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The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Halloween Safety Tips for Pets and People

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.

Make a Dog's Day: Adopt an Underdog!

Subaru created Make a Dog's Day to help celebrate underdogs! This nationally recognized day is held on October 22. But we want to celebrate underdogs every day! The Anti-Cruelty Society is excited to extend the Make a Dog's Day Adoption program to help these underdogs find the perfect forever homes. Adoption fees will be waived on the follow dogs and the adoption of these dogs includes one year of standard veterinary care in our clinic: JasmineMagic 8 BallSarge  

The Anti-Cruelty Society Receives $50,000 Grant from Caerus Foundation, Inc.

The Anti-Cruelty Society is delighted to announce the approval of a $50,000 grant from Caerus Foundation, Inc. The Anti-Cruelty Society will use this grant to fund two programs that directly assist community pets and their owners: Friends Who Care and Dog Wellness Fairs.

The Anti-Cruelty Society Helps Pets Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

CHICAGO— 89 pets from South Carolina that have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian arrived in Chicago on Thursday, September 5. In partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), these animals were driven to Chicago where they were greeted by The Anti-Cruelty Society’s staff and volunteers at the shelter. Pets that arrived Thursday were in the shelters prior to the hurricane impacting the eastern coastal areas. Bringing these pets to Chicago and other parts of the country removes pets from imminent danger.  

The Anti-Cruelty Society Welcomes New Veterinarian to Staff

The Anti-Cruelty Society is excited to welcome Michele Medhurst, D.V.M. to the Society’s veterinarian team. Dr. Medhurst previously worked at The Anti-Cruelty Society as the Medical Director before pursuing other opportunities in private practice. Dr. Medhurst hired and trained several of the current veterinarians on staff at The Anti-Cruelty Society as Medical Director. 

Hot Weather Tips for Pet Parents

The Anti-Cruelty Society reminds you that it is important to keep your pet’s safety top of mind. Here are some tips to help keep your pet safe in the heat throughout the summer. Do not leave your pet in a parked car. A parked car quickly becomes dangerously hot, even with the windows left partly opened. When outside temperatures are in the 90’s, after just 10 minutes, your car can be 114 degrees. At these temperatures, your pet can suffer irreversible organ damage or die. Be aware of the humidity. When the humidity is high, dogs have a harder time cooling themselves, leading to overheating with their internal…

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. 

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!

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 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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

The Anti-Cruelty Society to Participate in BARK(ing) Spot Event

The Anti-Cruelty Society to Participate in BARK(ing) Spot Event The Anti-Cruelty Society teams up with The Lakota Group to transform parking spaces into a dog-friendly urban oasis in celebration of PARK(ing) Day CHICAGO—On Friday, September 21, landscape design and urban planning firm,…

The Anti-Cruelty Society President Announces Retirement After 10 Years of Service

The Anti-Cruelty Society President Announces Retirement After 10 Years of Service Board of Directors Announces Executive Search CHICAGO – After 10 years of devoted service to The Anti-Cruelty Society as its president, Dr. Robyn Barbiers has announced her retirement effective December 31,…

Summer Fun with Adoptable Dogs!

SUMMER FUN WITH ADOPTABLE DOGS Dog Days of Summer—a floatie-themed party provides an evening of fun to benefit homeless animals.  CHICAGO—Stay cool this summer at The Anti-Cruelty Society first annual Dog Days of Summer fundraiser to benefit the 20,000 animals the…

Bark in the Park 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Colette Bradley                   D: (312) 645-8064 M: (312) 502-9702 cbradley@anticruelty.org Join The Anti-Cruelty Society for Bark in the Park, Chicago’s Largest Dog Party The Anti-Cruelty Society’s 24th annual 5K walk and outdoor party to take place Saturday, May 19, 2018  CHICAGO—Dogs…

The Anti-Cruelty Society Celebrates Volunteers During Volunteer Appreciation Week

The Anti-Cruelty Society Celebrates Volunteers During Volunteer Appreciation Week The Society has over 600 active volunteers giving over 50,000 hours of service each year CHICAGO- During National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 15 to 21, The Anti-Cruelty Society recognizes all volunteers for their…

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month.  The Anti-Cruelty Society and Cook County Animal and Rabies Control Raise Awareness about the Importance of Spaying/Neutering Pets.  CHICAGO-In recognition of National Spay and Neuter Month in February, The Anti-Cruelty Society and Cook County Animal and Rabies Control are teaming up to spread awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering pets.