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Founded in 1899, The Anti-Cruelty Society is Chicago’s oldest and largest, private, open-admission, unlimited stay humane society. With a mission of building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people, our comprehensive programs and services help over 50,000 animals and humans every year including: adoption, charity veterinary clinic, low or no-cost spay/neuter clinic, cruelty investigations and rescue, humane education and community outreach, a free behavior helpline, dog training classes, S.A.F.E. (short-term accomodations for emergencies), the Bruckner Rehabilitation & Treatment Center, the Virginia Butts Berger Cat Clinic, and the Dog Rehabilitation Center.
The Anti-Cruelty Society committed to helping people and their pets by providing an open door to compassion.
The Anti-Cruelty Society’s humane investigators conducted 600 investigations of suspected abuse and neglect in 2018. They responded to over 1,900 ambulance calls and rescued over 900 cats and dogs from abusive situations. As one of the few non-governmental animal welfare organizations in Illinois to offer this important service, the Society’s humane investigators help animals in need all over the Chicagoland area.
When educating owners about proper pet care is not enough, the humane investigation team will talk to the owners about alternative homing for the pet, and in extremely dangerous situations, involve local police.
Pet adoption is an important service offered by the Society, finding 5,700 animals new homes in 2018. As an open admission shelter, The Anti-Cruelty Society has an open door for any animal in need. Providing compassion and love to every animal in our care, the Society aims to find forever homes for every adoptable animal that comes through our doors.
The Anti-Cruelty Society has an adoption center located at 510 N. LaSalle St. as well as eight satellite locations in PetSmart stores around Chicago including the Everyday Adoption Center in the South Loop PetSmart.
Caring for over 16,700 animals every year, The Anti-Cruelty Society is staffed by animal experts from animal caregivers, to behavior specialists, to veterinarians. We have resources for new adopters such as our free behavior helpline open to anyone with a pet-related behavior question and a pet care library full of articles with tips for cats, dogs, and small animals.
The Anti-Cruelty Society helps pets and their people through programming designed to educate and care for animals.
The Anti-Cruelty Society’s extensive programming aligns with our mission of helping pets and educating people and includes pet adoption, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, education programs for children, teens, and adults, abuse and neglect investigations for pets, and fostering and volunteering.
Unique programming from the Society comes in the form of our education opportunities for school groups, children, teens, and adults. The Society offers programs on animal welfare and pet care to schools across Chicagoland. Children can learn the importance of basic pet care and compassion through our Kids Who Care program. Teens can help animals find forever homes by providing hands-on support through our Teens Who Care program or learn about animal welfare issues in our After School Advocates program. Adults can give back by attending our group volunteer program called Crafting Crews where they can create toys and bedding for pets in need as well as learning about animal welfare and caring for pets. People of all ages are invited in to read to animals awaiting their forever homes through the Reading Buddies program. These programs and more reach over 25,000 people each year.