Daisy in Foster

We recently got an update on Daisy from her foster mom, Laura!

“She (Daisy) is terrific. The grown ups (people and fellow felines) love her.”

Daisy is currently in foster because she is too young for adoption.


(Daisy is the kitten on the left)

If you are interested in fostering click on the link listed below to learn more!


Meet Reese!

Come out to meet Reese the wonder mom at our next Foster Hot Spot! Reese will be out and about meeting potential adopters on Saturday, September 13th from 12:30 – 2:00 and Sunday, September 14th from 11am-12pm at the PetSmart in Evanston! If you’ve been looking for a sweet, cuddly and mellow dog to bring into your home – she’s the one!

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We are delighted to post some photo updates of Miss Pishtachio! She is doing very well in foster care and enjoys showing off her inner-rebel through her outfits. But don’t let the skull and cross-bones fool you, she is a real sweetheart.

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Thank you!

We are so happy to have gotten so many cats and dogs into their forever home these past few weeks! I am truly in awe over the amazing teamwork we have seen with our volunteers and fosters. Everyone really pulled together to find our long term residents and shelter favorites the perfect pet parents. A special shout out to Laurie the cat, Max the cat, Suzzy the cat, Oliver Queen, Jin-Jin, and Chelsea del toro. Enjoy your new homes!

We have already gotten pics of Miss Suzy and Mr. Oliver Queen in their new abodes. :) Looks like they are living the good life already!

Suzzy is home!Oliver in his new home

Adopted! Marvin


Marvin is an energetic, majestic and social boy who came to the Society from a shelter in the south. This striking looking Coonhound is 8 months old and ready for his forever home! As a part of the Foster to Foster program, Marvin is available for adoption while he’s in his foster’s care.

Here’s an update on how this exuberant pup is fairing with his foster:

marvin 4Marvin has been a joy to have around. We went to the hot dog festival on his first day with me and he met a ton of people, including kids and other dogs. There was a lot going on, and he just went with the flow. He allowed anyone and everyone to pet him, and would often roll on his back to encourage people to rub his belly!

I live in a condo building and was curious how he would do in this type of an environment. Well, he thinks he owns the elevators and plops down right in the middle (unless someone has take-out, then he is right next to them as their new best friend). He has also done great in the dog run area. He is very social and wants to meet everyone. He can become frustrated if he is not able to go meet the other dogs, and will show his frustration by barking. He can be a bit overwhelming to other dogs that are not as interested in meeting him! I have no doubt that he will learn the proper social skills with time and help from his new owners. As far as my condo, I am very proud to say that my neighbors do not even know that Marvin exists! He has not barked at anyone walking by, not even once! He seems to be a very confident dog who is not anxious when I am away. He has also not had an accident in the home, but I am making sure to take him out fairly often as I know he has not had extensive potty training in his past.

marvin 1Speaking of training, Marvin is learning new things on a daily basis! He is extremely food motivated and eager to please, so training is pretty simple with him! Because he has grown up in a shelter, he will need some basic training classes. My gut tells me that he will be the star student as he really seems to enjoy the mental challenge of training and the joy of making his owner happy.

Marvin loves to get exercise, and will walk or jog with me, as far as I want to go. He loves to play ball and to chase leaves. My favorite thing about him is that he will sit on a bench and people watch with me. He is the perfect balance of athletic and calm.

Because Marvin is such a social guy, he does love to snuggle. He will lean in when you pet him, and will try to sneak into bed. He is pretty hard to resist!

Marvin is very adaptable, and will likely fit into most living situations. He just wants his new owner to enjoy the outdoors, even if it’s just a walk around the block and to give him lots of belly rubs.

If you’d be interested in scheduling a meeting with this hunk in person – contact our foster team at foster@anticruelty.org


Foster to Forever

Have you heard about the new Foster to Forever program yet?! This new groundbreaking program has been created to help long term shelter residents find their forever families while in foster care. Modeled off of the ASPCA’s Adoption Ambassadors project, Foster to Forever empowers fosters to recruit, screen and adopt pets straight from their homes.

Every animal entering the program will already be spayed or neutered, have their vaccines, photo, behavior assessment and personality profiles completed. The project will focus on placing cats and dogs who have a longer length of stay based on their breed, age, or energy level. Animals are nominated for the program by the Shelter Management team, as well as AB&T, and are posted to the available animals adoption gallery on our website.
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All participating foster families are provided with adoption screening training, a personalized media kit for the animal, and are given a goal of finding placement within four weeks of the foster start date. In addition to providing additional housing space for adoptable animals the Foster to Forever Program will attract a new demographic of fosters who are interested in helping, but may otherwise be intimidated by a sick or under-age pet.


Our first three program participants, Cookie, Bubbles, and Poppy were all adopted through the program earlier this month!

foster to forever poppy

Intrigued? We’d hope you’d be! If you’re interested in learning more about the program, click here:http://anticruelty.org/ways-to-get-involved/fostering-opportunities/  To see a list of animals currently awaiting Foster to Forever placement follow this link http://anticruelty.org/ways-to-get-involved/fostering-opportunities/current-pet-foster-candidates/


Foster programs really do save lives.

Many animals who come in to shelters like The Anti-Cruelty Society are not given the best start to life, leaving them sick, injured or in poor physical and emotional condition when they arrive in our care. That’s why having an active and robust foster program is so important! With the help of foster providers, who open their hearts and homes to animals in need, we can help cats and dogs get back up on their feet and ready for their permanent home.

Hercules and Layla are two pups who would not have made it if not for the Society and our amazing foster team.

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Layla in foster care

Hercules and Layla came in to the Society in early June. Staff were immediately struck by how weak, feeble and skinny these two puppies were upon arrival. The two Boxer American Bulldog Mixes were brought in by a by a family who claimed they could no longer care for them. When asked why the puppies were so thin, the owners replied “they don’t like to eat”. We were shocked and skeptical. Staff immediately brought the dogs foods and they vacuumed it up immediately. Digging deeper, our staff found that the owners were breeding and selling puppies, and could not find any buyers for these last two. Claiming they had run out of money to continue their care, the decided to bring them to the Society for re-homing. When asked if they would be bringing in the mother, to have her spayed to prevent further litters, they replied “no” and explained that they planned to continue breeding in the future. Our Field Services team is investigating this claim.



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After foster care

Both Hercules and Layla were extremely emaciated when they came in but showed an incredible amount of spirit. At 4 months old they were only a fraction of what a healthy pup should weigh – so we knew we had our work cut out for us.

After spending two weeks in our direct care, our veterinary team decided that the pups were stable enough to go out into foster, where they’d receive the individualized attention they’d need.

After hitting our Foster Candidate list Hercules was swiftly scooped up by foster mom Lauren, who worked round the clock with our clinic to stabilize his health. In the meantime, his sister Layla’s condition suddenly declined, with the pup coming down with kennel cough, adding further strain to her already delicate system. Rather than put her immediately into foster care as planned, staff fostered Layla on-site with weekend trips to staff’s homes until her condition stabilized. Once she started to put on weight and her lethargy dissipated, we sent her to the home of Megan, a new foster recruit,  where she could stay long term as she bounced back to health.

Layla in foster care

Layla in foster care

In the meantime, Layla’s brother Hercules, who had begun to thrive in foster care, was selected to debut at an off-site adoption event and was immediately scooped up by an adoptive family. And after only three weeks in foster care, Layla, the once skeletal puppy, had filled out, grown up and became as happy and giddy as could be! Bonding as closely as she did with this previously frail pup, Layla’s foster Megan made the decision to adopt her herself, joining the ranks of our beloved “foster failure” team. Both puppies have been in their adoptive homes for two weeks now and are continuing to flourish.

Layla before and afterHercules and Layla’s story is a prime example of how a community of animal lovers can come together to save lives. Coming to The Anti-Cruelty Society, where they received specialized medical care and TLC, and then going out to foster where they could be nurtured one on one, these pups were lucky to have so many people rallying around them to ensure they’d make it through.

We’d like to once again thank Hercules and Layla’s foster parents, as well as Society staff, for going above and beyond in the care of these two incredible pups. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do for the animals!

If you’re interested in learning more about The Anti-Cruelty Society and our foster program visit our website here to learn how you can get involved.


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