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Anti-Cruelty Society

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157 W Grand Avenue Chicago IL 60610 USA


The Anti-Cruelty Society exists to prevent cruelty to animals and advance humane education. A private, 501(c)(3)Illinois non-profit organization, helping animals in need through our life-saving programs and services which include: Adoptions, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries (free for ferals and pit-bulls), cruelty and abuse investigations and rescue, humane education programs to children and community groups, a free Behavior Hotline, dog training classes, rehabilitation & treatment for homeless animals and pet visitation for the sick and elderly.


Shelter servicesthe society works to match adoptable animals with suitable and permanent homes. We are an open-door shelter meaning we accept any animal in need 365 days a year. Our foster program provides temporary homes for animals in need of special care prior to permanent placement. The society's humane investigations department provides pickup and rescue of neglected, abused, injured and stray and unwanted animals and investigates reports of animal cruelty and abuse. The society provides assistance with pet behavior issues through our behavior hotline and dog training programs.

veterinary and clinical servicesthe society maintains a veterinary staff providing spay and neuter services to the public and to other animal welfare groups not having access to low-cost services. We also operate a charity veterinary clinic providing general veterinary services to the public who cannot afford these vital services for their companion animals. The veterinary staff provides immediate post-adoption services for animals adopted through our shelter and full veterinary services for animals in our care.

humane education programsour humane education program provides age-appropriate presentations on a number of subjects to a wide audience in the chicago public and private schools. Each year, we reach thousands of people from pre-school age to adults by providing educational programs in schools and a variety of community settings.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have been contributors to this wonderful organization for 25 years. Within 5 years we adopted two dogs from ACS. The facility is always clean, there is a place to take a dog to have room to play a little outside the confines of the cage. We watched for playfulness and any sign of temperament problems. Both dogs were happy to come home with us. Before adopting the pet, there was a questionnaire to complete about how much time the pet would be alone and how much experience the adopter had with taking care of a pet. Then a ACS staff came in to chat.

We haven't adopted from ACS for quite a while now. Our 2nd dog passed away a few years ago, and our 3rd dog was found at another fine shelter. Yet, any time we think about adopting again or have extra pet things we don't need or, as happened once many years ago, found a cat making its home on our front porch, there is no question, that we trust ACS first and foremost. It will be the first place we go when we're ready to adopt again.

Not only are the facilities clean and the personal pleasant and professional, we agree with the society's philosophy and how they carry it out. The fact that they keep growing and improving their services for both the pets and the adopters proves they are doing something right.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The pleasant, professional staff helping when searching for the right pet. A big, beautiful golden retriever huddling in the cage's corner because it had been abused. If I was going to consider this special dog, I needed to be near to it for just a minute. The staff allowed me to enter the cage which was on the floor, and so I was able to sense the dog's tension and fear which told me I didn't have the time, patience or education to help the poor thing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If it had a second facility near to the northwest Chicago suburbs, I'd consider donating some time. Of course, I'd also be tempted to bring home a dog or two, and I really don't have the room.

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I've known of it since I was very young. We had several pets in the family and that's were you went to get one. This organization has always been trusted for its humane treatment of animals.

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