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Paws Chicago Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/27/2013: Paws Chicago

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: PAWS CHICAGO

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AKA  PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago
Chicago, IL
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Paws Chicago Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/27/2013: Paws Chicago

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: PAWS CHICAGO

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Also Known As: PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago
Physical Address: Chicago, IL 60614 
EIN: 36-4219778
Web URL: www.pawschicago.org 
NTEE Category: D Animal related
D20 Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs)
D Animal related
D01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
D Animal related
D60 Other Services
Ruling Year: 1999 


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Mission Statement

Founded in 1997, PAWS Chicago is Chicagoland's largest No Kill, humane organization, focused on transforming the old "cage and kill" method of sheltering to a model that guarantees life to homeless pets.  As a solutions-based organization, PAWS Chicago operates the state-of-the-art, cageless Adoption Center where every animal in its care is given the PAWS guarantee of life and all needed medical care. PAWS Chicago also operates the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic and GusMobile mobile spay/neuter van, which perform more than 18,000 free and low-cost sterilizations annually in low-income communities, preventing unwanted pets from being born. Since PAWS Chicago's founding, the number of homeless pets killed in the city has been reduced by more than half ―from 42,561 pets killed in 1997 to 17,399 in 2010.  PAWS Chicago receives no city, state or federal funding and is reliant on donations from the public.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2011

Total Revenue $8,189,857
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Leadership

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Ms. Paula Fasseas

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Since Jan 1997

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Programs

Program: PAWS Chicago Adoption and Humane Center (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program Description:

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.

Program Long-Term Success:

Spayed or neutered 14,154 pets at the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic, the majority free for pets of families on public assistance.

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Program Description:

In 2000, PAWS Chicago opened the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic, the largest free and low-cost spay/neuter clinic in the region. Any individual or family on public assistance in the city of Chicago can receive free spay/neuter surgeries for their pet(s). The Lurie Clinic has had a significant impact on the number of homeless pets being born every year. Since 1997, the number of animals euthanized in Chicago has dropped from 42,561 to 19,701, much in part to the availability of free surgeries for pets of low-income families. This high-volume Clinic will perform more than 15,000 surgeries in 2008. * Every homeless pet at PAWS Chicago is treated with complete medical care and is guaranteed life. Euthanasia is reserved only for those dogs who are vicious and pose a threat to the public or those cats and dogs who are irremediably suffering, in which medical treatment cannot alleviate their condition.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

In 2011, PAWS Chicago found loving homes for 4,268 homeless pets. Our goal is to increase adoptions again this year, which is only possible because of your support.  Thank you.   Our Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic is the Midwest’s largest provider of free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, focused on servicing Chicago’s most under-resourced families.  In 2011, we performed 17,699 free and subsidized surgeries.  Focusing our efforts where the greatest number of homeless pets originate ensures the number of homeless dogs and cats killed in Chicago continues to drofree and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations.

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PAWS is greatly reducing the euthanasia of dogs and cats in Chicago. Beyond this, they are a relatively new organization that has tried new approaches which they happily share with any other organizations. They work collaboratively with other Chicago based organizations very well and the effect is that many animals lives are saved. Their model is one that should be used in other locals. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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