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March Is Poison Prevention Month

March is Pet Poison Prevention Month and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) shares the top 10 most commonly reported toxins that are harmful to pets, including over the counter medications, human prescriptions, chocolate, and household products. 

Young Philanthropist Creates NFTs to Benefit Animals in Need

For the first time in its 123-year-old history, The Anti-Cruelty Society and its animals are poised to benefit from the sale of NFTs, non-fungible tokens. Young philanthropist Leo DiCosola has created 15 NFTs of his adopted dog and wants some of the proceeds to help animals in need around the Chicago area.

Anti-Cruelty Society Hosts Virtual Day of Service for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Anti-Cruelty Society invites individuals of all ages, including families, community groups and businesses, to help pets and people in the community with a virtual day of service on Monday, January 17 to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This online event gives animal lovers the opportunity to come together to give back and help positively impact the lives of homeless pets.

Adopting a Pet at the Holidays

If a cat or dog is on your loved one’s wish list this year, adopting is always a great option! Unfortunately, right after the holidays, The Anti-Cruelty Society sees an uptick in animals returned because they were given as an unwanted gift. To help avoid seeing pets come back to the shelter, we ask that if you are considering giving a pet as a gift, do not make it a surprise.

Thanksgiving Day Tips for Your Pet

Pay attention to the food. Most of the hazards for pets related to Thanksgiving involve the delicious food we enjoy as humans. Turkey is often stuffed and basted in fats to crisp the skin and make the meat moist which is…

Clear the Shelters Helps Find Forever Homes

SPECIAL ADOPTION EVENT AT ANTI-CRUELTY SOCIETY ON AUGUST 28-29 The Anti-Cruelty Society will find homes for animals by participating in NBCUniversal’s Clear the Shelters™ 2021 pet adoption event on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 at its River North Adoption Center in Chicago. Adopters may “pick a price” they would like to donate instead of the usual adoption fees for animals 5 months and up. Appointments are required and can be booked at 

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 a dog's abdomen and the base of the tail and head.

April Is National Heartworm Awareness Month

Heartworm is a serious and potentially fatal disease that is transmitted from animal to animal by mosquitoes. To protect your dogs, they should get a monthly dose of a heartworm prevention pill. This is prescribed by your veterinarian and often comes in tasty flavors to help make it more appealing to your dog.

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,…

Keep Your Pet Busy this Winter

Chicago winter is upon us which means less time outside with our furry friends and more time spent snuggling indoors. At the same time, keeping your pets active is so important. Here are some helpful tips to help keep your pet active during the winter.

Join Us for The Essentials of Low Stress Handling Workshop

Sally J. Foote, DVM CABC-IAABC presents The Essentials of Low Stress Handling. This workshop will include live demonstrations of low stress techniques for cats and dogs, emergency care low stress handling, and behavior intervention plans for general practice. 

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.

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.

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 February 29-March 1

If you've been waiting for the perfect moment to bring a furry friend into your life, this is it. February 28-March 1, The Anti-Cruelty Society will celebrate National Adoption Weekend with the help of PetSmart Charities.

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…

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…

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…