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

New Volunteer Meeting

April 20th, 2024 4:30pm

P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park

8301 W. 191st, Tinley Park, IL

General Membership Meeting

April 30th, 2024 7:00pm

Historical Society

6727 174th St.

Tinley Park, IL 60477




Upcoming 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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Boogie the night away at our groovy, ‘70s-inspired Anniversary Gala celebrating 50 YEARS of rescuing, protecting, and advocating for domestic animals.  See you on May 31!

Click this link to purchase tickets: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/b89kndd

For those of you who received invitations via USPS, please disregard the QR code and use the above link.  Our ticketing platform migrated to a new format and that QR code is now obsolete.

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the community for supporting us in our time of need.

We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we have received over the past week. You have been an inspiration to us and because of your kindness and generosity, PAWS will reopen stronger and better than ever.

We will remain closed for approximately 4-6 weeks to enable us to make necessary repairs and to replace our washer and dryer. We will keep you updated every step of the way.

The majority of our dogs and cats have been placed in foster homes. A small number of them remain at Midwest Animal Hospital due to ongoing medical needs or difficulty in finding a single-pet foster home.

We are still placing our fostered animals up for adoption. If you are interesting in adopting, applications can be found on our website.

In March, we will celebrate 50 years of rescue and hope. While this may not be how we planned our 50th anniversary celebrations to begin, it has certainly been a heartwarming reminder to all of us that our strength and endurance as a shelter is due in equal part to the support we receive from the community.

Your kindness and support mean the world to us. We are truly blessed!

Wednesday, January 17th around 6:30 a fire broke out in our laundry room.  Our volunteers called the Tinley Park fire department, who quickly came out to control the situation.  While the fire remained in our laundry room, the smoke took over the rest of our shelter, effecting our animals.  Our friends at Midwest Animal Hospital answered our call immediately and sent out their veterinarians and staff to take our animals out of the shelter for treatment.  Currently over 100 animals are hospitalized at Midwest being monitored for smoke inhalation.  14 cats and 2 dogs are showing signs of respiratory distress.


We are so grateful to Midwest Animal Hospital for staying way past midnight, the Tinley Park Fire Department, our volunteers and community who rushed out in our time of need.


If you are looking to help, we will need monetary donations to help pay our veterinarian bills, a new dryer and repairs.


We will be closed until further notice while our shelter undergoes cleaning and repairs.


Please snuggle your animals close.



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.