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Anti-Cruelty Society Waives Adoption Fees For A Week As It Struggles With Full Shelters

The group's adoption rate for dogs has fallen by 33 percent over the past three months, and its shelters are at capacity.

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CHICAGO — The Anti-Cruelty Society is waiving adoption fees for cats, dogs and other pets this week at its locations around the city.

The initiative, which runs through Sunday, was launched because the rescue has seen adoption rates plunge in recent weeks. As a result, Anti-Cruelty Society locations are at capacity and can’t help more animals, according to a news release from the organization.

Interested adopters can view available animals here and learn more about the adoption process online. Information about providing a temporary home to a pet through fostering is available here.

Darlene Duggan, the rescue’s chief operations officer, said in the statement economic uncertainty might have “impacted potential adopters’ willingness to bring home a new family member, which has caused space constraints.”

“The Anti-Cruelty Society is severely limited in housing additional animals, particularly dogs over 40 pounds that need larger living spaces,” Duggan said.

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s adoption rate for dogs has fallen 33 percent over the past three months, according to the group. The rescue organization is housing and caring for more than 420 animals and has 140 animals in foster care, according to the news release.

The group’s adoption locations:

  • Adoption Center: Open noon-6 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at 510 N. LaSalle Drive.
  • PetSmart South Loop: Open 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sundays at 1101 S. Canal St.
  • PetSmart Kingsbury: 1415 N. Kingsbury St.
  • PetSmart Andersonville: 5210 N. Broadway
  • PetSmart Wrigleyville: 3740 N. Halsted St.
  • PetSmart Evanston: 2221 Oakton St. in Evanston

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