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PAWS Chicago

PAWS Chicago was founded in 1997, where Paula and Alexis Fasseas made a promise to the homeless pets on the streets of Chicago, that PAWS would strive to end the unnecessary killing of tens of thousands of helpless cats and dogs.  With PAWS solutions-based approach, they have led the way to a 91% drop in euthanasia citywide since 1997. They have performed more than 280,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, found loving homes for more than 70,000 pets, and consistently saved 98% of the pets that visit PAWS.

PAWS missions are, to build No Kill communities, starting with a No Kill Chicago, end the overpopulation of homeless animals through solutions, practice, and education, and to transform animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way animals are treated developing a sustainable, solutions-based model. Their main values are respect, community, innovation, pro-activity, transparency, education, sustainability, and compassion.

A few of the different ways volunteers can help are, working with dogs or cats, helping with medical care, events, and people in a crisis, contribute humane education and junior and family volunteering.

Tara Schutz is an advocate and volunteer for PAWS Chicago and has participated with TEAM PAWS in road races. Tara is looking to host fundraiser events for PAWS Chicago throughout the rest of the year. Stay tuned for information about fundraisers.

PAWS Chicago 2022 Beach Party 

PAWS Chicago 2022 Beach Party 

Click below to learn more about PAWS Chicago and how it makes a more compassionate community. If you are interested in donating or volunteering , you can access the website below or contact Tara at with questions!