Archive for the ‘Adopted’ Category


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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After being at the shelter for awhile, Kat became lethargic, cranky and had lost several pounds because she didn’t eat much so it was decided that she would take a “shelter vacation”.

Kat has truly blossomed in a home environment!  Kat now loves to eat both canned and dry food.  She has gained back the weight she lost and then some.

Kat’s true personality has also emerged in a home environment.  Kat is funny, feisty, friendly and fearless! Kat really enjoys being around people and will rub up against visitors and occasionally will even jump in their lap.  Kat also will sleep in my bed at night and often will come lay on me and let me rub her chin and cuddle.

kat 2Kat’s feistiness comes out occasionally when I pet her.  Once she is done with me, she will lightly tap my hand or arm to tell me to stop.  If I don’t stop, then she likes to playbite so she probably is not suitable for small children.

Kat also loves to play, especially with dangly toys and things that she can chase.  She also loves to roll around in catnip.  Kat sometimes makes weird growling noises when she plays, which is absolutely adorable.

When Kat came to the shelter, she was matted so she was shaved except for around her head and paws.  Her fur is growing back in a slightly uneven manner and looks really cute.

Kat is a beautiful cat with a bright and bold personality.  I absolutely love her but I am not sure that my other cats feel the same way.  She really deserves a loving forever home.

If you’d be interested in meeting this incredible kitty – please contact our foster team at foster@anticruelty.org for details!

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Adopted! Bitsy


Bitsy a very sweet and submissive puppy who is approximately 3 1/2 months old.  She was initially placed into foster care to recover from kennel cough.  She was quickly symptom free of the illness but needed a little additional time in foster care for social development support.


Bitsy is initially timid when meeting new people and may not quickly approach to say “hi”.  Her usual default in this situation is to roll on her back and expose her belly.  When given time and space to assess the situation, she will eventually and cautiously approach on her own to offer a gentle greeting.  Rambunctious children are a bit frightening to her.  She is immediately more confident and playful in the company of socially appropriate dogs.


Her crate is her safe haven when she becomes overwhelmed.  Bitsy will seek her crate to take a break.  She also sleeps peacefully through the night listening to soothing soundscapes of the ocean.


Although not fully house trained, Bitsy will routinely use the potty pads in her x-pen enclosure.

Bitsy would blossom in a home with another balanced dog to help boost her confidence and with people who will nurture her social development by carefully introducing her to new experiences.


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Adopted: Dasher

Dasher: Shepherd Newfoundland Mix for Adoption

You know Dasher and Dancer, Donner and Cupid – but do you know this Dasher?!

Introducing one of the cutest fur-ball, we’re not really even sure it’s not a bear cub, puppies that’s ever hit the foster scene! This adorable mixed breed pup is a bundle of cuddly fun! Having gone out into foster care for being a touch too young for adoption, Dasher is now of-age and ready to find her forever home!

Here’s a quick write-up about this adorable gal from her foster mom:

dasher 2Although Dasher has only been with me less than two weeks, she has proved to be a lovely visitor.

Dasher is working on potty training.  She clearly lets me know at night when she needs to go outside and is starting to run to the back door during the day.

Although never left alone unsupervised, Dasher does spend a good bit of her time while I’m working at home playing with her toys in the living room outside of her pen.  She shows a great interest in the cats and does chase them, but never maliciously, only to play.  She has taken several bops on the head from my younger cat and is more respectful of his personal space although continues to play bow to him to try and engage him.

dasher and santaAs with all puppies Dasher needs to be occupied.  She has several Nylabones and rawhides to occupy her puppy teeth and her favorite toy has become a crinkly cat toy.  She LOVES the noise it makes and therefore has yet to tear it apart.

Dasher is happy to meet new people and even sat quietly on Santa’s lap this past weekend.

As I started to work on crate training, it became clear Dasher doesn’t like to be confined in a crate, but she does great in the pen in my living room and bedroom.  Dasher loves to be with her people so is a little sad when I leave, but quickly settles in the pen with her variety of toys.

Dasher: Available for AdoptionWe’re also working on “sit”, “off”, and “wait” and she is quite treat motivated! She settles nicely when she gets overly rambunctious and does well when having her nails trimmed an when being brushed

Dasher will be a big girl when grown as we think she is a Newfoundland/Shepherd mix.  Dasher will be done with her meds for kennel cough on December 24th and will be available as soon as she is spayed.

If you’re interested in meeting this adorable pup in person – contact us at foster@anticruelty.org. We’ll send you additional details and discuss next steps.

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Kat is a beautiful 6 year old Domestic Short Hair who was sent out to foster care for a shelter vacation in mid-September.

Declining in sociability, not eating, and beginning to lose weight, Kat began to show us signs that the stress of the shelter was taking a big toll on her well-being, which is why she was nominated for a break from the facility.

Kat has now been in foster care for over a month and has made incredible strides in that time. Here’s the latest update we received from her super-foster Debbie:

After being at the shelter for awhile, Kat became lethargic, cranky and didn’t eat much so it was decided that she would take a “shelter vacation”.

Kat was quite friendly once she came to my house and started head butting my hand right away and she easily roamed around the room but she didn’t always want to be touched.  Kat started eating normally after about five days.

As the weeks have gone by, Kat has really blossomed in a home environment. Kat’s appetite has improved dramatically and she has gained about two pounds.  Her favorite foods are canned tuna, Fancy Feast Fish and Shrimp and Deli-Cat.  She always greets me when I enter her room and meows at me when I bring her food.

kat 4Initially, Kat would let me pet her and sit by her but would definitely let me know when she wanted me to stop by tapping her paw on my arm, play biting or gently swatting.  Now, she lets me pet her all the time and loves to have her chin scratched!  She also will sleep next to me (although she isn’t cuddling yet) and has laid on my lap a few times.   Kat will still let me know when she wants me to stop touching her but it occurs far less often then when she first arrived at my home.

Kat loves to play with dangly toys and will chase the toy and roll around the floor.  She also loves catnip nibblers and will chew on them for quite some time.

Kat has been friendly with people that have come by my apartment.  She went up to my niece and went right on her lap and walked around and sniffed her.  Kat genuinely seems to like people but is occasionally a little wary.

KatKat seems to want to interact with my cats.  During her first meeting with one of my cats, they touched noses.  However, when my cats became aggressive then she became aggressive back and swatted and hissed.  Ideally, she should be the only cat but she probably could live with a calm cat if introduced properly.

I recommend that Kat stay in adult-only household.  She can be a little unpredictable if provoked (e.g., another cat riles her up) and may hiss or growl or slightly lunge at you.  However, she has never scratched me and only has done some mild play biting.

Overall, Kat is a sweet, funny cat with some diva tendencies.  I think she will continue to blossom once she is adopted and finds her forever home!

If you are interested in meeting this wonderful cat in person – please connect with our foster team at: foster@anticruelty.org We’d love for you to get to know this beautiful kitty in person!


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Bailey’s foster parents sent us another update on her progress that we’re eager to share with those of you following her story.

Here’s the latest on this big-little-lady:

bailey 4 bailey 7Bailey is continuing to do well in our home. Any inhibitions are out the window, she is a full on active and playful puppy.

She does a great job eating her food and drinking water consistently throughout the day. She has been taking her medicine (for kennel cough) each morning and each evening and I haven’t heard her cough in days.

While she is never excited to go outside, she will go to the door when she does need to go to the bathroom and often won’t resist being taken outside if she does have to go. When outside, she used to bolt for the front door when she was done with her business, but now she will kind of hang out for a moment and check out what’s going on around her.  I think at this point, she only goes to the bathroom in the house in a stressful situation.

She loves to spend time on our back porch, leaving me  to think that she is comfortable in a quiet, enclosed space outside much more than a loud, open outdoor space. When i tried to get her on the porch the first few days she was in our home, she wouldn’t come out for more than 5 seconds. Now she sits out there for hours. I think that’s a lot of progress in just a few days! 

She responds very well to positive reinforcement (thanks Anti Cruelty for the helpful articles!) so lately I have been giving her a lot of praise for just sitting down and staying down because she has so much energy and she is such a big pup for our small apartment. As a result, she is running around a lot less than before and our house is feeling less and less like play yard for this puppy everyday.

This next week, my goal will be a short walk everyday and continuing to teach her basic commands (sit , stay, lay, come , etc) I’ll definitely keep everyone posted!

Check back later this week for more updates on this incredible dog! And if you’re interested in potentially adopting Bailey, or would like to learn more about our foster program, send an email to: foster@anticruelty.org

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Have you ever met a dog who melts your heart with a single glance? We have! Bailey is a super sweet, but incredibly stressed and shy Bernese Mountain Dog Great Pyrenees Mix who came to the shelter when her original owners could no longer care for her.

bailey 2Once in our care, it was clear that a kennel in a loud, stress-inducing dog room was not a good fit. The poor girl would slink off to the farthest corner of her cage, roll up in a ball, and shake herself to sleep. Realizing that our environment was not suitable for this pup, we called upon our foster team to see if someone’s heart and home was open to take in this sweet dog. And that’s when foster parent Laura came to the rescue!

Coming in to meet Bailey one-on-one, Laura and her husband were determined to help this dog. After a meet and greet and info session with one of our Behavior Specialists, she was ready to commit to bringing Bailey home for some much needed R&R. And boy are we glad she did!

Since entering foster care last week, Laura has been sending us many updates on our dear Bailey. Here’s a glimpse at her first couple of days:

Friday, October 11th-

Hi all, just wanted to give you an update on Bailey.

She did so well on the car ride home. When I got her into the house she initially hid behind the chair but within minutes was out and sitting next to me (as I tried to assemble her X-Pen). Within an hour she was laying in my lap. She ate all her food, she consistently Drinks water, and she was really calm and relaxed all night. She did an absolutely wonderful job.

My husband came home around 10 o’clock and that’s when things changed a bit. She started barking at him and she was so scared she went to the bathroom on the spot. I had my husband just sit down and for the next two hours she kept trying to get closer to him. You could tell she was scared but that she was interested in getting to know him. I think this is a really good sign.

And then, after a couple of days, lots of work, and patience, the fosters sent the following email, showcasing Bailey’s incredible progress:

Monday, October 14th-

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Just wanted to give you another Bailey update:

She is doing so well! I am so proud of the progress that she makes each and every day. This weekend she got to spend a lot more time with my husband (who she was originally really scared of) and now she is snuggling in bed with him! She is still a little timid when he is standing up and walking towards her, but once he is sitting or laying down, she’s pretty comfortable. She is still really attached to me and follows me everywhere. I would like to get to the point where just because I leave a room, doesn’t mean she has to leave the room too and just because I sit down, doesn’t mean she has to sit in my lap (she has no idea what a big girl she is!).

We also focused on trying to get Bailey outside some more this weekend since she HATES to go outside. Getting her out just 2 times a day to go to the bathroom is the most we can get her out. Since it was so nice this weekend, we had her on our back porch and she did great. We kept the door to get back into the house open the whole time, but she stayed out with us on the porch. Last Friday, I couldn’t even get her to step foot on that back porch for more than a few seconds. Yesterday she spent a few hours out there.

So, pretty much all good news here! She is pretty much potty trained, she is eating her dog food (plus some people food) takes her medicine, drinks lots of water.

Bailey: Bernese Mountain Great Pyrenees Mix Puppy from The Anti-Cruelty SocietyWe are so excited to see how, in just a few days, Bailey has come out of her shell and is beginning to trust and bond to her foster parents.

Fostering a fearful dog can be one of the most difficult projects a volunteer can undertake. But knowing that you can have an opportunity to save a pet’s life is all it takes to rally an animal lover to jump in and help out. This is why we count our foster volunteers as some of the most valuable helpers on our team!

We are eager to hear more on Bailey’s progress in the coming days and will keep you posted. Please share this blog post to help us get the word out about this incredible dog – and to help us find her a new forever home!

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I Love Lucy

Lucy has come so far during her foster period at our home. With consistency and praise, she is now 90% housebroken, having come to us not knowing the difference between outdoor plumbing and indoor plumbing. She is so fun, and gets praised by all our neighbors and friends for her cuteness and sweet demeanor. Please consider adopting her and spending time training her to be the great dog she wants to be!! She deserves a loving couple or family to spend her life with.

To keep track of Lucy’s adoption floor debut, visit our Adoption Gallery here.

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I’m Scout.  I’ve been in foster care for about a week because I was too young to be placed for adoption.  I am a very healthy, active and curious puppy so I should be ready for a forever home by the first or second week of September.

Since being in foster care, I have really thrived.  My foster mom says that I am quite the handful although I am not quite sure that is a total complement.  She also calls me a smarty pants because she says that I figure things out quickly – like how to escape my x-pen enclosure which I don’t think she was too thrilled about.  I can be quite independent and am sure that I am correct on my feeling that I should be allowed to rule the house.  After all, I am cute and cuddly.


I love being with the other dogs in my foster home even when they get fed up with my endless energy.  I would probably be a great companion for an active household but would get quickly bored with a couch potato.

My foster mom has begun to work with me on impulse control.  I am learning to be patient for my food bowl and to settle – both of these things are really hard.  I am fine with being handled and held but get a little fidgety after a while.  I don’t quite sit on cue yet but will sit to watch my foster mom fix my food.  I LOVE to play with toys – my favorites so far are balls and tug toys.  My foster mom says I am pretty fearless and approach each new encounter like a great adventure.

Well, that’s all about me for now.  Can’t wait to meet you!



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Angel3Angel has been in foster care for a week and a half and is doing fantastic!  She is now approximately 5 1/2 weeks old and kibble has been introduced to her puppy gruel.  She has a very good appetite and has also resorted to diving head first into the kibble bag if I am not preparing her meal fast enough.  However, she is generally content to sit at my side and watch me as I prepare her dish on the counter.

This little girl definitely has an opinion about things and is not afraid to use her voice.  We have been working on waiting for her to give calm behavior before she is let out of her pin.  Some days she is more patient than others but she is beginning to realize that calm behavior brings her more reward from me.


Angel loves to interact with the other dogs and is smitten by one of our houseguest, a labradoodle names Milo.  These two are often engaged in running around the house and diving into the dog pillows.  Angel is quite rambunctious so I often have to set some play boundaries to keep her from becoming too excited.


She will be getting her vaccinations updated over the weekend and should be ready to have her spay surgery in about 3 weeks.

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