Read the latest news from The Anti-Cruelty Society!

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 

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. 

2019 Fall Magazine

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Fall 2019 magazine continues to celebrate the Society’s 120th anniversary and our compassion in action! The Anti-Cruelty Society welcomes 165 animals impacted by severe storms in Oklahoma, highlights our new online Pet Care Library, highlights the Canines for Kindness program, and more!

Join Us for The Essentials of Low Stress Handling Workshop

Sally J. Foote, DVM CABC-IAABC presents The Essentials of Low Stress Handling. This workshop will include live demonstrations of low stress techniques for cats and dogs, emergency care low stress handling, and behavior intervention plans for general practice. 

Clear the Shelters

Help us clear our shelter! On Saturday, August 17, adoption fees will be waived on all animals 5 months and older at The Anti-Cruelty Society, and NEW this year, all PetSmart locations where The Anti-Cruelty Society houses animals available for adoption! 

High Rise Dogs: A Workshop

Living in an apartment complex with your dog can be difficult. The Anti-Cruelty Society has a workshop that can help! High Rise Dogs: A Workshop helps tenants and their furry friends put their best paws forward.

Other Ways to Give

The Anti-Cruelty Society cares for more than 5,500 shelter animals each and every year and we couldn’t do that without people like you! Our supporters give of their time and treasures to help us help animals get the second chance they deserve. There are many ways to give to animals in need. 

Art from the Heart

CALLING ALL YOUNG ARTISTS!  The Anti-Cruelty Society has a contest for you! We are now accepting submissions for our annual Art from the Heart contest to showcase your artistic creativity about caring for animals. The deadline is coming up soon—August 19

What Dog Owners Should Know About the FDA Alert

Our friends at VCA Hospitals recently shared an article by Melanie Hoffman, DVM, about the FDA Alert on grain-free dog food diets that should be noted by all dog owners. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society Welcomes New Veterinarian to Staff

The Anti-Cruelty Society is excited to welcome Michele Medhurst, D.V.M. to the Society’s veterinarian team. Dr. Medhurst previously worked at The Anti-Cruelty Society as the Medical Director before pursuing other opportunities in private practice. Dr. Medhurst hired and trained several of the current veterinarians on staff at The Anti-Cruelty Society as Medical Director. 

Hot Weather Tips for Pet Parents

The Anti-Cruelty Society reminds you that it is important to keep your pet’s safety top of mind. Here are some tips to help keep your pet safe in the heat throughout the summer. Do not leave your pet in a parked car. A parked car quickly becomes dangerously hot, even with the windows left partly opened. When outside temperatures are in the 90’s, after just 10 minutes, your car can be 114 degrees. At these temperatures, your pet can suffer irreversible organ damage or die. Be aware of the humidity. When the humidity is high, dogs have a harder time cooling themselves, leading to overheating with their internal…

Dog Days of Summer Annual Fundraiser

We got the pawfect cure for the Monday Blues, and it involves a cocktail in hand and a puppy by your side. 

Bark at the Ballpark

The Anti-Cruelty Society is excited to team up with the Chicago Dogs for the second annual Bark at the Ballpark event! Dogs available for adoption will be visiting during the double header at Impact Field in Rosemont and fans are invited to bring their dogs as well.