Careers and Internships

Compassion in Action

The Anti-Cruelty Society is looking for people who support our goal to protect and care for animals in need. As Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive animals shelter, we have been helping Chicago’s pets since 1899. Our mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people and we are the only animal welfare organization in Chicago offering outreach and ongoing education. 
 

Current Job Openings

The Anti-Cruelty Society is accepting applications for an Animal Care Specialist at our Everyday Adoption Center (EAC). Under the direct supervision of Shelter management, the Animal Care Specialist is responsible for maintaining the healthiest, sanitary, safe and comfortable conditions for animals in the shelter and EAC; learning the requirements for responsible animal care; sharing this information with the public; and screening potential adopters in order to ensure the best possible match between animal and adopter. Responsibilities include:

  • Feed, water and safely move animals; obey all special restrictions placed on animals; exercise caution when handling animals and seek help when necessary.
  • Mark all kennel cards and report any abnormalities to management as soon as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect all housing and holding areas according to established guidelines in the required time periods as well as throughout the day.  
  • Ensure that all animals are safe and secure when cleaning is finished.
  • Socialize animals as time allows.
  • Have adequate understanding of The Anti-Cruelty Society adoption and disposition policies and be able to communicate them to the public.
  • Have adequate familiarity with all of The Anti-Cruelty Society’s forms and their use.
  • Greet all guests in a pleasant manner, being objective, courteous and reasonable at all times.  Assist in directing the public to appropriate areas.
  • Determine applicant suitability for adoption according to the Anti-Cruelty Society’s policies.
  • Counsel adopters in general care, training and ownership responsibilities.
  • Respect the physical plant and equipment; report all building, caging and environmental problems to a management or maintenance staff member as soon as possible.
  • Ensure that all equipment is in good repair, adequately stocked and kept neatly in its appropriate place.  Stocking can be accomplished using wheeled carts.  
  • Operate and carefully maintain all records necessary to ensure accurate cash, credit and check handling.  
  • Accurately and efficiently complete all adoption and donation transactions and maintain proper cash POS registers.
  • Follow necessary closing procedures to ensure a balanced cash report. 
  • Secure monies and value equipment in lockbox.
  • Must respect animals and believe in The Anti-Cruelty Society‘s mission and philosophy.
  • Attend all scheduled meetings on and offsite.
  • Must adhere to PetSmart Charities policies and procedures.
  • Foster a positive working relationship with PetSmart management and staff.
  • Assume other duties as assigned which could include the role of a Customer Service Representative as needed.

High school diploma or GED required. Minimum of one year of experience working in this field or related field preferred.  

Note: A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual.

Available to travel to EAC or shelter locations, work an extended schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays according to job demands. Ability to accommodate adjusted schedule to cover EAC or shelter hours.
Please submit a letter of interest, including a salary history and expectations and a resume for consideration. You may download an application or pick one up at the shelter front desk (510 N LaSalle) 7 days a week from  9am -5pm. Sorry, but we will not be able to consider applications without these documents.

Direct all applications to: 

The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Director of Human Resources
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL  60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail:
resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

The Anti-Cruelty Society is accepting applications for a part time Animal Care Specialist at our Everyday Adoption Center (EAC).

The hours will be Sundays, Mondays and Fridays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Under the direct supervision of Shelter management, the Animal Care Specialist is responsible for maintaining the healthiest, sanitary, safe and comfortable conditions for animals in the shelter and EAC; learning the requirements for responsible animal care; sharing this information with the public; and screening potential adopters in order to ensure the best possible match between animal and adopter. Responsibilities include:

  • Feed, water and safely move animals; obey all special restrictions placed on animals; exercise caution when handling animals and seek help when necessary.
  • Mark all kennel cards and report any abnormalities to management as soon as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect all housing and holding areas according to established guidelines in the required time periods as well as throughout the day.  
  • Ensure that all animals are safe and secure when cleaning is finished.
  • Socialize animals as time allows.
  • Have adequate understanding of The Anti-Cruelty Society adoption and disposition policies and be able to communicate them to the public.
  • Have adequate familiarity with all of The Anti-Cruelty Society’s forms and their use.
  • Greet all guests in a pleasant manner, being objective, courteous and reasonable at all times.  Assist in directing the public to appropriate areas.
  • Determine applicant suitability for adoption according to the Anti-Cruelty Society’s policies.
  • Counsel adopters in general care, training and ownership responsibilities.
  • Respect the physical plant and equipment; report all building, caging and environmental problems to a management or maintenance staff member as soon as possible.
  • Ensure that all equipment is in good repair, adequately stocked and kept neatly in its appropriate place.  Stocking can be accomplished using wheeled carts.  
  • Operate and carefully maintain all records necessary to ensure accurate cash, credit and check handling.  
  • Accurately and efficiently complete all adoption and donation transactions and maintain proper cash POS registers.
  • Follow necessary closing procedures to ensure a balanced cash report. 
  • Secure monies and value equipment in lockbox.
  • Must respect animals and believe in The Anti-Cruelty Society‘s mission and philosophy.
  • Attend all scheduled meetings on and offsite.
  • Must adhere to PetSmart Charities policies and procedures.
  • Foster a positive working relationship with PetSmart management and staff.
  • Assume other duties as assigned which could include the role of a Customer Service Representative as needed.

High school diploma or GED required. Minimum of one year of experience working in this field or related field preferred.  

Note: A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual.

Available to travel to EAC or shelter locations, work an extended schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays according to job demands. Ability to accommodate adjusted schedule to cover EAC or shelter hours.
Please submit a letter of interest, including a salary history and expectations and a resume for consideration. You may download an application or pick one up at the shelter front desk (510 N LaSalle) 7 days a week from  9am–5pm. Sorry, but we will not be able to consider applications without these documents.

Direct all applications to: 

The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Director of Human Resources
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL  60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail: 
resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

Our mission is building a community of caring by helping animals and educating people. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society is accepting applications for Animal Care Specialist. Under the direct supervision of Shelter management, the Animal Care Specialist is responsible for maintaining the healthiest, sanitary, safe and comfortable conditions for animals in the shelter and EAC; learning the requirements for responsible animal care; sharing this information with the public; and screening potential adopters in order to ensure the best possible match between animal and adopter. 

  • Feed, water and safely move animals; obey all special restrictions placed on animals; exercise caution when handling animals and seek help when necessary.
  • Mark all kennel cards and report any abnormalities to management as soon as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect all housing and holding areas according to established guidelines in the required time periods as well as throughout the day.  
  • Ensure that all animals are safe and secure when cleaning is finished.
  • Socialize animals as time allows.
  • Have adequate understanding of The Anti-Cruelty Society adoption and disposition policies and be able to communicate them to the public.
  • Have adequate familiarity with all of The Anti-Cruelty Society’s forms and their use.
  • Greet all guests in a pleasant manner, being objective, courteous and reasonable at all times.  Assist in directing the public to appropriate areas.
  • Determine applicant suitability for adoption according to the Anti-Cruelty Society’s policies.
  • Counsel adopters in general care, training and ownership responsibilities.
  • Respect the physical plant and equipment; report all building, caging and environmental problems to a management or maintenance staff member as soon as possible.
  • Ensure that all equipment is in good repair, adequately stocked and kept neatly in its appropriate place.  Stocking can be accomplished using wheeled carts.  
  • Operate and carefully maintain all records necessary to ensure accurate cash, credit and check handling.  
  • Accurately and efficiently complete all adoption and donation transactions and maintain proper cash POS registers.
  • Follow necessary closing procedures to ensure a balanced cash report. 
  • Secure monies and value equipment in lockbox.
  • Must respect animals and believe in The Anti-Cruelty Society‘s mission and philosophy.
  • Attend all scheduled meetings on and offsite.
  • Must adhere to PetSmart Charities policies and procedures.
  • Foster a positive working relationship with PetSmart management and staff.
  • Assume other duties as assigned which could include the role of a Customer Service Representative as needed.

High school diploma or GED required. Minimum of one year of experience working in this field or related field preferred.  

Note: A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual.

Available to travel to EAC or shelter locations, work an extended schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays according to job demands. Ability to accommodate adjusted schedule to cover EAC or shelter hours.

Please submit a letter of interest, including a salary expectations and a resume for consideration. You may fill out an application online or pick one up at the shelter front desk (510 N LaSalle) 7 days a week from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sorry, but we will not be able to consider applications without these documents.

Direct all applications to: 
The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Abby Breger, Training Manager
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL  60654
Fax: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail:
resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer

Our mission is building a community of caring by helping animals and educating people. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society has opened its search for a full-time Intake Specialist. Under the direct supervision of the Intake Supervisor and in cooperation with Shelter Management, the Intake Specialist will provide courteous and empathetic service to persons surrendering animals to the shelter. With care for safety humanely euthanize animals. 

Essential Job Functions 

  • Obtain accurate and detailed information at intake while imparting The Anti-Cruelty Society’s policies. 
  • Administer vaccines and deworming according to protocol, attach identification tab band, perform small scale physical exams and determine appropriate shelter housing. 
  • Accurately input information into The Anti-Cruelty Society’s database. 
  • Upon certification and licensing, perform humane euthanasia. 
  • In conjunction with Animal Behavior Specialist, plan and coordinator behavior assessments to ensure timely completion. 
  • Follow established enrichment and animal behavior modification plans. 
  • Socialize animals as time allows. 
  • Have adequate understanding of The Anti-Cruelty Society adoption and disposition policies and be able to communicate them to the public. 
  • Feed, water and safely move animals; obeying all special restrictions placed on animals; exercising caution when handling animals and seeking help when necessary. Mark all kennel cards and report any abnormalities to a manager as soon as possible. 
  • Respond to Intake Hotline inquires professionally and knowledgeably. 
  • Provide intake reception coverage and schedule intake appointments. 
  • Respect the physical plant and equipment; report all building, caging and environmental problems to a management or maintenance staff member as soon as possible. 
  • Ensure that all equipment is in good repair, adequately stocked and kept neatly in its appropriate place. Stocking can be accomplished using wheeled carts. 
  • Operate and carefully maintain all records necessary to ensure accurate cash and credit handling. 
  • Attend all scheduled meetings. 
  • Assume other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications 

High school diploma or GED required. Certified Euthanasia Technician within one year of hire. Minimum of one year of experience working in this field or related field preferred. The ideal candidate must have a pleasant demeanor, be objective, courteous and reasonable at all times. Must respect animals and believe in The Anti-Cruelty Society‘s mission and philosophy. A minimum of one year experience required working in this field or a related field. 

Please submit a letter of interest, including salary expectations and a resume for consideration. Sorry, but we will not be able to consider applications without these documents. 

Direct all applications to: 

The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Abby Breger, Training Manager
157 West Grand Avenue Chicago IL 60654
Fax: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail: resumes@anticruelty.org

No phone calls please 

The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer 

The Anti-Cruelty Society is accepting applications and resumes for a full-time Clinic Veterinarian to join our team. We are a full service humane society and clinic staffed by seven Veterinarians. The Clinic Veterinarian provides medical and surgical services to the animals in the clinic, shelter and rehab. The Clinic Veterinarian is also responsible for supervising the technical aspects of the Technicians and Assistants.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing medical and surgical services to animals in the clinic, shelter and rehab to include client contact and recordkeeping;
  • Training newly hired staff in technical operations of the clinic;
  • Conducting continuing education for the clinic and Society staff;
  • Assisting in administrative projects as delegated by the Clinic Medical Director;
  • Acting as a spokesperson on veterinary questions for the media as delegated by the Clinic Medical Director;
  • In cooperation with the Clinic Medical Director and Director of Clinic Services, ensuring the smooth functioning of the operation of the clinic. 

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA) is required. Must also have a current, valid Illinois license that allows the practice of veterinary medicine. The knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the duties of a Veterinarian, and that is typically in or related to the work of a Veterinarian; such as professional knowledge of anatomy, physiology, diseases of both domestic and exotic animals, medical sciences, and the general methods of diagnosing and controlling the more common animal diseases and disorders is required. One year of previous experience as a Veterinarian is preferred but not required. New graduates are welcome to apply and an interest in surgery is desirable. Salary is commensurate with experience.   

The ability to handle work around companion animals, to remain on feet for long periods of time and the ability to lift up to 35 pounds is required.

Please submit a letter of interest, including a salary history and expectations and a resume for consideration to: 

Direct all applications to: 

The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Vice President of People and Culture
157 West Grand Avenue Chicago IL 60654

Fax: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail: resumes@anticruelty.org

No phone calls please 

The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer 

The Anti-Cruelty Society is accepting applications for a full-time Veterinary Assistant in our Clinic.  This position reports to the Director of Clinic Services with responsibilities to include:

•    Performing inductions, tracheal intubation and monitoring anesthesia.
•    Clipping and scrubbing animals prior to surgery and assisting in surgery.
•    Monitoring recovery, sterilizing surgical packs, maintaining surgical logs and maintaining surgical/prep/clinic areas.
•    Restraining animals, administering oral and injectable drugs, performing intravenous catheterization and fluid therapy.
•    Recording observations and treatments on patient charts.  
•    Maintaining kennel area and cages.
•    Performing radiography, fecal, heartworm, feline leukemia and parvo virus testing, skin scrapes and cephalectomy.
•    Filling prescriptions, discharging patients and giving client instructions. 
•    Maintaining equipment such as anesthesia machines, autoclaves, dental equipment, microscopes, x-ray machine, clippers and other instruments.
•    Performing other functions as assigned by Clinic Director.   

The ideal candidate should have one year of previous experience and must respect animals. The successful candidate must also believe in The Anti-Cruelty Society‘s mission and philosophy. 

Please submit a letter of interest, including a salary expectations and a resume for consideration. You may fill out an application online or pick one up at the shelter front desk (510 N LaSalle) 7 days a week from 9am -5pm. Sorry, but we will not be able to consider applications without these documents.
 

Direct all applications to: 
The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Abby Breger 
Training Manager
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL  60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail: resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

 

Director of Development

The Anti-Cruelty Society

Chicago, Illinois

 

Our mission is building a community of caring by helping animals and educating people.

 

The Anti-Cruelty Society is seeking an innovative development/fundraising leader—or someone with the ambition and talent to become one—to achieve a quantum leap in development performance building on a solid foundation of committed donors to a venerated organization that is 121 years old with new leadership intending to achieve peerless levels of impact utilizing the human/animal bond to change the world.

 

The Organization

The Anti-Cruelty Society has been at the forefront of animal welfare and humane education since its founding in 1899. The Society is An Open Door to Compassion—never turning an animal away, and it is at the beginning of a bold and courageous planning process to envision and achieve an even more impactful future. The organization begins the next chapter in its long history with very strong foundations extant in vibrant organizations: an engaged board of directors, a passionate and committed staff with an unusually high average tenure of service, a solid financial base far greater than not-for-profit best practices, a large and loyal donor base, and a broad array of services.

 

The current operating budget is $9.7 million. Development and fundraising revenue (not including bequests) is $3.8 million.

 

The vanguard of animal welfare is expanding life-saving services beyond traditional boundaries and buildings into communities where services are not present but most needed. The Anti-Cruelty Society is poised to take a leadership position in this enterprise as it embarks upon Imagine 125, Our Envisioned Future, a dynamic process of planning the future of the organization. The aspirations of the organization will require significant growth in development revenue.

 

The Position

Reporting to the Vice President of Mission Advancement (Chief Advancement Officer/Chief Marketing Officer), the Director of Development will serve as a key member of the fundraising and development strategy team. With strong support from the CAO/CMO and the President/CEO, the Director of Development will be a key player in envisioning and achieving the future growth and development of the organization. This position will lead a growing team of development professionals with from a strong and talented marketing and communications team.

 

Significant Expectations

  • Envision, plan, and lead a dynamic, cutting edge development operation and team to fund the expanding impact to which the organization aspires and achieve the full development/fundraising potential of the organization.
  • Commitment to developing and using data to support donor acquisition and moves strategy while bridging different fundraising channels from online digital asks to direct donor stewardship.
  • Build, lead, train, support, and hold accountable a staff of energetic, committed development professionals.
  • Ensure the highest level of donor stewardship, settling for nothing less than delighted donors.
  • Build a peerless donor acknowledgement and communication operation.
  • Concentrate on major gift expansion.
  • Improve stewardship and friend raising with individuals and corporate partners.
  • Re-energize a dormant planned giving effort ensuring the future financial health of the organization.
  • Fully utilize state-of-the-art fundraising tools for peer-to-peer and social media-based giving.
  • Build a committed core of new-generation donors.

Key Personal Qualities and Abilities

  • A compelling drive to present opportunities for making an impact to current and prospective donors with a passion for making the ask.
  • Superlative leadership skills and the ability to inspire peak performance.
  • Vision and the ability to commit vision to action and outcomes.
  • A commitment to collaboration, cooperation, and collegiality within the organization and in the community.
  • A skilled communicator, both written and oral, who shares impactful stories that inspire people to act.
  • Never being satisfied with the status quo with a passion for continuous improvement.
  • A commitment to continuous personal and professional growth.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Five years related experience in sales, development, or fundraising.
  • Proficiency with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge or equivalent fundraising software.
  • A comparable combination of education, experience, or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill, and ability required may qualify an individual with significant potential.

Note:  A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual.

Please submit a letter of interest, including salary expectations, and a resume for consideration. Pay will be commensurate with experience and ability. Please note that applications that do not include all required documentation will not be considered.

Direct all applications to:

The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Vice President of People and Culture
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL  60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail: resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer

Our mission is building a community of caring by helping animals and educating people. 

The Organization

The Anti-Cruelty Society has been at the forefront of animal welfare and humane education since its founding in 1899.

The celebration of the Society’s 120th anniversary included both a reconfirmation of our core commitment to be An Open Door to Compassion—never turning an animal away, and the beginning of a bold and courageous planning process to envision and achieve an even more impactful future. The organization begins the next chapter in its long history with very strong foundations extant in vibrant organizations: an engaged board of directors, a passionate and committed staff with an unusually high average tenure of service, a solid financial base far greater than not-for-profit best practices, a large and loyal donor base, and a broad array of services.

The current operating budget is $8.7 million. Development and fundraising revenue (not including bequests) is $3.8 million. 

The vanguard of animal welfare is expanding life-saving services beyond traditional boundaries and buildings into communities where services are not present but most needed. The Anti-Cruelty Society is poised to take a leadership position in this enterprise as it embarks upon Imagine 125, Our Envisioned Future, a dynamic process of planning the future of the organization. The aspirations of the organization will require significant growth in development revenue. 

The Position

Reporting to the Director of Shelter Services, the Intake Manager oversees all intake processes and protocols. Facilitates intake of owner surrendered animals, stray animals found by the general public, end of life euthanasia services for owned pets or shelter humane euthanasia. Cultivates a work environment that is guided by compassion for people and animals.  

Significant Expectations

  • Make certain all visitors are received in a manner that demonstrates empathy & compassion.   
  • Supervise and monitor staff to ensure compliance with department procedures and protocols.  
  • Provide daily direction and communication to staff regarding work assignments or other priorities in the department.  
  • Ensure the proper and humane housing and safe handling of animals.
  • Perform humane euthanasia.
  • Mentor and coach staff on the decision-making process of humane euthanasia. 
  • Schedule staff for Euthanasia by Injection (EBI) training. Provide ongoing training to humane euthanasia.
  • Stay current on department specific trends and practices. Update and implement approved changes to protocols and procedures to stay current with new animal laws, new shelter medicine protocols, new low-stress handling methods, and new enrichment ideas. 
  • Comprehensive understanding of ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.
  • Provide ongoing comprehensive training to staff using a variety of resources to facilitate learning.
  • Keep department training manuals current. 
  • Mentor and guide staff on proper procedures and protocols to prevent the spread of disease, to minimize stress in the animals, and to provide ongoing enrichment. 
  • Provide continual evaluation of processes and procedures. Responsible for suggesting methods to improve area operations, efficiency and service.
  • Respond to and resolve employee relations issues expressed by team members; create and maintain high quality work environment so team members are motivated to perform at their highest level.
  • Address disciplinary and or performance problems according to The Anti-Cruelty Society’s policy.
  • Use appropriate judgment in upward communication regarding department or employee concerns.
  • Provide statistical and performance feedback and coaching on a regular basis to each team member.
  • Maintain a clean and well-organized work area. 
  • Keep supplies stocked and labeled.
  • Assume other duties as assigned. 

Key Personal Qualities and Abilities

  • Must have a sense of caring for animals.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to develop and motivate a team.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to provide and support a vision and direction.
  • Ability to multi-task and handle numerous assignments simultaneously.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to take initiative.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.
  • A professional, positive, and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Excellent listening and feedback skills.
  • Good problem-solving skills.
  • Present a neat and professional appearance to the public as well as a polite and friendly demeanor.
  • Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, visitors and general public.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree preferred. Certified Euthanasia Technician within one year of hire.

One to three years of working in this or a related field preferred. Minimum of one year of supervisory experience required.

Note:  A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual.

Please submit a letter of interest, including salary expectations, and a resume for consideration. Pay will be commensurate with experience and ability. Please note that applications that do not include all required documentation will not be considered.

Direct all applications to: 

The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Vice President of People and Culture
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago IL  60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail:
resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

The Anti-Cruelty Society is an equal opportunity employer

Internships

HR Intern

Once you have identified a position you'd like to apply for, please send your resume and personal statement to resumes@anticruelty.orgYou must also fill out an application here.

The Intern Program is open to all individuals who have completed a minimum of 2 years of college and have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5. The internship may lead to academic credit from participating schools or it may simply be a means for individuals to further their own skills and knowledge. Interns may contact The Anti-Cruelty Society directly to inquire about internships or they may be referred by another source. The Society may publicize the internship program online, in college, university or Society publications. Please note that intern positions are unpaid.

All internship application materials may be submitted electronically to resumes@anticruelty.org. In addition to the completed application form and personal statement, applicants will be expected to submit two confidential letters of recommendation and college transcripts.

These may be sent to:
The Anti-Cruelty Society 
Attn: Meshia Burrell
157 W. Grand Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60654.

Personal Statement: On a separate sheet of paper, please write a short proposal stating how an internship at The Anti-Cruelty Society relates to your academic and career goals. Please keep the statements to one page.

About Working at the Society

The Anti-Cruelty Society is looking for people who support our goal to protect and care for animals in need. As Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive animal shelter, we have been caring for and protecting Chicago’s pets since 1899. Our mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people and we are the only animal welfare organization in Chicago offering outreach and ongoing education. 

As an organization, we are committed to the following: 

  • Providing compassionate care for any animal in need
  • Attempting to find a home for every healthy or rehabilitable cat and dog that comes to  us
  • Intervening to prevent cruelty to animals
  • Partnering with the community to educate on animal issues and inspire compassion and respect
  • Providing low or no cost spaying or neutering. 

As an employee of The Anti-Cruelty Society, no matter what department you work in, you can take great pride in knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of the animals in our care.

Every day, we prove true to our values and provide the best possible care to any animal that comes through our doors. Our staff is comprised of compassionate people who are committed to furthering our mission of building a community of caring by helping pets educating people. 

At The Anti-Cruelty Society, we value a culture revolved around respecting one another and encouraging each other to do our best work. We value each and every contribution our staff and volunteers make daily and celebrate all successes, both big and small.  All our staff and volunteers share a common passion for our mission, and we work hard to maintain that sense of enthusiasm and cheerfulness within the workplace. After all, work doesn’t always have to be serious, you just have to seriously love what you do. 

We provide the best quality animal care through our core values: 
Collaboration—only through partnerships and relationships can we achieve our mission
Excellence—we will strive to have a best practice model in all that we do
Professionalism—we will act with integrity and in an ethical manner
Leadership—we will plan for the next generation of issues that will impact our organization,
our community and pets
Communication—we will fearlessly outline and communicate our commitment
to being advocates for animals
Transparency—we support the Asilomar Accords and proudly and publicly report our statistics.
 

We offer competitive pay and benefits to our employees such as vacation and sick coverage, medical coverage, and much more. Pets of Society employees also benefit! All full-time employees are eligible for use of our Veterinary Clinic and are offered discounted rates with our partner VCA hospitals. Full-time employees may also enjoy discounts at our in-house retail store. 

Our workplace offers a compassionate and fun environment where staff members are able to interact with the animals in our care on a daily basis. Not an animal expert? Don’t worry. We offer professional hands-on training to all our employees before beginning their job. 

Benefits

Full-time employees of The Anti-Cruelty Society are offered competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. Our employee benefits and perks are designed to help ensure the overall health, productivity, and happiness of each of our full-time staff members. 

Regular full-time employees and their pets are given  access to many of The Anti-Cruelty Society programs and services. This includes: 

  • Access to veterinary services 
  • Discounted dog training classes
  • Free Parking
  • Discounts at The Anti-Cruelty Society in-house retail shop

We are committed to the overall health, productivity, and happiness of our employees. We offer our full-time staff members the following benefits:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Plans
  • Short & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program(EAP):
  • Paid Holidays, Paid Vacations, Personal Days, and sick leave.
  • Jury Duty/Election Official Pay
  • Bereavement Leave
  • AD&D Insurance
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Retirement Benefits

Our comprehensive hands-on training program is designed to help new staff members learn a little more about the Society as well as how to properly care for animals in a shelter environment. 
We offer On-the Job Training with your department’s training supervisor to review the basic functions of your position through hands on experience and practical application.
Our module training is designed to introduce you to the organization, safety for your job, and other topics related to working at a shelter.

Employment FAQ

To be considered for employment, we ask you to please submit a letter of interest, including a salary history and expectations for the desired position, as well as a resume for consideration. You are also required to fill out an application, which can be downloaded online or picked up at the shelter front desk (510 N. LaSalle St.) 7 days a week from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Direct all applications to:  
The Anti-Cruelty Society
ATTN: Meshia Burrell, Director of Human Resources
157 West Grand Avenue
Chicago  IL  60654
Facsimile: (888) 391-0164
E-Mail: resumes@anticruelty.org
No phone calls please

To make your application stand out, you must first satisfy all the requirements for the specified position. These requirements can be found within the job description. 
In your letter of interest, be sure to tell us how your specific skills and experiences align with this position, this includes any experience volunteering or working with animals. 
Letters of interest are important because they allow us to better get to know you beyond your application and resume. Your letter should represent your experiences as well as your professionalism, so be sure to proofread your letter and check for any typos.   

The application process should only take a couple of weeks. Once you send us your application materials, our Human Resources team will review the documents as soon as possible. If all requirements are met, someone from our Human Resources team will contact you regarding next steps. 

Yes. However, we encourage you to narrow down your search to the position(s) that best fit your personal skills and experiences. 

After sending us  your application materials, our Human Resources Manager will review the documents with relevant department managers. Chosen applicants will then be contacted regarding next steps.

Yes. You can reapply for either the same position or a different open position.
Be sure to include any additional experience you may have had in your application.

If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns, please email us at resumes@anticruelty.org.

Once you have identified a position you'd like to apply for, please send your resume and letter of interest to resumes@anticruelty.org.  You must also fill out an application here.