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Welcome to Stephanie's Team PAWS 2019 Fundraising Page.

Stephanie Dewald

Stephanie Dewald

Family, Friends, Colleagues and Fellow Athletes,

This is my 9th straight year on Team PAWS and as always I want to begin by thanking everyone who has supported me for all of or some of the years. Last year was an epic year and will be hard to repeat but let's see if we can save just as many lives if not more. This year I am dedicating the Chattanooga 144.6 IRONMAN on September 29, 2019 to Team PAWS.

I also want to take a moment and remind everyone why I do this, it's not for a bib, it's not to be the highest fundraiser, it IS to save the lives of homeless animals everywhere, not just in Chicago. So please, DO NOT SHOP, ADOPT and adopting is NOT going to a breeder or a puppy mill. It disheartens me that in the US, only approximately 20% of dogs and cats are rescued from shelters. This means millions of animals still die every year. So while I appreciate the donations so much, PLEASE go to a No Kill Shelter to bring home your new family member. You will be saving two lives that day as it will allow the shelter to save yet another life. As a reminder, 1-4 dogs in a shelter is a pure bred. Much of this is due to people who 'buy' from a breeder and don't realize the responsibility and therefore give their pet up. Be patient and trust me, you will feel like a hero knowing what you rescued that animal from. Also, SPREAD THE WORD when you know someone looking for a new family member. THANK YOU.

PAWS Chicago is dedicated to building No Kill communities – starting with a No Kill Chicago – where all healthy and treatable pets are saved. Since PAWS Chicago’s founding in 1997, the number of homeless animals euthanized per year in Chicago has dropped more than 80 percent. In 2018, PAWS Chicago found loving homes for more than 5,500 homeless pets. But there is more work to be done and your generosity is crucial to this effort.

Please consider supporting me by making a donation and helping PAWS Chicago provide vital medical care, food and shelter to thousands of homeless pets this year. 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. Please consider donating to my cause.

If you are feeling extra generous, please consider sharing my page with your network or check with your employer if they will match your donation to make the most out of your generosity.

Thank you for your support!



raised of $10,000 goal

Recent Donations

1. Chubb matching Karl Schreiber
2. Jennifer Trenz
So proud of you raising so much money for a cause near and dear to your heart! You go girl!!!
3. Marcie Massa
so proud of you always! You are an inspiration! Good luck this week! Xoxo
4. Jennifer Oswalt
Better late than never! :) Thank you for always helping the animals!
5. Jeanne Herold
6. Melissa Mizwa
PAWS is super duper, and so are you - CHOO CHOO!