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brody 3Brody is an adorable 4 month old Jack Russell Terrier Mix who was sent out to foster earlier this month to give him a chance to beef up and heal from his previous owner’s negligence. We just received an update on how this little guy is doing from his foster parents and wanted to share!

brody 7Brody is a little dog with a huge heart!  (He stole our hearts the first day we met him!)  He’s a happy fellow whose tail is nearly always wagging and he is extremely affectionate.  He gets along well with children, adults, cats (sort of) and good-natured bigger dogs.

He’s very playful and incredibly agile – he runs circles around our bigger dogs and easily jumps our household gate.  When he’s not playing, he’s happy to cuddle with anyone who has an open lap.  During the day, he generally naps with his foster siblings.

brody 6At night, he prefers to sleep in a dog bed near our bed (or in some cases in our bed).  He can go all night without an accident if he goes out just before bed and again first thing in the morning and he seldom has accidents during the day if he’s let out frequently.

Since Brody is so active, he would probably benefit from a fenced yard and/or a compatible dog companion.  Brody sometimes gets excited when playing with our bigger dogs and forgets his manners.  They tolerate his behavior fairly well but other dogs may not appreciate his spunk.  It would be wise to arrange a meet and greet with any dogs who might possibly share a home with Brody.

Overall, Brody is an absolute joy who will fit in nicely in any suitable home.

If you would be interested in potentially meeting and adopting this little pup, please contact our foster team at foster@anticruelty.orgbrody 8

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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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Each Spring shelters are flooded with an influx of kittens known as ‘kitten season’.  The kittens born join the millions of other cats that don’t have homes.  With all the kittens born it’s no surprise that June is national Adopt-a-Cat month.  With all the new cats coming into the shelter it is more important now than ever to find cats permanent or temporary homes.  Becoming a foster parent to one of the thousands of kittens born this year is an important transitional step in finding them a forever home.  Fostering makes a huge impact on the lives of the animals and gives them the love and comfort they need.  That being said these kittens are loving their foster home!

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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.

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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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