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Help is here! Safety Net Services for Pet Owners Expanded
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, another crisis is unfolding. Thousands of people across Chicago have lost their livelihoods and many are now in danger of losing their homes as the moratorium on evictions comes to an end. Committed to keeping pets and people together, The Anti-Cruelty Society has expanded its programs to preserve families and provide assistance during this difficult time.
Community Programs Have Gone Virtual
Want to practice yoga with kittens, create crafts, or tune in to a story time complete with Muffin the pup puppet? Several of our popular programs, including Web Warriors for teens, and our Pet Loss Support Group, are now available online! Visit our calendar of events for a wide range of engaging options. Registration is required to receive a link to the virtual program.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.