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Take Home A Pup In Need At PAWS’ ‘Underdog To Wonderdog’ Event This Weekend

PAWS is waiving adoption fees for people who give a home to a dog with specific needs, like specialized training or a childless household.

PAWS will waive its adoption fee for adult dogs like Rani (left) and Flower this weekend.
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LINCOLN PARK — PAWS Chicago will waive adoption fees Saturday and Sunday for overlooked dogs that need homes and people who can give them special care.

The adoption event is the kickoff to the organization’s Underdog to Wonderdog program, started in collaboration with Phillip Brooks, known as CM Punk, a Chicago MMA fighter and former WWE star.

Punk adopted his dog, Larry, as an “underdog” with his wife, AJ Mendez, in 2015. Larry was a “misfit dog with a scruffy look” and some aggression issues, according to a PAWS news release. Punk since has become an advocate for dogs like Larry.

Some of PAWS’ “underdogs” have medical issues, while others require more intensive training. Many of them require specific environments such as homes without kids or other dogs, fenced yards and experienced dog owners, according to the shelter.

To support people who adopt dogs with special needs, PAWS is also encouraging adopters to go through their Foster First program, which allows adopters to get to know dogs while the animals get medical, behavioral and training support from PAWS. 

You can look at the “underdogs” available this weekend here. You must make an in-person adoption appointment to meet the dogs at the PAWS adoption center in Lincoln Park. 

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