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Meet Victoria Stilwell

On Thursday, April 4, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is coming to The Anti-Cruelty Society to share some important information about dog bite prevention. They are holding a press conference at The Anti-Cruelty Society to report on a national…

Reducing Stress for your Cat

Depending on your cat’s needs, there are several feline enrichment activities that could benefit them. Adult cats benefit greatly from 30 minutes of play time per day. Kittens need a bit more activity, about 45-60 minutes per day. Just like…

The Anti-Cruelty Society to Host Dog Wellness Fair

The Anti-Cruelty Society to Host Dog Wellness Fair Event will bring free pet services and family activities to East Garfield Park CHICAGO—The Anti-Cruelty Society is bringing a variety of much-needed pet care services to the East Garfield Park neighborhood free of charge…

Dog Wellness Fair

The Anti-Cruelty Society is bringing a variety of much-needed pet care services to the East Garfield Park neighborhood free of charge on Saturday, March 23. The event will be held at the 11th District Police Station (3151 W. Harrison St.) from 11-2 p.m. 

The Anti-Cruelty Society turns 120!

Mrs. Theodore Thomas and her friends founded the Society to suppress cruelty to animals, educate the public on humane treatment, and create a refuge for strays. Since then, the Society has been helping care for pets in need and putting…

Subaru Love a Pet Adoption Event Saturday, March 9

The Anti-Cruelty Society is excited to partner with Subaru for the Subaru Love a Pet Adoption Event! On March 9, Subaru is sponsoring the adoption fees of all cats and dogs adopted from The Anti-Cruelty Society’s 510 North LaSalle Street…

The Anti-Cruelty Society Celebrates 120 Years of Compassion in Action

The Anti-Cruelty Society is celebrating 120 years of compassion in action for animals in Chicago! On March 7, 1899, Rose Fay Thomas (wife of Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chairman Theodore Thomas) and a small group of friends founded The Anti-Cruelty Society to suppress cruelty to animals, educate the public on humane treatment, and create a refuge for strays. Since then, the Society has been helping care for pets in need and putting compassion into action through comprehensive programming.

Welcome Tracy Elliott!

Tracy Elliott joined The Anti-Cruelty Society as President in February, 2019. He came to the Society from Asheville, North Carolina, where he was the Executive Director of the Asheville Humane Society for nearly four years. Tracy brings more than 30 years…

High Rise Dogs: A Workshop

The Anti-Cruelty Society is offering a workshop to help tenants, and their furry friends, put their best paws forward. Join us for the first workshop on March 15 at 6:00 p.m. This workshop is led by professional dog trainer and…

Reading Your Pet’s Body Language

Dogs and cats have their own ways of telling us what’s going on. Here are some common behaviors from our furry friends that will help us better understand their needs. Dogs: YAWNING. We may think it’s cute and that they’re telling…

Meet Foster Dog, Mack

Five-year-old Mack arrived at the Society in January and is currently in a foster home to help him open up to new people and experiences. Able to see through his shy demeanor into his fun-loving side, his foster Silvia Stangalino…

National Adoption Weekend

Adopt your new best friend during the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend February 22-24! Visit the Everyday Adoption Center in the South Loop PetSmart at 1101 S. Canal St. or one of the other Chicago area PetSmart stores where animals…

Upgrades to Our Spay/Neuter Scheduling

We are in the process of UPGRADING our spay/neuter scheduling program to make it easier to use in the future. Due to these upgrades, the online spay/neuter scheduler is not available until the end of March. If you wish to schedule an appointment…

Pour Your Heart Out

The Anti-Cruelty Society presents the 6th Annual Pour Your Heart Out fundraiser benefiting homeless pets in Chicago. The event will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd. from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Remembering Bill Caprio

The Anti-Cruelty Society and Chicago’s animal welfare community lost one of its heroes. William (Uncle Bill to the animals and his friends and colleagues) Caprio, 68, passed away on February 3 after a short battle with cancer. Bill was a…

Class is in Session for the Pups

So you have a new puppy. Totally adorable, right? But it’s now your job to make sure your puppy gets the training they need to be the best they can be. The Anti-Cruelty Society is offering two new classes for…

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,…

Benefits of Spaying and Neutering

By law in Illinois, any animal that is adopted from a shelter must be spayed or neutered to help control the pet population as well as provide some important health benefits for your animals. The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a low…

Valentines for your Purfect Companion

Remember! Valentine’s Day is next week on Thursday, February 14. We know you need some valentine cards to share with friends and family. We have a series of cards featuring adorable adoptables from The Anti-Cruelty Society. Share the love this…

Keep Pets Safe from Frostbite

Keep Pets Safe from Frostbite The Anti-Cruelty Society Advises Pet Owners ahead of Sub-Zero Temperatures CHICAGO— The Chicagoland area is expecting record-low temperatures this week, stooping to high of minus 12 degrees and low of minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday, January…

The Anti-Cruelty Society Announces new President

The Anti-Cruelty Society Announces new President Tracy Elliott brings 30 years of nonprofit experience to the Society CHICAGO—The Board of Directors of The Anti-Cruelty Society announced the appointment of Tracy Elliott as President effective February 25. Elliott comes to Chicago’s oldest and…

The Anti-Cruelty Society Names New Members to the Board of Directors

The Anti-Cruelty Society Names New Members to the Board of Directors Jane Luiso, Judi Spaletto, and Shane Foley join the Society’s Board of Directors CHICAGO—The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization announces the appointment of three new members…

The Anti-Cruelty Society to Hold 6th Annual Pour Your Heart Out Fundraiser

The Anti-Cruelty Society to Hold 6th Annual Pour Your Heart Out Fundraiser The wine, beer, and spirit tasting event helps thousands of animals each year CHICAGO—The Anti-Cruelty Society presents the 6th Annual Pour Your Heart Out fundraiser benefiting homeless pets in Chicago.…

The Anti-Cruelty Society Offering Pet Food and Supplies to Government Employees Furloughed by Shutdown

Supplies will be available Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13. For information on supply availability, please call 312-644-8338. The Anti-Cruelty Society Offering Pet Food and Supplies to Government Employees Furloughed by Shutdown Free pet supplies being offered at the Society Friday, January…

2018 Annual Report

The 2018 Annual Report is a celebration of the Society’s compassion in action. It is a review of our 2018 accomplishments as well as a look back at the success of our last 10 years.  This year saw the implementation of…

2018: A Year in Review

At The Anti-Cruelty Society in 2018 nearly 5,700 animals were adopted from our facilities and nearly 10,000 cats, dogs, and rabbits were spayed or neutered. Many of these services were provided to members of the community through our accessible spay/neuter program which also shows the reach of the message on the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

Keep Your Pet Busy this Winter

FOR YOUR DOGS: Typical enrichment activities like going for walks, hanging out at the dog park, or going on doggy play dates become limited when the temperature outside drops. Try some of these activities to keep your pup busy: Sensory enrichment. This type of enrichment helps kick start all of your dog’s senses including sound, sight, smell, and touch.

New Animal-Related Laws in 2019

Read about the new laws that took effect in 2019. Here is the complete list:  Police-Service Dog Protection Act. This requires a vehicle transporting a police dog to be equipped with a heat sensor that remotely alerts law enforcement if the vehicle reaches 85 degrees and a safety mechanism to lower the interior temperature.

Introducing: Pajama Parties

Pajama Parties is a new initiative that will be implemented in 2019 where trained volunteers will bring an adoptable dog home for a one night sleepover. Pajama Parties will help dogs take a break from the shelter life.  Volunteers will offer their overnight guests a chance to curl up on a couch, go for a long walk in the neighborhood, hang out with humans, and maybe even get an extra treat or two.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Paws and Reflect on the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.: The Anti-Cruelty Society to Host National Day of Service January 21 Volunteer opportunity for all ages to engage in our community of caring CHICAGO—The Anti-Cruelty Society is hosting a day of…