CHICAGO (CBS) — PAWS Chicago is hosting a 36-hour animal adopt-a-thon starting Friday morning at its Lincoln Park neighborhood shelter.

WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports that the adopt-a-thon starts at 11 a.m. Friday at the PAWS shelter at 1997 N. Clybourn Av.

PAWS founder and chairwoman Paula Fasseas said the shelter has more than 100 puppies and kittens and lots more adult cats and dogs.

“Oh my gosh, I couldn’t even begin to tell you; just adorable, all kinds,” she said.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

All of the pets up for adoption have already been vaccinated and spayed or neutered.

Fasseas said the adopt-a-thon is just in time for gift-giving. But the shelter wants to make sure whoever is giving the gift is also making sure the animals will be properly cared for.

“We encourage gifts when it’s the caregiver giving it, like to your children. It’s a real problem if it’s a boyfriend giving a girlfriend a gift,” Fasseas said.

She said there are still a lot of people giving up their pets.

“A lot of this is because people are being transferred to other jobs or they’re having to move in with their family,” Fasseas said.

When PAWS, a no-kill animal shelter, started in 1997, 95 percent of animals in the city’s shelters were being euthanized. Now, it’s 55 percent.

You can see photos of the dogs and cats up for adoption by visiting the PAWS Chicago website by clicking here.

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