since its inception, PAWS Chicago has strived to make an impact on the lives of homeless animals throughout the Windy City. and — given that the euthanasia rate of abandoned animals in Chicago has declined by more than 77 percent since the shelter first opened its doors 18 years ago — it’s certainly safe to say it has. it’s one of the many reasons why we are so proud to announce PAWS Chicago as our August sWheat Shares™ partner!
PAWS founders Paula and Alexis Fasseas’ first real encounter with animal homelessness came on the Greek island of Crete, where they rescued a dog while on vacation. they were told that their new family member, Pippen, would have been euthanized once tourist season was over. saddened by this, the Fasseas family journeyed home, determined to help stray animals in any way they could.
upon their return to Chicago, Paula and Alexis had their eyes opened to the number of homeless animals dying in their city each year, and began to take action. they visited Chicago Animal Care & Control (Chicago’s city pound) to get a better sense of how local animals were being cared for, and soon learned that more than 42,000 of the city’s homeless animals were being euthanized each year.
PAWS Chicago was founded shortly thereafter. in May 1998, Paula organized an adoption event that put adoptable animals in the window-fronts of the boutique shops that make up Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. the event was a massive success, garnering significant publicity and raising awareness of Chicago’s startlingly large homeless animal population.
since then, the shelter has added a spay/neuter clinic, opened adoption centers in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and on the North Shore in Highland Park, and has even had its efforts celebrated on “Oprah.” PAWS operates today as the largest No Kill shelter in the Midwest.
if you’re interested in adopting or fostering an animal from PAWS Chicago, or would like to donate or volunteer, please contact the organization at:
sWheat Shares™ is sWheat Scoop’s philanthropic litter donation program. aach sWheat Shares partner receives 2,000 pounds of sWheat Scoop® litter for use in conjunction with its foster and shelter programs. through the rescue organization, sWheat Scoop also provides sWheat Adoption Kits to new cat owners. these kits include a 7-pound bag of sWheat Scoop litter, a temporary and disposable litter box, a certificate of adoption and other items with helpful information to help get their cat/owner relationship off to a good start.