Virtual MLK Jr. Day of Service

About The Event

Martin Luther King Jr. talked about the importance of giving back. To many, MLK Day is about a day of service. In that spirit, we invite you to help and engage in our community of caring by participating in our virtual event and positively impact the lives of homeless pets! Join us, VIRTUALLY to help homeless pets. Spend a few minutes, or the whole session, as we craft and learn more about animals! No registration needed. 

WHAT: MLK Jr. Day of Service

Join us online for:

  • Introduction to The Anti-Cruelty Society’s mission of compassion for people and animals
  • Guided crafting session to make toys and beds for shelter pets
  • Live dog demos with training tips, Canines for Kindness
  • Meet and greets with shelter pets
  • Q&A with shelter staff

WHEN: Monday, January 17, 2022 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

WHO: Individuals, families, community groups, and businesses

WHERE: LIVESTREAM on The Anti-Cruelty Society Facebook & YouTube  No registration needed. 

HOW: Collect your own supplies in advance or sign up to pick-up a free crafting kit for your household. Kits are available on a first-come first-served basis. Limited supply available. To request a crafting kit in advance, or for more information, email

DIY items that will be demonstrated and are needed for our shelter pets:

Supplies needed to create DIY Items:

  • 2 yards of fleece
  • 1 T-shirt
  • 6 corks
  • Pushpin
  • 1 bag of craft feathers
  • 4 pipe cleaners
  • Cotton balls
  • 1 bag dried catnip
  • Cotton fabric (old shirts work great)
  • 1 ruler
  • Cardboard
  • Non-toxic glue (such as white school glue)
  • Scissors
  • Craft Instructions (See links above)

Once you've crafted the pet items
Drop off your donations:

The Anti-Cruelty Society, 510 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654
any day of the week, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mail your donations: 
The Anti-Cruelty Society, Attn: MLK Day, 157 W. Grand Ave., Chicago IL 60654.
If you don't live in Illinois, please find a local animal shelter and donate your items to help other pets.


Free crafting kits for this event have been made possible thanks to the generous support of people like you! Please consider supporting our work by making a tax-deductible donation so we can continue building our community of caring in 2022 and beyond. Donate here.

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