PAWS Chicago's Progression | PAWS Chicago

PAWS Chicago’s Progression

Witness the growth and transformation.

PAWS Chicago Adoption History

  • 5,987 animals found new homes through PAWS in 2015, up from 168 animals our first year in 1998, 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 43,500 cats and dogs with new families since we started.


PAWS Chicago Prevention History

  • We performed more than 18,000 spay/neuter surgeries in 2015. Over 11 years, our spay/neuter program reduced the unwanted pet population by hundreds of thousands of animals. These surgeries are either free or 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 196,000 pets since we started.

No Kill Model

  • We saved 97.87 percent of the animals that entered our program in 2015. 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.
  • Since PAWS Chicago’s founding, the number of homeless pets killed annually in Chicago has fallen by 80 percent. By continuing these efforts, Chicago should be a No Kill community in the next five years.

Engaging the Community

  • In 2015, volunteers worked 117,007 hours for PAWS, the equivelent of 56.3 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 2,841 PAWS Chicago pets in 2015 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 14 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.