PAWS Chicago, the largest No Kill humane organization in the Midwest, is leading the way in transforming animal welfare. Since PAWS Chicago''s founding, the number of homeless pets killed in the city has been reduced by more than half, from a staggering 42,561 dogs and cats euthanized in 1997. Much of this reduction is attributed to PAWS Chicago''s solutions-based commitment to solving the pet overpopulation problem in the Chicagoland area.
PAWS Chicago operates the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic, the largest free and low-cost spay/neuter clinic in the region, and opened the first state-of-the-art, cageless, No Kill shelter in the Midwest in 2007.
Unlike open admissions shelters that accept more animals than they can save, PAWS Chicago is committed to saving the life of every cat and dog in its program. PAWS Chicago has been recognized as one of the top 10 charities in the nation for its efficient use of donor funds and has been consistently awarded four stars by Charity Navigator, the nation''s largest independent charity evaluator.
PAWS Chicago is focused on implementing practical solutions to end the killing of homeless pets and animal cruelty with the goal of building a No Kill community, a community where homeless pets are no longer managed by killing. These solutions include:
- Free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries performed at PAWS Chicago''s Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic for pets of low-income families who could not otherwise afford the procedure
- Proactive adoption program at PAWS Chicago''s Adoption & Humane Center, where each pet is guaranteed life and treated with dignity and respect
- Community outreach and education programs that reach thousands of at-risk children, teaching compassion, empathy and responsible pet care, while raising awareness of animal abuse and dog fighting
- Working with city, county and state lawmakers to better protect companion animals from abuse, neglect and inhumane shelter practices