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PAWS Animal Shelter Is Full And ‘Urgently’ Needs Foster Families To Save Dogs, Cats

The shelter will host an adoption event this weekend to try to find homes for its cats and dogs.

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CHICAGO — The city’s largest no-kill animal shelter is full and in desperate need of foster families to save pets.

PAWS Chicago, 3516 W. 26th St., is at capacity and unable to take in additional dogs, cats, kittens and puppies, meaning it can’t save as many animals’ lives, according to PAWS. The shelter is asking for adopters and foster families to help them by creating a home for pets.

Those who take in pets, either temporarily through fostering or permanently through adoption, help create space at the shelter so more animals can be rescued, according to PAWS.

To encourage adoption, PAWS will waive adoption fees for those who take in the cats and dogs who have been at the shelter the longest during this weekend’s “Summer Lovin'” event. The event is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Lincoln Park Adoption Center, 1997 N. Clybourn Ave.

“Our transfer partners are desperately reaching out to us and we simply don’t have the capacity to take on more animals without the support of our foster families and adopters,” said Stacy Price, PAWS’ director of Animal Operations.

The animal shelter rescues more than 5,000 cats and dogs every year. But the spring and summer months are typically busier due to an increase in litters being born.

More information about becoming a foster family or adopting a pet through PAWS is available online.