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Packed Animal Shelter Asked Chicagoans For Help … So Residents Lined Up To Rescue 109 Pets

PAWS Chicago also received hundreds of applications from would-be foster families.

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CHICAGO — PAWS Chicago, the city’s largest no-kill animal shelter, needed help finding homes for the dogs and cats it rescues — and Chicagoans stepped up.

PAWS was at capacity at the end of last week and, concerned that would limit its ability to take in more pets, asked for help finding permanent homes and foster families for the dogs and cats it serves.

It hosted a weekend adoption event; by the end, there had been 109 adoptions, according to the shelter.

In fact, people were so eager to rescue, a line stretched down the block.

Of those adoptions, 37 were of pets who had been at PAWS for a prolonged period, meaning their owners had their adoption fees waived.

The shelter has also received more than 250 applications from would-be foster families since Wednesday, according to PAWS. More than 60 pets have been sent to foster homes since Thursday morning.

“We are definitely in a better place, but we are still looking for fosters,” PAWS wrote in an emailed statement.

Information about adopting or fostering an animal through PAWS is available online.

The shelter is also still looking for homes for several pets:



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