Giving up your pet

Helping a Stray or Lost Animal
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.