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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…

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…