Giving up your pet

Helping a Stray or Lost Animal

PAWS Chicago is not legally permitted to hold or accept stray and lost animals, but we can provide you with the following resources to assist your efforts to help a lost or stray animal.

Surrendering to Animal Shelters

Animal shelters should be viewed as a last resort. They can also be a very stressful environment for pets accustomed to living in a permanent home.

Alternatives to a Shelter

The transition into a new home is much less stressful on your pet than placing him or her with a shelter. Explore your networks–your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, vet’s office, social or church groups or local businesses can be wonderful resources.

Research and Plan Ahead

If you can no longer care for your pet, it’s important that you understand your options – your pet’s life depends on it.

Partnering with PAWS Chicago

Partnering with PAWS Chicago Guarantees your Pet’s Life. As a No Kill shelter, we are committed to finding a home for every animal in our adoption program.

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