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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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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

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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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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