Animal shelter waives adoption fees for its 'most overlooked' animals

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By WBBM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- PAWS Chicago is doing something special for its "Don't Forget About Me" adoption event.

PAWS Chicago will waive adoption fees Monday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 25 for select, long-term adult dogs and cats during its "Don't Forget About Me" adoption event.

“Don’t Forget About Me” is an adoption event designed to give attention to adult animals who have been overlooked by potential adopters and have had a difficult time finding their adoptive home.

PAWS Chicago "Don't Forget About Me" adoption event
PAWS Chicago "Don't Forget About Me" adoption event Photo credit PAWS Chicago

Since the start of COVID-19, PAWS Chicago said 2,085 animals have found homes through its virtual adoption process due to the incredible adoption interest from the community. However, many adult animals have been ignored for their younger puppy and kitten counterparts, causing them to stay in the shelter much longer.

"Some of these animals need an extra special adopter who has the room in their home and the room in their heart to welcome one of these animals into their family," PAWS Chicago said in a statement.

PAWS Chicago provides extensive resources to help pets make a seamless transition into their new homes and provides a lifetime safety net for every animal adopted, ensuring that if something happens to the adopter, their PAWS pet will always be cared for.

All animals eligible for waived fees during this adoption event have an orange banner on their website profile. Select long-term adult animals (one year and older) will have adoption fees waived. Adoption requirements and refundable $100 training deposit for courses completed at the PAWS Chicago Training Center for all dogs still apply.

Adoptable adult animals include:

Bruno, a one-year-old Hound mix who is not shy about asking for belly rubs.
Bruno, a one-year-old Hound mix who is not shy about asking for belly rubs. Photo credit PAWS Chicago

Bruno, a one-year-old Hound mix who is not shy about asking for belly rubs. He has lots of energy to burn, so he’d love an active family that also loves to exercise and will let him run around with other dogs.

Boris, a three-year-old tuxedo cat who has a personality that can’t be beat.
Boris, a three-year-old tuxedo cat who has a personality that can’t be beat. Photo credit PAWS Chicago

Boris, a three-year-old tuxedo cat who has a personality that can’t be beat. His ideal family would keep him physically and mentally active through interactive play, and would fulfill his wish to jump, climb and explore.

Justice, a three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix who loves to be with his people, but not other pups.
Justice, a three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix who loves to be with his people, but not other pups. Photo credit PAWS Chicago

Justice, a three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix who loves to be with his people, but not other pups. He’d like a home with a family with only older children and a family that will set him up for success.

Rossellini, a nine-year-old tabby cat who enjoys being near her human, but has her boundaries and prefers to loaf or curl up where she can keep an eye on all things.
Rossellini, a nine-year-old tabby cat who enjoys being near her human, but has her boundaries and prefers to loaf or curl up where she can keep an eye on all things. Photo credit PAWS Chicago

Rossellini, a nine-year-old tabby cat who enjoys being near her human, but has her boundaries and prefers to loaf or curl up where she can keep an eye on all things. She’d like a stable quiet home with a daily routine.

PAWS Chicago said there are many benefits of adopting an adult animal, including:

• When you adopt an adult animal, you know exactly what you’re getting - size, coat, personality.
• Older dogs are often house-trained or able to learn how to become so quickly.
• Many mature dogs already have training under their belts. They’re comfortable on a leash and understand basic commands, such as “sit,” “stay” and “down.”
• Looking for a calm pet? An adult animal might be your best bet. With younger pets, energy levels soar, but adult animals are more likely to enjoy casual activities and regular snuggle time on the couch. Older animals will give you a better idea of who they are and how they’ll act in your home.

To view all the dogs and cats with waived fees, visit pawschicago.org/adopt.

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