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December 10th @ 4:30

P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park

8301 W. 191st Street

When you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you save two lives. The animal you adopt and the one that replaces them.

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Who let the dogs out? Who? Who? Who?

Please don’t let the dogs [or cats] out!

P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter of Tinley Park, along with most other animal shelters within and surrounding the state of Illinois, are overwhelmed with the number of stray and surrendered dogs and cats. Volunteers at P.A.W.S. are working overtime to support the animals at the shelter and to find them loving homes — to find them forever families. However, adoption numbers at all shelters are at an all-time low, and while P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park is a no-kill shelter, other shelters have no choice but to euthanize these dogs and cats due to a lack of room.

While P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park does understand that there are legitimate circumstances when an owner can no longer provide the proper care for an animal, and the shelter sympathizes with those in unfortunate situations, please try to keep the commitments you make to the pets you welcome into your family.

Below are some suggestions on how we all can play our part in helping our local animal shelters provide the best possible care to the pets they take in.

        • If you need food for your pet, most shelters are happy to supply you with some.
        • If you are dealing with behavioral issues, consult your vet or call a trainer.
        • Some behavioral issues lessen when the animal is spayed or neutered.
        • If your dog is aggressive and has bitten, please do not surrender it to an animal shelter. Volunteers are not trained to handle aggressive animals. Please talk to your vet or call a trainer.
        • Do not breed your pet; this is the main reason that animal shelters are full!
        • If you cannot commit to providing a loving home for the next 12-15 years, please do not get a pet. You can foster pets from some shelters as an alternative, short-term option.
        • If you do have to surrender your pet, please follow the specific instructions on your local animal shelter’s website.
        • Please be patient and understand that the shelter very well may be too full to take in your pet at that time.
        • Remember, it is against the law to release a pet outdoors to fend for themselves!
        • These animals are likely to starve, freeze, overheat, become injured by local wildlife, or get hit by a passing car.

Once again, your pet is a part of your family; please treat them as such! ♥



We have partnered with Chewy.com & they have generously offered to donate $20 for every new customer who makes a purchase!  All you have to do is use the link below & make a purchase & we will receive $20.  So go ahead & order a lil’ something nice for your pet & all their friends!  It’s a win-win for everyone!

Click here to make your purchase count for P.A.W.S.

Amazon Smile

Did you know that the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice? All you have to do is login in to http://smile.amazon.com, select Peoples Animal Welfare Society & go about your shopping! You purchase what you normally would & our shelter gets a donation! It doesn’t get any better than that! Be sure to login to Amazon Smile first to make it count. Our animals thank you from the bottom of their furry little hearts!


Amazon Wish List

We are often asked if there are things that we need that can be shipped from Amazon. There sure are! You can find our Amazon Wish List by clicking this link: Amazon Wish List

Fresh Step Paw Points

Did you know that you can donate points from every purchase of Fresh Step cat litter to help our shelter? Join the Paw Points Rewards Program & donate your points to help us earn things like cat litter & comfy beds for our kitties!  Join the Paw Points Rewards Program

AmazonSmile has donated $6839.14 to PAWS this year.


Minnie’s Memorial Fund

The Minnie Memorial Fund which was created years ago by Joan and Wayne Hochwarter after their beloved Minnie passed away. This fund is used for our special needs dogs who may require expensive procedures and surgeries in order to give those dogs a chance for a good life. Besides selling dog bandanas at all events and the Tinley Park Farmers Market, each year on Minnie’s anniversary, Joan and Wayne Hochwarter honor their Minnie by donating $5,000 to the memorial fund. May 11th marked Minnie’s 7th anniversary. What a bittersweet day for all who knew Minnie. P.A.W.S. Tinley Park would not be able to do these life saving procedures without the Minnie Fund and we would like to say “thank you” so very much for Joan and Wayne’s dedication to our special needs dogs. When Joan spoke about Minnie’s fund she said, “Seven years and the tears continue to flow but she does live on in “Minnie’s Dogs”.


As a non-profit organization, we could not keep our shelter open without the help of our generous Partners. Each of these businesses provides valuable services to the Shelter. From organizing an event or taking care of our animals and the shelter grounds, each of these Partners plays a special role in helping us with our mission of caring for and finding ‘furever’ homes for our animals.