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

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2018

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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


The BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 1.
PAWS (Pets are Worth Saving) Chicago meets the remaining 19 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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PAWS Chicago’s primary mission is to become a No Kill community. They are building programs and strategies that are allowing them 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. Prevention - 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 their 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 31, 2015, PAWS (Pets are Worth Saving) Chicago's program expenses were:

Admissions and Recovery 3,559,906
Adoption Centers 2,200,320
Spay/Neuter Clinic 2,080,597
Outreach Communications 1,111,680
Community Development 615,789
Volunteer Program 497,502
Training- external 247,447
Training- internal 133,752
Total Program Expenses: $10,446,993
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Chief Executive : Kristin Pearson, Chief Executive Officer

Highest Paid Executive: Dr Jessica Von Waldau,Chief Veterinarian
Compensation*: $188,575

Chair of the Board: Paula Fasseas, Executive Chair
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Philanthropist

Board Size: 22

Paid Staff Size: 155

*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 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $15,531,745, 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 31, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 11,241,453
Special Events 3,657,665
Adoption Center Fees 980,068
Spay/Neuter Clinic Fees 951,030
Contributions- In Kind 632,627
Investment Income 411,458
Training Center Fees 136,517
Other Income 79,761
Admission Center Fees 6,504
Net Depreciation of Investments -722,615
Total Income $17,374,468


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 6%  Other Expenses: 8%

Total income $17,374,468
Program expenses $10,446,993
Fund raising expenses 526,584
Administrative expenses 761,440
Other Expenses 1,074,593
Total expenses $12,809,610
Income in Excess of Expenses 4,564,858
Beginning net assets 35,496,785
Ending net assets 40,061,643
Total liabilities 781,556
Total assets $40,843,199

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