Volunteers are the lifeblood of animal welfare. Especially when it comes to community engagement and adoption, volunteers expand a shelter’s networks and reach, bringing more people to the cause to help.
They also work to support our adoption, medical, and spay/neuter programs as well as serving as foster parents, welcoming pets into their homes.
In 2016 alone, volunteers dedicated 133,618 hours of service, fulfilling the work of 64 full-time employees.
Without this impassioned labor force, PAWS Chicago would not be possible. In addition to the time they commit to PAWS, volunteers and fosters also are our ambassadors, engaging new communities. In 165 volunteer orientations, we introduced 2,951 interested animal-lovers to PAWS Chicago.