I Love PAWS Chicago

As someone with two rescue dogs and memories of rescuing my first dog at 5 and my first cat at, it was a natural fit when I joined the PAWS professional board last year. A few weeks ago, Jena and I had dinner with Paula Fasseas, the founder of PAWS Chicago, to discuss how we can further help promote the organization.

PAWS Chicago has taken the number of homeless pets killed in the city from 42,561 animals killed in 1997 to less than 8700 2015. They receive zero city, state, or federal funding and rely on donations and volunteer so do the amazing work that they continue to do.

As professional board members, we want to do everything we can to help PAWS Chicago. Like volunteering, showing up for events, donating, and signing up for a committee. I’m on the Animal Magnetism committee for the second year in a row and hope you’ll consider attending if you’re in Chicago. It’s such a fun event and is one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers.

Jena and I are in a unique situation with our blogs and social media channels. So along with helping PAWS with some social strategy, we talked about leveraging our online networks to help spread the word about an amazing organization. Because what’s the point in having an online platform if you can’t use it for something good?

We planned a few shoots with some of our favorite Chicago bloggers to help promote animal adoption– the first with Kelly (and Emma!), Maya, Lauren, Alaina, and one of my best photog friends, Katie Kett. Everyone’s going to share these photos on their social accounts and blogs, and I have a few more bloggers signed up for shoots this week, too!It is our hope that we’ll inspire someone to adopt a rescue, volunteer, donate, or attend an event like Animal Magnetism. Because come on with these faces. 

Photography © Katie Kett

If you’re interested in one of these dogs, they are Capri (2 month old lab/retriever mix), Rimo (3 month shepherd mix), Darla (4 year old lab/retriever mix), and Mia (8 years old doberman/shepherd mix)

There are so many sweet dogs and cats looking for a home, so if you’re thinking of getting one, I hope you’ll consider PAWS. And if a pet isn’t in the cards for you right now, there are so many other ways to get involved.

Do you have a rescue pet or are you thinking of getting one? Do you have any questions about PAWS Chicago or animal rescue? Leave them in the comments below! 

  • LOVE! I cannot get enough of this photo shoot. Growing up we had a few different pets, and they were all rescues – wouldn’t have it any other way. Hoping to rescue another pup soon! Missing having a dog around the house. 😊

  • Jessica

    Mia is the sweetest and has the saddest story. Hope this press helps get her adopted! <3, a PAWS volunteer

  • Mary

    Don’t forget that PAWS is on Amazon Smile, so all of those little purchases may add up!

  • I grew up with rescue pets – some found as strays and others adopted from a shelter. I’ve had friends who said they wanted to buy a dog instead of adopting because they didn’t want to deal with any behavioral problems, but that’s never been an issue for us! I adopted my own rescue pup last May and he’s the best decision I’ve ever made 🙂

  • Kristin M.

    Awww this melts my heart! I rescued my sweet Dexie girl, an English Golden Retriever, about 4.5 years ago & she is the best thing to ever come into my life. Simply put, rescues for life!

  • Coco Clancy

    Love this! 2 years ago this month, my boyfriend and I ventured to PAWS on a whim. We came home with Nelson, our smart, playful and adorable beagle-mix. Now we can’t imagine life without him!

    • Danielle Moss

      He’s SO CUTE!

  • Emma with Capri is the cutest thing I have ever seen. I am thrilled you featured older dogs too because it is SO much harder for them to find homes than the puppies. I hope Darla and Mia find awesome homes!

    • Danielle Moss

      Anything with Emma is the cutest thing ever. 🙂

  • What a wonderful thing you are doing for PAWS. It’s great to see people coming together for a great cause and sharing on all their Social Media channels!

    I always volunteer when I can here in NJ at the Food Bank or Animal Shelter!

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