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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 Kevin

Meet Kevin, a 3 year old adorable Pittie! He came to us as a stray with some mild injuries, but he never stopped smiling! Kevin has the prettiest blue/green eyes that will just melt your heart! Kevin knows some basic commands and is ready to share all his love with a new family!

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New Volunteer Meeting!

Date: Saturday, May 21st

Time: 4:30pm

Location: 8301 W. 191st Street

Who: New Volunteers Only!

Visit the events page for more info on our events.

A puppy a day will not keep the doctor’s away!

P.A.W.S. visits the doctors and staff at Premier Suburban Medical Group in Woodridge.

“At Premier Suburban Medical Group – Woodridge, we care about our patients as whole people, with family and internal medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, obstetrics & gynecology and more. We will help meet your lifestyle goals, whether that’s having a healthy baby, taking a walk around the neighborhood every morning or completing a triathlon with a personal best.”

Thank you, Premier Suburban Medical Group, for all that you do to care for your patients. What a great way to start the week!


Thank you to Raising Cane’s 

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers didn’t let the pandemic stand in the way of its commitment to support pet welfare throughout the communities it serves. Named after Founder Todd Graves’ lovable yellow Lab, Raising Cane’s has a yearly tradition of selling limited-edition plush puppies to raise money for local animal shelters throughout its communities – and 2021 was no different.

“We feel strongly about keeping our pets healthy and happy, and we want to help abused, abandoned animals find loving homes. That’s why we give back to organizations dedicated to Pet-welfare,” the company website states.

Cane’s, which specializes in chicken fingers and fries, was founded in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La. The chain is now over 400 locations strong, spread throughout 24 states.

“Our concept is simple and unique… we only have ONE LOVE – quality chicken finger meals! At Raising Cane’s you get an exceptionally high quality product served quickly and conveniently,” the company website states, because they promise to never “clutter our menu with new products that do not fit our core menu offering.”

The Plush Puppy program started in 2004, and since 2009, more than $850k has been donated back to local pet welfare organizations across the country.  100% of the net proceeds from plush puppy purchases are then donated to pet welfare organizations in each of Raising Cane’s local Communities.

This week, Raising Cane’s Orland Park, Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park locations donated $2,468.00 to P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park during a special oversized check presentation with 2 of our organization’s leaders (Candy Staros – President and Pam Walega – Director). Thank you Raising Cane’s for everything you do for animals all over.

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 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”.

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!


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.