Dogs that are long-term residents of PAWS Chicago, like four-year-old Rocco (left) and five-year-old Roxy (right) will be supported through the "Slice To Meet You" campaign from PAWS Chicago and Piece Pizza. Credit: PAWS Chicago

CHICAGO — PAWS Chicago is getting cheesy in its latest effort to find homes for longer-term residents.

PAWS is partnering with Piece Pizza for the Slice to Meet You campaign, where the pizza place will feature flyers with the rescue’s adoptable dogs on boxes delivered to the city and suburbs, according to a PAWS news release.

Each flyer will include information on a dog available to adopt from PAWS, including a photo, a brief description of the dog and a QR code that will take them to the dog’s biography on the PAWS website. 

The Slice To Meet You campaign has no planned end date, said Sarah McDonald, the associate director of media and community relations for PAWS.

“Most of our pets find homes easily, but there are always a few that need just the right person or household,” PAWS CEO Chicago Susanna Wickham said in a statement. “We know there’s a special home for every pet out there, and we are excited to increase the odds that our long-term pups will find homes by partnering with Piece to find these very special people. For each dog, it only takes one.”

Dogs like Rocco, a 4-year-old mixed breed, and Roxy, a 5-year-old American pit bull terrier mix, will be supported through the campaign. 

Proceeds from limited-edition specialty pizzas made in collaboration with Piece Pizza and other Chicago restaurants — including Hot Doug’s, Smoque BBQ and Billy Sunday – will also go to PAWS. Piece Pizza will give $5 of each specialty pizza sold to PAWS through March 31, according to the rescue. 

The Hot Doug and and Barry Sorkin’s Hot Smoquein’ Sausage Mushroom Pizza, a white pizza with jalapeno-jack sausage from Hot Doug’s and portobello mushrooms from Smoque BBQ, is available through Feb. 9, according to the Piece Pizza website. 

The collaboration pizza for February will be a collaboration with Matthias Merges of Billy Sunday, McDonald said. The vegetarian white pizza with roasted garlic, rosemary, extra virgin olive oil and pecorino sardo will be followed by another specialty pizza collaboration for March that is still being developed, she said.

Information about the pets that will be helped through the Slice To Meet You campaign is on the PAWS website. Pizzas can be bought from Piece Pizza online or in person.

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