Marvin is an energetic, majestic and social boy who came to the Society from a shelter in the south. This striking looking Coonhound is 8 months old and ready for his forever home! As a part of the Foster to Foster program, Marvin is available for adoption while he’s in his foster’s care.

Here’s an update on how this exuberant pup is fairing with his foster:

marvin 4Marvin has been a joy to have around. We went to the hot dog festival on his first day with me and he met a ton of people, including kids and other dogs. There was a lot going on, and he just went with the flow. He allowed anyone and everyone to pet him, and would often roll on his back to encourage people to rub his belly!

I live in a condo building and was curious how he would do in this type of an environment. Well, he thinks he owns the elevators and plops down right in the middle (unless someone has take-out, then he is right next to them as their new best friend). He has also done great in the dog run area. He is very social and wants to meet everyone. He can become frustrated if he is not able to go meet the other dogs, and will show his frustration by barking. He can be a bit overwhelming to other dogs that are not as interested in meeting him! I have no doubt that he will learn the proper social skills with time and help from his new owners. As far as my condo, I am very proud to say that my neighbors do not even know that Marvin exists! He has not barked at anyone walking by, not even once! He seems to be a very confident dog who is not anxious when I am away. He has also not had an accident in the home, but I am making sure to take him out fairly often as I know he has not had extensive potty training in his past.

marvin 1Speaking of training, Marvin is learning new things on a daily basis! He is extremely food motivated and eager to please, so training is pretty simple with him! Because he has grown up in a shelter, he will need some basic training classes. My gut tells me that he will be the star student as he really seems to enjoy the mental challenge of training and the joy of making his owner happy.

Marvin loves to get exercise, and will walk or jog with me, as far as I want to go. He loves to play ball and to chase leaves. My favorite thing about him is that he will sit on a bench and people watch with me. He is the perfect balance of athletic and calm.

Because Marvin is such a social guy, he does love to snuggle. He will lean in when you pet him, and will try to sneak into bed. He is pretty hard to resist!

Marvin is very adaptable, and will likely fit into most living situations. He just wants his new owner to enjoy the outdoors, even if it’s just a walk around the block and to give him lots of belly rubs.

If you’d be interested in scheduling a meeting with this hunk in person – contact our foster team at foster@anticruelty.org


Foster to Forever

Have you heard about the new Foster to Forever program yet?! This new groundbreaking program has been created to help long term shelter residents find their forever families while in foster care. Modeled off of the ASPCA’s Adoption Ambassadors project, Foster to Forever empowers fosters to recruit, screen and adopt pets straight from their homes.

Every animal entering the program will already be spayed or neutered, have their vaccines, photo, behavior assessment and personality profiles completed. The project will focus on placing cats and dogs who have a longer length of stay based on their breed, age, or energy level. Animals are nominated for the program by the Shelter Management team, as well as AB&T, and are posted to the available animals adoption gallery on our website.
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All participating foster families are provided with adoption screening training, a personalized media kit for the animal, and are given a goal of finding placement within four weeks of the foster start date. In addition to providing additional housing space for adoptable animals the Foster to Forever Program will attract a new demographic of fosters who are interested in helping, but may otherwise be intimidated by a sick or under-age pet.


Our first three program participants, Cookie, Bubbles, and Poppy were all adopted through the program earlier this month!

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Intrigued? We’d hope you’d be! If you’re interested in learning more about the program, click here:http://anticruelty.org/ways-to-get-involved/fostering-opportunities/  To see a list of animals currently awaiting Foster to Forever placement follow this link http://anticruelty.org/ways-to-get-involved/fostering-opportunities/current-pet-foster-candidates/


Foster programs really do save lives.

Many animals who come in to shelters like The Anti-Cruelty Society are not given the best start to life, leaving them sick, injured or in poor physical and emotional condition when they arrive in our care. That’s why having an active and robust foster program is so important! With the help of foster providers, who open their hearts and homes to animals in need, we can help cats and dogs get back up on their feet and ready for their permanent home.

Hercules and Layla are two pups who would not have made it if not for the Society and our amazing foster team.

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Layla in foster care

Hercules and Layla came in to the Society in early June. Staff were immediately struck by how weak, feeble and skinny these two puppies were upon arrival. The two Boxer American Bulldog Mixes were brought in by a by a family who claimed they could no longer care for them. When asked why the puppies were so thin, the owners replied “they don’t like to eat”. We were shocked and skeptical. Staff immediately brought the dogs foods and they vacuumed it up immediately. Digging deeper, our staff found that the owners were breeding and selling puppies, and could not find any buyers for these last two. Claiming they had run out of money to continue their care, the decided to bring them to the Society for re-homing. When asked if they would be bringing in the mother, to have her spayed to prevent further litters, they replied “no” and explained that they planned to continue breeding in the future. Our Field Services team is investigating this claim.



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After foster care

Both Hercules and Layla were extremely emaciated when they came in but showed an incredible amount of spirit. At 4 months old they were only a fraction of what a healthy pup should weigh – so we knew we had our work cut out for us.

After spending two weeks in our direct care, our veterinary team decided that the pups were stable enough to go out into foster, where they’d receive the individualized attention they’d need.

After hitting our Foster Candidate list Hercules was swiftly scooped up by foster mom Lauren, who worked round the clock with our clinic to stabilize his health. In the meantime, his sister Layla’s condition suddenly declined, with the pup coming down with kennel cough, adding further strain to her already delicate system. Rather than put her immediately into foster care as planned, staff fostered Layla on-site with weekend trips to staff’s homes until her condition stabilized. Once she started to put on weight and her lethargy dissipated, we sent her to the home of Megan, a new foster recruit,  where she could stay long term as she bounced back to health.

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Layla in foster care

In the meantime, Layla’s brother Hercules, who had begun to thrive in foster care, was selected to debut at an off-site adoption event and was immediately scooped up by an adoptive family. And after only three weeks in foster care, Layla, the once skeletal puppy, had filled out, grown up and became as happy and giddy as could be! Bonding as closely as she did with this previously frail pup, Layla’s foster Megan made the decision to adopt her herself, joining the ranks of our beloved “foster failure” team. Both puppies have been in their adoptive homes for two weeks now and are continuing to flourish.

Layla before and afterHercules and Layla’s story is a prime example of how a community of animal lovers can come together to save lives. Coming to The Anti-Cruelty Society, where they received specialized medical care and TLC, and then going out to foster where they could be nurtured one on one, these pups were lucky to have so many people rallying around them to ensure they’d make it through.

We’d like to once again thank Hercules and Layla’s foster parents, as well as Society staff, for going above and beyond in the care of these two incredible pups. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do for the animals!

If you’re interested in learning more about The Anti-Cruelty Society and our foster program visit our website here to learn how you can get involved.


Meet Toby the adorable teeny-tiny kitten that is currently living it up in foster care! Toby was sent to foster after he came to us very small and with a cold. His foster mom says his eyes are clearing up, he is gaining weight, and is responding very well to antibiotics.

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His foster mom says he makes up for his small size with his big purrsonality. He loves water and likes to stand in it while he’s drinking it. He likes to think he’s a scarf and lay around your neck. He is very playful and very snuggly which is all you could want in a kitten.

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Now at a healthy weight Toby will be returning to us soon to go up for adoption and find his forever home. Keep an eye out for him!

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We have a TON of adoption events coming up in our third month of the Racheal Ray ASPCA 100K challenge.

To end off July we are hosting an event at the Kriser’s For Your Pet’s All-Natural in Streeterville on Saturday, July 26th from 1-3pm so you can meet your furry soulmate and then buy them some tasty treats.

The day after that we have an event in the Lincoln Park PetCo at 2000 North Clybourn from 12-3pm featuring both cats and dogs for on the spot adoption.

Once August starts we might run out of pets for all the on the spot adoptions we’ll have going on. First up is another West Elm adoption event on August 3rd to shop for furniture and for the pets that go so well with them.

Then on August 9th we’ll be back at the Streeterville Kriser’s with even more cats for on the spot adoptions.

August 10th we’ll be back at Petco and then on August 15th we start our voting parties.

The Voting Parties is our community engagement event is to help promote our success in the rachael ray ASPCA 100K challenge. There will be a Street Team, Adoption Ambassadors and volunteers to set up “voting stations” throughout the city any beyond to gather Facebook votes!

Finally to round it all up we have a final off-site adoption event for the challenge in the Evanston Petsmart located at 2221 Oakton Street where we will be adopting out 4 cats and 4 dogs.

We have so many cool and unique animals we’ll be adopting out throughout the city so we would love to see you there, you don’t want to miss them!

As many of you know we are currently competing in the Rachael Ray ASPCA 100K challenge. So far we are doing great and are currently ranked in 8th place out of the 50 shelters chosen! However, right now we need your help. In the photo contest we have two featured images but our votes are behind.


Bella the Beagle put it all out for the camera and is still showing up with less than 200 votes.

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Aidan and Sophie here are just too cute a pair and they aren’t doing much better.

We need your help to get as many votes as we can for these guys to win the photo challenge. So go go go and vote!!


Happy Friday everybody. If you haven’t already heard we had a fantastic weekend here at the Anti-Cruelty Society. We weren’t sure how people would respond to our $1 cat weekend, but boy did they love it. Over the entire weekend we adopted out 127 animals! (Not counting the two guinea pigs). But of those 127, 74 were adult cats from our $1 cat promotion. 74! 74 cats is so many cats that we couldn’t fit all of their pictures in one collage. So here are two full collages to show how well our weekend went.

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We are so thrilled to have saved this many lives and in part to this amazing adoption weekend we have been moved to number 8 in the ASPCA Rachael Ray challenge. That is out of 50 shelters across the nation and we are ecstatic. We are going to keep increasing our adoption numbers and try and move into the number one spot to win the challenge!

Thanks for all your help and have a great weekend!




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