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Marcel Digital Volunteers with Anti-Cruelty Society

On August 8, Marcel employees got to visit the Anti-Cruelty Society’s River North facility and learn about their meaningful work in helping animals rehabilitate and find homes. Their mission is to build a community of caring by helping pets and educating people. In fact, a big part of this philanthropy outing involved education. We learned that they strive to provide compassionate care for any animal in need and attempt to find a home for every healthy or rehabilitatable dog and cat. They also play a part in intervention to prevent cruelty to animals and foster community education on animal issues to inspire compassion and respect. Finally, Anti-Cruelty offers low or no cost spaying and neutering to incentivize responsible pet ownership. 

Our facilitator gave us a full overview and background of the organization while also introducing us to a few of the animals in their care (shoutout to Ginger, Pinto, and Sherbert). It was an excellent run through of all of their services and it informed us of the many ways to get further involved, whether it be fostering, adopting, or fundraising!

Marcel Digital's group of volunteers pose for a picture.

The full Marcel volunteer group 8/8/2022

Pinto, the dog, smiles for the camera.

Our boy Pinto!

A dog investigates some of the in-progress toys being made.

This is our friend Ginger!

A Marcel Digital volunteer cuddles with an orange cat named Sherbert.

Sherbert is a fan favorite.

For our outing, we assisted Anti-Cruelty Society in making toys for the many animals staying at their facility. This included making cat toys out of feathers, cork, and pipe cleaners. We also got to use some advanced friendship bracelet techniques to weave together cloth and shirts in order to make dog chew toys. It was truly a learning experience and very cool to learn about how our DIY efforts can help animals dealing with anxiety while they await their new homes.

Finally, we got to take a tour of their full adoption center, which includes cats, dogs, rabbits, and gerbils. It was very inspiring to see the great work Anti-Cruelty Society is doing every day and we are happy to spread their message of humane compassionate treatment of animals. They even have an upcoming fundraiser event called "Pour Your Heart Out" featuring tastings from over 15 breweries, distilleries, and wineries, complimentary food & drinks, entertainment, and more.


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Photo Gallery

Have a look at the photos below and consider getting involved if you or your business is looking for engaging volunteer opportunities in the future!

A volunteer shows off a newly-created dog toy.

Weaving dog toys out of old shirts

Two volunteers create at toys out of pipe cleaners, feathers, and cork.

Building cat toys with feathers, cork, and pipe cleaners.

Two volunteers play with Sherbert the cat.

Sherbert is loving life

Smiling for a photo with Pinto the dog

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Two volunteers cut up old t-shirts to create toys with

Work station for making chew toys and catnip treats 

Two volunteers work together to make cat toys.

Strategizing the perfect cat toy

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Dan Muller

Dan has a passion for finding creative solutions through writing, tech, and brand storytelling. On the Marcel Digital Blog, he highlights our latest philanthropy and company culture initiatives.