Medical Center | PAWS Chicago

Welcome to the PAWS Chicago Medical Center. Located in Chicago’s Southwest Side, this transformative, 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is central to our mission and at the heart of everything we do for animals in need.  

The Medical Center is much more than a building. It is the essential next step in our No Kill mission. As we get closer to achieving a No Kill community, our work becomes more challenging. The dogs and cats that need our help are sicker, have more serious injuries, and struggle with more severe behavioral issues. The PAWS Chicago Medical Center allows us to treat these animals who would not otherwise have gotten a second chance.  

Designed with a medical-grade ventilation system and 90 isolation suites to treat pets with contagious illnesses a surgical suite for special procedures including tumor removal and advanced dental care, and a dedicated medical team nearly 40 strong, the PAWS Chicago Medical Center is truly the next frontier in addressing pet homelessness and euthanasia.  

The Facility

Located in Chicago’s Southwest Side, this transformative, 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is central to our mission and at the heart of everything we do

The Team

The Medical Center’s robust shelter medicine team is staffed with 9 veterinarians, 29 veterinary technicians and assistants, and dozens of animal care specialists

The Animals

The Medical Center provides treatment for dogs and cats across Chicagoland and from 13 states where pets are most at risk of euthanasia.


Whether you’re interested in working directly with our animals or providing behind-the-scenes support, we need your help at the Medical Center.


PAWS Chicago’s Foster Program is critical to our rescue work. It enables us to increase the number of homeless pets we can save by placing them in temporary foster homes.


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