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 handle 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 312-644-8338 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 handles grief differently and respects each person’s decision. Please note: Due to COVID precautions, only one family member/person may be present during intake services. We ask that other family members wait in their vehicle or in the 157 W. Grand lobby near the elevator. 

The fee for owner-requested euthanasia is $35. If you are unable to afford this cost, you may discuss options when making your appointment.

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.