now sweeping across the nation.

When is No Kill Truly No Kill?
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Before making the decision to adopt from or donate to an animal shelter, the key is to truly know how a shelter defines No Kill.

Transforming Animal Sheltering
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PAWS Chicago’s No Kill model is spreading across the nation, and even in foreign countries.

Transparency in Animal Sheltering
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A proposed law would cause shelters to work harder to save more animals by stopping misrepresentation of animals

Why Transparency?
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Richard Avanzino built the first No Kill city as a Director of the San Francisco SPCA and became the first President of Maddie’s Fund.



Special thanks to Sabrina Nizzi for dog and cat videography.

Additional thanks to Sebastian Sparenga Photography, Caitlin Lisa, Heather Haseley, Dan Kasberger, Jennifer Girard, Malia Rae Photography, Richard Chen, Oscar Mendez, and Von Buzard for event and animal photography used on this Web site.

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