PAWS Chicago Medical Expansion Campaign | PAWS Chicago

PAWS Chicago Medical Expansion Campaign

You can help save the lives of homeless cats and dogs whose lives are at risk!

Each year, PAWS Chicago rescues more than 5,000 homeless cats and dogs. Their first stop is at PAWS Chicago's Medical Center where all pets receive individual medical care, spay/neuter and vaccinations from experienced veterinarians. While many are healthy and ready for adoption, the majority, approximately 3,000 animals annually, require more extensive medical treatment.

PAWS Chicago is often the last hope for these animals. Especially those suffering from illnesses and injuries that other rescues or shelters are not able to treat. 

PAWS Chicago is the only shelter equipped with the medical resources and shelter medicine team to provide extensive, and often critical, medical care for sick and injured pets. These new plans to expand the existing Medical Center will expand capacity so that we can double the number of animals being treated at PAWS.

We need your help!

Expanding to Save Lives
The Medical Center expansion will build-out and remodel 20,000 square feet of existing unfinished and unconditioned space into a medical grade facility. This new Medical Center will enable PAWS Chicago to take in, treat and sterilize more pets. The expansion will also double our:

  • Quarantine space 
  • Isolation space
  • Surgery room capacity
  • Foster care program
  • Volunteer center 
  • Suite space for homeless animals 
  • Canine play space for enrichment

Expansion Timing
We are currently working to raise all necessary funds so that we can begin construction this fall and begin hiring and training additional medical staffing.

PAWS Chicago is so grateful to Maddie’s Fund for making a lead gift of $2.5 million and naming The Maddie’s Homeless Pet Hospital.

Please consider helping us by donating to this important campaign.

Please donate today to save more lives!

For donations of $10,000 or more, room naming opportunities are available. Please contact Meg Damato at or 773-697-5207 for more information.

Read more about our expansion plans in the Chicago Tribune and on WGN-TV.