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Give Back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 20

The Anti-Cruelty Society invites people of all ages to volunteer Monday, January 20 to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The community is invited to come together to give back and help positively impact the lives of homeless pets.  

MLK Jr. Day of Service

Are you looking for a way to give back? Bring your family and friends and put your compassion into action and join us for a day of service on Monday, January 20 as we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

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.

New Animal-Related Laws in 2020

Illinois passed over 250 new laws that take effect on January 1, 2020. There are several new laws related to animals and animal care.

Keep Your Pet Busy this Winter

Chicago winter is upon us which means less time outside with our furry friends and more time spent snuggling indoors. At the same time, keeping your pets active is so important. Here are some helpful tips to help keep your pet active during the winter.

Holiday Wish List

The Anti-Cruelty Society relies on the generosity of individual and corporate donors to help fund the expenses incurred to care for homeless pets. One way to give to an animal in need is to purchase items from our wish list. 

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.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

The weather outside is frightful, but keeping your pet safe doesn’t have to be! Following these tips will help prevent the cold weather from affecting your pet’s health. 

‘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. 

Home for the Howlidays

We love to hang out with the animals in our care but sometimes our animals need a break from shelter life. In the past year, we sent over 1,000 animals to foster homes, which was so critical for animals who need a little extra attention in a comfy home environment.

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.

Holiday Photos with your Pet!

Jump into the holiday season with your pet’s very own photo with Santa! Fetch Portraits will be at The Anti-Cruelty Society on Wednesday, November 20 to capture a unique photo of your pet with Santa on their one-of-a-kind, new every year, holiday-themed set. 

Thanksgiving Day Safety Tips

The Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings are almost here! We know you are thankful you’re your family, friends AND animals so are a few tips to keep in mind to help keep it especially joyful for your pets.  

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Halloween Safety Tips for Pets and People

Halloween can be a fun-filled event for humans and pets alike. However with the constant doorbell rings and surge of oddly-dressed strangers, it’s important to consider some safety precautions to keep your pets calm and protected. By keeping these tricks in mind, you’ll be sure to make this Halloween a real treat for both you and your pet.

Make a Dog's Day: Adopt an Underdog!

Subaru created Make a Dog's Day to help celebrate underdogs! This nationally recognized day is held on October 22. But we want to celebrate underdogs every day! The Anti-Cruelty Society is excited to extend the Make a Dog's Day Adoption program to help these underdogs find the perfect forever homes. Adoption fees will be waived on the follow dogs and the adoption of these dogs includes one year of standard veterinary care in our clinic: JasmineMagic 8 BallSarge  

The Anti-Cruelty Society Receives $50,000 Grant from Caerus Foundation, Inc.

The Anti-Cruelty Society is delighted to announce the approval of a $50,000 grant from Caerus Foundation, Inc. The Anti-Cruelty Society will use this grant to fund two programs that directly assist community pets and their owners: Friends Who Care and Dog Wellness Fairs.

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month-a month dedicated to recognize all the wonderful dogs in shelters across the country awaiting their forever homes. 

Pints for Pets and Trivia for People!

Raise a glass and join us for Pints for Pets! Not only will we be enjoying Laguinatas libations in honor of our furry four-legged friends, we will also be celebrating them with animal-themed trivia! 

Subaru Love a Pet Adoption Event

Subaru loves pets and we do too! So on Saturday, October 12, Subaru will be covering the adoption fees of every kitten, cat, puppy, and dog adopted from The Anti-Cruelty Society at our 510 N. LaSalle Street Adoption Center. 

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween can be a fun-filled event for humans and pets alike. However with the constant doorbell rings and surge of oddly-dressed strangers, it’s important to consider some safety precautions to keep your pets calm and protected. By keeping these tricks in mind, you’ll be sure to make this Halloween a real treat for both you and your pet. 

Target Circle

Shopping at Target just got a little bit better because now The Anti-Cruelty Society benefits! Target’s new Target Circle program is launching on October 6 and one of the perks to joining is helping the community. 

Helping Animals from Areas Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

Last week, The Anti-Cruelty Society received a phone call from the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) who was working with the Greenville County Animal Care in Myrtle Beach SC because Hurricane Dorian was on track to bring damaging winds, high storm surge, and even tornadoes. They needed to evacuate animals from the area and help get the animals out of harm’s way and to make room for animals that were inevitably going to be displaced from their families. The Anti-Cruelty Society answered the call.

The Anti-Cruelty Society Helps Pets Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

CHICAGO— 89 pets from South Carolina that have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian arrived in Chicago on Thursday, September 5. In partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), these animals were driven to Chicago where they were greeted by The Anti-Cruelty Society’s staff and volunteers at the shelter. Pets that arrived Thursday were in the shelters prior to the hurricane impacting the eastern coastal areas. Bringing these pets to Chicago and other parts of the country removes pets from imminent danger.  

September is Happy, Healthy Cat Month

Keeping your cat happy and healthy is important for his well-being and The Anti-Cruelty Society is here to help. We’ve got tips in our new Pet Care Library including health and behavior information that will help your cat live a happy, healthy life. 

Pet Wellness in the Community

The Anti-Cruelty Society has been hosting dog wellness fairs in areas that do not  have access to veterinarian care for several years now. We believe that caring for owned pets is just as important as helping homeless pets find their forever homes, so providing education and resources to these communities, free of charge, is just one way we do that. 

Help us get free litter from Cat's Pride!

The Anti-Cruelty Society goes through 1,000 pounds of kitty litter A DAY. That’s a lot of litter. PLEASE HELP The Anti-Cruelty Society get much needed free cat litter through the Cat’s Pride Litter for Good program. The more people who choose us in this program, and the more Cat’s Pride litter purchase, the more litter we get. You can help us secure this litter at catspride.com/litterforgood. 

Clear the Shelters: 106 Adoptions!

Wow! What a day! August 17, 2019 was the annual Clear the Shelter adoption event where shelters around the country waived adoption fees on pets looking for forever homes. It was our most successful Clear the Shelters adoption event with 106 animals finding their forever homes.