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PAW S C H I C A G O SPRING 2003 ANGEL TALES Second Annual Run for Their Lives a runaway success Humane Education: teaching compassion, saving lives PAWS Chicago and ESCADA celebrate at First Annual Fur Ball Chicago’s pooches step out in high style to save their Committee member Dawn Birch with pampered homeless friends pooch Caneel at the First Annual Fur Ball ANGEL TALES Founder/Development Chair Letters PAWS Chicago Board of Directors Dear Dedicated PAWS Supporters, Paula Fasseas, Founder and Chair Bernice Pink, Vice President I want to thank all of you for enabling PAWS Chicago to initiate Randy Sara, Secretary/Treasurer and implement great change for homeless pets in our city. The PAWS Chicago Board Members March issue of Chicago magazine features an extensive report by Mark Duggan, Peter Fasseas, Kathy Finley, Brenda Fowler, Like Cats and Dogs. This article does an excellent Sonia Florian, Suzie Glickman, George Karcazes, Ed McLarin, Brenda Sexton job of explaining the issue of pet homelessness in our city and PAWS Chicago’s role in addressing the problem. Please take a PAWS Chicago Fundraising and Development Committee moment to read this article and know that it’s only because of Suzie Glickman, President your support that we have been able to make a difference. Brenda Sexton, Vice President Kathy Finley, Secretary It’s an exciting time for PAWS Chicago; we are providing more Maria Smithburg, Treasurer free spay/neuter surgeries than ever to the pets of families who Paula Fasseas with (left to right) Denise Allen, Judy Baar Topinka, Sharon Bergen, rescued goat Billy, foster dog Eddie, Dawn Birch, Aileen Blackwell, Amy Bluhm, receive public assistance. Spay/neuter services are also free for Piper, Pippin and Daisy (in front) Margie Boyle-Dooley, Jeff Case, Jennice Cayne, those living in selected zip codes where stray dogs and cats are Linda Coleman, Terri D'Ancona, Mark and most abundant. We’re calling this project “The Free Fix” (see article inside) and we are receiving Laurie Davis, Angela Demars, Susan Esdale, Barbara Fosco, Mary Franz, Christine Garcia, hundreds of calls from people who otherwise could never afford to spay or neuter their pets. Sally Gardner, Kimberly Gleeson, Toby Though this is a costly effort, it is the only way to finally stop the unnecessary killing of homeless Glickman, Natel Matschulat Gouletas, Merle Gross, Marjorie Habermann, Jerri Hoffmann, dogs and cats. Holly Hunt, Susie Jacobson, Stacey Jones, Maria Kamberos, Sherry and Alan Koppel, While the work of our well-trained volunteers keeps staff costs at a minimum, we have been Suzanne LeMignot, Mary Lee Lerich, Karen increasing the number of homeless animals we take in. Every pet is given the best medical care, Linden, Ellen Lustig, Tiffany Lytle, Kara Mann, Linda Marcus, Helen Melchior, Irene Michaels, socialization, and a guarantee of life. We will not compromise the well-being of our PAWS dogs Eileen Minasian, Lucy Minor, Jan and Susan and cats as every little soul counts. We couldn’t do this work any other way. Muller, Alexandra Nichols, Sharon O'Brien, Bernice Pink, Mayari Pritzker, Sugar Rautbord, Barbara Rinella, Leslie Shearer, Connie Smith, The more in donations we receive, the more animals we can take in. As you might know, these are Bonnie Spurlock, Tina Staley, Rikki Swin, very difficult times for fundraising, so we appreciate all the help you have provided over the last year. Jessica Tampas, Robert Teninga, Dennis Thackery, Judy Tullman, Carol Walter, Cindy Thank you so much on behalf of all very lucky and deserving ones saved. Warner, Karen Williams PAWS Chicago Junior Board Members Executive Committee Nicole Rudman Paula Fasseas, Founder and Chair Brown, Maureen Keene, Kimberly Peek, Laurie Rudman, Ethan Sullivan, Lisa Ward Dear Friends, Michelle Amato, Jennifer Beck, Sarah Bild, Ela Aktay Booty, Ilene Breitbarth, Whitney Brock, Erica Brown, Sarah Buergey, Pam Carey, I am delighted to take a leadership role on the PAWS Development Board this year. There are Aaron and Nichole Charfoos, Mary Lou Culver, so many ways to get involved and expand your participation in this worthy and important cause, Julie DiJohn, Lisa DiMartino, Kari Emmer, Yael Eytan, Andrea Fang, Nicole FlorJancic, Michael and I invite you to join us now. Gray, Audra Guinn, Kimberly Harmon, Amy Hearst, Laura Hinze, Aaron Hoffman, Stacy The mission of the Development Board is to raise funds and build Jones, Ardi Kazarian, Maureen Kilmer, Jennica awareness for PAWS, and we accomplish this by sponsoring several Lutz, Kea Meyers, Margaret Miller, Anne-Marie Morris, Carrie Nutter, Babette Nyka, Marianne events each year. Our next adoption event, Angels with Tails, will be Phalin, Lisa Rhind, Ellen Robbins, Jamie held Sunday, June 8, on Michigan Avenue and Oak Street. This Robinson, Bryce Ryan, Cathy Skortz, Rhonda Smith, Kerri Benson Topps, Aileen Torman, innovative event showcases homeless animals where potential adopters Kelly Treml, Jena Valdez, Tammy Vitkovic, will find them, in popular stores and boutiques, resulting in hundreds Rachel Warren, Alison Zepp of adoptions each year. Editor Annie Guardacosta Creative Director Miriam Mendez On Wednesday, June 25, we will host the PAWS Chicago Beach Party Suzie Glickman Design PAWS Chicago/Esdale Associates, Inc. at the North Avenue Beach Boathouse, featuring music and dancing To make a donation please contact Annie on deck, a beach buffet and cocktails, and a live and silent auction to be emceed by ABC’s Guardacosta, Director of Development, Ron Magers. Dogs are also invited to this special lakeside celebration! at 773.843.4887 or aguardacosta@ pawschicago.org. And building on the success of last year’s inaugural Fur Ball, we will once again host this For information about how to volunteer or sensational party at ESCADA on Saturday evening, November 8. adopt a pet, please contact PAWS Chicago at 773.935.PAWS (7297). I hope you will join us at these events to help bring no-kill status to Chicago. For more information on the activities of the PAWS Development Board, please call the Development PAWS office at 773.843.4887. Best regards, C H I C A G O PETS ARE WORTH SAVING Suzie Glickman, Development Board Chair PAWS Volunteers — Profiles in Leadership Extremely passionate about saving homeless animals Lori Erickson has been volunteering for PAWS for two years. In that time, she has and building a no-kill city, our volunteers work in our attended more than 50 off-site dog adoption Cat Adoption Center and at off-site events, serving as events! Beginning as a dog handler, and graduating to one of our most seasoned adoption counselors, event managers, site managers, adoption counselors, Lori helps to ensure that and dog handlers. They also help out with fundraising, our PAWS dogs get the best homes possible. Not only that, but she tries to always make herself available at the last special events, and in our office. These profiles are minute to drive out to an event, no matter where it is, and help our just a few of these truly generous individuals. pups find loving homes. Lori is an absolutely indispensable volunteer! Valerie Huetten is an Adoption Counselor Erin Criss has been volunteering at the PAWS at the Cat Adoption Center and has been Cat Adoption Center for more than two years. volunteering at PAWS for about three years. She is the Center’s lead daytime volunteer on She comes in every Wednesday night and Tuesdays and Thursdays where she cares for at least two Saturdays a month. (Val just and plays with the kitties, cleans their cages completed her MBA in June—so she was and litterboxes, gives medication, and takes in school, working full time, AND volunteer- care of anything else that needs to be done at ing at PAWS!) In addition to all of this volunteering, Val has also the Adoption Center. Even beyond her scheduled volunteering, Erin fostered several special needs cats for us, one of whom required makes herself available nearly every OTHER day of the week to take complicated medications and a special diet—no small feat consider- cats to the vet, pick up supplies, and coordinate with delivery people. ing Val has several cats of her own at home. Val is someone who Erin is someone we can always count on to get the job done, and she is always upbeat with a smile for everyone. Her presence really keeps a fantastic attitude all the while. And if all that isn’t enough, Erin brightens the Adoption Center! has also fostered and adopted multiple special needs cats from PAWS! Volunteers are the heart and soul of PAWS Chicago. Special Thanks A Busy Year for PAWS Angels The following were especially generous during the past year: Marty Gannon and Gannon Printing for donating printing services for this newsletter and all PAWS printed pieces throughout the year Susan Esdale and Esdale Associates for creating and donating a beautiful book that illustrates the PAWS mission Jim Warych and Jessica Tampas for donating the photography for the above-mentioned book; photos in this newsletter donor list by Jim Warych Dog Trainers All for Doggies, 773.395.0900; Good Dog, 312.733.7926; K9 University, 773.384.4429; Windy City K9 Club, 773.384.5959 Volunteer Event Supervisors Michelle Amato, Betty Cook, Adolpho Angels Ted Johnson, Mary Lee Lerich, Dennis Thackery and Jan Mueller at De La Pena, Tancy Douglas, Lindsay Walter, Megan Wells-Paske and Jim Foley at Susie and Walter Rhoda Pritzker's home in August Jacobson’s home Volunteer Site Managers Ken Adams, MJ Dachtera, Chris Digangi- Hughes, Susan Irmscher, Ardi Kazarian, Tom Paske, Iain Phillips, Vicki Phillips, Cindy Rodkin, Cathy Skortz Cat Adoption Center Volunteers Julie Adams, Ela Aktay, Rachel Bartha, Amy Bessette, Amy Bloomberg, Bruce Cable, Brenda Canning, Heather Chelberg, Mike Chesler, Sara Cotton, Erin Criss, Catherine Dalber, Christine Dillon, Caroline Evanson, Kelly Furst, Alison Fry, Sigrid Garavito, Linda Goldsmith, Kathe Gross, Valerie Huston, Patricia Johnson, Sam Kretchmar, Vicky Layde, Mary Lee Lerich, Maribeth Madonna, Jill Mazzone, Kim Miller, Heather Moore, Carissa Murray, Kimberly Peek, Janice Protzmann, Robin Roseth, Angelina Rossi, Sara Rowe, Bob Schwab, Jill Sgriccia, Jill Stone, Linda Thurmond, Kelly Treml, Jena Brenda Sexton, Pat Kuchuris, and Judy Tullman, Nate Berkus, and Cari Valdez, Susan Walker Sonia Florian at a lovely luncheon Meyers cuddle a homeless pup at the hosted by Rhoda Pritzker Tullman’s home in September Cat Adoption Counselors Valerie Huetten, Angelika Lang, Toni McNaughton, Cindy Ruback, Lisa Ward PAWS Angels are working to make Chicago a no-kill city by donating Dog Adoption Counselors Ken Adams, Michelle Amato, Betty Cook, a minimum of $1,000 each year to PAWS. These funds help subsidize Adolpho De La Pena, Laura DiPiazza, Tancy Douglas, Lori Erickson, Julia the operations of the Lurie Family Spay/Neuter Clinic. Angels are recog- Fernandez, Rick Fernandez, Ardi Kazarian, Michelle Kraybill, Kea Meyers, nized on a plaque at the Clinic and are invited to several private parties Janice Neitzel, Roxi Pistilli, Appi Pruesen, Ginette Qualey, Lindsay Walter each year at other members’ homes. If you would like to become a Thank you to all our volunteers! PAWS Angel, please contact Annie Guardacosta at 773.843.4887. Programs and Services Humane education: An investment in our future Educating children on the value of compassionate living, especially as it relates to animals, is vital to their upbringing and benefits the entire community. Here are a few of the places PAWS visited this year. More than 1,000 students attended the recent PAWS Humane Education Program presented at Students walk to Holy Cross Church with Father Bruce Wellems for a special Seward Academy in pet blessing service the Back of the Yards community, where strays and unwanted litters are especially abundant. PAWS distributed vouchers for free vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery at the PAWS Lurie Family Spay/ Neuter Clinic. Participants also received Run for Their Lives T-shirts, Frisbees, and lollipops More than 1,000 students attend a PAWS Humane Education Program at Seward PAWS also participated in a recent community Academy in the Back of the Yards community donated by Petco. day of pet blessings at St. Agasi in Little Village PAWS Chicago launches “The Free Fix” Give for the Animals PAWS Chicago is now offering The Free Fix, a program providing free spay/neuter surgeries to pet owners who live in areas that have both the highest numbers of stray pets and lowest-income residents As an organization, PAWS Chicago is a very efficiently (South Chicago, Englewood, Washington Park, Pullman, Hyde Park, run not-for-profit business. We currently operate with Austin, Humboldt Park, Auburn Gresham, and Chatham). a paid staff of less than 15 individuals and a volunteer In addition to decreasing the stray animal population, neutering lowers testosterone levels in dogs, making them less aggressive staff of more than 2,000. This means that when you and dangerous. A comprehensive report issued by the American give to PAWS, you are truly giving to the dogs and Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Task Force on Canine Aggression suggests that spaying and neutering dogs may assist cats of Chicago. PAWS could not exist and fulfill its in dog bite injury prevention. In fact, the AVMA report includes that mission without the unwavering dedication of our 70-76% of reported dog bite incidents involved unneutered dogs. With over 33,000 unwanted pets volunteers and the generous gifts of our supporters. destroyed last year in Chicago, The Free Fix is part of PAWS EXPENSES 2002 ACTUAL REVENUE 2002 ACTUAL Chicago’s progressive approach Administration/Management 8% Adoption Fees 4% to decrease the city’s pet over- Fundraising Events 8% population problem. Not only is Clinic Fees 31% spay/neuter free for pets living Humane Education 10% in the specified zip codes, it is Adoption Program 18% always free at PAWS for anyone on financial assistance, thanks to our “Prevent a Litter” program funded by PETsMART Charities and Metropolitan Bank Group. Contributions 65% Spay/Neuter Clinic 56% Zip codes offering The Free Fix include: 60617, 60620, 60621, 60624, 60628, 60636, 60637, 60644 and 60651. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our Lurie Family Spay/Neuter Clinic at 773.521.SPAY (7729). Rescue Stories Special needs cats get a second chance A dramatic rescue We are thrilled to report that our FIV+ feline friends Buddy and Leo After a recent PAWS have found a permanent and loving home! Although the majority of Humane Education PAWS pets are highly adoptable, we do take in cats who have special Program, program needs and therefore need very special parents. Their adopters, participant Efren Dionna Hunger and Madrigal went shop- Christopher Plywacz, had ping nearby. When this to say about adopting he left the store, he their new friends: discovered two small dogs in the alley. "After receiving an e-mail Kima and Sachi immediately after their rescue The mother and son request for foster parents poodles were severely battered and bruised, flea-infested, and sick. from PAWS, I contacted The little one had a severed paw and was in tremendous pain. Dionna Hunger and Christopher Plywacz Toni McNaughton, volunteer snuggle with Buddy and Leo manager, who told me about Efren approached several strangers in the store parking lot until he two wonderful cats, Leo and Buddy. We went to meet them and it found one willing to take him back to the park and find the PAWS was love at first sight! We adopted them immediately. volunteers. Together, they rushed the poodles to an emergency hos- pital where they were cared for and treated, and little Sachi's leg was Chris and I feel the magic touch of our cats, and are so happy we amputated. PAWS volunteers then were able to give them a loving home. We thank PAWS for giving us fostered the dogs until they were such wonderful gifts in Buddy and Leo. We also want to personally ready to attend adoption events. thank Toni, who went out of her way to introduce us to the boys." And look at them now! Kima and Sachi are happy and healthy, Fostering gives hope to abandoned pets having been adopted at their very first adoption event! They Oscar arrived at PAWS in December after his owner died in an are pictured here with the accident and no one was willing to care for him. This six-year old children of their forever family, Sheltie/Shepherd mix was confused, depressed, overweight, and shy, Andrew, Christina, and Cody Hines. and it was clear that he would benefit from a loving foster parent. Coincidentally, the children’s Heather Spencer has been a foster mom to many PAWS dogs. The mother sang in the orchestra Andrew, Christina, and Cody Hines and time and attention she devotes to her fosters helps them adjust beau- our very cute dogs Kima and Sachi that performed at the Fur Ball! tifully when they are adopted into their new homes. In Oscar’s case, Heather was just what the doctor ordered! Oscar spent the holidays lounging on her couch and even Golden retrieves his own life accompanied Heather and her Much like the rescue of Kima and Sachi (above), our friend Indiana husband on a week’s vacation! was saved quite by chance. He literally walked himself into our Eventually it was time for Heather Lurie Family Spay/Neuter Clinic! Sadly, this affectionate and loving to take Oscar to some adoption dog was so sick with a terrible ear infection that he could barely events to find him a new home. respond to human contact. He was malnourished, depressed, However, when Heather brought and despondent when he arrived along her gourmet chicken broth at our Clinic. It took several weeks recipe to pass on to a potential of treatment and tender loving adopter (Oscar enjoys his food much better with it), it was clear that care, but this sweet 10-year-old perhaps Oscar already had found his home. And indeed it was true… was adopted at the very first adop- Heather decided that she had made a friend for life, and that Oscar tion outing he attended. He now would stay with her. lives happily with his new parents, Today Oscar is an outgoing, svelte little dog who was recently Mandy Bohlman and Kevin spotted dancing on his hind legs for Heather at the PAWS Volunteer Chadwick, who gladly give Indiana and Adopter Appreciation Party! the loving home he deserves. Adoption saves lives. Run for Their Lives—A Runaway Success PAWS Chicago supporters came out in droves on Sunday, October 6 to run and walk in Lincoln Park to help save Chicago's homeless pets. This year's 8K run and 4K walk more than doubled registered participants over last year's record-setting inaugural event, with 1,800 two-legged and 800 four-legged marchers coming together to support a solution to Chicago's pet overpopulation problem. "This event represents the best of Chicago's community spirit with people and their pets coming together for such a worthwhile cause," said Suzie Glickman, event chairperson. This year's Run raised more than $100,000 for PAWS and will help fund the Lurie Family Spay/ Neuter Clinic as well as ongoing adoption and humane education Anna Green and Lauren Hoffman, from the Latin School, won our School Challenge programs throughout Chicago. We owe a special thanks to Petco® and North Community Bank for sponsoring the event, allowing us to use race pledges for saving the lives of our animal companions. Lee Flaherty, founder of the Chicago Marathon and president of Flair Communications, teamed up with PAWS last year to create the event as a way to raise public awareness and save homeless animals. Flair Communications and Finish Line were major event sponsors again this year, along with Treasure Island Foods, Ann Sather, Dunkin’ Donuts® Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, and , Jamba Juice® all of which provided delicious post-race treats to , recharge our participants. Speaking of pledges, we can't thank Frank Coco enough for raising more than $5,335 for PAWS! We're also especially grateful to the Latin School students who won the School Challenge, and the employees of Tricor Braun, winners of the Corporate Challenge. As always, PAWS extends a huge thank you to the volunteers who made the day such a success. We especially appreciate the alumni of Culver Military Academy for sending nearly 30 volunteers to help with race day details! Our volunteers' hard work and dedication is really what makes the event possible, and we value their continued support. From collecting donations to filling doggie bowls with water, their friendly faces were there from beginning to end. If you participated in this year's event, we hope you enjoyed yourself Special thanks to this year’s Corporate Challenge winners — and the good feeling that comes with knowing you helped save the employees of Tricor Braun lives of Chicago's homeless pets. And they're off! Run for Their Lives—A Runaway Success First Consulting Group Sponsor Race runner with Development Board members Kathy Finley, Event Chair Suzie Glickman, and Brenda Sexton RUN FOR THEIR LIVES SPONSORS Petco North Community Bank First Consulting Group PAWS Alumni inspire participants Flair Communications Finish Line Abercrombie & Fitch East Balt Corporation Treasure Island Race winner Cameron Stuber celebrates with PAWS volunteers XRT Radio 900 North Michigan Shops Sunglass Hut Sparkling Spring Intelligentsia Coffee Pritzker Foundation Jamba Juice Ann Sather Lifeway Maria Pappas, Cook County Treasurer, and Suzanne Le Mignot, CBS Reporter, with Suzanne’s pooch, Pixie Dunkin’ Donuts Chicagoland Tails Special thanks to Petco and North Community Bank SAVE THE DATE Please mark your calendar for next year’s race The PETCO Foundation generously donated $15,000 to PAWS Lee Flaherty, president of Flair Communications and founding at the Race! partner of the Run, addresses participants after the race Sunday, October 5, 2003 First Annual Fur Ball BENEFACTORS Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jordan Mary Lee Lerich Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pritzker Mr. and Mrs. William Smithburg Mr. and Mrs. John Walter PAWS Founder Paula Fasseas, Ann Lurie, and Event Co-chair, Carol Walter Mr. and Mrs. Peter Fasseas PATRONS Mrs. Barbara Fosco Karen Klutznick Mr. Scott Miller and Ms. Tina Staley Mr. and Mrs. John Nichols Walter and Susie Jacobson enjoy the evening Alexandra and John Nichols coordinated tuxes with their dog, Espirit Dr. and Mrs. Henry Roenigk MAJOR IN-KIND DONORS Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events Smith & Wollensky Restaurants Carlucci Restaurants George Jewell Catering The Wine Crier Fido Food Fair Kehoe Designs Frost Lighting Esdale Associates, Inc. Fur Ball Committee members Jessica Tampas Photography Jim Warych Photography Gannon Graphics Sappi Fine Paper Unisource Valet Parking Services, Inc. Mary Lee and Michael Lerich, Lester and Maureen Lampert Committee members Jerri and David Hoffman, Eileen Minasian First Annual Fur Ball Black tie bichons, sequined spaniels celebrate at the Fur Ball The first annual Fur Ball took place on November 2, 2002, co-hosted by PAWS Chicago and completely underwritten by ESCADA, the Michigan Avenue fashion boutique. More than 300 area pet lovers and about 50 of their pampered pooches stepped out in tuxes and ball gowns to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to help save Chicago’s homeless dogs and cats. Juanita Jordan served as Event Co-chair Maria Smithburg with Vanilla, Honorary Chair Juanita Jordan with Missy, honorary chair, along with her Maltese dogs Jasper and Missy. The Co-chair Carol Walter, and Mayari Pritzker evening gala was hugely successful and raised more than $100,000 to further the PAWS no-kill mission. After making their red carpet entrance past the flashing bulbs and gazing admirers, guests ven- FUR BALL COMMITTEE tured into the four-story boutique that was transformed into a pet- Juanita Jordan, Honorary Chair lover’s paradise. There they enjoyed scrumptious hors d’oeuvres Maria Smithburg, Co-Chair donated by Smith & Wollensky and Wolfgang Puck Catering, along Carol Walter, Co-Chair with a full bar and top-shelf martinis. ESCADA models mingled in Linda Coleman the crowd while guests and their pets danced the night away to the Mark and Laurie Davis energetic sounds of the Michael Lerich Orchestra. Dapper doggies Susan Esdale and their owners were treated to portrait sessions with photographer Peter and Paula Fasseas Jessica Tampas, while other primped puppies posed for the carica- Susan Garrett and Bob Pritzker Kathy Finley ture artist or were evaluated by an animal communicator. Upstairs in Barbara Fosco the dogs-only luxury spa, four-legged clients received massages and Bill and Linda Gantz aromatherapy treatments in the privacy of their own human-free zone. Scott and Rita George Maria Smithburg and Carol Walter orchestrated the entire celebration, Kimberly Gleeson along with their gracious planning committee and the generous dona- Ross and Suzie Glickman tions of many local businesses and PAWS supporters. Community Hanna Golub leaders flocked from city and suburbs alike to show off their furry Karen Gray friends and benefit homeless animals. Unfortunately, not all of Allen and Stephanie Hochfelder Chicago’s animals are as lucky as the ones who attended the Fur David and Jerri Hoffmann Ball, and helping those in need was the true purpose of the evening. Holly Hunt “Sterilization is the only way to end pet overpopulation, and all funds Walter and Susie Jacobson raised this evening will go to our Lurie Family Spay/Neuter Clinic, Jay and Gretchen Jordan where low-income families can receive free spay/neuter and vaccina- Richard and Christine Karger tion services for their pets,” said Paula Fasseas, PAWS Chicago Journalist Ann Gerber and Bernard Mary Lee Lerich Founder and Chair. Thanks to ESCADA’s tremendous generosity, the Kaplan join the ball with their four- legged friend, Diva Gigi Ann Lurie Fur Ball will now be an annual event in Chicago. Next year’s event Michael and Linda Marcus will be held on November 8, and we look forward to seeing you there! Helen Melchior Irene Michaels Scott Miller and Tina Staley Armen and Eileen Minasian John and Alexandra Nichols Bernice Pink Bob and Mayari Pritzker Rhoda Pritzker Sugar Rautbord Brenda Sexton Bill Smithburg Dennis Thackery and Mary Franz John Walter Richard and Karen Williams Bill Smithburg with Vanilla, Denny Banner with Sunny, and John Walter with Sophia PAWS in the News Breakfast with the Mayor PAWS was invited to attend the Mayor’s Breakfast recently to discuss community issues in the Little Village neighbor- hood where our Lurie Family Spay/Neuter Clinic is located. Our Clinic is the city’s only high-volume free and low-cost clinic, and one of only a few in the nation. Targeting these services toward needy families and the areas where most strays originate provides a real solution to pet overpopula- tion. Mayor Daley and Alderman Ricardo Munoz commend and support the outreach and services PAWS provides to Mayor Daley, Paula Fasseas, and Alderman Munoz the Chicago community. Our Lurie Family Spay/Neuter Clinic is the city’s only high-volume free and low-cost clinic, and one of only a few in the nation. Pet friendly plates prevent Alderman Schulter, animal advocate unwanted litters PAWS Chicago is so grateful to 47th Ward Alderman Gene Schulter for creating a Pet Friendly license plates are now available to Illinois drivers who special task force to improve animal care want to display their commitment to saving Illinois’ animals and legislation in the area. The task force preventing unwanted litters. The plate costs an additional $40 consists of key animal welfare community and provides money for leaders and is working to raise animal spaying and neutering care standards and implement stronger Illinois pets. The plates penalties for those who do not comply. may be displayed on Alderman Schulter plans to introduce passenger cars, B-trucks, the new pet care ordinance to City Council and recreational vehicles. in the near future. Ordinance details are Purchase one today and available at www.ward47.com. show your commitment to saving Illinois’ animals. To request a Pet Friendly application, call Pat at 217.785.5215, or send your request in writing to Secretary of State, 501 South Second Street, State treasurer offers “treasured pets” online Room 520, Springfield, Illinois 62756. Illinois State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka and PAWS have teamed up to find caring families for homeless dogs and cats through Treasured Pets, a special weekly feature on the State Treasurer’s website. An animal lover and pet owner herself, State Treasurer Topinka encourages everyone to join her and her friends at PAWS in welcoming a new animal companion into your life. Please visit the online feature at http://www.state.il.us/treas/Programs/Treasurered_Pets.htm or link to it Secretary of State Jessie White with PAWS volunteers from the PAWS Chicago website, www.pawschicago.org. Be Part of the Solution A career gone to the dogs – and cats! PAWS Chicago contributes to Marc Matlin had always loved dogs, but put off owning one because kindhearted curriculum he worked long hours at a job he had held for 16 years. But sweet surrender took over one day three years ago when he walked into Students at Plato Academy enjoy a curriculum that focuses on exer- an Angels with Tails adoption event in the Gold Coast and met Sugar, cising compassion for those in need. PAWS volunteers were invited to a sweet little mixed breed who needed a home. the Academy to talk about the PAWS mission and to remind children that those of us who love animals must act as their guardians and At first Marc had a dog walker do all we can to protect them from harm. PAWS is also grateful to come during the days while he the students at Plato Academy for raising nearly $1,000 in pledges worked, but he soon realized that for this year’s Run for Their Lives! this wasn’t enough for Sugar or him. Marc took drastic measures and became a dog walker himself, quitting his job and taking Sugar along on all of his walks! Today, Marc Matlin ,Sugar and Kitty Marc has an entire dog walking staff of his own and is happily able to spend his days with Sugar. As if that wasn’t enough, Marc also volunteers at the PAWS Cat Adoption Center. Not only has he adopted a cat from us (Kitty, pictured here), but he also cares for four feral cats living in the alley behind his house, and has even built them a heated shelter! Adam Weisman, Marc says his life is completely different and so much happier compassionate role model thanks to his shift in priorities. We are grateful for all Marc has done for his animals, and glad he has discovered what joy pets bring to In lieu of gifts for his bar mitzvah, 13-year-old animal lover Adam our lives. Weisman asked that family and friends support Chicago’s homeless pets by making donations to PAWS. At the event, the Weismans even creatively substituted flower centerpieces with PAWS Clinic Wish List PAWS teaches responsible pet ownership items like toys, beds, and other canine delights. At press time, dona- Students from the Latin School tions made in Adam’s honor totaled more toured our Lurie Family Spay/ than $5,000! Such generous contributions Neuter Clinic and completed from the Weismans and their guests will a Humane Education Program keep PAWS pooches quite comfy until about the importance of they find their “forever homes.” The spaying and neutering pets. homeless dogs in our care bark many Afterward, they watched sterili- thanks to this compassionate young man! zation surgeries and observed Adam Weisman plays with homeless dog, Bongo, during the animals through recovery. his special tour of our Lurie Family Spay/ Neuter Clinic Memorials We were saddened to lose one of our strongest supporters in 2002 Memorial Donations September—Ms. Ann Milligan Gray lost a battle with breast Memorials for People cancer she had fought for 20 years. As a founding member of our Robert Gatliff, Patricia Polzin, Virginia Fundraising and Development Board, she was a true humanitarian Schultz, Robert Schaff, Melissa Wolfram who spent her life helping those who could not help themselves. Ms. Gray was so devoted to saving homeless animals that just days Memorials for Pets before her passing, she attended a luncheon to benefit PAWS. The Brooks and Ty, Cassidy, Isabelle, Jake Pink, entire time she was there, she held a homeless dog named Yoda Moe, Paws, Sally, in her arms, and spent the following days making numerous phone Shana, Sweet Pea, calls to find him a good home. Even in her last hours, she was con- Thor Kotesky, Tosh, cerned with helping others. This is just one example of what a great Tuppence Samuels and meaningful life Ms. Gray lived; her passing is a tremendous loss. Ann Gray Sweet Pea ANGEL TALES NONPROFIT ORG. U. S. POSTAGE PAWS PAID CHICAGO IL PERMIT NO. 5064 C H I C A G O PETS ARE WORTH SAVING 1110 West 35th Street Chicago Illinois 60609 ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED One special life saver! Please help us make "cents" Meet Frank Coco, pictured here with of Chicago's pet homelessness his PAWS homeless friend, Petey. 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With his strong drive I Betsey Johnson Restaurant I Porte Rouge and commitment to making Chicago a no-kill city, we’re positive I Lori's Designer I PAWS Cat I Ravenswood Forest he’ll meet his goal. Thanks, Frank! Shoes Adoption Center I Scott's Pet Shop I Mail Boxes Etc. I Celeste Turner I Studio 910 I Marianne Strokirk I Chicago Diner Salon I Three Dog Bakery I The Closet Marvelous Party Treasure Island At PAWS Chicago, we make it easy for you to support our work — I I both now and in the future. To make a donation now or to provide I Cocktails I Mid-North Animal I West Loop for our little angels through an estate or other planned gift, please I Coldwell Banker Hospital Canine Club contact Annie Guardacosta at 773.843.4887. If you would like to put a PAWS donation box in your place of business or know someone who would, PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is a private, not-for-profit please call Annie Guardacosta at 773.843.4887. humane organization and receives no federal, state, or city funding. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Visit the PAWS gift store at www.pawschicago.org
"PAWS newsletter Spring '03 OURS"