New Home for Homeless Pets

Homeless pets are enjoying their newly renovated temporary home at the Anti-Cruelty Society’s iconic Chicago headquarters.

Gone is the building’s bleak and leaking façade. In its place an energy-efficient exterior that increases both the animals’ comfort and the ability of people walking on the street to see adoptable pets.

“Our direction was to re-clad the building, but respect [architect Stanley] Tigerman’s original iconic design and preserve its original look and feel,” says architect Bob Larsen of project manager IDEA Architects. “Because of the harsh sunlight that penetrated the windows, pull-down shades were used in the large picture windows to insulate the animals and building interior from the sun, which was quite a departure from their original intention;to showcase animals in need of good homes.”

To restore the large storefront windows to their original design intention, Larsen utilized standard components to create sunshades on the exterior of the building. The sunshades diffuse and block the sunlight before it can enter the interior of the building.  

We wanted both the animals, and the people who viewed them, to take advantage of the upgrades made to the windows. The animals can now enjoy daylight in comfort and the public can freely view the animals up for adoption,” Larsen says.

The IDEA team also renovated a holding area for dogs, incorporating a new caging system with an open feel, says Robyn Barbiers, DVM, president of the Anti-Cruelty Society. “We’ve noted a significant positive change in the animals’ behavior since being exposed to the new kennel design,” she says. “They are more relaxed and more comfortable in this environment.”

The Anti-Cruelty Society was founded in 1899 and finds homes for some 5,000 dogs and cats every year. To learn more, click here

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