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Angelo DeMarco

Angelo DeMarco

Thanks for considering donating! I need to raise $1,700 by September 29th to be eligible to run the Chicago Marathon. Every little bit counts and is extremely appreciated by myself and the animals. I believe I can raise $2,000 by this date with the help of my loved ones and friends!

My story with PAWS Chicago began when I started my internship in January 2019. I interned in the foster program at the point where every animal starts their journey at PAWS Chicago, the Medical Center and Lurie Clinic. I told myself a year prior that I wanted my life to revolve around 3 key things: Food, Fitness, and Animals (Luckily, this race directly engages two!) My perspective of the adoption process drastically changed, and what I learned about fostering was tremendous.

I viewed all animals in a completely different way prior to doing my internship. My perspective changed because I became aware. Awareness is the underlying factor for PAWS success, and a point highly-stressed by the founding family and every employee. My new found awareness leads me to give back in this moment.

I run for an organization ran by employees who treat each animal like their own child. I run for the dogs who unfortunately deal with heartworm, hookworm, coccidia, and other ailments. I run for the cats unfortunately dealing with upper respiratory infections, feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency viruses, and other ailments. All in all, I run for every animal who finds their way into the PAWS Chicago pipeline.

There is media at the bottom of my page which showcases more about why I run with TEAM PAWS CHICAGO. The video describes the history of PAWS Chicago, and is a great watch for a synopsis of this organization.

One picture is myself with Jetson, who just received a heartworm treatment which makes his heart rate increase to fight the worms, leaving him terribly uncomfortable for a couple hours. We put him in our desk area to remind him of our loving arms.

Another picture is of Janice, a dog who stole my heart the moment I saw her. She reminded me of Ginger, who is the golden-brown Vizsla in the other picture. Janice eventually needed leg amputation for an improperly healed leg fracture. I followed her throughout her time at PAWS Chicago, where she is now adopted and in a loving family.

Below is a historical and informational description of PAWS Chicago:

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.

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 $2,000 goal

Recent Donations

1. Angelo DeMarco
Thank you to all who have helped in this process. I was able to volunteer again for the first time in a long time the past 2 days. I am enthralled with the org and will continue to volunteer and hopefully foster soon.... A large portion of this donation came from the generosity of my neighbor in terms of payment for doing some lawncare for him.
2. Mary DeMarco
3. Bill & Jen Bergamini
4. Thomas Smyth
5. Anonymous
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6. Mark Torphy