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Announcing the 2014 Pet Lovers Speaker Series

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The acronym, PAWS in PAWS Chicago stands for Pets Are Worth Saving Chicago. The organization was founded in 1997.

Due to their years of commitment, they have become a national model in animal sheltering. They are committed to brining and end to the senseless killing of homeless cats and dogs. Since the organization was founded, the number of homeless dogs and cats killed in Chicagoland has been reduced by nearly 70% (42,561 euthanized in 1997 compared to fewer than 14,000 in 2013).

PAWS Chicago has committed to locating forever homes for greater than 6,000 pets from its cage-less, state-of-the-art No-Kill Adoption Center. They have also committed to performing more than 18,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries in several disadvantaged communities in Illinois through its Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic and GusMobile Spay/Neuter Van.

Due to the community commitment, this organization not only focuses on pet rescue and adoption, but on how they can help the community at large by educating them on pet-related topics. PAWS Chicago Founder and CEO Paula Fasseas will host the 2014 Pet Lovers Speaker Series; a panel discussion - “Important Findings on Nutrition, Behavior and Animal Welfare” with Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA, Founder, The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, and Dr. Sara L. Bennett, DVM, MS, Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and Veterinary Behavior Specialist, VCA Berwyn Animal Hospital on Wednesday, February 19th. Each of the panelists and guest speakers are active in animal welfare, behavior and veterinary medicine. They promise to cover a range of topics in the question and answer session of relevance to the companion animal owner and caregiver, besides the issues that matter to them.

The Series is scheduled to take place at the PAWS Chicago Adoption & Humane Center located at 1997 North Clybourn Avenue in Chicago, Illinois from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. this coming Wednesday. The entire evening is FREE to attend and open to the public. PAWS Chicago requests that you do RSVP to RSVP@pawschicago.org or at least register online at www.pawschicago.org/speaker-series.

The Pet Lovers Speaker Series is a free educational series for dog and cat owners. The upcoming Pet Lovers Speaker Series is scheduled to include:

  • The Critical Path of Dog Training and Socialization,” with Joan Harris, K9 University
  • The Science of Animal Behavior: Overcoming Your Fear of Cats and Dogs and Proactive Dental Treatments: The Cornerstone of a Healthy Pet”; a discussion about the science of animal behavior, pro-active dental treatments, and overcoming your fear of dogs and cats.

Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent evaluator, ranks PAWS Chicago in the top 1% of charities in the nation and recognized PAWS Chicago as the highest-rated Animal Rights, Welfare and Services charity in the nation in 2012 and 2013.

For the full 2014 Pet Lovers Speaker Series calendar, visit http://www.pawschicago.org/speaker-series/. Also, see more information on PAWS Chicago when you visit www.pawschicago.org or friend them on www.facebook.com/pawschicago.

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