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Help Patch with a Special Project for Tinley Park P.A.W.S.

As they prepare to celebrate their 40th anniversary March 21, we'd like to help P.A.W.S. feel appreciated for all the work they do to help homeless animals.

Credit: Tinley Park P.A.W.S Facebook page
Credit: Tinley Park P.A.W.S Facebook page
Tinley Park 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 their honor. Raise a paw if you'd like to help. 

Having found homes for more than 23,000 dogs and cats since its inception in 1974, the no-kill shelter provides a safe haven for more than 125 animals on a daily basis. That's no small feat, and Patch wants to show them how special they are. 

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.

"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," said Sue Kapala, gala co-chairperson. "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."

Today the shelter boasts 200-plus dedicated volunteers who contribute over 25,000 hours per year "to our mission of kindness." The shelter provides low-cost spay or neutering, pet therapy and humane education to residents of the surrounding communities.

Coordinators of the March 21 fundraiser hope to raise $60,000 to help offset the rising cost of medical care for the animals. 


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Larry March 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Lauren, did you get photos?
Lauren Traut March 17, 2014 at 02:44 PM
I did not. Try again? Lauren.traut@patch.com.
Larry March 17, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Lauren, did you receive the pictures now?
Lauren Traut March 17, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Got 'em!
Beth Hughes March 17, 2014 at 04:04 PM
You have a picture of our newest PAWS puppy at the top of this article. Her name is Poly (after Disney's Polynesian Resort). We adopted her on 8/8/2013. We couldn't ask for a better dog!

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