Education Programs

Expanding Our Community of Caring

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a wide variety of workshops about pet care, advocacy, and animal welfare to expand our community of caring. Program lengths and times vary and can be customized to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking for a team to come out to your school, or you’d like to plan a visit to our main shelter, we can create a package that’s just the right fit for your group of students.

  • All educational programming is provided free of charge thanks to support from our generous donors.
  • Programs can be customized for your group’s size, age range, and time frame.
  • Educational programs are available on-site at 157 West Grand Avenue. Parking is available.
  • On-site programs include an animal encounter and a behind-the-scenes tour.
  • Education teams can also go off-site and can travel throughout the Chicago city limits.


Available Workshops, Programs, and Resources 


Education Programs, Workshops, and Games

Our education presentations, workshops, and games are great for children of all ages and teach empathy to pets, proper pet care, and more. These educational presentations are engaging and fun for children and teach the important role of companion animals in the lives of humans and can be brought to your school.

Education Workshops 


Field Trips

We invite classrooms to join us at The Anti-Cruelty Society for any of our presentations, workshops, or games. These can often be combined with an animal encounter to further the experience. Learn more about the presentations, workshops, and games.

Book a Field Trip


Teacher Resources

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Humane Education Department has a variety of resources available for educators, animal welfare professionals, and others interested in spreading the message of care and compassion throughout their communities.

Over the years, our Humane Education Specialists have compiled a small library of considerable depth that includes various books, presentation materials, curriculum plans, worksheets, DVDs, and other assorted media that covers a wide range of topics under the umbrella of Humane Education, including proper pet care, animal-related careers, service animals, dog fighting, the history of animal welfare law, and much more, including a number of multimedia games that are fun for all ages.

All of these resources are readily available for anyone who wants to come by our Education & Training Center (located at 169 W. Grand Ave. in the River North neighborhood of downtown Chicago) to look over them. In most cases, we can make copies of materials that you’re interested in to take with you and use at your own discretion. To make an appointment to come and look through our library during the department’s operating hours (Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), please contact our Community Programs Manager at education@anticruelty.orgor by phone at 312-645-8098.

The Anti-Cruelty Society has produced a small number of branded informational, educational, and entertaining videos that are readily available on DVD or VHS for anyone interested in obtaining a copy for their own use. In addition to this, we can also make any inquiring party a CD-ROM disk filled with a selection of the very same multimedia games and presentations that our Humane Educations use for the programs that we conduct with local schools groups, summer camps, and other youth-focused organizations.

Complete list of our available videos & multimedia materials. 

To get your own copy of any of these resources, contact our Community Programs Manager at or 312-645-8098.