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Faces of P.A.W.S: Happy 40th Anniversary!

We asked readers for photos of pets adopted from P.A.W.S, to build a special tribute album. Boy, did you come through. Happy Anniversary, P.A.W.S.!

"Bella." | The Rizzo family.
"Bella." | The Rizzo family.
Two hundred volunteers sharing love with 125 animals on a daily basis. In 40 years, 23,000 homeless pets connected with new owners. 

Tinley Park P.A.W.S, you're something special, and Patch readers agree. 

P.A.W.S. will soon celebrate its 40th year of uniting orphaned pets with their new families, and Patch wants to do a little something special in its honor. We asked our fans to send us photos of the pets they received from your care, and the response has been overwhelming.

"Nine of those '23,000 dogs and cats', about which you wrote yesterday, found their way into our hearts and home," wrote reader Michael Venna.

"We adopted our dog Vinny in November 2010. He is the best family dog and our lives wouldn't be complete without him. We are thankful for P.A.W.S every day," wrote the Fitzgerald family.

One reader shared a heart-wrenching note of how her "son" Buster (formerly known as "Jackson") changed her life after she adopted him on Sept. 9, 2009. 

"Sixteen days after we adopted him, my husband passed away unexpectedly and it was Busters turn to rescue me," wrote Lisa Kemetick. "This little mutt has brought me so much joy and got me thought the worst time in my life. Buster is forever home!"

Amazing how four decades ago, "a small group of compassionate women sitting around a kitchen table realized the need for a safe haven for the community's unwanted animals. They began with a shed that housed a mere six animals, a handful volunteers, an extraordinary amount of courage and the support of the community."

Well done, P.A.W.S. Families and their furry friends thank you. 


This week, we're asking you to send us photos of the pets you've adopted from P.A.W.S. Send a photo and a brief description to lauren.traut@patch.com, including the pet's name, date of adoption and age at the time. Or post the photo to our Facebook page. Each contributor will receive a Patch t-shirt.


Lauren Traut March 19, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Absolutely our pleasure. :)
Larry March 20, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Adopt, take a ride to Paws Tinley Park, we adopted Bella, and Bailey they are great companions. Don't waste your time and money at a (HAPPINESS IS PETS, OR MOCHA PET STORE), Go to Paws and you will eventually find a friend for life, sometimes they do have puppies as well. So save an animals life TODAY!!
Larry March 24, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Bella, was adopted almost 2 yrs. ago she is 5 years old, we wanted our other dog Bailey a Yorkie Pooh to have a companion. They get along well. Don't pay big money at a pet store, hundreds or even a thousand Dollars!! Some dogs at those pet stores may come from inner breeding. And if you cannot find a particular Breed at 1st at Paws, they will call you when a specific Breed comes in. The volunteers there are all great and willing to help you. So don't hesitate take a ride to Paws.
Larry March 24, 2014 at 09:28 AM
Paws, Hours of operation, today Monday, 3-24 2014- 7am-9pm, Tues. 12pm-4pm,Wed. 12pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm, Thurs.12pm-4pm, Fri. 12pm-4pm,and 7pm-9pm, Sat. 12pm-4pm, Sun. 12pm-4pm. Plenty of times to visit Paws above are hours of operation.
Larry March 24, 2014 at 09:40 AM
PAWS Phone# is-815-464-7298, Located @ 8301 West 191st Street Tinley Park IL. Give them a call.

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