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PAWS CHICAGO

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.pawschicago.org

Mission Statement

PAWS Chicago is a nonprofit organization built upon the principles of the No Kill animal welfare movement and a mission: to find solutions to pet overpopulation and the consequent euthanasia of homeless pets.

PAWS Chicago was formed in 1997 in response to the euthanasia of over 42,000 abandoned and neglected dogs, cats, kittens and puppies in the Chicago pound within a single year. Today, PAWS has grown from a single adoption event, into a multifaceted organization that works through community programs and services to end the unnecessary killing of animals. PAWS Chicago is now the largest No Kill humane organization in the Midwest and a national model in animal sheltering.

As a No Kill organization, PAWS Chicago works to transform animal welfare by setting higher standards in the sheltering community and developing a sustainable, solutions-based alternative to the “cage-and-kill” status quo. The model is built on four pillars: Subsidized spay/neuter surgery for low-income families; robust and progressive adoption programs, health and wellness of animals through high-quality shelter medicine and behavioral rehabilitation, and community engagement. In 2013, PAWS found homes for 5,872 animals, performed 17,767 spay/neuter surgeries, built a state-of-the-art dog training center, led a volunteer force of 3,800 to perform 94,000 hours of service, and distributed 51,250 pounds of Pet Food Bank supplies to the community in need. PAWS expands beyond the city of Chicago, bringing in animals from nine transfer partners and will open a new North Shore adoption center in late 2014.

Main Programs

  1. PAWS Chicago Adoption and Humane Center
  2. PAWS Chicago Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic
  3. Shelter Medicine
  4. Community Engagement and Education

ruling year

1999

chief executive for fy 1997

Ms. Paula Fasseas

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Keywords

PAWS, PAWS Chicago, No Kill, no-kill, adoption, pet, homeless pets, dog, cat, animal welfare, animal, humane, humane society, animal shelter, spay, neuter, spay/neuter, Chicago, Illinois, IL

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EIN

36-4219778

Physical Address

1997 N. Clybourn Avenue

Chicago, 60614

Also Known As

PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

When PAWS Chicago was founded in 1997, over 40,000 animals were being euthanized every year in the City of Chicago due to overpopulation – nearly 800 animals per week. PAWS works to find homes for thousands of animals per year, and reduce the number of animals entering the sheltering system through free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries.

In 2013 alone, PAWS helped 5,800 animals find adopters, and performed 17,700 sterilization surgeries for animals in the community. PAWS Chicago is a no-kill organization, and has consistently maintained a 96% save rate. Last year, over 3,800 volunteers dedicated 94,881 hours of service to PAWS Chicago, doing the work of over 45 full-time employees. Our dedicated foster network helps reduce overhead costs, allowing more fundraising dollars to be dedicated directly to the care of the animals.

Programs

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Program 1

PAWS Chicago Adoption and Humane Center

PAWS Chicago revolutionized the sheltering of Chicago’s homeless animals with its state-of-the-art, cageless, No Kill Adoption Center in Lincoln Park. Through this Center and innovative offsite adoption events, PAWS Chicago found new homes for 5,872 animals in 2013. We are currently in the process of expanding the adoption program by opening a new Adoption Center in Highland Park, which we estimate will increase adoptions by 1,000 animals annually. Within the adoption program, PAWS Chicago runs a foster program and a training program for dogs with behavior problems.

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Program 2

PAWS Chicago Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic

The Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic is Chicagoland’s largest free and low-cost spay/neuter clinic, located in and serving Chicago’s most at-risk and under-resourced communities where the majority of stray and unwanted pets originate. This targeted approach dramatically reduces the number of stray and unwanted animals long-term. PAWS Chicago also offers spay/neuter services on the GusMobile Spay/Neuter Van, bringing life-saving solutions directly to neighborhoods that are most in need. PAWS Chicago performed 17,767 spay/neuter surgeries in 2013, and continues to grow. The Spay/Neuter program includes a Feral Cat TNR program, a barn cat relocation program, and works directly with the City of Chicago Animal Care and Control to aid Spay/Neuter efforts within the City Pound.

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Program 3

Shelter Medicine

PAWS Chicago’s shelter medicine program integrates life-saving medical practices to prevent healthy shelter pets from getting sick and to help sick pets get well and ready for adoption quickly. As a No Kill shelter, PAWS Chicago is a safe haven for every animal taken in and each receives full medical treatment, regardless of their condition.

Through the Purdue University Maddie’s Fund shelter medicine program, the first of its kind to be integrated at the shelter level, PAWS Chicago uses a case management approach to diagnose and treat every pet as an individual and give the nurturing, treatment and rehabilitation needed. Our in-house shelter medicine program allows us to provide quality medical care for every animal at a fraction of the cost of using privatized care. Due to the shelter medicine program, PAWS maintains a 96% save rate.

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Program 4

Community Engagement and Education

A dedicated team of over 3,800 volunteers play an invaluable role in every aspect of PAWS Chicago’s lifesaving efforts. In 2013 alone, volunteers dedicated 94,881 hours of service, fulfilling the work of 45 full-time staff positions. The volunteers are leaders in a wide array of important duties such as feeding and walking dogs, caring for sick animals, serving as adoption counselors and training new volunteers. PAWS Chicago also operates a Pet Food Bank and Crisis Management Program, offering food, supplies and, when necessary, foster care for individuals who have fallen on hard times. In 2013, PAWS distributed 51,250 pounds of pet food and supplies to the community.

PAWS Chicago works to educate and engage the public to take action in their community against the overpopulation and euthanasia of stray animals. Providing community forums, educational programs and training centers, PAWS Chicago teaches residents about the importance of animal advocacy, such as reporting abuse and dog fighting, avoiding dog bites, and the importance of utilizing free spay/neuter and vaccination programs. Additionally, PAWS was instrumental in helping the recent legislation to ban puppy mills in Chicago.

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    PAWS Chicago is working to make Chicago a No Kill community. The standard metric in measuring a community’s progress toward No Kill is the ratio of total animals euthanized compared to the human population. PAWS Chicago is focused on a goal of two animals killed per thousand people in Chicago, the most widely-recognized standard of No Kill. In 1997, when PAWS Chicago was established, the ratio was 14.7/1,000. Today, it is down to 5.7 animals per 1000 people and we believe it will continue to drop. The strategy is based off of three pillars of success that must be achieved to make the final stops to No Kill: Spay/Neuter, Volunteers, Adoption Program/Behavior Enrichment and Shelter Medicine.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The foundation of building No Kill is an engaged animal-loving community. It's about transforming animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way animals are treated, and developing a sustainable solution-based alternative to the "cage and kill" status quo. Our approach to No Kill is based on four pillars:
    I. Free and Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
    II. Progressive Adoption Programs and robust adoption events
    III. Advanced Shelter Medicine and behavior enrichment programs and services
    IV. Volunteer programs that train and employ service and involvement across every aspect of shelter operations.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    PAWS works to steadily reduce the number of homeless animals born by operating the Midwest’s largest high-volume spay/neuter clinic, conducting nearly 18,000 surgeries annually at free or subsidized rates. In addition, PAWS has found homes for over 30,000 animals by redefining the shelter adoption experience through innovative adoption events and a cage-free adoption center. PAWS Chicago operates a volunteer force of 3,800 who provide vital support for animal care, community building, fundraising, advocacy and humane education.

    However, while working toward long-term solutions, PAWS Chicago’s daily operations are focused on the health and wellness of every single animal in its care. Through a high-quality shelter medicine and training program, PAWS ensures that each animal is given the best possible medical and behavioral rehabilitation. With this program, PAWS has historically maintained a 96% save rate of the nearly 6,000 animals that come through its doors annually.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    PAWS Chicago works to constantly grow our adoption and spay/neuter numbers. PAWS regularly works with the City of Chicago Animal Care and Control to review and measure the euthanasia rates, as well as chart the origin on the city's stray calls to identify the areas of highest priority.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    When PAWS Chicago was formed, over 42,000 animals were being killed in Chicago every year. Today, this number has dropped by over 70%. PAWS is now the largest No Kill animal welfare organization in the Midwest, finding homes for nearly 6,000 animals per year and leading progressive effort to bring Chicago to No Kill.

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PAWS CHICAGO
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Paula Fasseas

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BOARD CHAIR

Paula Fasseas

PAWS Chicago

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