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Amanda Ford

Amanda Ford

Hi Friends & Family!

As most of you know, I unfortunately said goodbye to my best fur friend in April 2018 - just eight months after leaving a familiar life in Kansas and starting fresh in Chicago. After he passed, I knew I needed to find a way to channel my emotions towards helping other animals in need so I took to a quick Google search - there I found PAWS.

In May 2018 I picked up my first two foster kittens from PAWS, Enid and Edison, and immediately fell in love. Though I'll never be able to fully replace the hole Gryff left in my heart, each new foster I take in leaves a piece of them with me that teaches me levels of compassion, empathy, and genuine love I never thought possible. Fostering ignited a desire to volunteer which transpired to also joining the PAWS Professional board where I could further advocate for PAWS Chicago’s No Kill mission.

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 2016, PAWS Chicago found loving homes for more than 5,100 homeless pets. But there is more work to be done and your generosity is crucial to this effort.

In 2019 I'll celebrate my 30th birthday and I can't think of a better way to both achieve something I’ve always wanted to do and celebrate a milestone year than with running in the Chicago Marathon. I am asking that you please consider supporting me by donating and helping PAWS Chicago provide vital medical care, food and shelter to thousands of homeless pets this year. Note that 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.

Thank you for your support!



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