Community Results to Date | PAWS Chicago

Community Results to Date

A No Kill Chicago is within reach.

Animal rescue is heartbreaking work.

We have come a long way, but there are still too many homeless dogs and cats in our community. 
While we must continue to stay laser focused on our mission of a No Kill Chicago as animals continue to die, it is important to also look back, reflect and see how far we’ve come.


Pets Killed in Chicago Traditional Shelters

We have tracked the results of the three large traditional kill shelters since our founding. It is an indication of both our community's accomplishments and where we must focus our resources to continue to improve. And it is a good indication of the killing in Chicago.


The results are quite staggering.

Between 1997 and 2017, the euthanasia rate for the city of Chicago have been reduced by 87 percent. (Please note that euthanasia has been tracked for three Open Access kill shelters--Animal Control and two private agencies--since 1995. Shelter data for two private agencies is not yet public for 2017, so we have held that shelter’s intake and euthanasia numbers consistent from 2016 when aggregating this data.)

It is clear that education and spay/neuter have been the primary cause of this reduction as fewer pets are entering shelters. But adoption is just as important, and reaching a broader base of adopters will be critical in getting to No Kill.

Animal Care & Control Results