The Facility | PAWS Chicago

The Facility

The Medical Center is the first stop for every homeless animal in their journey through PAWS and serves an annual population of 22,000 homeless and disadvantaged pets. Each pet is given an intake medical examination to determine their next step, whether that be quarantine, spay/neuter surgery, a foster home for recovery from illness, or straight to the Adoption Center. 

To address contagious disease and other modern shelter needs, our best-in-class hospital features a medical-grade ventilation system with 100% fresh air flow for reduced risk of disease transmission, critical care rooms, modern foster and intake centers, quarantine & isolation pavilions with 90 isolation suites, advanced surgical and recovery suites to increase special operations and spay/neuter, a recovery pavilion, maternity suites for nursing mothers, play spaces, and a community engagement center. 

The new Medical Center is designed to serve and save more severely sick and injured animals who would not have been given a second chance at other shelters.  

Increased capacity and specially designed quarantine and isolation wards give PAWS’ veterinarians and shelter medicine team the tools they need to combat and control infectious diseases that many shelters address with mass euthanasia. 

In addition, the Medical Center offers full-service hospitalization including in-house bloodwork, ultrasound, X-rays, oxygen therapy and IV care; soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries and tumor removal; eye procedures and advanced dental care. 

No matter the condition the pet is in when they arrive, we can treat them. And that’s incredibly rare for an animal shelter to be able to provide.



First Floor

  1. PFK Family Foundation Office Center
  2. The Irving and Phyllis Millstein Foundation for Animal Welfare, Ltd. Special Operations Surgical Suite
  3. Jamee and Marshall Field Family Surgical Suite

  4. Kyle Beecken Foster Welcome Area

  5. Raskin, Harris, Kocourek Intake Wards

  6. Spay/Neuter Clinic Lobby

The Judith White Intake & Triage Center

Is the first stop for every newly rescued animal coming to PAWS Chicago. Last year, long-term supporters Miles and Kim White made a generous $1.5 million gift to memorialize Miles’ mother, an animal welfare advocate and rescuer. 

It houses all non-contagious animals, including those waiting for or recovering from surgery. Judith White committed so much of her life to helping animals—now thousands each year will be cared for in the center bearing her name. 




Second Floor

7. Petco Foundation Canine Pavilion

8. Medical Lab

9. Michael & Melissa Canning Feline Maternity Suite & Healing Room

10. Critical Care Pavilion

11. Canine and Feline Isolation Pavilion

12. Bailey’s Healing & Rehabilitation Ward and Play Space


The Maddie’s® Pet Hospital

is where ill and contagious animals receive treatment in the nation’s premier hospital for homeless pets. Founded by the Duffield Family, Maddie’s Fund has transformed animal sheltering, providing leadership and funding to the No Kill movement. They recognized PAWS Chicago’s leadership and vision with a generous $2.5 million gift, truly giving the most needy and at-risk homeless pets a second chance at life. Comprising the Medical Center’s second floor, the Maddie’s® Pet Hospital includes Quarantine and Isolation Pavilions, exam rooms, lab, pharmacy, and play spaces along with a best-in-industry medical team.