Pet adoption shelter
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 Lincoln Park and North Shore Adoption Centers 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 77 percent ―from 42,561 pets killed in 1997 to less than 10,000 2014. Read more
Nothing better in this world than to adopt a new friend be it a cat or a dog. Paws Chicago has been one of the favorite places for my family and I to visit just to play with pets who are in the care of a no kill shelter. We haven't adopted here yet, but we've visited this place probably two-three times a year when we get the urge to think about adding to our household. We haven't found the second dog for us yet, but we do like how Paws is so good about everything. They have volunteers to help with taking care of the pets and it is friendly place to check out if there is someone right for you to bring home.
If you're looking to adopt or just hang out with a dog/cat for an hour, this is the place to go. Prepare to walk out with a new roommate though. If you want to just go pet, play, and cuddle, you can too! It's a one page paperwork thing and then you're good to go! We got our cat from here and I recommend them to everyone that asks.Original recommendation
... The entire time that I fostered my dog and went through the adoption process, the staff at Paws (especially at the medical center) was attentive, dedicated, and friendly. Their job isn't easy, and, especially at the medical center, it's apparent they aren't working with a lot of money. But they give you the tools you need to build a home for and with your dog (or cat, I suppose).Original recommendation
This is my happy place! The staff really cares about the dogs & cats and make every effort to ensure they all go to a good home. Those who don't find homes are still loved in a warm, safe environment either at the facility or in foster care.Original recommendation
I just adopted a cat from PAWS and couldn't be happier. The facilities are wonderful, and I was given plenty of time to meet with the cats to make sure the one I adopted was a good fit. It also provides a free wellness exam for your new pet through VCA, and if there are any medical issues within the first couple of weeks, PAWS covers the expenses. All in all, a great experience and a great new cat.Original recommendation
Pro-tip; DONATIONS of food, supplies, etc.Original recommendation
Our dear old dog passed away at Christmas, and thus I had some unopened bags of food/treats/puppy pads/doggie bags, etc that I wanted to get to a shelter to use. After a bit of research, PAWS seemed to be the best alternative to get them to the dogs quickly.
The process here is VERY easy. Drop in during business hours and there is a donation basket right inside the door. Drop off. Get a receipt if you need it, and you are on your way (and just TRY to avoid looking at the gorgeous napping puppies in the window -- I barely escaped without adopting a litter!). ...