The Issue: Animals with Illnesses and Injuries
PAWS Chicago often takes into its care animals with medical ailments or injuries such as broken bones, pneumonia, and infections. As the city’s largest No Kill humane organization, PAWS aims to treat and rehabilitate as many animals as it can and find loving homes for those who can live with families.
The Campaign: Providing Medical Treatment for Animals
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by PAWS Chicago to provide medical treatment for homeless cats and dogs. For every $700 raised, PAWS Chicago can provide treatment for one animal with special medical needs. When sick and injured animals come to the shelter, they usually require diagnostic testing, antibiotics, and medications. Animals with serious illnesses, such as pneumonia or parvovirus, also receive critical care, and injured pets benefit from x-rays and surgical treatments such as amputations and the setting of broken bones.
In 1997 PAWS Chicago set out to halt the unnecessary killing of thousands of homeless cats and dogs in the region, establishing a No Kill shelter and organizing public-awareness campaigns. More than 30,000 adoptions later, team members still visit Chicago Animal Care and Control six days a week to take as many pets into their care as they have room for, providing necessary medical attention as well as spaying and neutering services. The Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic and GusMobile spay and neuter van serve the pets of low-income families and tackle the problem of animal overpopulation in city neighborhoods, catching, treating, and releasing more than 18,000 cats and dogs every year to prevent the unchecked growth of local animal colonies. Through the Adoption and Humane Center in Lincoln Park, PAWS also adopts out animals that enter its shelters. The center maintains a cage-free facility to ensure pets live in comfort and dignity until they can be matched with an adoptive family.