Whether you love dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, bunnies and even pigs The Anti-Cruelty Society helps save them. The ACS accepts every animal left at their door and because of this they are always looking for help. This organization seeks to find 'forever homes' for the wonderful animals that do not yet have a family to call their own. The ACS has a special place in my heart for the work they do. I grew up with a stray dog found on the streets of Chicago, her name was Barley, after she passed, our whole family wasn't sure we'd ever be able to get a dog again because of how special she was to us. However, as probably most of you know who are taking the time to read this - dogs have an amazing way of working their way into your heart.
A few years later I stepped off a bus and found my mom and sister had brought our new dog to meet me, Togo. A small black (lab? collie? wolf?) MUT from the ACS. Although I could leave this fluffy and tell you she is the picture of perfect, anyone who has heard about her or been lucky enough to meet her knows she is a total FRUIT CAKE! But we wouldn't have it any other way. She is ours and we are her’s. Because of the ACS we have a member of our family who brings us closer together, someone who is there for us unconditionally, she has seen us at our worst times and our best times and will stick around for whatever comes next. Even when she has had the chance to run away!!! And for us, we know we were lucky enough to get to have an animal that may not have ever found a 'forever home.' She could've been like Barley wondering the streets on her own and if you know Togo - you know she is the world's pickiest dog eater ever (will only eat home-made popcorn and never eats the popcorn from a bag, because she can tell the difference...) so I don't think that world would’ve been especially kind or easy for our Togo.
Stories like ours and Togo's are not rare, they are all around for others who have adopted dogs & cats to their 'forever homes.' These special animals do not care that you didn't spend $1k on their fancy pedigree to get a shmoozel half mix pugee dugiee they are just happy to be loved by you. The ACS gives animals a chance at a happy life. Dogs (and I will admit, even cats) love us when we open our hearts to them. I am running to help support this organization so the ACS can continue to provide the means for these animals to find their 'forever homes' and create better lives for not just the animals but also the lucky humans who gets to love them back. If you've continued to read this far and you STILL are thinking about giving to the ACS, a special thank you to you. Anything helps and is very much appreciated.
THANK YOU - Carolina
ABOUT THE ANTI-CRUELTY SOCIETY
In 1899, Rose Fay Thomas, wife of Chicago Symphony Orchestra founder Theodore Thomas, established The Anti-Cruelty Society and forever changed the landscape of animal welfare throughout the Chicago region. Since that time, the Society has endured as Chicago's oldest and largest open admission animal welfare organization, one that provides a wide breadth of programs that save the lives of thousands of animals each year. A certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the recipient of a four-star Charity Navigator rating, The Anti-Cruelty Society’s mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people.
Today, The Anti-Cruelty Society remains the oldest and the largest open admission animal welfare organization in Chicago. All animals are welcome at the Society every day of the year. We never turn an animal away from our doors. Ever. And once an animal is admitted, they can stay as long as it takes to find their forever home.
However, the care that we provide to animals in need is only possible through the friendship and support of our community. And by choosing to run with Team Anti-Cruelty, you are making a difference to each and every one of the animals that comes to us in search of hope, comfort, and healing.
The Anti-Creulty Society helps thosands of animals each year in fact:
- Their veterinarians spay/neuter more than 9,000 pets each year.
- They adopt more than 5,500 dogs and cats each year.
- Their Humane Investigators respond to more than 1,000 complaints concerning animal abuse or neglect.
- The Behavior Helpline helps more than 2,000 pet owners each year.
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