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 2017 alone, volunteers dedicated 141,075 hours of service, fulfilling the work of ~68 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 2017, we brought 2,759 animal lovers on board as our newest volunteers during more than 175 orientations.