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Neil Rudd

Neil Rudd

Welcome Friends and Supporters!

Running the London Marathon has been a goal of mine for many years. This will be my eighth full marathon, and not only is it one of the iconic marathons globally, but it also happens to be my birthplace. When I made the commitment to run this race I decided I wanted to go the extra mile (actually 26.2 miles!) and use this as an opportunity to raise awareness and financial support for a very worthy cause. When I was introduced to PAWS Chicago, for someone like me whose life has been truly enriched by many loving pets, it seemed like a natural choice.

The more I thought about it, I also realized how much dogs and runners like me have in common. Like dogs, runners come in all shapes and sizes. Some of us are fast and some are not, some of us look awkward and others are both sleek and natural. Despite our differences we share a common joy we find in running that breaks down boundaries that we may encounter in our daily lives and always seems to bring a smile to our faces. Like dogs, we do like to be cheered on, and always look forward to the food that is offered at the end of a run.

We have also developed some similar essential survival habits that may seem odd to some including sampling some sketchy water sources when other options are exhausted, or heading for the closest cluster of trees or high grass when mother nature calls and you are miles from home! I may have even witnessed runners sniffing one another, although it is fair to say that this is generally frowned upon!

Upon further reflection, however, I think dogs still have proven to be smarter at the end of the day. They know when you are tired, maybe you should take a break in the shade. They also don't agonize about times or personal records and would never bore you with stories of their latest injury. Unfortunately not every dog gets to experience the joy of running freely or the safety and security of a loving home and this is why I believe the work of the dedicated team at PAWS Chicago is so important.

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!



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Recent Donations

1. Anonymous
Good luck in London Neil! Thanks for running #Teampaws!!
2. Lori Tomaszewski
3. Sarah Lindgren
4. Eric Feldmann
Good luck and enjoy the trip. Neil
5. Susan Bird
Best of luck Neil!
6. James Maze
I hope Have a great race and enjoy your visit to London!