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 1 year 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, 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. 

As of March 26, 2020 we've expanded this program to those affected financially or physically by the coronavirus. Please visit this page for information. 

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