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Giving a Second Chance to Animals Through  Real Estate Transactions

The Anti-Cruelty Society is one of the oldest organizations dedicated to animal welfare and humane education. As a member of Investing In Communities®, The Anti-Cruelty Society can receive crucial funding for its programs and efforts through real estate transactions, including corporate leases, home purchases, and sales. By using IIC to start your real estate transaction, you enable the Anti-Cruelty Society to continue its work in the greater Chicagoland area. 

Since 1889, the ACS has operated an open admission shelter, which means they care for all animals and will not turn away any animal in need. The organization offers a variety of services and workshops as well, including adoptions, a spay/neuter clinic, training classes, pet loss and grief group sessions and pet visitation programs to keep residents of the shelter social and excited.

The organization’s key elements are sheltering and rescuing animals and hosting events to raise public awareness and promote adoptions.

Dog Shelters in Chicago

One of the hardest things for staff and trained volunteers at ACS is seeing how animals are mistreated through neglect and outright abuse. In some cases, they witness the conditions of the home where the animals are found. In other cases, they see the behavioral impact that the mistreatment has on dogs, cats and other pets. The bright side is that these animals are in good hands when ACS gets involved. Dog shelters in Chicago are consistently overpopulated and understaffed. To help continue to treat unwell animals and get them into new homes, ACS is always looking for additional volunteers. Chicago’s humane society values come down to one key belief: all animals deserve safety and care. While many dog shelters in Chicago help provide these things, ACS provides a larger safety net and helps find new homes through dog rescue efforts in Chicago.

Dog Rescue Options in Chicago

 ACS’s  dog rescue efforts in Chicago, which resulted in nearly 5,700 rescues in 2018 alone, range from finding stray dogs to getting them introduced to new forever homes. Thanks to a number of staff members and volunteers dedicated to dog rescue, thousands of animals have been given a second chance at a happy, healthy life. A few more important statistics about the rescue efforts of ACS include:

  • Nearly 10,000: the number of animals spayed and neutered to protect and control the pet population; and
  • 814 fosters: from cats and dogs to guinea pigs and hamsters, almost 1000 animals are alive thanks to the efforts of ACS.

Bark in the Park

A huge contributor to the ACS budget is the Bark in the Park fundraiser held every May. Bark in the Park is Chicago’s oldest and largest dog friendly party. The event involves walking to raise awareness for the ACS’s efforts. Unlike other awareness walks or runs, however, dogs aren’t just welcome, they’re encouraged. With prizes for the top pets in attendance and a variety of other activities and features, Bark in the Park provides great fun for those who attend and is an important part of the fundraising necessary to run the organization. 

Additional funding and awareness for the cause is enabled by IIC. Make a difference in the local pet community with a home purchase or sale or with your commercial lease. Helping animals in need is as easy as going to when planning your next residential or commercial real estate transaction. At no cost, you can help fund the efforts of the Anti-Cruelty Society. You can work with a broker you already know or IIC can provide several agents that are appropriate for your consideration, based on your specifics. But the important thing is to start with IIC.  The funding can be significant. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home translates to $1,300 of funding for the Anti-Cruelty Society. Get started today!


Location: Chicago, Illinois

Focus Area: Animals

Budget: $5 million - $10 million

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As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, The Anti-Cruelty Society is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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