“Every animal that can be saved is saved”


LITTLE VILLAGE – Cats and dogs from Chicago and 13 states can now visit a Little Village animal hospital to receive world-class medical treatment.

PAWS Chicago will unveil the completion of the Medical Center & Lurie Clinic, 3516 W. 26th St. The animal hospital on Wednesday has been up and running for nine months, but it has now got its finishing touches, said Susanna Homan, CEO of PAWS.

“Over the past few years we’ve been through this campaign of expansion and renovation, and because of COVID, we haven’t had a chance to show everyone what we’ve built,” Homan said.

The transformation of the medical center – from a sterilization and sterilization clinic in a former bank hall to a 30,000 square foot facility suitable for complex surgeries – took more than four years, Homan said.

Construction took four years as it was carried out in phases to ensure the center could remain open, she said.

The centre’s shelter medicine team is made up of nine veterinarians, 29 veterinary technicians and dozens of other animal care specialists. On any given day, the center can provide hospitalization for 200 pets, according to PAWS.

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PAWS Chicago Medical Center Surgical Suite at 3516 W. 26th St.

“We now have the ability to support this ecosystem more broadly to ensure that every pet that can be saved is saved,” Homan said. “This is our mission.

The medical center is on the southwest side because that’s where PAWS Chicago saw the greatest need, Homan said. The center is committed to serving as an animal hospital for the community, offering highly subsidized or free surgeries to residents in targeted zip codes, she said.

Since the founding of PAWS in 1997, the no-kill shelter has performed nearly 280,000 low-cost or no-charge sterilization / sterilization surgeries that have reduced the euthanasia rate of dogs and cats in Chicago by 91%, depending on the refuge.

“I think people should be really proud to know that one of the best animal welfare organizations in the country is located in Little Village,” Homan said.

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A cat receives laser therapy

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