Anti-Cruelty Society Hosts Virtual Day of Service for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Anti-Cruelty Society invites individuals of all ages, including families, community groups and businesses, to help pets and people in the community with a virtual day of service on Monday, January 17 to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This online event gives animal lovers the opportunity to come together to give back and help positively impact the lives of homeless pets.

“We have an easy and safe way to give back to the community in the spirit of Dr. King,” said Lydia Krupinski, Vice President of Mission Impact. “If you have the day off or are just looking for a positive way to impact others, this virtual event lets you roll up your sleeves and provide support for homeless animals, while learning about the work we’re doing to help pets and people in the community.” 

The activities include a guided workshop to craft cat and dog toys from items found around the home, a dog training demonstration, virtual visits with adoptable pets, and conversations with staff members. 

The event will be streamed on the Society’s YouTube channel on Monday, Jan. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration is not required. Learn more at

The event is free, but donations are always welcome. A limited number of craft supply kits are available for pick up in advance at the Society. Email to schedule a pick-up.

The following items will be created during the online event: No-Sew Pet Beds, Dog Tug Toys, Kitty Cork Toys, Catnip Sachets and Kitty Cardboard Mice. 

Participants are encouraged to gather the following craft supplies before the event:

  • 2 yards of fleece
  • 1 T-shirt
  • 6 corks
  • 1 pushpin
  • 1 bag of craft feathers
  • 4 pipe cleaners
  • 1 bag cotton balls
  • 1 bag dried catnip
  • cotton fabric (gently used shirts work well)
  • 1 ruler
  • cardboard
  • non-toxic glue
  • scissors
  • Plus, craft instructions that can be found at 

Completed toys and other items can be dropped off at the Society’s shelter entrance at 150 N. LaSalle, Chicago, or mail to the Society at 157 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60654. 

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