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This past Saturday The Anti-Cruelty Society took part in our largest adoption event of the year: Clear the Shelters! This nationwide adopt-a-thon encouraged people in the community to come together and find homes for as many animals as possible on Saturday, August 15th. And boy did we do just that!

68 animals from The Anti-Cruelty Society found their forever homes this past Saturday! That’s almost seventy pets who got to spend the weekend with their new families! Nearly 1,000 animals from the participating Chicago and Northwest Indiana shelters and over 12,000 animals nation-wide found their new families!

Thank you to everyone who made this day a huge success – especially our foster team – who helped us rehabilitate needy animals and fill the shelter with happy healthy pets. Thank you for all your hard work!

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Here at The Anti-Cruelty Society spring means that there’s two big things on our minds: Bark in the Park and the beginning of kitten season!

As temperatures heat up we will start to see an influx of teeny felines coming through our doors, many who are too young to go up for adoption. That’s where foster volunteers come in!

These dedicated volunteers open their homes to under-age kittens, caring for them until they are at least 2 months old and weigh in at two pounds or more. All of the kittens sent out into foster care have already received a physical examination, a first round of vaccines and are eating solid food. All kitten kibble and veterinary care is provided by the Society. All the foster volunteer needs to do is provide them with a warm, safe and loving space in which they can grow.

If you’ve considered joining our foster team – now is the time! We’ll get you trained and ready to go just as kitten numbers begin to increase. With the foster team’s help – we’ll be sending over thirty kittens a month out into their care. That’s why it’s the perfect time of year to get involved!

To become a part of this invaluable team, visit our Foster info page on our website, which includes an application for the program. You can also contact our foster manager with questions before applying at: foster@anticruelty.org

We hope to be hearing from you soon!alli and elli

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Summer is cat season!  What better way to honor our long-term furry friends than by giving them the home they deserve?  Catapalooza is a fantastic opportunity to adopt one or two of our Society’s “HEADLINERS.” These cats have  been with us for an extended period of time and yearn to bring joy and love to the lives of caring individuals or families.  Our headliners are so special that we have waived the adoption fee to take these felines home during the ACS Catapalooza CATpaign.  Come by before August 5th and check out FurBall, Mitzie, Serendipity, Sizzle, and Max.  This cat crew is sure to tug at your heartstrings!


                 FurBall                               Mitzie


   Serendipity                  Sizzle                            Max

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April is already off to a banging start! We saw 45 adoptions this past weekend and witnessed a very lucky pup be reunited with his owner – thousands of miles away from home. Watch the following video to see how Smokey found his way to Chicago and then back home to Georgia this weekend:

Smokey safe from bandit, reunited with owner.

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Are you planning on running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Sunday, October 7, 2012),
the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon (Sunday, July 22, 2012) or other races?

Visit our NEW Team Anti-Cruelty Website dedicated to our running team here!

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The American Veterinary Medical Association just released their guidelines for responsible pet ownership – and we couldn’t be more excited!

Read their suggestions below and spread the word:

Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership

Owning a pet is a privilege and should result in a mutually beneficial relationship. However, the benefits of pet ownership come with obligations.

Responsible pet ownership includes:

• Committing to the relationship for the life of the pet(s).

• Avoiding impulsive decisions about obtaining pet(s), and carefully selecting pet(s) suited to your home and lifestyle.

• Recognizing that ownership of pet(s) requires an investment of time and money.


• Keeping only the type and number of pets for which an appropriate and safe environment can be provided, including adequate and appropriate food, water, shelter, health care and companionship.

• Ensuring pets are properly identified (i.e., tags, microchips, or tattoos) and that registration information in associated databases is kept up-to-date.

•Adherence to local ordinances, including licensing and leash requirements.


• Controlling pet(s) reproduction through managed breeding, containment, or spay/neuter, thereby helping to address animal control and overpopulation problems.

• Establishing and maintaining a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

• Providing preventive (e.g., vaccinations, parasite control) and therapeutic health care for the life of the pet(s) in consultation with, and as recommended by, its veterinarian.

• Socialization and appropriate training for pet(s), which facilitates their well-being and the well-being of other animals and people.


• Preventing pet(s) from negatively impacting other people, animals and the environment, including proper waste disposal, noise control, and not allowing pet(s) to stray or become feral.

• Providing exercise and mental stimulation appropriate to the pet(s)’ age, breed, and health status.

• Advance preparation to ensure the pet(s)’ well-being in the case of an emergency or disaster, including assembling an evacuation kit.

• Making alternative arrangements if caring for the pet is no longer possible.

• Recognizing declines in the pet(s) quality of life and making decisions in consultation with a veterinarian regarding appropriate end-of-life care (e.g., palliative care, hospice, euthanasia).

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If you’re curious to hear about what’s going on behind-the-scenes at the Society, you’ll want to know Guy.

Guy is The Anti-Cruelty Society’s official amabassa-cat. Not only is he a rock star at special events, he’s also in the know on breaking news and animal-related tid bits.

You can follow Guy and all his adventures here.

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