Results | PAWS Chicago


Tracking our progress for animals.

2018 A Record Year

One adoption, one foster, one surgery, one volunteer hour at a time - 2018 added up to an incredible year of lifesaving at PAWS Chicago.


Each of these numbers represents lives impacted. This important work is only possible thanks to the generosity and dedication of each one of our supporters, volunteers and team members. Together, we are building a humane and compassionate community for dogs and cats. 

On behalf of all the animals we serve, thank you!

2018 by the Numbers

In 2018, our supporters enabled PAWS Chicago to:

  • Find new homes for 5,591 dogs and cats
  • Perform 16,750 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 38,468 free and low cost vaccinations at our Lurie Clinic and off-site events
  • Save 98.12% of the animals that entered our program
  • Place 3,325 animals in foster homes
  • Engage volunteers to provide 143,933 hours of labor, equivalent to 69 full-time employees
  • Serve 2,371 pets in under-resourced communities through our PAWS for Life program, performing 1,643 free spay/neuter surgeries and making more than 304 home visits
  • Perform 2,914 spay/neuter surgeries for feral cats
  • Distribute 25,307 pounds of food to families in need through our Pet Food Pantry (serving 3,529 pets)
  • Charity Navigator rated PAWS Chicago at its highest 4-star rating for the 17th consecutive year and the highest level of recognition from GuideStar, the Platinum Seal of Transparency
  • Help the City of Chicago reach an 91% 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 1,593 dogs and cats

We have many more exciting lifesaving programs and plans in store for 2019!

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 91% 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.