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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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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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Jessie: In Foster Carejessie 1jessie 4jessie 2***Jessie Update 2/7/14: Please note that Jessie has been transferred into foster care with our buddies at Be Fido’s Friends and is currently available for adoption through them.

Jessie has been through quite the whirlwind in her short young life. She was adopted, became sick with kennel cough, broke her leg, returned to the shelter, went to foster care where her leg heeled, flared out with demodex mange and is finally starting to balance out.

This beautiful and spirited puppy has been through so much, and despite, still has a fantastic attitude and zeal for life! She’ll be coming in today with her foster mom for another medical check-up – and if all looks good – will be heading to an adoptive home soon!

Help us attempt to recruit adopters so our beloved Jessie can be home for the holiday by sharing this post with your family and friends! Interested parties can contact us at: foster@anticruelty.org

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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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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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What are you doing in there, Angel?

What are you doing in there, Angel?

The girls accompanied me to ACS on Sunday as I had a full day of SoDT classes and didn’t want to leave them home for so many hours. Well, I must say that they were fantastic! They remained quiet and content in the training office during all 3 of my classes AND kept their enclosure clean. I took full advantage of socialization opportunities before, in between and after classes and the girls relished each opportunity to meet lots of new people, pups and explore new things. We played lots of recall games, which the girls were very enthusiastic about, and I would say they are at minimum 80% response on ‘sit’ with verbal or hand signal, and easily lure into down. They are both fearless, smart and eager to please. Oh, and did I mention the cuteness factor? See for yourself.



Maybe I'll be a disc dog champion someday

Maybe I’ll be a disc dog champion someday

Gimme, Angel!  I want to be a disc dog too!

Gimme, Angel! I want to be a disc dog too!

Pass the ball!

Pass the ball!

Maybe agility is in my future

Maybe agility is in my future


Tennis ball AND rope toy! I’ve died and gone to heaven!

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kaylaWe have lots and lots of underage pets in foster care this summer – and love getting updates on how each one is doing. Here’s an update on a wee Hound Mix puppy, named Kayla, who went into foster care because she was too young for her spay surgery.

She quite the character already. Quite the busybody.  She’s settling in nicely. As you will see, she’s find her favorite blanket. Guess she’s a little diva since she likes the leopard print.

This little fur baby is hilarious!  I had her sitting in my lap while I sent a few emails for work and what does she do? Climb on top of the desk and start working too. Guess she felt like dusting.  What a ham!

Kayla is now trying to figure out how to fit her fat belly under the couch.  Priceless!

Are you interested in joining our team of foster parents? Learn more about what it takes and what we provide on the foster page of our website here: http://www.anticruelty.org/fosterprogram/

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