Read the latest news from The Anti-Cruelty Society!

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. 

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. 

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Anti-Cruelty Society to Help Pets in the Path of Hurricane Florence

The Anti-Cruelty Society to Help Pets in the Path of Hurricane Florence CHICAGO—The Anti-Cruelty Society has teamed up with the ASPCA to take in animals currently in the shelters in South Carolina so room can be made for pets who become…