The yips and mews sound too needy to ignore. Founded in 1899 by Rose Fay Thomas, wife of Chicago Symphony Orchestra founder Theodore Thomas, the Anti-Cruelty Society originally assisted children, then moved to care of work horses. It's since shifted to primarily cats and dogs, finding new homes for nearly 6,000 in 2002. The Anti-Cruelty Society still remains active in the community, hosting such events as the Bark in the Park, a 5-kilometer run/walk and fair; the It's Raining Cats and Dogs annual gala; and the Let's Pet Together outdoor summer social. Adoption cost is $55, which includes a full veterinary examination, leash and collar, spaying or neutering, and a microchip i.d.