June 15,2017

The Anti-Cruelty Society Launches New Program to Help Senior Citizens Care for Their Pets

The Anti-Cruelty Society Partners with Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services to Launch a New Senior Support Program: Friends Who Care

CHICAGO— The Anti-Cruelty Society recently began delivering pet care kits to senior pet owners currently enrolled in the City’s home delivered meals program. Supplying monthly provisions for nearly 250 cats, dogs, birds, turtles, and other pets, the Society will give senior citizens food and care supplies to help their pets thrive. The Friends Who Care program will also help participating pet owners with a variety of other services including veterinary care and behavior support.

“We recognize that pets are family members too,” said Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler. “We are grateful to The Anti-Cruelty Society for helping to feed the pet family members as we are ensuring that their senior owners have meals.”

Every year DFSS provides 8,000 seniors with 2,330,000 meals through a home delivered meals program. Building off of this program, interested seniors will now receive a delivered monthly supply of food for their pets.

“This is a wonderful program that preserves the human-animal bond, and all of the benefits of keeping these bonds intact,” said Susan Russell, Executive Director of Chicago Animal Care and Control. “I’m very excited to see this innovative partnering approach that will help more people keep their pets.”

The Anti-Cruelty Society is committed to helping pets and people in every stage of their lives. In addition to providing low-cost veterinary services through the Low-Income Clinic, and discounted fees through the Pets for Seniors promotion, the Society will now be providing this vital service to assist senior citizens and help provide proper animal care for all. This program was made possible by a grant funded by Caerus.

Late last year, The Anti-Cruelty Society rescued a cat, Sinbad, covered in 5 pounds of matted fur, whose elderly owner was unable to care for him. “Friends Who Care was already in the works when we were alerted to Sinbad’s situation,” says Dr. Robyn Barbiers, President of The Anti-Cruelty Society. “Sinbad’s tragic situation was not the fault of him or his owner; his owner needed assistance caring for Sinbad and further shows why this program is so important for the community.” Sinbad has since been adopted and is thriving in his new home. To learn more about the Friends Who Care program, visit www.anticruelty.org.

About The Anti-Cruelty Society

Founded in 1899, The Anti-Cruelty Society is Chicago’s oldest and largest, private, open-admission, unlimited stay humane society. With a mission of building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people, our comprehensive programs and services help over 50,000 animals and humans every year and include: adoption, charity veterinary clinic, low or no-cost spay/neuter clinic, cruelty investigations and rescue, humane education & community outreach, a free behavior helpline, dog training classes, S.A.F.E. program (short-term accommodations for emergencies), The Bruckner Rehabilitation & Treatment Center, the Virginia Butts Berger Cat Clinic, and the Dog Rehabilitation Center. For more information, visit www.anticruelty.org or call (312) 644-8338.