End of Life Services

Being a pet owner is a wonderful and beautiful experience that brings a great deal of joy to the lives of millions of people each and every day. Unfortunately, it also means that at some point, you have to make tough, emotional decisions regarding the health of your companion animal, including how to handle end of life care.

Owner-Requested Euthanasia

We love our pets, which is why it is so hard to watch them suffer at the end of their lives, both physically and mentally.

The Anti-Cruelty Society provides euthanasia services for pet owners. People with sick or suffering pets that cannot afford the cost of this service from a private veterinarian can call (312) 644-8338 to discuss the situation with a staff member and schedule a time to bring in their pets.

Owners can choose to be present during this procedure if they would like to. The Anti-Cruelty Society understands that everyone handles grief differently and respects each person’s decision.

The fee for owner-requested euthanasia is $35. If you are unable to afford this cost, you may discuss options when making your appointment.

Communal Cremation
The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a respectful communal cremation service for pet owners that choose to leave the remains of their companions with the Society following euthanasia.

Working Through Pet Loss Support Group
It’s always hard to lose a loved one, and for most pet owners, their companion animals are also important members of their families. Grief is a difficult process, and no two people experience loss in the same way. Some people who are struggling or having a difficult time accepting the death of their pets may find it comforting and helpful to discuss their feelings with a person that is trained to understand the grieving process, such as a grief counselor, clergyman, social worker, physician, or psychologist.

The Anti-Cruelty Society hosts Working Through Pet Loss, a support group that aims to help those grieving with the loss of a pet and friend by giving them an opportunity to speak about their situations with a trained psychologist in a safe, comforting environment.

The Working Through Pet Loss support group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Society’s Education & Training Center located at 169 W. Grand Ave. The group is facilitated by Dr. Mark Bilkey, Psy.D.

Go to our Events page to find out information about the next Working Through Pet Loss group meeting and to register.

If you’re unable to make it to one of our Working Through Pet Loss sessions the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) also offers pet loss support groups, as well as a pet loss helpline. Click here to learn more about these services.

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