PAWS Chicago is the city's largest No Kill humane organization, focused on implementing solutions to end the killing of homeless dogs and cats! It is a safe haven from the moment they get into the adoption program, their precious lives are changed forever, through quality care and a lifetime of support.
One of the main tools PAWS uses to reduce the birth of unwanted animals are the spay/neuter programs they have in place, in addition to, community outreach events. The majority of stray, feral and other homeless pets originates in low-income, under-resourced communities. So important pet resources like free spay/neuter surgeries, information on pet care and training, and affordable medical care are all necessary ingredients in reducing pet homelessness and building a humane community, all of which they lovingly provide.
Their spay/neuter Lurie Clinic is located in Little Village and their GusMobile Spay/Neuter Van, which brings life-saving solutions directly to neighborhoods most in need. PAWS performed 16,237 spay/neuter surgeries in 2017. All PAWS Chicago spay/neuter surgeries are provided for free or low-cost.
PAWS Chicago’s feral cat Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program is a critical aspect of their targeted spay/neuter approach. It is aimed at proactively sterilizing and managing the free roaming cat population, the source of thousands of kittens born on the streets each year. TNR reduces the number of animals entering the sheltering system while also saving kittens and finding them adoptive homes. In 2017, PAWS performed 2,362 spay/neuter surgeries on feral cats. Since the opening of the Lurie Clinic, PAWS Chicago has sterilized more than 42,000 feral cats.
Adoptions add more opportunities for animals to meet interested families and is one of the best ways to end the killing of today's at-risk pets. Thanks to their adoption centers, offsite events and innovative programming, a whopping 5,371 animals found loving homes in 2017.