Pets and Seniors

Senior Citizens 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. 

Senior Hours 

The Anti-Cruelty Society understands the virtual adoption process may not work for everyone. We are excited to expand adoption services by offering an alternative process to assist seniors in finding their new best friend!
Through the Senior Hours program, the adoption team will connect with inquiring seniors to submit an adoption questionnaire over the phone. Upon approval, seniors will be offered the opportunity to make an appointment and visit The Anti-Cruelty Society to meet pets that are available for adoption.

Senior Hours will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon–3 p.m., with each appointment lasting one hour. Seniors must be 65 years or older and be preapproved prior to scheduling an appointment. Adopters must meet all the Society's adoption standards and seniors will be asked to provide ID and proof of current address information over the phone, as well as provide physical copies upon arrival to the appointment.
Seniors interested in finding their perfect pet match through the Senior Hours program can get started by calling to connect with the adoption team today!
Please call 312-645-8221 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. for more information.

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 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

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, call 312-645-8253 or email

Friends Who Care

The Anti-Cruelty Society is committed to helping pets and people in every stage of their lives. 

Through the  Friends Who Care program, we offer services to help seniors provide for their pets.  Learn more about Friends Who Care here.

Seniors who are not already enrolled in this program may email or call 312-645-8098 with any questions.