The Anti-Cruelty Society

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The Anti-Cruelty Society is an animal welfare organization and animal shelter in the the River North neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. It was founded on January 19, 1899 by a group of Chicago residents who had concerns about the treatment of the city's animals, from stray cats and dogs, to workhorses, to livestock.[1] The Society's first president was Rose Fay Thomas, wife of Theodore Thomas, famed orchestral conductor and founder of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Anti-Cruelty Society exists to prevent cruelty to animals and to advance humane education. Their mission is building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people.

The Anti-Cruelty Society (SPCA of Illinois) is a private, not-for-profit humane society that does not receive government assistance. It is one of the largest such organizations in the United States.

In the 2009 fiscal year, The Anti-Cruelty Society's spay/neuter clinic—one of the highest volume spay/neuter clinics in the country—performed over 12,000 surgeries. The Society also found new homes for nearly 6,000 animals.

In autumn of 2008, Dr. Robyn Barbiers, formerly the Vice President for Collections at The Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, became The Society's new President.

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