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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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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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Adopted! Tasha Update

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We just received these fun photos and update on foster belle Tasha! She’s continuing to flourish in her foster’s care.

Tasha is doing well. Her and the other dogs have become quick friends – playing a lot together every day. She loves going on walks and has a very hearty appetite. Her leg seems to be healing better. She still limps but less often now than when we first started fostering her. She is a playful pup with lots of energy and love to give!

We hope to see her back in the shelter and ready to hit the adoption floor in a couple of weeks.

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Tasha: In Foster CareTasha is a stunning and petite 10 month old Pit Bull Terrier Mix who came to The Anti-Cruelty Society when her owners were moving and could not take her along.

Upon arriving at the Society, our veterinary staff found that she had a poorly healed fracture on her leg that was causing  a limp. This, combined with a mild case of kennel cough, made Tasha the perfect candidate for our foster program.

She has been in her foster parents’ care for the past month and is flourishing. Having the opportunity to rest in a home environment while her leg finishes healing and her kennel cough resolves, Tasha has been the recipient of much TLC from her fosters and their resident dogs.

“Tasha is doing well. She is getting along with the other two dogs in the house. She occasionally is limping on her left front leg that is still healing. It seems fine if she’s been moving around for awhile, but if she’s been sitting or caged for any period of time, it’s definitely noticeable that she’s limping. We’ve been trying to have her rest as much as possible but sometimes it’s hard because she wants to play with the other dogs.”Tasha will be returning to the Society in the next few weeks upon which she’ll enter our adoption room to look for her new home.

If you’d be interested in meeting this incredible pup in person, or are interested in joining our foster program, contact our foster team at: foster@anticruelty.org

Tasha: Pit Bull Puppy Anti-Cruelty Society

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A Tale of Two Kitties:

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Almost three weeks ago my husband and I began fostering two five-month old kittens. They are named Spot and Silver. These little tykes were frightened of almost everything, from the sound of a heater cycling on to unfamiliar toys and everything in between. But most of all these kittens were frightened of people. We have been foster providers for some years now, and even fostered a batch of feral kittens, but no kittens from the past came close to the level of fright displayed by these two. For example, when they first came to our house, they refused to leave their transport boxes! Both were skittish, with one (Silver) more so than the other.

sharonSo we let them settle in – we have a “foster room” in our house that has cozy nooks for hiding, a cat tree for looking into the yard, and other cat-friendly contents. We interacted with them multiple times every day and used the age-old method of offering tempting treats in exchange for the ability to rub under the chin or on the top of the head. At first, they would have nothing of it. By day five, this method was beginning to work, although they would still scatter when we came into the room. I wasn’t confident that they would become completely comfortable with us, much less folks that they hadn’t met yet. We also kept talking to them in soothing tones, and toward the beginning of week two, they would come toward us when we talked to them.

sharon 1Now, as we enter week three, they are becoming ordinary kitties. Silver (the more timid) has become the one who now loves to be touched and loves attention. We can even pick her up! Spot is still nervous but will come to us and let us rub her, but on her terms. They both love running around the exploring, even outside the foster room, and they now run TOWARD us when we come into the room. These kitties provided us our greatest foster challenge to date and it is so gratifying to see the positive changes come over the both of them. I am now very hopeful that by the time we return them, these two will be ready to meet other human folks without being fearful.

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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.

Dasher: Foster Dog

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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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