Timelines & Milestones | PAWS Chicago

Timelines & Milestones

Over 25 years of saving homeless pets


When we began this journey in 1997, we made a promise to Chicago's homeless pets: that PAWS would work to end the unnecessary killing each year of tens of thousands of helpless cats and dogs.

Today, we have so much to be grateful for.

PAWS Chicago has led the reduction in homeless pet euthanasia in Chicago by 90.2 percent. We've performed more than 300,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, found loving homes for more than 80,000 pets, and consistently saved 98% of the pets who come through our doors. And while these achievements are remarkable, it’s just the beginning.

We wouldn't be here without incredible people like you whose commitment to building a No Kill Chicago has made a real difference in the lives of cats and dogs. Thanks to you, PAWS Chicago is a groundbreaking leader in animal welfare with a passionate army of supporters, volunteers, fosters and adopters who literally save lives every day.

Looking to the future, we’re excited to continue raising standards in animal welfare by responding to the ever-evolving problems homeless pets face. Animals rely on each of us to be their voices and their protectors, and we will be there — in 2024 and beyond.


The Highlights

Every day, we witness amazing stories. We see transformation, heroism, inspiration and raw and real compassion that makes this world a better place. It is the culmination of these daily blessings that lead to big, momentous, revolutionary change. The kind of change that is permanent and lasting in its impact.

Here, we celebrate the significant milestones in the journey of PAWS Chicago, recognizing that behind every giant leap forward towards a No Kill community are thousands of incremental steps forged by clear eyes, open hearts and strong will.

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