In the late 1890s, Chicago bubbled with progressive humanitarian reforms spurred on by an economic depression, streets stinking with raw sewage, and rising social unrest. Emboldened by their growing suffrage movement in the 1850s, women were at the forefront of change, and one group of women in particular extended their focus to those that could not defend themselves: the city’s 50,000 workhorses, many of which were old and sick, as well as the homeless dogs and cats filling the alleys and running underfoot. These women brought their concerns to two prominent residents and shortly thereafter founded The Anti-Cruelty Society with Mrs. Theodore Thomas as its first president.
In the 110 years that followed, The Anti-Cruelty Society remained a staple of animal-welfare aid, expanding its means and reach in pursuit of its original mission. It cared for US Army horses during World War I, provided refuge for thousands of abandoned dogs, and fought to prevent cruelty to animals across the city. Today, volunteers find homes for more than 5,400 cats and dogs every year, with an open door for animals in need 365 days a year. They provide medical treatment for injured animals, investigate reports of abuse and cruelty, and help educate the public about the importance of compassion through community and school programs.
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In its Best of Chicago 2012 feature, Chicago Magazine praised Before You Go Liquors as “heaven for lovers of local and imported craft brews.” The store’s shelves creak under the weight of more than 100 craft beers. The libation station emphasizes the kind of small batches and lesser-known microbreweries that chain liquor stores overlook, such as Chicago’s Pipeworks. But Before You Go Liquors doesn’t turn its nose up at name brands: lots of its beer, wine, and spirits sport familiar labels, rather than blank labels with Duff Beer, Patriot Ale, or Glengoole Blue Scotch drawn onto them.
Monika's aptitude for obedience training arose organically from her childhood love of dogs. She's been training pups since she was one herself, so her grasp of canine psychology has flourished naturally throughout her life. At Smart K9, she doesn't just teach dogs how to "sit," "stay," and "unlock the door"; she fosters healthier, closer relationships between owners and dogs by teaching the former how to lead and the latter how to follow. Her dog-training sessions range from one-hour private lessons and two-week training programs to classes specifically designed for puppies.
Though primarily a dog walking company, Executive Dogs is also responsible for many of the new friendships made within the Los Angeles area. Their staffers get to know each pet and develop close bonds with the animal. That way, dogs look forward to walks as much as owners look forward to having more time on their hands. To keep canines calm and at ease, the company's team makes sure to step over mom-threatening cracks, and only walks pets individually or with other dogs that live in the same household. The dog lovers also house sit for owners who require extended time away from home.
We Walk'em understands that feeding pets while owners are away is only part of a pet sitter's duties. Instead of just pouring food in a bowl, cleaning the litter box, and leaving, the team sticks around to visit pets, keeping them entertained and relaxed during stressful owner absences. The versatile team extends this same courtesy to more exotic pets, such as iguanas, chinchillas, or poncho-wearing labradors. During quality time, the team also offers supplemental courtesies to homes, such as bringing in the mail, watering plants, and turning off the lights.