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

New Adult Volunteer Meeting

August 10, 2024 10:00am

P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park

8301 W. 191st, Tinley Park, IL

August 27, 2024 7:00pm

P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park

8301 W. 191st, Tinley Park, IL





General Membership Meetings

Last Tuesday of February, March, April, September and November

Tinley Park Historical Society

6727 174th St

Tinley Park, IL 60477

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We need volunteers! If you love animals and have time to spare, join our family! A few short hours of your time each week can make such a difference!
Help is especially needed for volunteers comfortable with large dogs, as well as cat and dog volunteers for weekends.

Email volunteer@pawstinleypark.org and get started today!

Kitten season is here and we need your help to save lives!

If you can provide the warmth and love of a home, we can provide all the supplies and veterinary care. Kittens under 8 weeks old and nursing moms and babies can’t be saved without foster homes.

Together we can save lives! Email fosters@pawstinleypark.org

We are proud to introduce our volunteer of the month BRENDA NELSON!

Brenda was nominated by her peers because:

“Brenda is always awesome! She is always friendly and willing to help!”

“Brenda has much love and patience for the animals. We are incredibly lucky to have her and her family supporting our animals!”

“Brenda goes above and beyond for the cats and dogs! From taking our dogs on play dates to promote them to making cute videos for social media.”

Brenda starting volunteering because:

“I started volunteering five years ago when a friend suggested that since I wasn’t coaching anymore, I should volunteer at the shelter. She told me I would love it and she was right, I do!”

“I don’t think I could pinpoint just one thing I love about volunteering. I love helping to socialize our animals to make them more adoptable. I love taking dogs out and making videos to show the public who they are outside of their cage. I love working with this scared cats and kittens and see them come out their shells. I can’t forget fostering, I love my special-needs kitties.”

“If you’re thinking about volunteering, I would say stop thinking about it and do it! Three hours once a week means so much to these animals! We have so many amazing volunteers you won’t regret it.”

“I chose to pose with Billy because he is the most lovable guy! I was there the night he was abandoned with 3 other cats, and he just wanted love and attention from the second I met him! He came in nearly blind and he’s been such a trooper with all his medication and visits with his ophthalmologist. Billy is lovable and playful and deserves a home that will properly care for him. Being a special needs cat mom myself, he holds a special place in my heart!”

We are so lucky to have Brenda Nelson in our P.A.W.S. family! Her enthusiasm and positive energy always brightens the room. You will never see Brenda without a smile on her face. Brenda has brought her family into her passion as well, from her parents to her children, Brenda is making an impact for generations to come. Brenda is a friend to all, human and animal alike. Thank you Brenda, for always being a wonderful human being and being the best cheerleader for the animals!

The Minnie Hochwarter Memorial Fund just saved its 100th dog!
Foxy is a 6 month old Shepherd mix who was relinquished with a broken leg that was beyond repair. Thankfully, the surgery was able to be performed and paid for by the Minnie Fund. Foxy healed quickly with 3 legs and she’s ready for a home!
Joan & Wayne Hochwarter created this fund for special needs dogs after their beloved dog Minnie died. The fund has spent over $100,000 to save dogs that needed extra care to live. From broken bones, eye enucleations, to diagnostic specialists, the Minnie Fund was there!
We are so thankful for the Minnie Hochwarter Memorial Fund, so we can continue to save these special dogs.
Thank you Wayne & Joan for all that you do!
If you would like to donate to future Minnie dogs, you can donate on our website with “Minnie” in the memo.



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 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


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.