Humane Education

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Humane Education Department started in 1937, and from that time, our educators have been dedicated to promoting messages of empathy, respect, and caring to the Chicagoland community by emphasizing that how we treat animals has a direct influence over the way that we treat one another.

The Society has created a number of different interactive and informative educational programs for audiences of all ages. We host programs both on-site in our auditorium (all on-site presentations have the option of including a tour of our shelter and veterinary clinic) or we can visit your school, park, library, or community center – wherever you’re willing to host us! Please note that presentation times vary depending on the program and the age of the audience.

Please click here for a complete list of all of the Humane Education programs offered by The Anti-Cruelty Society. 

There is no charge for The Anti-Cruelty Society’s humane education programs, but we are a private nonprofit organization that depends on the generosity of the public. We very much appreciate groups that make donations – a class can even hold a fundraiser or make crafts to help the animals. Click here for information on service projects. 

In addition to one-time programs or presentations, we also encourage groups to book a series of programs. This allows our professional educators to foster relationships, address specific community concerns, and strengthen character traits of empathy and compassion while ensuring students know how to stay safe around animals. A series of programs can be booked across days, weeks, or even months, depending on your group’s needs and availability.

Please click here for a list of our current package options.

Contact our Community Programs Coordinator at, or by phone at 312-644-8338 ext. 344, with any questions that you may have about booking an education program with The Anti-Cruelty Society.

Thank you to our partners whose support makes our work possible