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Spat is quite the heart-throb here at The Anti-Cruelty Society! This spirited little gal has stolen the hearts of both staff and her foster mom with her big personality. Spat is a sweet gal who will do almost anything for a good belly rub and cuddle session. Her foster reports that she is house-trained, doesn’t chew, loves toys and Kongs, is very social and super affectionate.

Spat is currently available for adoption from The Anti-Cruelty Society – read more about her and our adoption guidelines here: http://anticruelty.org/adopt-a-new-companion/adoption-information/

Here’s the foster mom’s full report on this adorable dog:

As her foster mom, my hope for Spat, the totally perfect dog, is that an equally perfect person – someone who is looking for unconditional love and to love unconditionally – will scoop her up and take her home. Ideally, she would be the only dog so she can have all the attention and would spend her evenings snuggling and cuddling after a long walk. She would love a yard, but would do well with several walks a day.

I can honestly say Spat is the best four legged houseguest ever! She is so well behaved she’s a delight to have around! She’s totally housebroken, doesn’t on chew anything that isn’t hers to chew, wants to be in the middle of whatever is going on, and is super affectionate – kisses freely given!

Spat has spent the last several weeks living with us in our home. She spent her time with Timo (our Rottweiler mix) and Lola (our Shih Tzu), my husband and me when we were all home together. She settled right in after she let the resident dogs know who the queen bee was, and adjusted well to our schedule. We both work full time so she was home from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm without going out for a break. We didn’t crate her when we were at work; she had her crate in our study with a gate up. I didn’t want her to feel uncomfortable with the other dogs so I didn’t give her the run of the house. If she had needed to stay with us longer, I would have started to ease her into having access to the whole house.

Spat is a bit stout and we’ve been working both on weight loss and toning her up. She eats twice a day (a third of a cup of dry food with ¼ can of wet food – both Science Diet) – 6:30 am and 5:00 pm. She adjust pretty well to schedule changes so a variation on this would be fine. She goes for a 6 block walk right after her morning meal and visits the yard after her dinner. We also go out right when we get home, right before bed and take an evening walk. She loves to run around our yard and is a born hunter! She really should never be left alone in a yard, especially if she might be able to slip through a fence (no fat jokes allowed) and she should always be on a leash when out on the street. She may look short and stocky, and come across as calm and quiet, but can really move! Especially if there’s something to chase – squirrels, opossums, rats, whatever!

Speaking of leashes…she is a perfect princess on her leash. She walks really well, and pretty much avoids the grass unless there is something delicious to smell or she has to relieve herself. She stops when you stop and waits for you to move ahead unless she’s picked up the scent of something and is on the hunt… We usually do our evening walk (8 – 10 blocks) at about 8:00 and she truly turns into a total huntress after dark – she’s looking for something to chase so hold on tight. We do walk her with our dogs, but she doesn’t pay much attention to them (they act like crazy dogs when on a walk). She seemed a bit fearful of and uncomfortable with strange dogs we met along the way and she totally ignored dogs barking from the neighbors’ yards. She may growl at another dog if she’s afraid or threatened.

spatShe loves her Kong for little dogs and with a tiny bit of peanut butter and a few low calorie Charlie Bear treats, she is a happy puppy. We give her the Kong when we leave in the morning. She’s also become more playful the longer she stays with us and has started “borrowing” toys from the other dogs and even dragged Lola’s bed into her crate.

She has had a few baths since joining us – not her favorite thing. I recommend a deep sink, a bathtub or a groomer (:^}). She does tolerate it, she just looks very, very sad, and it’s really only a problem because she tries to escape and for such a little thing she jumps pretty high.

She loves to get up on furniture, to sit with you (as close as she can get) and to flip over so you can rub her belly. She will shamelessly direct your hand to her belly and sigh deeply when the belly rub starts. She also wants to sleep with you in your bed, but we didn’t let her due to our other dogs not having that privilege. She was just fine in her crate and snored the entire night.

Other important things to know about Spat:

She does do the reverse sneezing thing that sounds like honking. She usually does this when she’s overly excited and sometimes first thing in the morning. If you rub her chest, it stops.

She doesn’t bark – unless the other dogs in the house bark first – then she joins in.

While she can jump up on furniture and easily go up and down stairs, she shouldn’t jump off of things – and she does so fearlessly. She needs to be discouraged from doing this so I pick her up and set her on the floor when she needs to get down.

When giving kisses, if she’s overly enthusiastic, she sometimes will jump up toward your face. It’s a bit unsettling the first time, but she’s giving kisses … We have been working on not doing that. A firm no and putting her down seems to work.

She also sheds a bit – but with regular of brushing of her and a lint roller for you…it’s not a problem. And, I wear black 99% of the time so I know about shedding and dog hair!

If you’d be interested in meeting this amazing little gal in person, contact our foster team at sbruno@anticruelty.org and lkrupinski@anticruelty.org. If you’d like to learn more about our foster program, visit The Anti-Cruelty Society website here.

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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

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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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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.

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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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