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Giving Day - November 9 - Paws Chicago

Dear Customers,

Did you know that in a span of seven year’s a female cat and her offsprings can theoretically produce 420,000 kittens and one female dog and her offsprings can theoretically produce 96000 puppies.

For more than hundred years, the entire animal welfare system was designed to kill the ever-increasing number of homeless dogs and cats.

In 1996 Alexis Fasseas, a sophomore signed up to volunteer at a local animal shelter to fulfill her community service requirement. She envisioned a heartwarming experience playing with puppies and kittens. She had no idea that the vast majority of pets entering were leaving in body bags. 65% of the pets entering the shelter during that time were being killed. She begged her mom Paula to do something about it. And thus the seed for PAWS Chicago was sown. PAWS Chicago strives to build a NO kill community. To end the overpopulation of animals and to transform animal welfare. Since 1997, their save rate has increased up to 98%. The biggest testament to their work is that between 1997 and 2017, the euthanasia rate for the city of Chicago has been reduced by 87 percent. With education and spay and neuter, fewer pets are entering the shelters and with community support, more animals are adopted.

So we choose PAWS Chicago this month. Please join us on November to support No Kill communities. Each life is precious ! Shop more to Give more.

Thank you for being our customer and believing in us.

Naheed Quaisar
Co-Founder and CEO

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The growing rate of euthanasia in animals is alarming! Instead of saving pets, many people tend to replace the basic medical care with euthanasia. Paws Chicago stands against it and aims at saving the lives of homeless pets, end their overpopulation through solutions and education, and transform animal welfare by setting higher standards.

This Giving Day, let’s join our hands with Paws Chicago and give these fur angels another chance at life. Help us spread awareness and raise funds for Paws Chicago by sharing with your friends and family. Please choose the social media button of your choice on the right side of this page to share.

PAWS Chicago was founded with a single aspiration.

PAWS Chicago

One by one, we can mobilize people to help homeless animals.

And, one by one, we can save pets at risk of euthanasia.  But first, people needed to know the truth about the mass-scale killing of homeless pets. In 1996, there was no public consciousness about these animals. People were not aware of pet overpopulation. They certainly did not know the vast majority of homeless animals were being killed.

PAWS founders Paula and Alexis Fasseas’ awareness moment only came after they rescued a stray dog they named Pippen from the Greek island of Crete in June 1996. Pippen would have been poisoned once tourist season ended. The Fasseas family was shocked Greece would treat its animals with such cruelty. Pippen’s story inspired Alexis to help homeless pets back home.

As a high school sophomore, Alexis signed up to volunteer at a local animal shelter to fulfill her community service requirement. She was shocked when she learned that instead of saving pets, the shelter was replacing basic medical care with euthanasia. A simple sneeze was a death sentence.

Over the next two years, Paula and Alexis saw the terrible story of mass euthanasia of cats and dogs repeatedly. First, when they visited the city pound (Animal Care & Control) for the first time. Again, through a May 1997 Chicago Sun-Times article that revealed more than 40,000 pets in Chicago were being killed each year.

Animal Care & Control
Adoption Center on Clark Street

From an Event to a Movement

On May 30, 1998, PAWS Chicago was launched with an adoption event, Angels with Tails. The message that homeless pets needed to be saved was taken to the public. The event was held on the streets and in the boutiques of the Magnificent Mile where local businesses enthusiastically agreed to showcase the animals in their storefronts.

That single event brought the plight of homeless pets to the foreground, leading to continued public and media engagement that evolved over time:
1. First, a volunteer-run storefront Adoption Center on Clark Street
2. Next, the opening of the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic
3. Then, the momentous inauguration of the Pippen Fasseas Adoption Center
4. And the most recent openings of the Training & Foster Care Center and the Glenn L. Felner North Shore Adoption Center

Through it all, the growth and evolution of PAWS Chicago has been driven by public awareness and the recognition that every person can take action to help homeless pets. This has culminated into a collective action that has had transformative results, with the killing in Chicagodeclining by more than 80% since PAWS Chicago’s founding.

Our Mission

To build No Kill communities – starting with a No Kill Chicago – that respect and value the life of every cat and dog.

To end the overpopulation of homeless animals through solutions, practices and education.

To transform animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way animals are treated and developing a sustainable, solutions-based model.

Our Mission
The Adoption Process

Charities We Have Supported in the Past

Women’s Center of Danbury

Since our founding in 1975, the Women’s Center has been a safe haven as the sole provider of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield County areas. Each year, the Center serves over 20,000 individuals from our area communities. Our free and confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Center’s key areas of focus include emergency shelter and support services, couseling and advocacy, crisis intervention, and community education, primary prevention and training. All funds provided to the Center support our critically needed domestic violence, sexual assault and resource services for adults and children in our 13-town service area, including: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, and Washington.

HPFY Scholarship 2018

Meet the Winners of 2018 HPFY Scholarship!

Mikaela Thepvongsa and Leah Richter
Mikaela, the winner of our HPFY Disability Scholarship, has proven grit and determination can overcome any disability. She has bilateral profound hearing loss and a vestibular disorder due to a diagnosis of static encephalopathy in early childhood.
Leah, the winner of our HPFY Make a Difference Scholarship, is making a big difference in the lives of countless under privileged children in US and the world. She has over a 1000 volunteer hours in the last two years. Her mission in life is to help homeless children across the world.

The Shade Tree

Since our founding in 1989, The Shade Tree has provided a safe haven to more than 100,000 women and children in crisis from homelessness, human-trafficking, domestic violence and abuse. Our primary service is our 90-day Emergency Shelter program which provides food, shelter, counseling, medical care, job training and compassion to families in need to help them stabilize and regain some independence. Domestic violence and other situations that lead to homelessness impact women and children from all walks of life. That’s why The Shade Tree is here for every woman who needs our services and has the desire to improve her life, become self-sufficient and achieve a level of financial independence to support herself and her family. For every child who stays with us, we strive to provide a variety of educational and recreational opportunities to which they would otherwise not have access.

Shiksha Kendra

Seva Mandir is one of India’s leading development nonprofit organizations. It currently works with 360,000 people across 700 villages of southern Rajasthan, where over 90% of the population relies on subsistence agriculture and most people live on less than Rs. 20 ($0.35) a day. For over 45 years, Seva Mandir has worked in partnership with these people, not only to improve their material well-being, but to build stronger and more ethical communities. Through its programs on governance, health, education, sustainable use of natural resources, women’s empowerment, youth development, child care and social enterprise, Seva Mandir makes a tangible and transformative impact. Every year, 12,000 disadvantaged children receive a quality education in its schools; 8,000 women and children out of reach of hospitals are offered critical health services; thousands more families achieve food security.

Rise Against Hunger

Everyone on the planet has the right to the nutritious food necessary to live life to their full potential. Since its founding in 1998, Rise Against Hunger - an international hunger relief organization - has grown exponentially, and the ways in which the organization seeks to end hunger continue to evolve. From the implementation of sustainable community development projects to the organization’s meal packaging program that harnesses the passion of local volunteers, Rise Against Hunger strives to make a global impact on hunger by building resilience, self-sufficiency and empowerment among communities worldwide and show the world that it is, in fact, possible to end hunger by the year 2030. Around the world, just over 815 million people lack adequate food. One in nine people go to bed hungry each night.

RMD Pain and Palliative Care

RMD Pain Relief and Palliative Care, is a registered not for profit organization, established in 2005, located in T. Nagar, Chennai and is headed by Dr. Republica Sridhar a Palliative and Geriatric Care Specialist who has over 15 years of experience in caring for the terminally ill. The Trust is based out of Chennai, and has its operations focused primarily in Tamil Nadu, India. The organization provides pain relief and palliative care to terminally ill patients and their families through medical care and counselling. It also aims at providing out/in patient service and home visits, family support and counselling, grief and bereavement support. The beneficiaries of the care are terminally ill & geriatric patients from the economically weaker sections of the society.

Gift of Life Donor Program

Gift of Life Donor Program is the region’s non-profit organ and tissue donor program which serves as the link between those who want to be organ and tissue donors and those who are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant at one of the 15 regional transplant hospitals. Serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 44,500 organ transplants since 1974.
There are more than 115,000 men, women and children across the country waiting for heart, kidney, liver, lung, intestinal and pancreas transplants, including more than 5,400 in our region. Tens of thousands of other patients benefit from cornea, tissue and bone grafts each year as a result of individuals saying yes to tissue donation. Despite the many people who do say yes to organ and tissue donation, 20 people die every day waiting for a transplant.

International Women’s Health Coalition

The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC provides grants, technical assistance, and mentorship to women leaders and women’s rights organizations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East that are working to advance women’s and girls’ health and rights at local and regional levels. At the international level, IWHC brings pioneering ideas, evidence, and expertise to the forefront of multilateral negotiations on women’s rights and health, playing an active role in New York City at the United Nations (UN) headquarters, and in Washington, DC. By working closely with women’s organizations around the world, IWHC gains the perspectives of women on the ground and helps make their voices heard in the halls of power at global-level policy negotiations.

Save a Child’s Heart

SACH is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project providing life-saving heart surgeries and follow-up care for children from developing countries. Our mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries, who suffer from congenital heart disease and to create medical centers of competence in these countries. One in every one hundred babies is born with congenital heart disease. Almost one third of them will need surgery during their first 12 months. Without surgery, 20% will die within weeks after birth. Presently, there are more than 1000 children on our waiting list. SACH is a hospital based project whose services are provided in Holon, Israel at the Wolfson Medical Center (WMC) by a team of 70 dedicated experts who, from chief surgeon to physiotherapist, volunteer their time without any payment. SACH has been recognized by the US government, European Union, and United Nations for its achievements. It is the only Israeli medical organization that the Palestinian Authority has a formal partnership with.

Seeing Stars Foundation

The Seeing Stars Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support research and education on sports related concussion and sports related neurological injuries from the pee wee to the professional level. The Foundation is currently working on a national outreach program to train physicians, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and management of sports related concussion. We are well-informed and concerned about the frequent occurrences of sports concussion, and most importantly the lack of assistance available to young athletes and youth sports organizations. Seeing Stars Foundation is helping to fill this gap to keep young athletes safe and healthy. Seeing Stars was founded by Neurologists with an expertise in sports related neurological issues in an effort to improve the quality of life of athletes of all ages. Our doctors serve as consultants and team physicians for the NFL, NHL, Professional Boxing, the NCAA, United States Tennis Association.

Toys for Tots

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.
The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

Friends of Seva Mandir, Inc. (FSM)

Friends of Seva Mandir, Inc. (FSM) is a 501(C)(3) public charity based in Edison, New Jersey. It is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes, supporting education of rural and tribal children, early child care and development, health, environment conservation, women’s empowerment and building stronger communities in underdeveloped areas of India. We have been registered as a charity since July 27, 2009.

Our activities include making grants to Seva Mandir, a much respected Indian voluntary organization working in South Rajasthan, India. Seva Mandir was founded in 1968 and is currently working in over 600 villages and reaching over 70,000 households.

Massachusetts Task Force 1

Massachusetts Task Force 1 ( MA-TF 1) Urban Search and Rescue Team (US&R) is located in Beverly, Massachusetts. Urban Search and Rescue teams are comprised of Police, Fire, EMS and Civilians (62 total people when deployed) and respond to major disasters under a contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Currently there are 150 people on the MA-TF 1 team.

Sponsored by the City of Beverly, Massachusetts, MA-TF 1 maintains the heritage established by the Lexington Minutemen at the onset of the American Revolution: the spirit of cooperation and volunteerism that sustains the vitality of a democratic society as well as the infrastructure of emergency response. As Hurricane Sandy turned into Superstorm Sandy, MA-TF 1 was activated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to stand at the ready as a state asset.

Helena Food Share

Since 1987, Helena Food Share has been providing food to our neighbors in need. At Helena Food Share, it is our mission to serve our neighbors in need by providing food in a respectful and dignified way and by working with others to eliminate hunger in the greater Helena area. Our vision, simply, is to create a hunger-free community. We know that 1 in 7 residents of Helena struggles with hunger. 1 in 5 Helena children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Families come to the Helena Food Share pantry because they are facing difficult times.
These folks need help while they experience difficulty paying medical bills, struggling with a disability, finding their way through a layoff, or they’re simply doing their best to make ends meet with a low or fixed income. No matter the situation, we are dedicated to serving our customers with dignity and respect.

4 Paws For Ability

In 1995, Karen Shirk was told she was too disabled to receive a service dog. She decided to make sure no one else ever had to hear those words.

4 Paws for Ability is the embodiment of Karen’s vision - a nonprofit organization that breeds, socializes, trains, and places service dogs with children and veterans. Since its inception in 1998, 4 Paws has paired over 1,100 trained service dogs to people living with a variety of disabilities. With a team of 75 employees and over 600 volunteers, 4 Paws now places over 100 dogs per year. 4 Paws dogs (and the humans they love and serve) can be found in almost all 50 statesas well as Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Dogs trained through 4 Paws meet the criteria for ‘service animals’ as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Covenant House

Covenant House New Orleans was founded on the edge of the French Quarter 30 years ago to provide a safe haven for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth (ages 22 and under). We have provided over 20,000 kids with food, shelter, clothing, medical care, educational and vocational support, individual and family counseling, job readiness and placement, short & long-term housing, life skills, and more.

The vast majority of our youth have endured physical and/or sexual abuse and have also experienced the violence of the streets. Our counselors estimate 85% suffer from some form of traumatic stress disorder. Tulane’s Cowen Institute estimates there are 26,000 at-risk youth in our community. Our first priority is always to reunite our youth with healthy, functional family. For the majority of our kids for whom family is not an option, we give them an educational & vocational assessment and help them find a job that suits their skills.

Soldiers Angel

Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families and a growing veteran population. Soldiers’ Angels was established in 2003 by the mother of a son who was deployed to Iraq. She began sending care packages to her son and was then asked to not only send more care packages to many more deployed but to also assist with other needs. September 11th was a catalyst that inspired Americans to support the military and help out any way they could. Soldiers’ Angels was created as an opportunity for them to provide that support with care packages, hand-sewn blankets, letters, cards, and other items from ‘home’.

In just 14 years, since this small beginning of sending care packages, Soldiers’ Angels has grown to over 12 Programs with over 100,000 volunteers nationwide. Most of the programs and services offered by Soldiers’ Angels are performed by volunteers who work tirelessly supporting our nation’s veterans, wounded warriors, deployed service members and their families.

Asha for Education

On May 12th, HPFY donated 10% of the day’s sales to ‘Asha for Education’. Asha for Education took roots in 1991 when a group of students including Deepak Gupta, Sandeep Pandey, and VJP Srivatsavoy from the University of Berkeley, CA got together and discussed ways to bring about a socio-economic change in India. The group was formed with a belief that education is a requisite to bring about the much needed socio economic change in India. It was named ‘Asha’, meaning ‘hope’. Since then, Asha for Education has grown via its chapters, and today has more than 65 chapters worldwide.

Asha for Education is a 501(c)(3) organization in the US. Each year, our work touches the lives of several thousands of children across a few hundreds of projects. We have no offices, and 100% of our efforts are driven by unpaid volunteers. All donations are tax deductible, and we have earned a reputation for sending >98% of donations to our projects.

Doug Fluite, Jr. Foundation for Autism

On April 14th, HPFY donated 10% of the day’s sales to ‘Doug Fluite, Jr. Foundation for Autism’. The Flutie Foundation awards grants to individuals and families dealing with the challenges of autism.

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. was established in 1998 by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Through their General Grants, Joeys Fund, Allison Keller Technology fund and other programs and initiatives, The Flutie Foundation awards grants to individuals and families dealing with the challenges of autism as well as to the organizations that support them. The grants that they provide give individuals with autism access to much needed educational and other support services, autism specific active lifestyles programs and assistance with transitioning to adult independence. In addition The Flutie Foundation, through their grant programs, awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services such as family support, education, advocacy and recreational opportunities for individuals with autism.


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