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Me and my Tornado on Paws

Aylette Oliva

Aylette Oliva

Thank you so much for your generosity and donation to this cause that is so dear to me! Your donation will help PAWS save dogs and cats that might not otherwise make it and I sincerely appreciate your support.

This year I am running the Chicago Marathon with a bucket list goal of completing it in under 4 hours. I knew when I signed up that I only wanted to fundraise for PAWS as I am a strong supporter of their mission.


PAWS Chicago is the Midwest’s largest no kill shelter - they are dedicated to ending the unnecessary killing of homeless pets, finding them loving new homes, and saving more than 5,000 lives every year. PAWS also focuses on prevention, providing nearly 13,000 low cost/free spay or neuter surgeries.

My dog Marley is from PAWS, he had been previously adopted (twice!) and brought back to the shelter - one person stating that he was a “tornado on paws”. At least I knew what I was in for :) Although nothing would have prepared me for the day I jumped into the freezing waters of Lake Michigan to save him after he fell in. I can’t imagine life without this crazy little dog and want to help others find their best companion too.

Please make a donation in support of my efforts to save more animals. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Here are some examples of how the funds you donate will be used to save lives at PAWS Chicago:

$15 covers the cost of a micro-chip to help reunite lost pets with their families

$65 covers the cost of X-rays for an injured dog or cat

$86 sponsors a spay/neuter surgery to help prevent over pet population

$263 cares for one healthy puppy or kitten from arrival through adoption

$662 is the average cost of treating one sick or injured pet, from rescue to adoption

$1,200 funds critical care to an animal with life-threatening injuries

Thanks again for all of your support!

Aylette & Marley


raised of $1,750 goal

Recent Donations

1. Dawn Griffin
2. Debbie Cast
Have a great run. Marley and you are so fortunate to have found each other!
3. Claudia
Way to go girl!!! My Tommy is from Paws 🐾. A lot to be thankful for 😍
4. EDIE Glavey
Congrats Aylette!! I share your passion for fitness and fidos!! Go get 'em killer!!!!
5. Kimberly Gleeson
You're amazing and no doubt you'll achieve your goal to finish under 4 hrs! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing to run with TEAM PAWS & raise money to save the lives of homeless dogs & cats, that ultimately save those who adopt them. I've been involved with PAWS since the beginning in 1997, PAWS is most near & dear to my heart. My previous angel, Lucy, was a PAWS rescue, as is Spencer and my friends dog Kingsley who you often see me with. I also suggest you mention on your website that on "Charity Navigator", PAWS Chicago is the #3 rated Charity in the entire U.S., since they've earned the most consecutive 4-Star, highest rating, for the past 16+years. I sincerely thank you for "Running for their Lives", you have my full support!
6. Anne Claggett