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


Pet Spotlight

Meet Maxine

Maxine is a 2.5 year old Pit Bull Terrier that is looking for a family to call her own. While Maxine may smile on the outside, she’s been quite stressed and sad since her owners never came for her after she was found as a stray back in July. She’s an energetic love bug that just needs someone willing to take a chance on her and teach her some manners. Maxine would do best in an experienced dog home with older children and a fenced yard. Being a Pittie, she hardly gets a second look from potential adopters. Maxine is eagerly waiting for someone to come and take a chance loving her!



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Our animals need your help….Please consider donating.



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


Minnie’s Memorial FundÂ

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”.

Shelter Dog Finds Work as a Police Dog

Moose arrived at our shelter as a stray. After tracking his microchip we discovered that he had been bounced around to multiple homes & nobody was coming to claim him. Moose hated being at the shelter & his cage presence turned people off. After being evaluated by a trainer, it was clear that Moose was a very good boy with excellent ball drive! Volunteers worked to keep Moose mentally stimulated & then an amazing opportunity came up. A prison was looking for a dog to do detection work. We submitted Moose & he was selected to begin training! Moose is now a working dog & loving his life! We believe shelter pets can do anything & Moose is proof of that!

Cage Free Cat Room

Our Cat Room is equipped with hammocks, cat trees & lots of comfy lounging spots for our kitties to enjoy! There are bright, sunny windows & some strategically placed bird feeders outside to provide our cats with plenty of stimulation. The cats absolutely love this new environment & potential adopters love getting to see our cats’ personalities shining through! Stop by & see how happily our cats are living in their free roaming area!


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.