Results | PAWS Chicago

2023 Year in Review

The PAWS Chicago community always rises to the occasion to save pets in need. 2023 was no exception, with thousands of adopters, fosters, volunteers and donors giving life and meaning to our No Kill promise. 

Here is a look at our Year in Review, showing the life-saving difference you have helped make possible. 

Each of these numbers represents lives impacted. Together, we are building a humane and compassionate community for dogs and cats. On behalf of all the animals we serve, thank you! 

2023 by the Numbers

In 2023, our supporters enabled PAWS Chicago to:

  • Find new homes for 4,561 dogs and cats 

  • Perform 16,598 spay and neuter surgeries through our Lurie Clinic, reaching underserved families and neighborhoods that need the most help in controlling pet population 

  • Place 1,921 animals in foster care 

  • Administer 39,432 free and low cost vaccinations 

  • Save 98.62% of the animals that entered our program 

  • Earn the highest 4-star rating consecutively since 2003 from Charity Navigator

We have many more exciting lifesaving programs and plans in store for 2024! 


Watch PAWS Chicago's media highlights of 2023

Numbers Equal Lives

At PAWS Chicago, everything we do is aimed at generating results. Why? Because animals are dying every day in our community, across the United States and around the world, and they don’t have to. 

This is a solvable problem. With the right approach, programs and engagement, we can build No Kill communities. We are empowered to make transformative change a reality. That life-saving urgency drives everything we do. 

Realistic, Aggressive & Achievable Goals 

We know that setting aggressive, achievable goals leads to incremental, positive change. Since its founding in 1997, over 42,000 pets were killed in Chicago. PAWS Chicago has led the reduction in homeless pet euthanasia in Chicago by 90.2 percent

We constantly think about our shelter data, our spay/neuter data, our community engagement, our financial health and sustainability, and more. This data drives all programmatic and strategic decisions at PAWS Chicago. It’s all done to maximize the number of lives saved and get us closer to a No Kill Chicago.