2021 Year in Review
The PAWS Chicago community always rises to the occasion to save pets in need. 2021 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!
2021 by the Numbers
In 2021, our supporters enabled PAWS Chicago to:
Give medical care to 25,000+ homeless and at-risk pets
Find new homes for 4,000+ dogs and cats
Perform 12,272 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 97.71% of the animals that entered our program
Distributed 23,856 pounds of pet food in under-resourced communities
Build the nation’s most advanced homeless pet hospital
Earn the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the 19th consecutive year
Lead the reduction of euthanasia by 91% in Chicago since our founding in 1997
We have many more exciting lifesaving programs and plans in store for 2022!
Watch PAWS Chicago's media highlights of 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.