Mission & Values | PAWS Chicago

Mission & Values

Everything we do is inspired by our mission, values and vision.

Our Mission

  • To build No Kill communities – starting with a No Kill Chicago – that respect and value the life of every cat and dog.
  • To end the overpopulation of homeless animals through solutions, practices and education.
  • To transform animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way animals are treated and developing a sustainable, solutions-based model.

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We Value


  • For each and every life.


  • Of people and organizations committed to helping homeless pets—volunteers, employees, donors, adopters, fosters, clinic clients, corporations, small businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies.


  • To constantly improve best practices and search out new ideas and strategies to save more lives.
  • To be a Learning Center that evolves and grows.


  • To solve difficult problems and to be prepared to offer emergency and crisis support.


  • That informs the public about the fate of homeless animals.
  • That allows the public access to truthful statistics about the likelihood of pets surviving private and public shelters.


  • That raises awareness about the realities that homeless animals face in the community and across the nation, providing a forum for people to get involved in effecting change.
  • That promotes and supports responsible pet ownership.


  • Through financial management practices that maximize the impact and reach of our resources and ensure PAWS Chicago will always be a resource for homeless animals.


  • Toward all people and animals.

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