Animal Care & Control Results | PAWS Chicago

Animal Care & Control Results

Results at the city pound are a primary indicator of lifesaving success

In 1997, the Chicago Sun-Times came out with an article that showed Chicago as one of the highest kill cities in the nation. That year, 28,314 cats and dogs came into the city pound (officially called Chicago Animal Care & Control or CACC.) Of those pets, 26,394 were killed. That’s more than 93%.

You can read about what Animal Care & Control was like back then in our Timeline and Milestones section, where we relay PAWS Chicago founders’ experience during their first visits. Ever since, PAWS Chicago’s primary focus has been helping the animals that end up there.

A World of Difference

Every year, we continue to made progress in saving lives. In 2015, 15,383 pets came through the city pound’s doors and 4,452 were killed. Since 1997, the Chicago community's response to the tragic killing of homeless animals has resulted in tremendous lifesaving, with euthanasia rates declining at CACC by 83.1 percent.  

PAWS Chicago’s Progression

Witness the growth and transformation.