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.

Anti-Cruelty provides euthanasia services for pet owners. To allow family members to spend time with their pets, an appointment is required. Walk-ins may be denied. People with sick or suffering pets can email admissions@anticruelty.org. Please provide a phone number and you will receive a callback shortly.

Owners can choose to be present during this procedure if they wish. Anti-Cruelty 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. 

Anti-Cruelty suggests a $50 donation for this service and will be used to provide care to the animals in our shelter.

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

Anti-Cruelty offers a respectful communal cremation service for pet owners that choose to leave the remains of their companions with AC 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. Anti-Cruelty offers a free group program called “Working Through Pet Loss.” The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6–7:30 p.m. Click here for more information about our Pet Loss Support Group.