May 30,2018

The Anti-Cruelty Society on the passing of Dr. Donna Alexander

The Anti-Cruelty Society is saddened by the passing of Dr. Donna Alexander, the administrator of Cook County Animal Rabies Control. Dr. Alexander was a great advocate for proper animal care and was passionate in her work to keep pets in Cook County safe.

As supervising veterinarian at Chicago Animal Care & Control, she pioneered the spaying and neutering of juvenile animals as young as 8 weeks of age, helping to spark historic decreases in animal euthanasia in Chicago. Dr. Alexander was instrumental in establishing legal protections and policy guidelines for feral cat colony caretakers, which resulted in a huge increase in spay/neuter of feral cats in the county.  This has been one of the most significant reasons for the enormous reduction in the number of kittens surrendered into the care of animal welfare organizations locally.

Dr. Alexander provided county funding for urban wildlife research which has prepared Cook County to defend against rabies, as it spreads across the country in wild animal populations. She hosted and worked scores of vaccination clinics throughout the county to increase the number of animals protected against rabies.

The Anti-Cruelty Society had the pleasure of having Dr. Alexander as a veterinary partner at our Dog Wellness Fair in East Garfield Park on May 12. Dr. Alexander helped administer vaccinations to dogs in need, a cause she cared deeply about. The Society worked closely with Dr. Alexander and the Cook County Animal Rabies Control Rabies to promote the importance of protecting pets through the rabies vaccination.

Her infectious smile and caring demeanor will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A friend to all in the animal welfare community, our deepest condolences go out to her friends, family, and colleagues.