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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. 

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 to make sure you get your four-legged friend back ASAP! 

Oklahoma Rescue Efforts Update

On Friday, May 31, The Anti-Cruelty Society arrived at Chicago Executive Airport where 165 animals came from Tulsa, Oklahoma after disastrous storms flooded the area. With the help of area shelters, the Society took in these animals who had been in the shelters prior to the storms to help them find forever homes. 

4th of July Tips for Pet Parents

It is difficult to enjoy a firework show knowing your pet is huddled at home terrified of the unknown, and once the boom start , it is hard to soothe their fears. However, there are a few techniques you can do to reduce the anxiety your pet endures this Independence Day.

Chicago Dog-Friendly Treat Pass

Does your dog love to explore? Grab the free Chicago Dog-Friendly Treat Pass from Sidewalk Dog and grab free treats for you and your pup all over Chicago! 

Compassion in Action

Sometimes stepping up is the only thing to do to help the animals in need. On Friday, May 31, The Anti-Cruelty Society in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) welcomed 165 animals from directly impacted by the record-breaking flooding in Oklahoma to Chicago. 

It's a Paw-fect Time for a Treat Pass

Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than with the ultimate treat pass for you and your pooch! 

Introducing a NEW

On Monday, May 20, The Anti-Cruelty Society debuted its BRAND NEW WEBSITE! Featuring a new adoptable pet section, a pet care library, and so much more, the full new site is now also available on mobile and tablet. 

New Training Classes at the Society

The Anti-Cruelty Society is excited to announce a new dog training arrangement with Tucker Pup’s to offer classes for all ages! 

Canines for Kindness

We know that people who are kind to animals are also kind to each other and we want to share that sentiment this summer through a brand new program coming to Chicago Park District’s summer camps starting in July! The Anti-Cruelty Society has teamed up with Jeff Jenkins and Midnight Circus’ with his famously trained dogs to present Canines for Kindness summer camp sessions. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society Helps Pets Impacted by Severe Storms in Oklahoma

165 pets from Oklahoma that have been impacted by severe weather arrived in Chicago on Friday, May 31. In partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), these animals were flown to Chicago and were greeted by The Anti-Cruelty Society’s staff and volunteers at Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, IL.

Canine Cruise

Enjoy a gorgeous summer cruise with your favorite furry friend on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Join The Anti-Cruelty Society aboard Mercury Skyline Cruiseline’s Canine Cruise! This wonderful event is back by popular demand and it is the perfect way to kick off the summer season with your dog. The cruise begins at 10:15 a.m., but please arrive prior to 9:50 a.m. to begin boarding. 

Celebrating 25 Years of Bark in the Park

For 25 years, wet noses and wiggly tails along with their loving owners have descended on Chicago’s gorgeous lakefront for The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Bark in the Park. The event takes place on Saturday, May 18 and begins with a 2.5…

On the Table Conversation is May 14

You are cordially invited to take part in this year’s On the Table conversation in partnership with the Chicago Community Trust at The Anti-Cruelty Society. Lunch will be served as we discuss the need for educational resources for landlords as well as how we can empower tenants to advocate, and remain accountable, for their animals. We want to establish an ongoing conversation about bridging the housing gap by providing resources for both tenants and landlords, and you can help us.

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 dogs’ abdomen and the base of the tail and head.

How to Be a Good Dog About Town

Sidewalk Dog’s How to Be a Good Dog About Town.  If pupper’s gonna be your big-city adventure bud, he’s gotta be safe, pawlite, and comfortable all over town, whether you’re sippin’ puppuccinos, enjoying a little re-tail therapy, or gettin’ your fetch on at the dog park. 

National Adoption Weekend is May 17-19

If you've been waiting for the perfect moment to adopt a furry friend into your life, this is it. May 17-19, The Anti-Cruelty Society will be celebrating National Adoption Weekend along with PetSmart Charities in a National Adoption Weekend.

Bark in the Park

Dogs are leading their humans to Chicago’s Original Dog Party, Bark in the Park, on Saturday, May 18, 2019 on the Stadium Green at Soldier Field. Rain or shine, thousands of animal-lovers and their dogs will spend a fun morning raising funds and awareness for The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago’s oldest animal welfare organization which turns 120 in 2019!

It’s Raining…Kittens!

Caring for a very young, orphaned kitten is so important but it is a lot of work. Humans must step into the role the mother cat would normally play: feeding them every few hours, cleaning them up, and teaching them…

2019 Spring Magazine

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Spring 2019 magazine celebrates the Society’s 120th anniversary of compassion in action! We welcome new president, Tracy Elliott, celebrate the human-animal bond, offer tips for caring for puppies and kittens, celebrate 25 years of our dog party and fundraiser, Bark in the Park, and more!

Volunteer Appreciation Week 2019

The Anti-Cruelty Society is proud to celebrate the dedication and hard work of our volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. This week we celebrate the many accomplishments of our volunteers and thank them for dedicating their time and talents to…

National Pet First Aid Month

Learning pet first aid can help in many emergency situations related to your cat or dog. Since animals cannot verbally tell us when something is wrong, reading their body language in an emergency is vitally important. Here are some of the…