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Gracie's Supernovas

Gracie's SuperNovas

Gracie's SuperNovas

To honor our dear, cat-loving friend, Jen Novakoske (a true supernova), we are running/walking in the 19th Annual PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run For Their Lives! This is a small way we can support all the Paws kitties Jen loved so much, especially her Gracie. Join us, or support us however you can.

Every year in Chicago, nearly 9,000 cats and dogs are euthanized because they simply don’t have a place to call home. We cannot let this continue.
PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is a national model in No Kill animal sheltering, committed to bringing an end to the killing of homeless cats and dogs.  As Chicagoland’s largest No Kill shelter, and one of the largest in the nation, PAWS has helped to reduce the number of homeless pets killed in the city by 87 percent since its founding in 1997.  In just 20 years, PAWS Chicago has grown from a grassroots organization to a national leader in the No Kill movement, guiding other communities in how to dramatically reduce the euthanasia of homeless cats and dogs. 

In 2017, PAWS Chicago found homes for 5,371 dogs and cats through its Lincoln Park and Highland Park Adoption Centers and performed 16,237 spay and neuter surgeries through its Lurie Clinic and Gus Mobile Spay/Neuter Van. These two medical resources give PAWS Chicago the ability to provide subsidized spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and humane education to under-served families and neighborhoods that need the most help in controlling pet population.

PAWS receives no government funding and relies solely on people like you to help provide continued care for Chicago's homeless animals.

Your support will allow us to build a truly humane and compassionate community, one pet at a time. Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent evaluator, has rated PAWS Chicago at its highest 4-star ranking for 16 consecutive years—an accomplishment that less than 1% of the charities in the nation have reached.

Also, check with your employer if they will match your donation to make the most out of your generosity.

Thank you for your support! 
Gracie's Supernovas

  • Grant Manny
  • Charlotte Manny
Charisse Hartwig
  • Bill Hartwig


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1. Charisse Hartwig
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Sorry I can't be there - will be thinking of you all & Jen!
5. Grant Manny
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