PAWS Chicago cats, dogs ready for adoption

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The holidays are over, but it's the perfect time to give a pet a forever home.

This week, we're featuring Woody, a 1-year-old Boxer mix who makes friends with everyone he meets and has a tail that is always wagging! He enjoys playing with toys and going for long walks through his neighborhood.

Woody will do best in a moderately active home without young children. PAWS says: "If you're searching for a dog that wants nothing more than to be your very best friend and will stick with you through thick and thin, then Woody is your guy!"

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Some adoptable animals at PAWS Chicago are learning how to behave in a home - before they even have one!

Woody is currently training in PAWS' new "Real Life Room," which is set up just like a living room complete with a couch, television and coffee table.

Trainers use the space to teach animals lessons and it gives pets a chance to go one-on-one with possible adopting families.

Woody is just one of dozens of puppies, kittens, dogs and cats are available to adopt now at PAWS Chicago.

PHOTOS: Pets available to adopt NOW at PAWS Chicago

Click here to view the full list of adoptable cats and dogs that is updated in real-time as pets become available or are adopted.

If you're not able to bring a pet home, you can also make a donation or volunteer at PAWS' adoption centers and foster homes.

What is the adoption process like at PAWS Chicago?
- To adopt a pet from PAWS Chicago, you must:
- Bring along all family members (including children and roommates) to meet your new cat or dog. Be sure to bring any resident dogs if you are adopting a dog.
- Verify that you are allowed to have a pet of the breed and size where you currently live (for renters and condo owners)
- Be at least 21 years of age with a government-issued photo ID
- Be available to spend up to an hour with an Adoption Counselor

What are some of the benefits of adopting from PAWS?

- Spay/neuter surgery
- All age-appropriate vaccinations
- Microchip
- Support through your pet's lifetime
- The PAWS Chicago Lifetime Guarantee, if something happens to you or you can no longer care for your pet
- Leash and collar and starter bag of Merrick Pet Food (or in Schatzi's case, a year of free food)
- Saving lives! When you adopt you helped save TWO lives--the life of the pet you are taking home and that of another who is now able to come into the adoption program.

PAWS adoption fees:

Adult (dogs aged seven months and older) $300*
Puppies (dogs aged six months and younger) $400*
*This fee includes a $100.00 deposit which is refundable upon completion of obedience training.
CATS: Varies by age, visit the PAWS Chicago website for adoption process and fees.

Pets are adoptable thorough PAWS Chicago at the following locations across the Chicago area:

Pippen Fasseas Adoption Center
1997 N. Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
773-935-7297 (PAWS)

Sat & Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Mon-Fri: 12 - 7 p.m.

Glenn L. Felner North Shore Adoption Center
1616 Deerfield Road
Highland Park, IL 60035 - Map it

Wednesday - 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Thurs & Fri - 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday - 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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