Open Door to Compassion
The Anti-Cruelty Society has been on the forefront of animal welfare and humane education since it was founded in 1899. Its focus is to provide the following:
- Compassionate care for any animal in need
- An attempt to find a home for every healthy or rehabilitatable dog and cat
- Intervention to prevent cruelty to animals
- Community education on animal issues to inspire compassion and respect; and
- Low or no cost spaying or neutering
The Anti-Cruelty Society’s mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people. We are an open admission shelter which means we care for all animals and will not turn away any animal in need. There are no time limits placed on any animal in its care and the Society operates under the belief that no healthy or rehabilitatable pet should be euthanized. Based on the premise that the key to pet overpopulation is sterilization, the Society offers access to low or no cost spaying or neutering and it relies on its education programs to promote responsible pet ownership.
The Anti-Cruelty Society believes that companion animals provide people with joy, offers recognized health benefits and unconditional love, and it is our goal to find a home for every companion animal in need. The Society offers a variety of programs and services to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people including the following: Cat and dog adoptions, spay/neuter clinic, humane education, cruelty investigation and rescue, dog training classes, free behavior hotline, three rehabilitation and treatment centers, pet loss and grief group sessions, pet visitation program, active foster and volunteer programs, pet first aid and CPR classes, and other pet-related workshops. Working together with other organizations and the public raises awareness about the needs of animals and how we can work together to promote responsible pet ownership and help prevent cruelty, abuse, and neglect.
How do we make this happen?
The Anti-Cruelty Society is committed to finding a home for every adoptable and treatable cat and dog that comes through our doors by living our philosophy to provide an open door for any animal in need, 365 days a year. A key strategy for the Society is to rescue animals from cruelty and neglect while both advising and educating pet owners and potential pet owners about how to care for animals. A free behavior helpline provides advice and guidance with animal related issues. The Society also offers spay/neuter surgeries at a low or no cost while also providing education on compassion and respect for all living beings. Additional key strategies include providing much needed veterinary care for those animals whose owners would otherwise not be able to afford proper care or providing temporary housing for animals whose owners involved with crisis situations. The Anti-Cruelty is also committed to working with other organizations to take in animals who need help.
In 2021, while still in the midst of pandemic protocols, ACS continued providing its impact--both within the shelter and the community. There were 4,828 animals placed in forever homes and 1,354 animals were placed in foster homes during the year. Due to COVID restrictions, the number of programs and services were impacted, including the number of active volunteers but there were 7,505 volunteer hours logged throughout the year. In total, there were over 14,000 people engaged throughout the year. There were over 13,000 clinic services provided including 4,820 spay/neuter surgeries. The team of veterinary professionals provide ongoing care for animals in the shelter every day, as well as public low-cost spay/neuter surgeries.
A new program which began in early 2020 was the Pop-up Pet Food Pantries. Working with community partners who sponsor food pantries in underresourced communities, ACS provides more than 17,000 free pet meals each month. The Community Care program launched in 2021 also provides access to care through wellness and vaccination clinics, along with a number of key safety net services including investigations by our licensed field staff, work with landlords, and our SAFE program (short-term accommodations for emergencies) where we provide safe housing for pets while their humans manage their personal emergencies.
ACS has a staff of 145 employees and over 600 volunteers who support the work of The Anti-Cruelty Society by working 365 days a year to accomplish strategic goals set forth by the Board of Directors and CEO and President of The Anti-Cruelty Society.