SAFE Program

Short-term Accommodations for Emergencies

Whether because of a house fire, natural disaster, or domestic violence, people from all walks of life can find themselves temporarily displaced from their home.

Recognizing that there is a dire need for emergency sheltering of pets, The Anti-Cruelty Society has established the SAFE program. Providing thirty days of cost-free care to approved applicants, this invaluable service keeps pets safe while their owners seek out new housing.

General Information

  • The Anti-Cruelty Society will provide daily food, water, socialization, exercise and basic preventative medical care for pets in the program.
  • Pets admitted into the program will also received vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, and a micro-chip, free of charge, if the services have not been provided elsewhere.
  • Confidentiality is of utmost importance. Only the referring agency and The Anti-Cruelty Society's program coordinators will have any client identifying information.
  • Animals who are admitted into the program are either housed on-site or are placed in one of our licensed foster homes.
  • Owners whose pets remain on-site are encouraged to visit weekly.

Program Guidelines:

  • The SAFE Program is for one-time use. Applicants who have utilized the service in the past will not be eligible to enroll again.
  • SAFE clients are required to communicate their housing status weekly
  • Pets who are entering the program must be in good health and behaviorally sound
  • Pets who are housed in foster care are not available for visitation during boarding.
  • Program space is limited. Clients are served on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Additional Considerations:

The Anti-Cruelty Society provides the best possible care for each animal during their sheltering period. Potential clients should, however, note that there are inherent risks in boarding any animal, including but not limited to changes in the animal’s behavior or weight, or contraction of a contagious illness. For this reason we encourage pet owners to exhaust every other option before applying to enter their pet into the SAFE Program.

In the event that an animal’s health or behavior suddenly declines, The Anti-Cruelty Society may request that an animal be removed from the program.

The SAFE Program provides housing for a maximum of thirty days. If an owner is unable to find new accommodations after a month has elapsed The Anti-Cruelty Society reserves the right to place the animal up for adoption.

Program Requirements:

  • Completed program application
  • Social services referral
  • If referral unavailable, copy of signed lease for future move-in date
  • Consent for spay/neuter surgery, if procedure has not already been performed
  • Exhaustion of other available resources, including housing with family or at a private boarding facility

Program Application:

To have your pet considered for admission into the SAFE Program, please complete the following application.

SAFE_Program_Application_2013.pdf (255 KB)

Note that if you are sending the application in digitally that you will need to save the file with a new name. Completed applications can be sent to:

Fax: (312)644-3878
Drop-Off: 510 N. LaSalle Avenue

Mail: 157 W. Grand Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60654

For questions regarding the SAFE Program please call: (312)644-8338

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