End of Life Services


Handling End-of-Life Care

Being a pet owner is a wonderful and beautiful experience that brings a great deal of joy to the lives of millions of people each and every day. Unfortunately, it also means that at some point, you may have to make tough, emotional decisions regarding the health of your companion animal, including how to manage end of life care.


Owner-Requested Euthanasia

We love our pets, which is why it is so hard to watch them suffer at the end of their lives, both physically and mentally.

The Anti-Cruelty Society provides euthanasia services for pet owners. People with sick or suffering pets can call 312-645-8081 to discuss the situation with a staff member and schedule a time to bring in their pet.

Owners can choose to be present during this procedure if they wish. The Anti-Cruelty Society understands that everyone manages grief differently and respects each person’s decision. Two family members/person may be present during the procedure. We ask that other family members wait in the clinic waiting room. Family members may visit their pet afterwards. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society does not charge for this service, however, as we receive no city, state or federal funding, a donation would be appreciated and will assist us in the care of our animals.

The Clinic is located at 157 W. Grand Avenue, lower level. Free parking is available in our parking garage just south of Grand Ave. on Wells St. 

When you arrive, please take the elevator to the Clinic (LL), not Admissions (1R). 

If you need assistance with your pet, please call 312-645-8051 from your car and we will send a representative out to assist you. 

Communal Cremation

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a respectful communal cremation service for pet owners that choose to leave the remains of their companions with the Society following euthanasia free of charge.
Private cremation services are available through St. Francis Pet Funeral Services & Crematory. Please make arrangements with St. Francis prior to scheduling your appointment for euthanasia services and provide us with the reference number given to you by St. Francis.   

Pet Loss Support Group

If you are having a difficult time in accepting your pet’s death, you may want to discuss your feelings with someone trained to understand the grieving process. The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a free group program called “Working Through Pet Loss.” The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information about our Pet Loss Support Group.