Paws Chicago

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 1110 W. 35th Street Chicago IL 60609 USA

Mission: 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

Programs: In September of 2007, PAWS Chicago opened the first No Kill, cageless, state-of-the-art shelter in the Midwest. Featured in a segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show, PAWS Chicago's Adoption Center has received national attention and has changed the face of animal welfare in Chicago. The Adoption Center welcomes pets, volunteers and adopters into a warm, peaceful environment, where all pets reside in comfortable, sunlit rooms and receive love and socialization, and where dogs receive multiple walks each day. Above all else, every pet at PAWS Chicago is guaranteed life.* In its first year, more than 3,000 cats and dogs were united with new homes the Adoption & Humane Center, not including the pets adopted out by small shelters and rescue groups who are invited to showcase their homeless pets to potential adopters on weekends. PAWS Chicago also features a Safe Haven program, where PAWS Chicago will help families experiencing crisis, whether it be domestic violence, fire, financial distress or foreclosure, to find a temporary foster home so they can be reunited with their pet once they get back on their feet, or PAWS Chicago will find a new home for the pet if the family sees no other alternative. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted our dog, Buddy, from PAWS about 8 years ago. They were absolutely wonderful and my husband and I were impressed with the interview we had before PAWS allowed us to take Buddy home. We have donated to PAWS through the years, but not often enough. Today, I looked at their financials on Charity Navigator, and am thrilled to see that less than 4% of donations are used for salaries, and that the woman who runs the organization and the two vets listed, are paid reasonable salaries! Our monthly donation dollars are going to be sent to PAWS, starting today!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We went to the adoption event, were interested in a dog who's family had been in a terrible housefire, and he was traumatized. When we got to the event, we were told that Ozzie, was not ready to be in a situation as chaotic as an adoption event. How wonderful it was to know that the volunteers were so caring abou that poor guy! We adopted Buddy, because when my husband sat on floor, Buddy walked up, turned around and sat on my husband's lap! Of course, we had to adopt him, he had already adopted us.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have no idea how I could improve this organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Surfing the web

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Rating: 5 stars  

PAWS Chicago inspires me every day. It is Chicago's largest no-kill shelter. The homeless population of cats and dogs has been decreased over 55% because of PAWS' no-cost and low-cost spay/neuter program. The shelter is state-of the-art and cageless. PAWS has programs for every imaginable scenario--abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, natural disaster, it pulls more dogs and cats from Animal Care and Control than any other shelter, ---it has programs for everything, It also allows other rescue groups to use the spay/neuter clinic at super discounted rates. They are committed to spay/neuter--they are committed to all cats/dogs! It is an AMAZING not for profit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I participate in shelter activities, I do Adopt-A-thons, I am in charge of the 2012 calendar project, I am on the board and see how PAWS is run--very very efficiently!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would multiply PAWS and put it in every urban community and strive to make them no-kill cities with no and low cost spay/neuter programs

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Rating: 5 stars  

I visited their facilities two times, they are a no kill shelter. There space is very neat and people friendly. The volunteers are very friendly and they carry a big selection of animals that are up for adoption. Their safety prompts are very well established. All in all, from what I see, it's a great organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Well, from the data they showed me, euthanize rates have drops tremendously since this place opened.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would definitely allow 16 year olds to volunteer as well as partner up with high schools to provide students with community service hours.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We visited PAWS Chicago in order to get information on starting our own "No Kill" shelter in Northwest Indiana. We want to bring their model to our area and thought it would be a good idea to spend some time with them. We met with Rochelle Michalec who took several hours of her time to help us and give us much information on their organization and a tour. What Rochelle and the rest of the PAWS organization is doing is truly making a difference in the lives of so many animals and the people of Chicago. We were so impressed by their positive attitude, hard w3ork, dedication, and willingness to help us. Because of them, hopefully we too can save lives and reduce the number of homeless pets in our area

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The personal attention that Rochelle gave us and the amount of time that everyone was willing to give us was amazing

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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