PAWS Chicago Professional Board
As it turns out, I will not be running my fourth marathon this November in Philadelphia, but I am nevertheless more honored than ever to spend my third year as a member of Team PAWS Chicago. Vulnerable animals don’t disappear in times of illness or uncertainty, and PAWS Chicago continues to serve our community tirelessly during the Covid-19 crisis.
When the crisis first hit, PAWS Chicago put out a call for foster families and received an extraordinary 10,000+ applications. Not only will this allow for the medical center to rescue and treat more seriously ill and injured animals, but PAWS Chicago also mobilized the Crisis Care Foster Initiative for families who are unable to care for their pets right now, including patients who are recovering from Covid-19, front-line emergency responders, and those experiencing financial hardship.
While our adoption centers are temporarily closed to the public, staff and volunteers continue to care for animals every single day on-site, and we have launched a virtual adoption process that allows families to apply for adoption from the comfort and safety of their homes. Adopters have the opportunity to fill out all of the necessary paperwork online and then complete adoption counseling virtually with a member of our volunteer team. Finally, they can set up an appointment to visit the adoption center and meet the animal with appropriate social distancing measures in place. If it’s a good fit, out comes the red alumni bandana and off they go with their new family member!
PAWS Chicago also continues to support under-resourced communities in Englewood and Back of the Yards. While the Pet Food Pantry was forced to close temporarily, volunteer transport teams have arranged contactless deliveries of pet food and supplies free of charge for community members who would otherwise not have access to these critical provisions.
Rescuers don’t rest, and I hope that you will consider making a gift of any amount to PAWS Chicago to support their life-saving work and spread the word about their robust crisis response.
Thank you for your support!
Caroline and Poco