The AAF is a 501-C3 Not-For-Profit corporation and is one of the first No-Kill Animal Shelters in the county. Our mission at the Assisi Animal Foundation (AAF) since our founding in 1983, has been dedicated to providing shelter, care and, where appropriate, re-homing animals to loving, permanent homes. We abide by a no-kill policy, which allows for euthanasia only under professional veterinary assessment; in cases of terminal illness which cause suffering, when injury is too severe to repair, or in instances of severe aggression where the threat to other shelter residents and caregivers is present. The AAF is dedicated to educating the public on issues that impact animal welfare, preservation and protection, developing humane attitudes and compassion in young people, providing a pet therapy program to nursing centers and providing a continuing care program for dogs and cats. We work toward establishment of low cost spay neuter programs and provide educational programs to young peoples groups and classrooms teaching humane attitudes toward all animals and responsible pet guardianship. The AAF is devoted to improving and protecting sentient life. The AAF supports trap, neuter, and return (TNR) programs to help control and alleviate pet and feral overpopulation. As a small grass-roots group we are especially proud of the fact that we are a 4-time recipient of the Excellence of Service to Animal and Public Education award from the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, which recognized only three organizations yearly. We have also received awards from the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Montweyer Foundation.