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October Newsletter: Saving animals one mile at a time.

Oct 04, 2019

TEAM PAWS Chicago celebrates its 15th year of meaningful fundraising! And prepare to howl at the full moon for Halloween (Awoo!)

TEAM PAWS: Make Your Miles Matter

Peak past the curtain with the mastermind behind TEAM PAWS Chicago, Carrie Cihasky, to see how a group of dedicated athletes keeps our operation running smoothly. In this interview, we discuss TEAM PAWS, charity in conjunction with athletic events, the perks of joining, and how to get involved. You’ll also learn how to get a free massage! (Hint: you may have to run a marathon.)

Inspiring volunteer saving lives one mile at a time

Team PAWS member and founding member of the PAWS Fun Run program, James Pszanka, literally saves lives with every step. He was recently profiled on NBC Chicago. Watch his inspiring profile here.

Lights. Camera. Action.

Sit, stay, treat! Positive reinforcement training is the most humane and effective way to teach your pet. PAWS Director of Training, Joan Harris, gives ethical training advice in an ongoing series of training videos available here. Special thanks for Merrick for helping us make this video – and for helping millions of dogs get their snack on!

Halloween Tips

It’s scary how a fast a fun Halloween can turn dangerous for your pet! Sure, we want to see your animals strut their stuff in a skeleton costume, but we also want to make sure they are happy and healthy while celebrating this spooky season. Read our Halloween tips here.

PAWS + the Blackhawks

Join PAWS Chicago and the Chicago Blackhawks in saving pets at Chicago Blackhawks Pet Lover's Night, December 2. PAWS will be at the game with animals and information about how you can help end pet homelessness, because Blackhawks fans love pets almost as much as they love their 'hawks. With the purchase of a ticket through this offer you'll get a great seat and an exclusive Blackhawks pet collar. A portion from every ticket sold will be donated to PAWS Chicago!

Vote PAWS!

The 2019 Chicago Reader “Best of 2019” poll is out! PAWS Chicago is nominated in two categories: Best Pet Adoption/Shelter (under Buy Local category) and Best Charity (under City Life category). Voting ends October 21 – and we hope you Vote PAWS!

Cheer on TEAM PAWS at the Chicago Marathon!

On October 13th, our team of runners will zoom through the city for the Chicago Marathon. We’d love your support with the event! The best part? You don’t have to be an existing volunteer to help! You can aid in our volunteering efforts by setting up the event and cheering on the runners. Get more info or sign up with Katie Cozzens at

NEW way to buy or sell a home—and it helps PAWS Chicago

Investing In Communities (IIC) is a unique fundraising platform that empowers real estate consumers to turn ordinary real estate transactions into significant funding for their favorite charity, at no cost to themselves. When you contact IIC before buying or selling a home, you can work with virtually any broker and direct funding to any charity. A $300,000 home sale, for example, could generate around $1,300 for PAWS Chicago— at no cost to you. Companies can also use IIC in the same way when leasing commercial space. Please share this link with everyone you know!

Upcoming Events

  • Community Day at the PAWS Chicago Englewood Community Center (10/12)
  • Chicago Marathon – cheer on our TEAM PAWS Chicago runners! (10/13)
  • Help Us Save More Adoption Event - Fees waived for Adult Dogs (11/3)
  • Fur Ball – tickets now on sale! (11/15)

Happy Ending

Gaia had never set foot outside her small cage before she came to PAWS. Now, with the help of the adoption team, she’s got the whole world at her fingertips. Read her full story here.