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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…

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 them…

Temporary Homes Needed for Emergency Foster Relief Program

The Anti-Cruelty Society Launches Emergency Relief Foster Program Volunteers needed to provide temporary foster care in response to COVID-19 threat CHICAGO— The Anti-Cruelty Society is seeking 100+ pet-friendly homes to foster adoptable animals to make room for pets of people impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus). The new Emergency Relief Foster Program provides people with an opportunity to provide temporary homes for cats, dogs, and rabbits who are already available for adoption, and by doing so, clear out shelter space for animals who need emergency boarding due to owner hospitalization. “We need caring people who…

Coronavirus Update

We have several important updates to share regarding COVID-19. As we remain open for adoptions and intake, our continued focus is to protect the wellbeing of our animals, staff, volunteers, and visitors. In light of the continued spread of the Coronavirus in Chicago, and beyond, we are now taking the following measures: Disinfection and cleaning protocols: Our maintenance team has increased the rate and intensity of disinfection. Disinfection stations, which include wipes and hand sanitizer, have also been placed throughout the building. All staff are assisting maintenance in disinfecting frequently touched surfaces…

Target Circle

Shopping at Target just got a little bit better because now The Anti-Cruelty Society benefits! Target’s new Target Circle program is launching on October 6 and one of the perks to joining is helping the community. 

Warmer Weather Brings Surge In Cat Population

Chicago’s mild winter is having an impact on local cats. Animal experts tell CBS 2 when the weather is warmer, more cats who aren’t spayed go into heat. That means a surge in the pet population.  

February is Adopt a Rabbit Month

Rabbits are incredibly intelligent, loving, and social creatures. With an average life span of 7-10 years, these affectionate pets are great for people from all walks of life. Did you know? Rabbits are VERY social animals. In terms of time commitment,…

2019 Annual Report

It has been a year of growth and celebration for 120 years of compassion in action to help animals in need. We are proud to present our 2019 Annual Report.

Give Back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 20

The Anti-Cruelty Society invites people of all ages to volunteer Monday, January 20 to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The community is invited to come together to give back and help positively impact the lives of homeless pets.  

MLK Jr. Day of Service

Are you looking for a way to give back? Bring your family and friends and put your compassion into action and join us for a day of service on Monday, January 20 as we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

A Year in Review: 2019

What a year! As we celebrated 120 years of caring for and protecting Chicago’s animals, we focused on building more impact to the animals and humans who needed our assistance. In total we impacted over 40,000 humans and pets with the goal of providing the best care for animals in need. We couldn’t have done it without you. Check out all we accomplished to help further our mission of helping pets and educating people.

New Animal-Related Laws in 2020

Illinois passed over 250 new laws that take effect on January 1, 2020. There are several new laws related to animals and animal care.

Keep Your Pet Busy this Winter

Chicago winter is upon us which means less time outside with our furry friends and more time spent snuggling indoors. At the same time, keeping your pets active is so important. Here are some helpful tips to help keep your pet active during the winter.

Holiday Wish List

The Anti-Cruelty Society relies on the generosity of individual and corporate donors to help fund the expenses incurred to care for homeless pets. One way to give to an animal in need is to purchase items from our wish list. 

The Gift of Giving

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Anti-Cruelty Society relies on the donations and generosity of people like you. This holiday season, we have a Holiday Drive Matching Challenge to help us care for and protect animals. Your tax-deductible gift made on or before December 31 will be doubled, thanks to a generous matching grant from our board of directors.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

The weather outside is frightful, but keeping your pet safe doesn’t have to be! Following these tips will help prevent the cold weather from affecting your pet’s health. 

‘Tis the season to be SAFE: Holiday Safety Tips

Securely anchor your Christmas tree. The tree is very enticing to a pet 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.

Rescue Dogs of The Anti-Cruelty Society

We know you might need that extra gift for your dog walker, your cat doctor, or everyone else on your list and we have the perfect gift. The Anti-Cruelty Society’s 2020 calendar is now available for sale. For $12 if you purchase at the Society or $15 if you purchase online (shipping included), it is the perfect way to celebrate our animals each month. 

Home for the Howlidays

We love to hang out with the animals in our care but sometimes our animals need a break from shelter life. In the past year, we sent over 1,000 animals to foster homes, which was so critical for animals who need a little extra attention in a comfy home environment.

Our Partnership with HSUS!

When natural disasters hit the United States, families, and their pets, are impacted in so many ways. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) activates their teams and begins to reach out to partner shelters, including The Anti-Cruelty Society. Recently, HSUS highlighted our partnership. 

In Loving Memory

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our Field Services Manager, Dotty Cowles-Newton. Dotty was a member of our staff and our community of caring at The Anti-Cruelty Society for 24 years.  She was a fierce, passionate, and dedicated lover of all living things, especially the defenseless, the vulnerable, and the voiceless. 

Adopt a Senior Pet Month

During the month of November, we recognize all the senior pets looking for their forever homes! Senior animals have so much love to give and are perfect in so many ways. In honor of all senior pets and ADOPT A SENIOR PET MONTH, we have a special adoption offer for you. Read more.

Holiday Photos with your Pet!

Jump into the holiday season with your pet’s very own photo with Santa! Fetch Portraits will be at The Anti-Cruelty Society on Wednesday, November 20 to capture a unique photo of your pet with Santa on their one-of-a-kind, new every year, holiday-themed set. 

Thanksgiving Day Safety Tips

The Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings are almost here! We know you are thankful you’re your family, friends AND animals so are a few tips to keep in mind to help keep it especially joyful for your pets.  

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

Halloween can be a fun-filled event for humans and pets alike. However with the constant doorbell rings and surge of oddly-dressed strangers, 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.

Make a Dog's Day: Adopt an Underdog!

Subaru created Make a Dog's Day to help celebrate underdogs! This nationally recognized day is held on October 22. But we want to celebrate underdogs every day! The Anti-Cruelty Society is excited to extend the Make a Dog's Day Adoption program to help these underdogs find the perfect forever homes. Adoption fees will be waived on the follow dogs and the adoption of these dogs includes one year of standard veterinary care in our clinic: JasmineMagic 8 BallSarge  

The Anti-Cruelty Society Receives $50,000 Grant from Caerus Foundation, Inc.

The Anti-Cruelty Society is delighted to announce the approval of a $50,000 grant from Caerus Foundation, Inc. The Anti-Cruelty Society will use this grant to fund two programs that directly assist community pets and their owners: Friends Who Care and Dog Wellness Fairs.

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.