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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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Hercules

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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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Toby

Meet Toby the adorable teeny-tiny kitten that is currently living it up in foster care! Toby was sent to foster after he came to us very small and with a cold. His foster mom says his eyes are clearing up, he is gaining weight, and is responding very well to antibiotics.

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His foster mom says he makes up for his small size with his big purrsonality. He loves water and likes to stand in it while he’s drinking it. He likes to think he’s a scarf and lay around your neck. He is very playful and very snuggly which is all you could want in a kitten.

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Now at a healthy weight Toby will be returning to us soon to go up for adoption and find his forever home. Keep an eye out for him!

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Adopted! Meet Junior!

Junior is available for adoption and is currently in foster care. photo 1

When Junior came to us it was found that this rambunctious little guy had been injured with a set of bb gun pellets in his back leg.  He is in foster care to give him time to recover from that injury. Although, it doesn’t seem to be stopping him from playing with his foster sibling!

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His foster mom adores him and says that he “He is a little scared of new people while walking, but we work with him and he usually calms down. He’s friendly with other dogs, but is very forward, so keeping him in check is best just in case the other dog doesn’t approve of his forward nature. I don’t believe this little guy has a mean bone in his body, he’s just extremely curious and that can be read the wrong way if encountered by the wrong dog! He plays well, no signs of being mouthy at all. He learned to drop-it before he fetches and that seems to keep his energy in check. He can become over excited and jumps a little, but nothing that can’t be corrected. With the right control of playing he’s a ton of fun! The only toy he seems to play with is a tennis ball :) After about 10-15 minutes of fetching the ball he calms down and passes out on the floor, so he can be tired with a little exercise. He sleeps well through the night in his crate. He cried a little the first two nights we had him and that’s been it. We keep his crate covered with a sheet while he sleeps and he waits patiently in there till we’re ready to walk him. So far he’s only had a couple of accidents in the house, but that was just his initial marking’, not because he couldn’t hold it. We caught him marking’, simply told him no and that was all. Otherwise, he’s totally house and crate trained. Junior is a wonderful dog, he really just wants to be your companion and friend! He follows me around and will sleep in whatever room I’m in. He’s very smart, and with the proper training and the right person, he’d be the perfect little love bug!”

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As you can see here Junior has a little bit of pug mixed into him, but gets his size from his terrier side.

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If you’d be interested in meeting this little guy contact us at foster@anticruelty.org.

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BeachBall Bikini Shades Sugar TheFourSibs

Meet Sugar, Shades, Beachball, and Bikini.  These fun guys are sure to please.  Foster kittens are always fun, but they require a lot of effort and attention.  Come meet them today!

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New foster mom Mary  shared her first-ever foster experience with us in the hope of helping us do outreach for additional foster caretakers this summer. Here’s what she had to say about her first-time foster pooch Pee Wee and what it was like inviting him into her home:

Our First Foster Dog!

As mentioned in a prior post, I prefer dogs to people.  Really and truly.  I also wanted to start volunteering again. So, I combined the two and started fostering dogs for Anti-Cruelty. Here he is, our first foster, Peewee.
Peewee lived with us for a few weeks until he was old enough to be adopted.  How friggin’ CUTE is he?!!!!!  He was soooo much fun to have in our house but also a LOT of work.  With three dogs (two of which are puppies) and two kids and a husband who travels, my hands were full.  It was worth it, though.
I got to expel some of my motherly need for another baby (yes, my husband said no to a third – boo hoo) and the kids learned what it means to  “foster.” Fostering means to provide a temporary, safe home for an animal with the full intention of returning the animal in order for him to find his forever home.
Fostering isn’t for everyone.  A ton of people asked me how in the world I was going to give Peewee back.  Well, it isn’t like I didn’t think about this dilemma before I took on the task.  I knew it was going to be hard.  I knew we would get attached and I knew it would be painful to return him.  But that is all part of the lesson and the experience.
We are giving our hearts and our home, fully and completely, and then letting go.  And we will do it again.  And again.  And again.  As I said, I prefer dogs to people.  So they are always welcome in my home!!!  Until next time, SAHM!

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“Bubbles (or Bubs as we are calling her) is my first foster experience, and what a great experience it is!

Bubs is a wonderful companion pet with a great temperament and personality; she is extremely affectionate, and loves to be near people.    She is very sweet, calm, and likes to sit right next to you, especially when you are reading or watching TV.   She is a true companion, and shows it by constantly communicating.  She talks to me all the time-and it’s almost like she talks back when I call her.

Bubbles

She is such a pretty girl, and comes when she is called.  She likes to play with toys, and spends lots of time rolling around on her back, sometimes hugging toys.  She would be a very easy pet for someone who is older or has some limitations, because she is very low maintenance.  She is very happy eating hard food and hasn’t been too interested in soft food at all.   She does get excited when I shake the bag of treats, however!

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If you could open your home to Bubs, you would have a wonderfully sweet companion to spend time with in your home.”

If you’re interested in potentially adopting Bubbles, please contact our foster team at: foster@anticruelty.org

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Bean

Bean is an adorable terrier mix who came to the Society through one of our rescue partners in Oklahoma. We’re thrilled to have been able to have brought this sweet little guy to the windy city.

This young and spunky puppy was with us for only a short time when he became ill with kennel cough. So off to foster he went! And we’re happy to report that this little dude is thriving in his foster’s home.

Here’s an update that we received from Bean’s foster just this morning:

Bean is a 5 month old terrier mix with a tail that never stops wagging! I’ve had him for 2 weeks and he’s a hoot. Young and excited, and interested in everything!

Bean 2Bean (aka Beany Boy) is a smart cookie. He’s learned sit and touch (so far only in the house – outside on walks is too stimulating for him right now) and we are working on wait and curbing his puppy mouthiness. He’s been amazing with housetraining. When he wants to go out he goes to the gate and I take him to the back yard where he does his business in a flash. There’s been no pottying in the house for the last 4 days! That means it only took 10 days for him to get the hang of it! Like I said – smart!
Bean 4Bean loves going on walks, though his leash manners need some work. Once spring finally comes we will spend more time cruising the neighborhood and that will improve.

Unfortunately right now walks are for exploring not pottying. With longer walks that will also improve.

Bean 1Bean is crate trained. From the beginning he hasn’t made a mess in his crate (except for knocking over his water bowl a couple of times). He willingly goes into his crate at night and sometimes just for a nap. When he’s crated and I leave the room for more than 5 minutes he sometimes lets out a few whines and yips, but it never lasts more than a few minutes and he settles right down.

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Bean is a sweetie and loves to cuddle on the couch – a chin rub is his favorite thing. Sometimes I think he has no bones – I wish I could get a video of him sliding off the couch head first and landing in a puddle of puppy! But he is an energetic puppy and it’s nice having a couple of Westies to chase him around in the back yard! You should have seen him this afternoon chasing leaves blowing in the wind. Priceless!

If you’re interested in potentially adopting little Bean, or joining our team of foster volunteers, send us an email to: foster@anticruelty.org

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