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.  

Committed to keeping pets and people together, The Anti-Cruelty Society has expanded its assistance to keep pets with their people amid the crisis.

Current safety net programs offered by The Anti-Cruelty Society include:

Pet Deposit Subsidy Program: Provides a one-time financial subsidy for Chicago pet owners who need help with move-in fees to secure pet-friendly housing.

Short-term Accommodations for Emergencies (SAFE) Program: Provides up to 45 days of free boarding for pets while  their owners seek secure housing.

Pop-up Pet Food Pantries: Distributes cat and dog food to pet owners in Chicago neighborhoods on a monthly basis.  

Dog Wellness Fairs: Offers dog vaccinations and additional services such as microchip implantation, veterinary consultations, as well as behavior and training tips on a regular basis in Chicago neighborhoods. 

Friends Who Care:  Provides services for senior citizens over the age of 65 such as monthly pet food and care supply deliveries, as well as veterinary support.

Behavior Helpline: Helps answer questions and provide solutions for all pet owners who may be experiencing behavior issues with their cat or dog. Through this free services, our behavior specialists offer assistance on challenges from separation distress to aggression.

If you have any questions about the Society's services, please call 312-644-8338. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society has also worked with the Chicagoland Lifesaving Coalition to compile a comprehensive resource guide for pet owners in need. Download the Pet Safety Net service guide.