PAWS Chicago's Progression | PAWS Chicago

PAWS Chicago’s Progression

Witness the growth and transformation.

PAWS Chicago Adoption History

  • 4,561 animals found new homes through PAWS in 2023—82,234 adoptions since our founding—through our state-of-the-art No Kill Adoption Centers in Lincoln Park and Highland Park as well as our innovative off-site adoption events in high-traffic locations around Chicagoland. 

PAWS Chicago Prevention History

  • We performed 16,587 spay/neuter surgeries in 2023. Our spay/neuter program has reduced the unwanted pet population by hundreds of thousands of animals. These surgeries are low-cost for pets of families who cannot otherwise afford the procedure. 
  • We have spayed or neutered more than 315,347 pets since we started.

No Kill Model

  • We saved 98.62% of animals entering our program in 2023. Euthanasia is reserved only for pets when medical treatment cannot alleviate suffering or for dangerous dogs who pose a threat to the public. We treated thousands of sick and injured pets at our Medical Center. At PAWS Chicago, pets with ringworm, parvovirus, FIV and other virulent diseases and lifelong conditions are treated with state-of-the-art veterinary care and protocols—each of these diseases would be a death sentence in traditional shelters.
  • Since our founding in 1997, over 42,000 pets were killed in Chicago. PAWS Chicago has led the reduction in homeless pet euthanasia in Chicago by 90.2 percent. 

Engaging the Community

  • In 2023, volunteers worked 106,221 hours for PAWS, the equivalent of 51 full-time employees. By utilizing volunteers in every aspect of the organization, we are able to do more with our resources and provide the highest quality care to our animals. 
  • Dedicated foster families took in 1,921 PAWS Chicago pets in 2023 alone, providing them with love and the comfort of home while they were treated to be ready for adoption.

Fighting Animal Cruelty

  • We’re teaching communities and children about how to care for animals, providing resources and information.
  • We’re working with legislators to raise the standards of care and transparency in animal sheltering, and to require that shelters provide accurate statistics of the probability of a pet’s survival.
  • We’ve sponsored legislation to eliminate inhumane and outdated care in shelters, including eliminating the gas chamber and mandatory training for euthanasia technicians in Illinois shelters.

Launching No Kill Academy

  • Building a global resource for shelters and individuals wanting to learn about live saving strategies and best practices.

Leveraging Resources to Maximum Effect

  • Charity Navigator rated PAWS Chicago at their highest 4-star rating consecutively since 2003. Less than one percent of nonprofits have received such consistent recognition. They also have recognized PAWS Chicago as one of the highest-rated Animal Rights, Welfare and Services charities in the nation.

Leading with Transparency