February 13,2017

The Anti-Cruelty Society Receives More Than $27,000 Grant from PetSmart Charities®

The Anti-Cruelty Society Receives More Than $27,000 Grant from PetSmart Charities®
The Anti-Cruelty Society will spay and neuter a minimum of 500 feral and free-roaming community cats over the next year

CHICAGO—The Anti-Cruelty Society is pleased to announce that we received a grant of $27,700 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to provide the Chicago community’s feral and free-roaming cats with spay and neuter surgeries. Sterilizing feral and free-roaming cats is the number one way to prevent unwanted litters and help decrease the number of homeless pets in the area.

Over the next 12 months, the Society will perform at least 500 spay and neuter surgeries on these cats in Cook, Kendall, and Iroquois counties in Illinois. The grant will cover the expenses of the procedure, including the necessary surgery medication, medical complications, rabies vaccination, and ear tip. The grant will also provide funding for the necessary trapping supplies, equipment and transportation to support colony reduction for the identified community of cats.

The Anti-Cruelty Society encourages and supports actions to minimize the problem of free-roaming abandoned and feral cats. We have been providing traps to facilitate feral cat colony management and providing free sterilizations for feral cats for more than 10 years. This grant will not only help support our current efforts, but will help the Society make a greater impact to reduce Chicago’s homeless cat population.

PetSmart Charities aims to proactively prevent pet homelessness through increased spay and neuter efforts.  With the help of animal welfare partners, such as The Anti-Cruelty Society, PetSmart Charities has funded over 1.4 million spay and neuter surgeries in the U.S. since 2009.


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.


About PetSmart Charities
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets.  Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events.  Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to PetSmart Charities to help pets in need by making donations on a pin pad at the register.  PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar to support its mission of finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets.  PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation.  PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc.  PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.