PAWS Chicago's Progression | PAWS Chicago

PAWS Chicago’s Progression

Witness the growth and transformation.

PAWS Chicago Adoption History

  • 5,371 animals found new homes through PAWS in 2017 through our state-of-the-art No Kill Adoption Centers in Lincoln Park and Highland Park as well as our innovative off-site adoption events in high-traffic locations around Chicagoland.
  • We have united more than 48,600 cats and dogs with new families since we started.

PAWS Chicago Prevention History

  • We performed more than 16,000 spay/neuter surgeries in 2017. Over 17 years, our spay/neuter program reduced the unwanted pet population by hundreds of thousands of animals. These surgeries are low-cost for pets of families who cannot otherwise afford the procedure. We perform surgeries both at the Lurie Clinic and on the mobile GusMobile which allows us to reach the areas struggling most with the issue of homeless pets.
  • We have spayed or neutered more than 229,000 pets since we started.

No Kill Model

  • We saved 98.48 percent of the animals that entered our program in 2017. Euthanasia is reserved only for pets when medical treatment cannot alleviate suffering or for dangerous dogs who pose a threat to the public. We treated thousands of sick and injured pets at our Medical Center. At PAWS Chicago, pets with ringworm, parvovirus, FIV and other virulent diseases and lifelong conditions are treated with state-of-the-art veterinary care and protocols—each of these diseases would be a death sentence in traditional shelters.
  • 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 those shelters' intake and euthanasia numbers consistent from 2016 when aggregating this data.)

Engaging the Community

  • In 2017, volunteers worked 141,075 hours for PAWS, the equivalent of 67.8 full-time employees. By utilizing volunteers in every aspect of the organization, we are able to do more with our resources and provide the highest quality care to our animals. 
  • A dedicated roster of foster families took in 2,667 PAWS Chicago pets in 2017 alone, providing them with love and the comfort of home while they were treated to be ready for adoption.

Fighting Animal Cruelty

  • We’re teaching communities and children about how to care for animals, providing resources and information.
  • We’re working with legislators to raise the standards of care and transparency in animal sheltering, and to require that shelters provide accurate statistics of the probability of a pet’s survival.
  • We’ve sponsored legislation to eliminate inhumane and outdated care in shelters, including eliminating the gas chamber and mandatory training for euthanasia technicians in Illinois shelters.

Launching No Kill Academy

  • Building a global resource for shelters and individuals wanting to learn about live saving strategies and best practices.

Leveraging Resources to Maximum Effect

  • Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent evaluator, ranks PAWS Chicago in the top 1 percent of charities in the nation. They’ve rated PAWS Chicago at its highest 4-star ranking for 15 consecutive years—an accomplishment that less than 1% of the charities in the nation have reached. They also have recognized PAWS Chicago as the highest-rated Animal Rights, Welfare and Services charity in the nation.