PAWS Chicago 5K

Barking Lot Deerfield

The windy city’s largest dog-friendly event was a success!

The 17th annual PAWS Chicago 5K Walk/Run happened June 4th 2017 from 7:30 am to 12:00 noon at Montrose Harbor.

Each year, PAWS Chicago’s Professional Board hosts its yearly celebration where over 3,000 people sign up to run, saving the lives of thousands of homeless pets.

Not only does the Walk/Run help raise awareness about the plight of these animals, but the funds necessary to continue to rescue and care for thousands of pets without homes, as well.

PAWS is an organization determined to make a difference – and in a few short years, it’s definitely come a long way.

Back in 1996, Paula and Alexis Fasseas’, founders of PAWS Chicago, came to the terrible realization that homeless pets were being euthanized in shelters by the thousands. The overpopulation of animals had grown to uncontrollable levels as more pets were being born than could be adopted. Dog boarding options were not as readily available as they are today.

Paula and Alexis Fasseas reported that more 40,000 animals were being put down in Chicago’s city pounds each year.

So they decided to do something about it. In 1998, the two women formed PAWS Chicago, kicking off its launch with an adoption event called Angels with Tails. The group’s mission was to help raise awareness about the adverse conditions of homeless pets housed in many local shelters and the numbers of animals being silently killed in efforts to control the population.

Cage-and-kill had been a model followed by private humane societies for the past several hundred years as a way to provide a more “humane” solution to the animal overpopulation crisis.

Today, organizations like PAWS advocate saving all animals through the No Kill methodology created by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) – which those of us here at The Barking Lot strongly support.

Since PAWS’ founding and the advent of No Kill, animal euthanasia in Chicago has declined by more than 80 percent, as events like PAWS play a critical part in helping end mass euthanasia.

Everyone is invited to participate in the PAWS’ Walk/Run. Check it out next year with your pup for a great cause!

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