Pets and Seniors

Senior Citizen and Pet Support

Pets can be important companions for us as we enter our golden years. Clinical studies show that having a pet can prevent loneliness, decrease blood pressure, reduce stress and improve overall health and well-being. The Anti-Cruelty Society offers several programs to help support senior citizens and their pets, as well as promote adoption to senior citizens. 

Low Income Clinic

The Anti-Cruelty Society provides clinic services and treatment for pets in households where the family income is below the poverty level. For qualifying criteria, please contact the Clinic at 312-645-8051 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

Pets For Seniors

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Pets for Seniors adoption program helps match seniors with pets, bringing them both love and companionship for life. Pets for Seniors program provides for $50 off regular adoption fees (valid on animals 5 months and older) for cats and dogs. Once you have made the decision to adopt a pet, visit The Anti-Cruelty Society and give a deserving cat or dog a second chance at happiness. Our representatives are in the adoption rooms to assist you in making the best choice for your lifestyle. Adopters 60 and older should mention this program at the time of check out. Standard adoption requirements apply.

Behavior Helpline

This free service is available to all pet owners that are experiencing behavior problems with their cats and dogs. Our behavior specialists are available to answer questions and provide solutions on everything from separation distress to aggression. To contact our behavior specialists, simply call 312-645-8253 or email

Friends Who Care

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Friends Who Care program provides pet care kits to senior citizens in need. Whether a cat, dog, bird, turtle, or other pet, we’re ensuring that seniors have the provisions necessary to continue caring for their animals. Working alongside agencies like Chicago’s Department on Aging, these monthly deliveries are providing for the pets of people in our community who need it most. Thanks to this unique program we’re making sure senior citizens and their animal companions can stay friends for life. Interested in learning more? Email us at for enrollment details. This program is made possible, in part, by the generosity of the Caerus Foundation.