Better Business Bureau Report for
PAWS (Pets are Worth Saving) Chicago

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2016

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: PAWS (Pets are Worth Saving) Chicago
Address: 1997 N. Clybourn Ave.
  Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-935-7297
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1997, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To build No Kill communities – starting with a No Kill Chicago – that respect and value the life of every cat and dog. To end the overpopulation of homeless animals through solutions, practices and education. To transform animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way animals are treated and developing a sustainable, solutions-based model.

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Evaluation Conclusions


PAWS (Pets are Worth Saving) Chicago meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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PAWS Chicago’s primary mission is to become a No Kill community. We are building programs and strategies that are allowing us to make great strides toward this goal, and can be used as a model for effective animal welfare solutions for shelters across the country. 1. Spay/Neuter - The single most effective way to reduce the number of homeless animals in Chicago is to increase the number of free spay/neuter surgeries provided to low-income families who could not otherwise afford the costly surgery and continue to expand the reach of our TNR program in Cook County. 2. Adoption Program, Shelter Medicine & Behavior Enrichment - prioritizing the health and wellness of our animals is key to growing adoptions 3. Volunteers and Community Engagement - Volunteers are the life blood of PAWS Chicago. They enable the growth of our lifesaving programs and the optimization of our resources. Building a No Kill Chicago is a community effort that is only achieved by continuing to educate, engage and empower supporters in the community.

For the fiscal year ended December 30, 2013, PAWS (Pets are Worth Saving) Chicago's program expenses were:

Rescue & recovery center 2,357,179
Adoption center 2,147,830
Spay/neuter clinic 1,685,762
Humane education 701,238
GUS mobile 54,426
Total Program Expenses: $6,946,435
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Chief Executive : Paula Fasseas, CEO

Chair of the Board: Pam Carey
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Philanthropist

Board Size: 22

Paid Staff Size: 146

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 5% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $9,016,696, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on PAWS (Pets are Worth Saving) Chicago's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 5,982,811
Special Events 2,541,481
Net appreciation of investments 2,289,039
Spay/neuter clinic 917,023
Adoption center 905,130
Contributions-in kind 492,404
Investment Income 450,309
Other income 174,468
GUS mobile 15,409
Admission center 14,380
Net assets released from restrictions
Total Income $13,782,454


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 75%  Fund Raising: 5%  Administrative: 4%  Other Expenses: 16%

Total income $13,782,454
Program expenses $6,946,435
Fund raising expenses 466,001
Administrative expenses 334,914
Other Expenses 1,484,001
Total expenses $9,231,351
Income in Excess of Expenses 4,551,103
Beginning net assets 26,335,169
Ending net assets 30,886,272
Total liabilities 253,162
Total assets $31,139,434

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