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City clerk: Ban 'puppy mill' sales at pet stores

Chicago city clerk wants to block retail sales of animals from for-profit breeders. Click here to read more.


Our 2013 Annual Report is now online!

The 2013 Edition of our Annual Report Magazinw is now online.
Click here to read the issue.


Neutering Success Means Shortage of Pups in Shelters

Just a few years ago, adopting a dog meant choosing from dozens of puppies and a wide selection of breeds. Read more here.


Animal Expressions Young Artist Contest

The submission deadline for the Society's annual student art contest is February 7! Learn more and print out an entry form here.


Student veterans group volunteers at animal shelter.

Student veterans used positive reinforcement techniques to work with the dogs. Read more here.


It's Raining Cats & Dogs!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 13th annual "It's Raining Cats & Dogs!" a success. For photos, and a detailed wrap-up of the event, visit


The Anti-Cruelty Society's Fall Magazine

Click here to read the new issue of our magazine


The Anti-Cruelty Society Unveils Brand New Facility After $3.6M Renovation

Click here to watch the video segments from FOX Chicago


The Anti-Cruelty Society Unveils New Veterinary Clinic

Building the clinic was a $3.6 million project that took seven months.
Click here to read the Chicago Tribune Story.


The Anti-Cruelty Society's Rally-O Class

Heads up! There are a few open spaces in the Society's Rally-O class beginning on Tuesday, August 20! Click here to learn more about this class.


The Anti-Cruelty Society Fashion Benefit

Adoptable pets and fashion combine for fundraising event to benefit the Anti-Cruelty Society. Click here to watch.



Robyn Barbiers, President of The Anti-Cruelty Society

Dr. Robyn's feature in Sunday's Remarkable Woman article in Tribune. Note: you must have a digital account (free to create) to read the article in full. Click here to read.



Native Foods’ Native Community Days

On July 9 The Anti-Cruelty Society will be the beneficiary of Native Foods’ Native Community Days. Three Chicago Native Foods locations will be giving us a portion of their sales all day on July 9.


Windy City Feline Frenzy on The U!

We visited The U this morning with 3 adorable kittens to promote this weekend’s Windy City Feline Frenzy! Click here to watch.


Team Anti-Cruelty 2013: Run for the Animals!

Looking to run in the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon? Team Anti-Cruelty still has a limited number of post-close entried still available! Find out more here.


Ready, Pet, Go!

Learn more about a partnership of The Anti-Cruelty Society and Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier. Learn more here.


Vehicle Donations

No longer need your car, boat, motorcycle, or RV? Donate to us, receive a tax deduction and help animals most in need.
Read more here.


Our Spring 2013 Magazine is now online!

The Anti-Cruelty Society Magazine is now online for you to read, and share with friends. Read more here


Bark in the Park 2013 Brings Pooches,
Athletes Together for a Cause

See more here.

Resist the Fuzz and Floppy Ears

Bunnies are adorable, but the Anti-Cruelty Society says it sees a spike in people bringing in unwanted rabbits in the weeks after Easter. Read more here.

Society Launches Renovation Project Featuring New Clinic

Spaying and neutering 12,000 animals per year requires a lot of resources and space. Read more here.

As Anti-Cruelty Society's mission grows, so does its headquarters

$8 million project includes an expanded operating clinic.
Read more here. To watch the accompanying video, click here.



The Anti-Cruelty Society's Cold Weather Tips

The Anti-Cruelty Society urges pet owners to provide special care for pets during the deep freeze. Click here to read our "Sub-Zero Temperatures Cold Weather Tips" press release.

Construction of Enhanced Veterinary Clinic

Chicago’s Largest Humane Society Breaks Ground January 21 to Improve Services for Animals in Need. Click here to read our Clinic press release.

The Anti-Cruelty Society's Foster Open House

Join other prospective fosters to learn what this life-saving program is all about! Click here to learn more.

Pet First Aid and CPR

Dr. Robyn speaking about the importance of knowing pet CPR and first aid. Click here to listen.

Black Cat and Black Dog Syndrome

Color plays role in adopting of cats and dogs. Click here to watch.

Sixth-Grader Raises Money to Get Shelter Dogs Exercise

Kam Gottlieb raises money to buy treadmills for shelters.
Click here to read more.

Santa visits our adoptable animals!

The Anti-Cruelty Society had a special visit from volunteer photographer Cynthia Lynn, who brought her good friend Santa. The duo stopped by to hear the wish lists of our adoptable animals! Santa told us after that their number one wish was to find a home this Holiday Season. Click here to view the photos.

Dogfighting Is a Fact of Life for Chicago Kids

With dogfighting rampant in some parts of the city, children are increasingly among the spectators in the crowd. More here.

Guy, cat ambassador of The Anti-Cruelty Society

This month of August brought with it a very special celebration for The Anti-Cruelty Society (TACS) in Chicago.  Click here for more.


How Pets Improve the Golden Years

Dr. Robyn Barbiers on an adoption program helping match seniors with pets.
Click here to watch.


Efforts to Combat Dogfighting

Illinois makes it punishable under an anti-racketeering law that targets organized crime.
Click here for more.

Keep Your Pets Safe In The Heat

Dr. Robyn  explains how to keep your pet safe during  hot weather. Click here to watch.

Summer Pet Safety

Dr. Robyn Barbiers stops by WGN to discuss summer pet safety. Click here to watch.

Palmer House  Hosts Annual Doggie Tea Party

Canines are treated to custom-made dog treats served on a special canine tablescape. Click here to read.

Pets Get Taste of Haute Culture

Dogs feast on gourmet food at Palmer House's annual fundraiser. Click here to read.


Smokey Safe from Bandit, Reunited with Owner

A Georgia woman was reunited with her dog, Smokey, in Chicago today. Click here for more.

Georgia Woman Reunited with Lost Dog

An 83-year-old Georgia woman was reunited with her lost dog Saturday here in Chicago.
Click here for more.

Fact Checker: The Anti-Cruelty Society

The Anti-Cruelty Society does so much more. Click here for more.

Adoptable Pets at The Anti-Cruelty Society

The Anti-Cruelty Society shows off some of its adoptable pets during a media open house.
Click here for more.

What Do You Know About The Society?

In honor of their 113th Birthday, find out everything that this incredible organization has to offer.
Click here for more.

Shy rescue dogs need compassionate homes

Fifteen dogs rescued in Mississippi were sent to the Anti-Cruelty Society.
Click here for more.

Take Care of Your Pet’s Dental Health: Dr. Barbiers

Did you know February is Pet Dental Health Month? One recent survey showed Chicago pets have some of the worst dental health in the country. Click here for more.

The Dog Days of…winter?

The dog days of winter can actually be dangerous for your pets. Click here for more.

White tigers exhibit shut down at Navy Pier

Navy Pier has closed its popular royal white tiger exhibit amid claims it is dangerous to children.
Click here for more.

15 rescued dogs donated to The Anti-Cruelty Society

Fifteen rescued dogs have been donated to Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society.  Click here for more.

Bad dogs: Nature vs. nurture

A horrific dog attack that left a jogger critically injured this week has brought to light a familiar debate over laws governing animals and their owners. Click here for more.

Rescued owner and Pit Bull celebrate adoption anniversary

Roberta Miller and her dog "Sweetie Grace" visit staff at the Anti Cruelty Society in Chicago to celebrate 10th anniversary of the adoption of the rescued animal. Click here for more.

Kyle Voissem, Chicago Man, Allegedly Dumped Boiling Water On His Dog  boiling water on dog in Pilsen

A Chicago man was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after he allegedly threw boiling water onto his dog, severely burning it after it urinated on the floor in his apartment. Click here for more.

Sweetie Grace, a pit bull, and her owner pull themselves through adversity

In a few months, Sweetie Grace will turn 10 years old. Who is Sweetie Grace, you ask? Click here for more.

Family Abandons Dog—Strangers Abuse It

The tan mutt howled and barked for hours outside her owner's new home. But Lashon Johnson and
her son Lorenzo said they ignored the dog's pleas because they couldn't let her into their apartment.
Click here for more.


Lunchbreak: Culinary Canine

Cooking segment with three chefs from The Culinary Canine to promote the book.
Click here for more.


Veterinarian Dr. Robyn Barbiers on Pet Safety over the Holidays

Chicago - Veterinarian Dr. Robyn Barbiers joined Good Day Chicago to speak on how owners can keep their pets safer during the holiday season. Click here for more.


The Anti-Cruelty Society in the Chicago Tribune

Click here to read an article that ran on the front page of the Chicago Tribune about our behavior specialists here at The Anti-Cruelty Society. Karen Okura and Avi Brown participated in the interview with reporter John Owens and did a great job! This article serves as a great tool to teach people about what it means to be an “open admission” shelter and what it is like to be on the behavior and training staff at the Society. Click here for more.

A Different Kind of Grief

Sharon and Dan Firlit felt the sting of their dog Bandit's death when he died last month after a long struggle with congestive heart failure.When the Orland Park couple first received the diagnosis that Bandit, who was part beagle and part dachshund, had a heart murmur, they devoted a great deal of time to help their 13-year-old dog recover. Click here for more.

Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society doesn't just show off cute animals—
they rescue abused pets, too

The look on Tessa’s face was one of nervous hesitation a s she watched Nicole Campos climb the steps of the second floor South Side apartment. “She was timid at first—she wasn’t sure what we were there to do,” said Campos. Click here for more.

Our Kitty Cam is Live!

The Anti-Cruelty Society has partnered with WCIU to present "Kitty Cam", a live, 24-hour video feed in our own Charlotte's Cat Corner. Click here for more.

Lost Pet Microchip Scan Measure Signed Into Law

Gov. Pat Quinn today signed a measure into law aimed at helping reunite lost pets with their owners by requiring animal shelters to be more diligent in checking for microchips that contain identifying information. Click here for more.

Nestlé recalls Purina ONE cat food for Salmonella risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Nestlé Purina PetCare Company announced a recall of Purina ONE cat food because of contamination with Salmonella. Click here for more.

Foreclosure? Many Pets Are Losing Their Homes

People are not the only victims of the dismal economy. Pets are also being forced to cope. Several Chicago-area animal shelters report a sharp uptick in the number of abandoned dogs and cats in the last four years. "We certainly have seen an increase in dogs surrendered," said Dr. Robyn Barbiers, executive director of the Anti-Cruelty Society. In its last fiscal year, ended June 2010, the shelter received 854 dogs. This year, the number jumped to nearly 1,000. Click here for more.

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