Chicago PAWS

PAWS Mission – “PAWS Chicago is working to build a No Kill Chicago—a city where pets are no longer destroyed just because they are homeless.”

The creation of PAWS Chicago was inspired by a dog named Pippen Fasseas from the island Crete in Greece. The family of Alexis Fasseas, on vacation in Crete, adopted the stray who likely would have been poisoned by farmers. They brought him back to America and their love for him led them to investigate the pet overpopulation problem in America. They discovered that more than 40,000 pets in Chicago were killed at shelters each year. As a response, Alexis’ mother created PAWS Chicago in 1997 as a way to create awareness about pet overpopulation through citywide events. Eventually PAWS Chicago developed into a No Kill humane society dedicated to the preventing the killing of innocent homeless pets.

PAWS Chicago is the largest No Kill humane organization in Chicago and is continually growing. Weekly adoption clinics and the largest high volume spay/neuter clinic in Chicago are helping to effectively reduce the overpopulation of pets in Chicago. In 2007, PAWS introduced the Midwest’s first No Kill, cageless, state-of-the-art Adoption Center for dogs and cats located in Lincoln Park. The center strives to offer the best temporary care for homeless pets preparing to be adopted in the city of Chicago.


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