Choosing the Right Pet

The Anti-Cruelty Society is committed to helping you find a perfect pet. We have created this guide as a tool to help point you towards those animals that most likely match your family’s activity level and experience. Animals available in our adoption kennels have been classified as follows:

  • Novice Cat or Dog: Usually ideal for a first-time pet owner
  • Intermediate Cat or Dog: Usually needs a family that has some knowledge or experience
    with cats or dogs
  • Special Cat or Dog: Usually has special behavioral or medical needs or is just special
  • Advanced Dog: Usually needs a family that has knowledge of dog behavior and experience
    with training

PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to help more animals find loving forever homes, we have partnered with a few local organizations that also promote adoption. Due to these partnerships, some of the animals that you see on our adoption page may not be available in The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Adoption Facility but at our partner location. Please be mindful of where the animal you are considering adopting is located. Their location will be stated in their profile.

Additional Adoption Locations: 

Everyday Adoption Center (EAC): Offering dog and cat adoptions inside the PetSmart at 1101 S. Canal St., Chicago, IL 60607

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Additional PetSmarts: We offer cat adoptions at the Brickyard, Evanston, Skokie, and South Lincoln Park stores.

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Charlotte’s Cat Corner: Located just off the main lobby of The Anti-Cruelty Society, Charlotte’s Cat Corner is a cage-free room for a small group cats to interact with both eachother and potential adopters.



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