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Animal Overpopulation Crisis Swells at The Anti-Cruelty Society

Adoption fees waived at all locations to help provide space    Due to a confluence of situations, The Anti-Cruelty Society is at capacity which is impacting available shelter space, especially for large dogs. This emerging crisis is perhaps the result of consumers being cautious about the economy and rising inflation which has created a notable lack of interest in adopting pets. As Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization, The Anti-Cruelty Society is taking action by encouraging more adoptions and placing additional animals in foster care.  “We believe that the current economic uncertainty has…

Thanksgiving Day Tips for Your Pet

Pay attention to the food. Most of the hazards for pets related to Thanksgiving involve the delicious food we enjoy as humans. Turkey is often stuffed and basted in fats to crisp the skin and make the meat moist which is…

Safety Net Services for Pet Owners Available to Help Keep Pets and People Together

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the moratorium on evictions comes to an end, The Anti-Cruelty Society continues to offer a unique safety net of services and special programs to support pet owners, preserve families, and provide assistance during this difficult time.  

September Is Happy, Healthy Cat Month

Keeping your cat happy and healthy is important for his well-being. Explore tips in The Anti-Cruelty Society's Pet Care Library including health and behavior information to help your favorite feline live a rich and fulfilling life. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society Fall 2021 Magazine

Explore The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Fall 2021 magazine to learn how we are dedicated to finding community and a common purpose. Explore our compassionate commitment to pets and people through the eyes of our staff and volunteers. 

Clear the Shelters Helps Find Forever Homes

SPECIAL ADOPTION EVENT AT ANTI-CRUELTY SOCIETY ON AUGUST 28-29 The Anti-Cruelty Society will find homes for animals by participating in NBCUniversal’s Clear the Shelters™ 2021 pet adoption event on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 at its River North Adoption Center in Chicago. Adopters may “pick a price” they would like to donate instead of the usual adoption fees for animals 5 months and up. Appointments are required and can be booked at 

Senior Cats Need Loving Homes

We have more than 40 cats ages 8 and older who are longing for a forever home. These special animals have so much love to give. Learn the benefits of adopting an older feline.   

Popular Pet Portraits Fundraiser Returns

Staff & Volunteers Create One-of-a-Kind Pet Drawings to Support Anti-Cruelty Society's Animals   Many pet owners consider their four-legged friends important members of the family and take lots of photos to remember happy moments. The Anti-Cruelty Society will again offer its popular Pet Portraits fundraiser as a creative and endearing way to capture the personality and likeness of beloved pets while helping animals in need, now through Sunday, July 18. When people share their pet’s photo and make a donation of $25 or more, a volunteer will create a one-of-a-kind portrait of the furry companion. This artistic…

Art of Rock & Roll Combines Pets and Classic Rock to Help Animals

Rock on!  The Anti-Cruelty Society is partnering with 97.1 FM, The Drive, for a new fundraiser that combines pets and classic rock. The Art of Rock n’ Roll features classic rock album covers that have been recreated as pet parodies. The framed artwork is being auctioned online to raise money for The Anti-Cruelty Society’s animals. Bidding starts June 21 and ends at June 28 at 5 p.m.  The albums’ covers have been creatively modified to focus on pets: Rescued in the U.S.A., Boston Bonesteen; Bruce Springsteen, Born in the U.S.A.  Elton Paw-n Greatest Kits; Elton John, Greatest Hits, 1970-2002 HISS, Furry; KISS, Dynasty…

Spring Means its Flea & Tick Season!

Fleas and ticks are two of the most common parasites that affect our pets. Prevention is the best defense and easy to dispense to our furry friends. Fleas are wingless insects that feed on blood and can jump up to two feet high. Fleas are most commonly noticed on a dog's abdomen and the base of the tail and head.

Pet Deposit Subsidy Program

As the effects of COVID-19 pandemic continue, another crisis is unfolding. Thousands of people across Chicago are in danger of losing their homes as the moratorium on evictions comes to an end. The Anti-Cruelty Society understands the difficulties facing pet owners who are looking to secure pet-friendly housing. To help pet owners overcome some of the obstacles, the Society created the Pet Deposit Subsidy Program. This unique program offers a one-time financial subsidy to Chicago pet owners who need assistance with paying move-in fees or securing pet-friendly housing. The goal is to keep pet owners and their animal…

2020 Annual Report

Can one word adequately describe a year like 2020? Not likely, but there is one word I would like to use to frame our pandemic-year story: Commitment.   As you read, I hope you will see the passion and care of our staff for our animals and for our mission—a passion I know you share. I hope you will feel the love that is expressed for animals and their human families in the new ways we are helping those families to endure tough times. I hope you will understand how important you are in helping us make and keep these commitments.  You, our volunteers, adopters, donors, and supporters, make it possible for us to translate…

March is Poison Prevention Month

March is Pet Poison Prevention Month and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) shares the top 10 most commonly reported toxins that are harmful to pets, including over the counter medications, human prescriptions, chocolate, and household products. 

New Year's Resolutions for Pets and Pet Owners

You may have set your own goals for the New Year, but did you create resolutions for your pet? Start 2021 off right by creating a plan to provide your furry friend a healthier and more content life by focusing on improving diet, exercise, and mental stimulation. 

New Community Cookbook for Dogs provides creative diversion and tasty treats!

Anti-Cruelty Society Releases New Cookbook for Dogs Staff and volunteers share favorite recipes for tasty dog treats CHICAGO—The Anti-Cruelty Society has launched its first ever Community Cookbook for Dogs. This colorful guide features 21 canine treat recipes contributed by Anti-Cruelty Society staff members and volunteers. Now on sale, it is available in print or e-book at   The book contains easy-to-follow instructions, color photos of the finished treats and snapshots of the canines whose owners shared the recipes. Each recipe has been recreated in a home kitchen to ensure accuracy and all…

Help Pets with Tax-Savvy Donations Before Dec. 31

Many of our pet lovers have asked how they can help prevent animal cruelty and protect animals in need during these trying times. We need your help now more than ever before —  here are two, tax-savvy ways to make an immediate impact with a gift from your IRA or Stocks.

‘Tis the season to be safe: Holiday Safety Tips

Securely anchor your Christmas tree. The tree is very enticing to furry friends 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.

Holiday Wish List

The Anti-Cruelty Society relies on the generosity of donations from individual and corporate donors to care for homeless pets. There are a variety of ways to help! 

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. 

Success! Online Adoption Stories

The Anti-Cruelty Society has been using an online adoption process since May. Our animals wanted to share their success stories!

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

Halloween can be a fun-filled event for humans and pets alike. Even though your doorbell may not ring as often this year with pandemic precautions in place, 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.

2020 Fall Magazine

As we continue to move forward, we are embracing the new normal. We are offering you this shortened version of our magazine to keep you connected and share stories about our everyday heroes who have done so much to help so many by supporting animals and their humans. This work coincides with our new Community Care initiative which we are excited to expand over the next year.

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 continues to support pet owners with services and special 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.  

July Is Lost Pet Prevention Month

Pets can get lost for a number of reasons, but it is how you get them back that matters the most. Microchipping is an easy way to make sure you get your four-legged friend back ASAP! 


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…

April Is National Heartworm Awareness Month

Heartworm is a serious and potentially fatal disease that is transmitted from animal to animal by mosquitoes. To protect your dogs, they should get a monthly dose of a heartworm prevention pill. This is prescribed by your veterinarian and often comes in tasty flavors to help make it more appealing to your dog.

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.


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…