PAWS Chicago has made it their goal from their first day of operation, that their spay/neuter efforts were targeted to help low-income, under-served communities keep their debt low and yet be able to have a four-legged companion to love. They sincerely want to provide all people with pets with access to their spay/neuter services and providing them this much recommended surgery for free or at a low cost so that their pets will not continue to reproduce needlessly, creating more homeless pets. Without PAWS Chicago services, many of these families would not be able to even have a pet or could not afford to take care of the pet properly that they do have.
To show just how much this program has worked, PAWS Chicago has it notated. Everyone is privy to the detailed data analysis conducted to drive these programs by accessing the PAWS Chicago Case Study By the Numbers.
The Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic was opened in the fall of 2000; three years after the animal rescue organization was founded. It is Chicago’s first high-volume, free and low-cost clinic that is located in the heart of a vibrant yet at-risk community in Little Village. In addition, 10 years later, PAWS Chicago set out the GusMobile Spay/Neuter Van on the town to go directly into under-served neighborhoods throughout our great city.
In 1997, 42,561 animals in Chicago were euthanized. By 2013, less than 14,000 animals were euthanized. That is a 71% decrease – quite a feat!
Sixty-eight percent of the 71% decrease is a result of fewer homeless pets entering shelters. Scarier yet is the fact that more than 85% of the 50,000 pets entering Chicago’s three “open door” kill shelters were euthanized as a result. Less than 47% of the 30,000 pets entering shelters in 2013 were euthanized. That a 38% decrease in number of euthanize pets in 16 years time. Thank goodness for the education PAWS Chicago is providing to the general public as well as their spay/neuter services!
Unfortunately, there are still greater than 12,000 homeless pets killed annually in Chicago alone. Thousands more exist in surrounding communities outside of the City proper. In order to provide even more effective results with their spay/neuter services, PAWS Chicago conducts a thorough analysis of the following:
· The ZIP code origin of pets coming into Animal Care & Control (the city pound)
· Neighborhoods where the city is receiving a significant volume of stray calls
By reaching out to more of Chicagoland, PAWS Chicago is continuing with their efforts and determining which ZIP codes need the spay/neuter services that they readily provide. This way they can conduct their free and low-cost surgeries to those Targeted Zip Codes that need their assistance.
Perhaps in a few more years, PAWS Chicago will reach their goal of a No Kill Chicago! Animal advocates can only hope!