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Lifeline Donor Spotlight: Veena Raghavan

Oct 17, 2023

Veena Raghavan was introduced to PAWS Chicago in the summer of 2020 when her son and daughter-in-law started to foster dogs from PAWS.  

“The foster program paves the way for successful adoptions. Fosters pour so much love into the animals as they work to socialize them; PAWS provides full support to the fosters. It’s a winning combo!” Veena said. 

In addition to being a Lifeline donor, Veena is also a PAWS volunteer who enjoys helping out at offsite adoption events.  

“It is very gratifying to help raise awareness of rescue animals and to see them find caring homes.” 

Veena loves spending time with her grand dog, Emma (pictured), who stays with her from time to time. But her monthly Lifeline donation is motivated by a dog named Gali.  

“Gali was a PAWS alum whose family gave her to the San Diego Humane Society when she was three years old. The Humane Society contacted PAWS as her microchip identified her as a PAWS dog. Volunteers flew to San Diego and drove Gali back to Chicago.” 

Once a PAWS pet, always a PAWS pet. Veena’s family fostered Gali until she found her new forever home.  

“In my mind, I dedicate my monthly donation to Gali and her lifesaving microchip.” 

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