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Help is here! Safety Net Services for Pet Owners Expanded
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, another crisis is unfolding. Thousands of people across Chicago have lost their livelihoods and many are now in danger of losing their homes as the moratorium on evictions comes to an end. Committed to keeping pets and people together, The Anti-Cruelty Society has expanded its programs to preserve families and provide assistance during this difficult time.
Community Programs Have Gone Virtual
Want to practice yoga with kittens, create crafts, or tune in to a story time complete with Muffin the pup puppet? Several of our popular programs, including Web Warriors for teens, and our Pet Loss Support Group, are now available online! Visit our calendar of events for a wide range of engaging options. Registration is required to receive a link to the virtual program.
COMPANION PETS ARE NOT AT RISK FOR TRANSMITTING COVID-19 TO HUMANS
Pet owners urged to follow CDC social distancing guidelines with pets and have emergency plan in place The Chicagoland Lifesaving Coalition, a group of key public and private animal welfare organizations, has released a joint statement regarding pets and the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to humans after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced the first confirmed cases of two pet cats that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). While there is no evidence that dogs and cats can transmit the virus to humans, pet owners are urged to follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for…
Stuck-at-home Chicagoans have rushed to foster animals
A little over a week ago, after hearing about an urgent plea from animal rescue groups looking for people to foster pets, he applied with The Anti-Cruelty Society and soon had a black-and-white cat nestled in his lap looking up at him. “Having a buddy to get through this social distancing stuff seemed like a nice idea,” said Corvin-Blackburn, 33, a product designer at Grubhub.
Coronavirus Community Update, March 19
The Anti-Cruelty Society has changed its operations to align with the City of Chicago’s Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) in response to COVID-19. Effective immediately, The Anti-Cruelty Society will provide access to our facility, including adoptions, fosters, and intake, by appointment only.
AREA ANIMAL SHELTERS ADDRESS PET NEEDS DURING COVID-19 VIRUS
The Chicagoland Lifesaving Coalition, a consortium of Chicago area animal welfare organizations, has distributed a joint statement from its members regarding pet-centric concerns and needs during emergencies. The Coalition recommends that guardians of companion pets make plans for their care in the event of any emergency: Identify a trusted family member or friend to care for your pets if someone in your household becomes ill or is hospitalized. Research potential facilities in case boarding your pet becomes necessary. Have crates, food and extra supplies for your pet available in case it is necessary to move…
Temporary Homes Needed for Emergency Foster Relief Program
The Anti-Cruelty Society Launches Emergency Relief Foster Program Volunteers needed to provide temporary foster care in response to COVID-19 threat CHICAGO— The Anti-Cruelty Society is seeking 100+ pet-friendly homes to foster adoptable animals to make room for pets of people impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus). The new Emergency Relief Foster Program provides people with an opportunity to provide temporary homes for cats, dogs, and rabbits who are already available for adoption, and by doing so, clear out shelter space for animals who need emergency boarding due to owner hospitalization. “We need caring people who…
We have several important updates to share regarding COVID-19. As we remain open for adoptions and intake, our continued focus is to protect the wellbeing of our animals, staff, volunteers, and visitors. In light of the continued spread of the Coronavirus in Chicago, and beyond, we are now taking the following measures: Disinfection and cleaning protocols: Our maintenance team has increased the rate and intensity of disinfection. Disinfection stations, which include wipes and hand sanitizer, have also been placed throughout the building. All staff are assisting maintenance in disinfecting frequently touched surfaces…
A Year in Review: 2019
What a year! As we celebrated 120 years of caring for and protecting Chicago’s animals, we focused on building more impact to the animals and humans who needed our assistance. In total we impacted over 40,000 humans and pets with the goal of providing the best care for animals in need. We couldn’t have done it without you. Check out all we accomplished to help further our mission of helping pets and educating people.
The Gift of Giving
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Anti-Cruelty Society relies on the donations and generosity of people like you. This holiday season, we have a Holiday Drive Matching Challenge to help us care for and protect animals. Your tax-deductible gift made on or before December 31 will be doubled, thanks to a generous matching grant from our board of directors.
‘Tis the season to be SAFE: Holiday Safety Tips
Securely anchor your Christmas tree. The tree is very enticing to a pet and if they are playing near the tree, it could tip or fall over on your pet. Avoid the tinsel. The shiny material may look like a toy, but swallowing it can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration, and can even require surgery.
Rescue Dogs of The Anti-Cruelty Society
We know you might need that extra gift for your dog walker, your cat doctor, or everyone else on your list and we have the perfect gift. The Anti-Cruelty Society’s 2020 calendar is now available for sale. For $12 if you purchase at the Society or $15 if you purchase online (shipping included), it is the perfect way to celebrate our animals each month.
Our Partnership with HSUS!
When natural disasters hit the United States, families, and their pets, are impacted in so many ways. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) activates their teams and begins to reach out to partner shelters, including The Anti-Cruelty Society. Recently, HSUS highlighted our partnership.
In Loving Memory
It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our Field Services Manager, Dotty Cowles-Newton. Dotty was a member of our staff and our community of caring at The Anti-Cruelty Society for 24 years. She was a fierce, passionate, and dedicated lover of all living things, especially the defenseless, the vulnerable, and the voiceless.
Adopt a Senior Pet Month
During the month of November, we recognize all the senior pets looking for their forever homes! Senior animals have so much love to give and are perfect in so many ways. In honor of all senior pets and ADOPT A SENIOR PET MONTH, we have a special adoption offer for you. Read more.