Results | PAWS Chicago


Tracking our progress for animals.

2017 by the Numbers

See PAWS Chicago's Lifesaving Results

Many, many thanks to our dedicated community of supporters. In 2017, you enabled PAWS Chicago to:

  • Find new homes for 5,371 dogs and cats
  • Perform 16,237 spay and neuter surgeries through our Lurie Clinic and GusMobile Spay/Neuter Van, reaching under-served families and neighborhoods that need the most help in controlling pet population
  • Provide 37,751 low cost vaccinations, blood tests, and microchips at our Lurie Clinic and off-site events
  • Save 98.48% of the animals that entered our program
  • Place 2,667 animals in foster homes
  • Engage volunteers to provide 141,075 hours of labor, equivalent to 67 full-time employees
  • Grow our PAWS for Life Program in Englewood and Back of the Yards, providing medical care for 236 pets, performing 1,273 free spay/neuter surgeries and making more than 270 home visits
  • Perform 2,362 spay/neuter surgeries for feral cats
  • Distribute 53,554 pounds of food to families in need through our Pet Food Pantry (serving 4,359 pets)
  • Achieve a perfect 100% Charity Navigator score (out of 100)
  • Open the PAWS Chicago Canine Enrichment Center, a specially designed environment for dogs who are fearful, shy, under-socialized and behaviorally challenged.
  • Provide Disaster Relief Efforts for Hurricanes Harvey & Irma
  • Help the City of Chicago reach an 84% decrease in the number of pets being killed since our founding in 1997
  • Continue being Chicago Animal Care & Control’s largest transfer partner by transferring 1,351 dogs and cats

We have many more exciting lifesaving programs and plans in store for 2018! Each year, we further our mission to build and sustain No Kill communities – starting with a No Kill Chicago. Thank you!

Numbers Equal Lives

At PAWS Chicago, everything we do is aimed at generating results. Why? Because animals are dying every day in our community, across the United States and around the world, and they don’t have to.

This is a solvable problem. With the right approach, programs and engagement, we can build No Kill communities. We are empowered to make transformative change a reality. That lifesaving urgency drives everything we do.

Realistic, Aggressive & Achievable Goals

We know that setting aggressive, achievable goals leads to incremental, positive change. Chicago’s euthanasia of cats and dogs has decreased by 84% in the 20 years since we were founded.

In this section, we get into why transparency and data is so important in animal welfare. We also dig into how data shows whether or not an animal welfare organization meets the Gold Standard of No Kill.

We constantly think about our shelter data, our spay/neuter data, our community engagement, our financial health and sustainability, and more. This data drives all programmatic and strategic decisions at PAWS Chicago. It’s all done to maximize the number of lives saved and get us closer to a No Kill Chicago.