Coronavirus Community Update, March 19

Coronavirus Community Alert from The Anti-Cruelty Society 

Chicago – 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 by appointment only for the following services: 

ADOPTIONS: Over the past week, more than 85 animals have been adopted through the Society. This has helped reduce the number of animals in our care across our nine adoption centers. Any adoption at the River North Adoption Center, 510 N. LaSalle, will require an appointment which can be made at Adoptions at the PetSmart locations will follow PetSmart protocols. To view available animals for adoption, visit

FOSTERS: Since March 14, we have had more than 104 people step up to foster an animal and provide a home outside of the shelter, making  space for pet owners who are sickened with the virus and need a place to house their animals on a temporary basis. Anyone interested in fostering follow the instructions online and set up an appointment at

OWNER SURRENDER: Anyone considering surrendering a pet should delay doing so, if possible. If this is not possible, call 312-644-8338 to set up an appointment to speak with The Anti-Cruelty Society intake staff. 

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS and EDUCATION: All community outreach and education programs at The Anti-Cruelty Society have been cancelled or postponed. Please visit for a listing of the programs that can be scheduled once the coronavirus social distancing guidelines are lifted. 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: The Anti-Cruelty Society offers several programs that are still in effect during this time:
•    Friends Who Care: This program assists senior citizens who do not have access to food or pet care supplies. For information and guidelines, visit 
•    Short-term Accommodations for Emergencies (SAFE): During the coronavirus pandemic, people who are hospitalized and cannot find an alternate space for their animal can contact The Anti-Cruelty Society at for short term pet housing support. 
•    Home to Home Adoptions: For people who are unable to care for their animals and want to find an adopter, The Anti-Cruelty Society will share their animal’s photo and information/bio to help reach potential adoptions and avoid bringing their pet to the shelter. Email for information about Home to Home adoptions. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society remains committed to caring for and protecting animals in need. The Society will continue  our essential operations with staff and volunteers on site to support the animals housed within our facilities, including  feeding, cleaning and providing exercise and enrichment activities. We are also providing support and services for all animals placed through our foster care program. Our field services team will continue to investigate reports of abuse unless state and local protocol changes.