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The Anti-Cruelty Society…More Than Just a Shelter
Chicago’s Original Animal Welfare Organization introduces “Meet Us Again” Campaign
CHICAGO—(March 5, 2012) The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago’s oldest and largest private animal
welfare organization—building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people—is
reintroducing its organization to the public through a “Meet Us Again” campaign.
The 2012 “Meet Us Again” campaign is one that will help educate the public about all of the programs
that The Anti-Cruelty Society has to offer. Research shows that the public is aware of The Anti-Cruelty
Society and its adoption services, but does not know about all of its other programs including
Community Outreach and Education, Behavior & Training, Cruelty Investigations, Rehabilitation, and a
Spay/Neuter and Charity Veterinary Clinic.
“It is vital that people realize that we do so much more than just put animals up for adoption,” said Dr.
Robyn Barbiers, president of The Anti-Cruelty Society. “We would like our community to be able to
take advantage of all of our services, so we must raise awareness.”
Since its earliest days, The Anti-Cruelty Society has been providing humane education programs in
schools. Each year, the Society’s Community Outreach and Education department reaches more than
20,000 school-aged children and other community groups by offering programs at schools, summer
camps, and other community sites.
The organization’s Behavior & Training department includes affordable dog training classes in addition
to a free behavior hotline to help pet owners better understand their cats and dogs, get general
information, or just have fun with their companions. The Society’s behavior specialists assist about
2,000 concerned pet owners a year, providing advice and guidance for those experiencing issues with a
family pet. Additionally, this department is responsible for screening the animals that come into the
facility to ensure that they are ready for adoption.
The Anti-Cruelty Society’s licensed Humane Investigators respond to reports of cruelty and abuse
within the city of Chicago and the surrounding metropolitan area. They assist with cases throughout the
Chicago area and educate pet owners about legal responsibilities—attempting to rectify situations where
animals are at risk. The state of Illinois has authorized this department to remove an animal from a
Additionally, the Society is home to its very own veterinary clinic with 6 full-time veterinarians
providing care to thousands of animals each year. Conducting more than 11,000 spay/neuter surgeries
annually helps to reduce pet overpopulation. The Society also provides veterinary care through its
charity clinic to hundreds of pets. Their three rehabilitation centers also help to save an additional 1,200
animals a year.
As a comprehensive animal welfare organization, The Anti-Cruelty Society meets all needs of the
people and animals of the Chicago community. Meet Us Again. The Anti-Cruelty Society—more than
just a shelter.
About The Anti-Cruelty Society
The Anti-Cruelty Society is Chicago’s oldest and largest, private, open-admission, unlimited stay non-
profit humane society. With a mission of building a community of caring by helping pets and educating
people through comprehensive programs and services that help over 50,000 animals and humans every
year and include: adoption, charity veterinary clinic, low or no-cost spay/neuter clinic, cruelty
investigations and rescue, humane education & community outreach, a free behavior hotline, dog training
classes, S.A.F.E. program (short-term accommodations for emergencies), The Bruckner Rehabilitation &
Treatment Center, the Virginia Butts Berger Cat Clinic, and the Dog Rehabilitation Center. For more
information, visit www.anticruelty.org or call (312) 644-8338.