Placing Paws of Illinois, is a non-profit rescue group. The rescue is based in Libertyville, Illinois but serves Illinois and Southern Wisconsin regions. Their team takes in and rescues animals from rural shelters with a high euthanasia rate. They then work hard to provide them with proper veterinary care and place them in a loving forever home.

Mission Statement

“Placing Paws of Illinois was founded in 2008 with the goal of rescuing dogs and cats from high kill rural shelters across the US.  All of our animals are placed into foster homes while we help them find their forever homes.  We also work with local animal controls, and owners in our community that can no longer keep their pets.  We work to educate the public on puppy mill breeding and adopting instead of shopping for a family member.”

About Placing Paws of Illinois

Placing Paws of Illinois is a 501c3- nonprofit that is committed to promoting educational efforts in their community on the well-being of animals, proper veterinary care, spay neuter programs among other things.

One of their primary goals is to take animals from rural shelters that have a high euthanasia rate. Rural shelters are often overcrowded and underfunded and the animals there have little or no hope of finding an adoptive home. Often times their best hope of finding a happy forever home is to be taken into the care of a rescue such as PPI.

All of the animals that are taken into the care and comfort of PPI receive proper veterinary care and a loving foster home while they wait to be placed into their forever homes.

How Does Placing Paws of Illinois Operate?

Placing Paws of Illinois (PPI) was established in 2008 in Lake County Illinois with the goal of saving animals from high risk situations. It is a nonprofit rescue entirely run by 25 volunteers that relies largely on donations and volunteered time. Without wonderful people supporting them, Placing Paws of Illinois would not be where it is today.

How Placing Paws of Illinois Benefit Animals and Serves the Community

Their main focus is to save dogs and cats that are in danger of being euthanized. Once rescued these pups are given any necessary veterinary care and are fostered by volunteers. They are very thorough in their screening process for adoption. They want to make sure the animal gets placed into the best home to suit his or her needs. As well, they want to make sure, to the best of their ability that the animal they are placing with a new family suits their needs as well.  Ultimately, they want the adoption to be right for everyone involved. They even take the extra step of working on training and socialization, if needed, before the adoption to ensure the best success rate for everyone. In addition, any event they hold, Placing Paws of Illinois takes the time to educate people on puppy mill breeding and how it affects our society to further spread awareness.

How Did Amy Pieniazkiewicz Get Involved with Placing Paws of Illinois?

“I have been a rescuer for over 10 years and while volunteering for other rescue organizations and leading one of them, I realized that some organizations are not all about the dogs and animals.  I got involved with Placing Paws because their founders experienced the same things volunteering for other rescues.  They founded Placing Paws to be all about spreading love and rescuing animals from horrid situations, while educating their community on puppy mill breeding and adopting instead of purchasing a new family member from stores that use puppy mill dogs.”

How You Can Help

They accept monetary donations through their website or via check in the mail to P.O. Box 121, Libertyville, IL 60048.  They have no paid staff and an all-volunteer board so the money donated goes directly to help the animals.  Additionally, they also accept donations of crates, dog and cat food, toys, potty pads, leashes, collars and cat litter.

Upcoming Events

Come out and meet some of their adoptable animals on Saturday Nov. 17rd at Krisers’s in Libertyville.
Bree’s puppies and the Border Collie puppies will be there!
Where: 1640 North Milwaukee Ave. Vernon Hills, IL

Sunday, January 20th from 2:00-6:00 Placing
Featuring the Judson Brown Band from 3:00-6:00 (Country Band)
Food: from 2:00-4:00
Raffle: closes at 5:30
Silent Auction: closes at 5:45
Location: Jesse Oaks in The Leinie Lodge
18490 W Old Gages Lake Rd, Gages Lake, IL 60030
Friendly Dogs and Friendly People welcomed!
Price: $10.00 Door Entry per person




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