At the start of this year I decided I'd train for and run a full marathon in 2020 to work on my persistence and mental toughness. Like the first half marathon Kia, Nikki, Kati & I did ten(!) years ago, I wanted to fundraise for PAWS Chicago.
COVID-19 is throwing so many things into uncertainty. With PAWS' regular fundraisers canceled for safety, the Team PAWS network of runners will be a lifeline.
It's a mission that means a lot to me -- and I know to many of you, too.
All pets deserve second chances. Trevi is a rescue dog. Our family dog Bailey was too, as well as two new beagles that joined the Thomas family recently. Brian & I have fostered several PAWS pups to give them a break from shelter life or help them build a positive backstory when theirs is unknown, unfair, or unflattering.
PAWS Chicago is dedicated to building No Kill communities – starting with a No Kill Chicago – where all healthy and treatable pets are saved. Since its founding in 1997, PAWS has helped cut the number of Chicago homeless animals put down by 80%. In 2016 they placed over 5,000 homeless pets into their forever homes.
But there is more work to be done and your generosity is crucial: PAWS receives no government funding and relies solely on people like us to help provide continued care for Chicago's homeless animals.
Will you join me in supporting PAWS Chicago? No amount is too small. Especially during these times.
Thank you for your consideration! Stay safe, all. <3