The Anti-Cruelty Society

Compassion in Action

aka Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Illinois   |   Chicago, IL   |  http://www.anticruelty.org

Mission

Building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people which we accomplish through providing an open door for any animal in need 365 days a year along with programs and services including: cat and dog adoptions, low-no cost spay/neuter surgeries, charity veterinary clinic, cruelty investigations and rescue, humane education, dog training classes, free behavior hotline, short-term accommodations for emergencies (S.A.F.E.) temporary housing for pets whose owners are victims of domestic violence, medical, fires, floods, and home foreclosures, The Bruckner Rehabilitation & Treatment Center, the Virginia Butts Berger Cat Clinic and the Dog Rehabilitation Center.

Ruling year info

1937

President and CEO

Tracy Elliott

Main address

157 W Grand Avenue

Chicago, IL 60654 USA

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EIN

36-2179814

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Anti-Cruelty Society believes that companion animals provide people with joy, offers recognized health benefits and unconditional love and it is our goal to find a home for every adaptable companion animal in need. The Society offers a variety of programs and services to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people including the following: Cat and dog adoptions, spay/neuter clinic, humane education, cruelty investigation and rescue, free behavior hotline, rehabilitation and treatment centers, pet loss group sessions, a foster program, pet first aid and CPR classes, and other pet-related workshops. Working together with other organizations and the public raises awareness about the needs of animals and how we can work together to promote responsible pet ownership and help prevent cruelty, abuse, and neglect. One of the key challenges facing our community is access to care in underserved areas and we are offering safety net services to meet these needs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoption

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers an extensive adoption program with more than 5400 adoptions annually. The Society offers adoptions through nine adoption locations serving the Chicago area.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers affordable spay and neuter services. This service is offered to a any dog or cat through easy to use scheduling system at anticruelty.org/spayneuter

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a variety of programs, classes and animal engagement opportunities for all age groups. All animal lovers are welcome to participate in programs such as Kids Who Care, Teens Who Care, After School Advocates and Friends Who Care. The Anti-Cruelty Society also offers opportunites for groups and corporate entities to spend time learning about the work of the Society and making crafts to support the animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Society of Animal Welfare Administrators 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers adoptions of dogs, cats and small animals at two primary locations. The pandemic led to fewer adoptions due to COVID-19 resrictions.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Spay and Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers affordable spay/neuter services to provide access to the general public for this important service although services were limited due to the pandemic.

Average number of animals spayed and neutered per day

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Service for 2020 was significantly impacted due to the pandemic.

Number of full-time staff members per animal

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Programs

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Anti-Cruelty Society has 121 full time staff but the work of the Society is supported by a limited volunteer core who gave 67,035 hours which is the equivalent to 34 FTEs.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Anti-Cruelty Society has been on the forefront of animal welfare and humane education since it was founded in 1899. Its focus is to provide the following:
• Compassionate care for any animal in need
• An attempt to find a home for every healthy or rehabilitatable dog and cat
• Intervention to prevent cruelty to animals
• Community education on animal issues to inspire compassion and respect; and
• Low or no cost spaying or neutering
The Anti-Cruelty Society's mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people. We are an open admission shelter committed to caring for all animals and not turn away any animal in need. There are no time limits placed on any animal in its care and the Society operates under the belief that no healthy or rehabilitatable pet should be euthanized. The Society offers access to low or no cost spaying or neutering and it relies on its education programs to promote responsible pet ownership.

The Anti-Cruelty Society is committed to finding a home for every adoptable and treatable cat and dog that comes through our doors by providing an open door for any animal in need. The Society rescues animals from cruelty and neglect while advising and educating pet owners and potential pet owners about how to care for animals. A free behavior hotline provides advice and guidance with animal related issues . The Society also offers spay/neuter surgeries at a low or no cost while also providing education on compassion and respect for all living beings. Additional key strategies include providing much needed veterinary care for those animals whose owners would otherwise not be able to afford proper care or providing temporary housing for animals whose owners involved with crisis situations. The Anti-Cruelty is also committed to working with other organizations to take in animals who need help.

In 2020, the number of services offered were limited due to the pandemic. Despite the interuption in services, the Society spayed or neutered over 5,400 animals through its spay/neuter clinic that provides affordable services to the general public. Through the Society's adoption program, 4,200 cats, dogs, kittens and puppies found their forever homes in 2020 and over 1,400 were sent to foster care, furthering the Society's goal to place every adoptable and rehabilitatable animal in Chicago into a loving home. The Society's humane investigators responded to cruelty and abuse complaints offering education to pet owners or removing the animal if the situation was life threatening.

The Society offers an extensive community outreach through work with community organizations and schools. While the number of participants was limited, programming reverted to virtual programs, classes, and outreach. The Society has a staff of 121 employees, 800 fosters, and over 600 volunteers who support the work of The Anti-Cruelty Society by working 365 days a year to accomplish strategic goals set by the Board of Directors and CEO of The Anti-Cruelty Society.

The Anti-Cruelty Society was founded in 1899 and it has found homes for hundreds of thousands of animals, spayed/neutered close to 150,000 animals, educated over 260,000 children and adults, provided advice to 25,000 humans, and responded to 100,000 complaints of cruelty and neglect. In addition to providing charity veterinary care to thousands of animals that would otherwise not have received the much-needed care, the Society has helped thousands of humans work through the loss of their beloved pet through a free group pet loss and grief sessions, free dog wellness fairs and opened our doors to any animal in need, no matter their condition or breed. In 2020, the Society also provided over 600,000 free pet meals to help keep people and their pets together through the Friends Who Care program for seniors, and monthly pop up pet-food pantries. The Anti-Cruelty Society has a commitment to helping animals find peace, comfort and happiness and the chance to find a forever home. This ongoing need keeps The Anti-Cruelty Society committed to continuing its good work.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve any pet owner or any person looking to become a pet owner. As an open door shelter, we welcome all people as well as all pets in need. During the past several years, The Anti-Cruelty Society has been reaching beyond its shelter walls to provide needed services to people in underserved communities to preserve families by keeping people and pets together.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We evaluate our adoption and foster experiences to determine how we can better serve our customers. For adopters, we have added a follow-up call protocol to connect with people who have adopted animals within days of their adoption providing them with additional support and information. For fosters, we have expanded our staff to help support fosters with caring for animals. We have also set up private facebook pages for each audience to help build a stronger community who is always open to supporting each other. Each group is monitored daily by a dedicated staff member.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We are very open with our funders and as a result, we are often funded for more than requested. During the pandemic, we received significant funds to support our emergency funding which was a testament to their faith in the organization and trust in our commitment to our work to care for and protect animals in need.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Anti-Cruelty Society

Board of directors
as of 6/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Jane Luiso

Elliott Otis

No Affiliation

Barbara Provus

No Affiliation

Sheldon Rubin

Veterinarian Consultant

Freeman Wood

Mercer Sentinel Group

Daniel Jaffee

Oil-Dri Corporation of America

Steven Klein

Swanson, Martin and Bell, LLP

Steve Shanker

PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Jane Eberle

American Medical Association

Jane Luiso

retired

Amanda Willard

Brand Consultant

Shane Folley

KPMG

Judi Spaletto

KPMG

Shannon Greely

Scotsdale Animal Clinic

Barbara McLucas

No affiliation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/22/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/22/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.