The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago (TACS) has been in operation for well over 100 years. TACS is Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit shelter. They have been rescuing animals for over 10 decades; beginning with horses and moving onto domesticated house pets. All-in-all this organization does stupendous work.
The problem is that they are running out of space to do their work. It takes a lot of room to spay and neuter as many animals a year as The Anti-Cruelty Society does.
Thankfully they will be able to continue their efforts and even be able to further their efforts thanks to the fact that they a launching a renovation project and when all is said and done, TACS will have a brand new clinic in which to conduct their operations from. This will enhance the performance that is carried out presently since every free ounce of space is spoken for and then some.
The project is well underway as the ground-breaking began in January of 2013. The new clinic, the first phase of the project, will be located in the basement of the new structure. Subsequent phases will follow. Although the balance of the phases are important, the clinic is critical!
The other phases include moving the adoption counseling area so it is contiguous to the adoption processing area; relocating the employee lounge and locker room; moving the receiving area so that the general public is not present to witness animals being surrendered in the front entranceway. Emotions run rampant in the presently chaotic environment.
The physical changes will help TACS to run much more efficiently since everything will be new and modernized. The changes will result in comfort for the Society’s guests. The changes will lessen the conflict of happiness of getting a pet vs. complete sadness when a pet is sick and must be euthanized. Now emotions will be dealt with in separate areas of the organization – just as they should be.
Of course the renovations are not free. In fact, TACS is facing costs of $8 million. This is $1 million greater than their annual operating budget. The budget is almost solely made up of public donations. Although it is a lot to ask and to hope for, the Society feels assured that the public needs them as much as they need the support of the public, so both will come through for each other!
Stay tuned as updates come in about the changes being made to The Anti-Cruelty Society located at 157 West Grand Avenue in Chicago. If you are interested in helping with their renovation efforts, contact them.