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PAWS CHICAGO

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.pawschicago.org

Mission Statement

PAWS Chicago is dedicated to building No Kill communities–starting with a No Kill Chicago–where all healthy and treatable pets are saved. Since 1997 when PAWS Chicago was founded, Chicago has seen an 80 percent drop in euthanasia rates across the city. These numbers are encouraging, but PAWS' work is far from done: More than 8,600 animals were killed in Chicago in 2015.

PAWS Chicago's comprehensive No Kill model is designed to bring an end to the killing of homeless pets.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The foundation of the No Kill Model is engaging people in the cause of homeless animals. By inspiring and mobilizing individuals throughout Chicago, PAWS is able to bring about change. People adopt dogs and cats, spay/neuter their animals, volunteer their time, donate financially and spread awareness. Sitting atop the foundation of community engagement are PAWS' four mission critical structures—the actual programs that are bringing Chicago closer to its No Kill goal:

PREVENTION
The main tools for reducing overpopulation are spay/neuter programs and community outreach. The majority of homeless pets originate in low-income, under-resourced communities. The PAWS Chicago Lurie Clinic is the city's largest provider of subsidized spay/neuter surgeries. Through the clinic, GusMobile and the PAWS for Life door-to-door program in Englewood, PAWS works to prevent pet overpopulation.

ADOPTION
A robust and visible adoption program is essential to building a No Kill community. PAWS finds new, loving homes for animals through its two No Kill Adoption Centers and innovative off-site events.

ANIMAL HEALTH AND BEHAVIOR
As a No Kill shelter, PAWS is a safe haven for animals. Through a state-of-the-art shelter medicine program, each rescue receives full medical treatment, while a comprehensive animal behavior program provides social and behavioral enrichment and training.

VOLUNTEERS
PAWS Chicago's dedicated team of volunteers plays an invaluable role in every aspect of its lifesaving efforts, supporting adoption, medical and spay/neuter programs. Foster families provide nurturing, warm, stress-free environments that help homeless pets heal and develop socialization skills. Without this impassioned labor force, PAWS Chicago would not be possible.

Main Programs

  1. PAWS Chicago Adoption Centers
  2. PAWS Chicago Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic
  3. Shelter Medicine
  4. Community Engagement, Education and Volunteers
Service Areas

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Illinois

PAWS Chicago focuses its work on the Chicagoland community. However, our programs extend outward to areas of need. In addition, our No Kill model was designed to be a national standard in animal welfare, that can be reproduced throughout the country.

ruling year

1999

Founder and Chairman since 1997

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Ms. Paula Fasseas

Keywords

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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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Also Known As

PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago

EIN

36-4219778

Physical Address

1997 N. Clybourn Avenue

Chicago, 60614

Contact

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

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Overview

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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 2015 alone, PAWS helped 5,987 animals find adopters, and performed 18,418 sterilization surgeries for animals in the community. PAWS Chicago is a no-kill organization, and has consistently maintained a 97% save rate. Last year, about 4,000 volunteers dedicated 117,007 hours of service to PAWS Chicago, doing the work of over 65 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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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

PAWS Chicago Adoption Centers

Adoption is the best way to end the killing of today's pets at risk. Pet adoption or rescue is the source of only 20 to 25 percent of new pets. There is a large market of potential adopters to reach. PAWS Chicago has two adoption centers and nearly weekly offsite adoption events. Through these, we were able to find homes for 5,987 animals in 2015. The Pippen Fasseas Adoption Center in Lincoln Park opened in 2007 as the first cageless shelter in the Midwest. Our Glenn L. Felner Adoption Center in Highland Park opened in 2014. As our first satellite adoption facility, it allowed us to bring our progressive sheltering practices to a new community, helping us to find more homes for pets in need, especially large dogs. We adopted 622 animals from this new adoption center in 2015.

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Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

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None

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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 18,418 spay/neuter surgeries in 2015, 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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Animal-Related

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General Public/Unspecified

None

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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 maintained a 97.87 percent save rate in 2015.

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Animal-Related

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General Public/Unspecified

None

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Program 4

Community Engagement, Education and Volunteers

A dedicated team of over nearly 4,000 volunteers play an invaluable role in every aspect of PAWS Chicago’s lifesaving efforts. In 2015 alone, volunteers dedicated 17,007 hours of service, fulfilling the work of 56 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.

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 with the legislation to ban puppy mills in Chicago.

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Animal-Related

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General Public/Unspecified

None

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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 per 1,000. It was down to 3.4 per 1000 people in 2014 and continues to drop. The strategy is based on the PAWS Chicago No Kill Missions pillars for success : Prevention, Volunteers, Adoption and Health & 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. Prevention, including free and low-cost spay/neuter and community outreach
    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 80 percent. 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.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

PAWS Chicago focuses its work on the Chicagoland community. However, our programs extend outward to areas of need. In addition, our No Kill model was designed to be a national standard in animal welfare, that can be reproduced throughout the country.

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PAWS Chicago
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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PAWS CHICAGO

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Founder and Chairman

Ms. Paula Fasseas

STATEMENT FROM THE Founder and Chairman

"It is with great appreciation that we present you with the PAWS Chicago No Kill Model. Together, we are not just saving lives. We are also changing the face of animal welfare, showing what can be accomplished when resources are focused on saving—not killing—homeless animals. The progress we have made toward building a No Kill Chicago is remarkable. From 1997 through 2015, we saw an 80 percent reduction in the number of cats and dogs killed in Chicago shelters. But our work is not complete: nearly 10,000 dogs and cats still die in the Chicago area each year, and millions more are killed needlessly across the United States. Thank you for being a force of good for dogs and cats in their darkest hours. We at PAWS Chicago are able to be there for them because of you. On behalf of the animals you have helped save, thank you!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Paula Fasseas

PAWS Chicago

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