Angels with Tails | PAWS Chicago

Please join us for Chicago's premier adoption event showcasing homeless dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.

On Sunday, May 20, PAWS Chicago, the Midwest's largest No Kill humane organization, along with six other shelters and rescue organizations, will bring the faces of Chicago’s homeless animals to the Gold Coast community for our annual life-saving adoption event! More than 100 homeless puppies, kittens, dogs and cats will be available for adoption at 40 retailers along Oak Street, Rush Street, Delaware Place and Walton Street from noon-4 p.m.

Angels with Tails, sponsored by Merrick Pet Care, is an opportunity to meet your new best friend and experience the joy a pet can bring to your life.

PAWS Chicago has transformed the lives of thousands of homeless pets; and it all began with this signature adoption event 20 years ago.

PAWS Chicago's standard adoption requirements will apply at the Angels with Tails adoption event.

Event Adoption Process: 

  1. Fill out an Adoption Application
    • Please see a Location Manager in a grey apron to fill out an adoption application first and foremost - a hard copy of the application is required at this event!  Please bring a copy of your printed application from the adoption center, or you can fill out a paper application at the event. We will not have the ability to print applications on the streets of this outdoor event.
  2. Meet your Match
    • Once you have found an animal to adopt, please see the Location Manager to review your adoption application.
  3. Adoption process
    • After your application has been reviewed, you will be directed to the Adoption Desk to complete the adoption process.
  4. Heading Home
    • Once you have completed the adoption process, your new pet will receive a red “PAWS Alumni” bandana and we will take your first family photo!

2018 Event Map




Be sure to check our adoption page before the event to see the animals who will be available for adoption.

Finally, we would like to thank our Angels with Tails Co-Chairs, Christine Gnutek and Andrea Covington, for all of their hard work leading up to this event! 


Participating Shelters: 

  • Chicago Animal Care and Control 
  • Chicago English Bulldog Rescue
  • Greyhounds Only
  • PAWS Chicago
  • Treehouse Humane Society
  • Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue