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Our Mission

Paws Up is a no kill, all volunteer animal rescue organization serving Joliet Illinois and surrounding areas. We are dedicated and passionate about rescuing any animal from shelters where overcrowding may lead to euthanasia, as well as those suffering from abuse and/or neglect.  We are a 100% foster based animal rescue meaning we rely on generous volunteers to take the animal into their home and care for them while they await their forever home. We are committed to providing our animals with the best care by helping them acclimate to life outside of a shelter and providing them with the necessary vet care. We also strive to help our community by educating the public about spaying and neutering, and by encouraging responsible pet ownership. 

At Paws Up we truly believe that All Lives Matter.


Adoption Policy

1. The first step is to fill out an application on our website This lets us know you are serious about adopting. We will call and check with your vet to make certain your current pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations and have been spayed or neutered. If you rent, we will also check with your landlord to make sure it's okay that you are adding a family member to your household.

2. The next step is to set up a time to meet your potential pet. If you've already met and fallen in love at one of our adoption events, we can proceed to set up a home visit to see how the animal gets along with the other residents of your home.
*Home visits are for the purpose of assessing the relationship between all animals in the home.

3. If all goes well, we proceed to the paperwork stages and end with a new family photograph to share on our Facebook page!

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