Results | PAWS Chicago


Tracking our progress for animals.

2020 Year in Review

The covid-19 pandemic turned 2020 into a difficult year for homeless animals. Thankfully the PAWS community rose to the occasion. Here is a look at our Year in Review, showing the life-saving difference you have helped make possible.


Support PAWS Chicago's No Kill mission to save more lives in 2021!

Each of these numbers represents lives impacted. This important work is only possible thanks to the generosity and dedication of each one of our supporters, volunteers and team members. Together, we are building a humane and compassionate community for dogs and cats. 

On behalf of all the animals we serve, thank you!

2020 by the Numbers

In 2020, our supporters enabled PAWS Chicago to:

  • Find new homes for 4,100 dogs and cats
  • Perform 9,453 spay and neuter surgeries through our Lurie Clinic and GusMobile Spay/Neuter Van, reaching underserved families and neighborhoods that need the most help in controlling pet population
  • Save 98.17% of the animals that entered our program
  • Place 2,834 animals in foster homes
  • Engage volunteers to provide 84,167 hours of labor
  • Serve 1,399 pets in under-resourced communities and perform 1,003 free spay/neuter surgeries

We have many more exciting lifesaving programs and plans in store for 2021!

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. Chicago’s euthanasia of cats and dogs has decreased by 91% since we were founded.

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.