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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.  

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. 

Pints for Pets and Trivia for People!

Raise a glass and join us for Pints for Pets! Not only will we be enjoying Laguinatas libations in honor of our furry four-legged friends, we will also be celebrating them with animal-themed trivia! 

Subaru Love a Pet Adoption Event

Subaru loves pets and we do too! So on Saturday, October 12, Subaru will be covering the adoption fees of every kitten, cat, puppy, and dog adopted from The Anti-Cruelty Society at our 510 N. LaSalle Street Adoption Center. 

Halloween Safety Tips

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. 

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. 

Helping Animals from Areas Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

Last week, The Anti-Cruelty Society received a phone call from the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) who was working with the Greenville County Animal Care in Myrtle Beach SC because Hurricane Dorian was on track to bring damaging winds, high storm surge, and even tornadoes. They needed to evacuate animals from the area and help get the animals out of harm’s way and to make room for animals that were inevitably going to be displaced from their families. The Anti-Cruelty Society answered the call.

September is Happy, Healthy Cat Month

Keeping your cat happy and healthy is important for his well-being and The Anti-Cruelty Society is here to help. We’ve got tips in our new Pet Care Library including health and behavior information that will help your cat live a happy, healthy life. 

Pet Wellness in the Community

The Anti-Cruelty Society has been hosting dog wellness fairs in areas that do not  have access to veterinarian care for several years now. We believe that caring for owned pets is just as important as helping homeless pets find their forever homes, so providing education and resources to these communities, free of charge, is just one way we do that. 

Help us get free litter from Cat's Pride!

The Anti-Cruelty Society goes through 1,000 pounds of kitty litter A DAY. That’s a lot of litter. PLEASE HELP The Anti-Cruelty Society get much needed free cat litter through the Cat’s Pride Litter for Good program. The more people who choose us in this program, and the more Cat’s Pride litter purchase, the more litter we get. You can help us secure this litter at catspride.com/litterforgood. 

Clear the Shelters: 106 Adoptions!

Wow! What a day! August 17, 2019 was the annual Clear the Shelter adoption event where shelters around the country waived adoption fees on pets looking for forever homes. It was our most successful Clear the Shelters adoption event with 106 animals finding their forever homes. 

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.