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Attention dog lovers and cat lovers alike! Want a dog-like cat? This could be the guy for you! Meet Cherokee! He is part of our Foster to Forever program. What that means is, that he gets to enjoy being in a home environment while his foster recruits an adopter.

Cherokee enjoys snuggling and playing with people. This large cat offers a lot to snuggle with too! He is larger than some dogs! He is sure to make a wonderful companion in his new home. Cherokee is not one to share his home with other cats, so he would do best in a home without other animals.

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If you would like to know more about Cherokee, please email foster@anticruetly.org.

Oreo: Foster to Forever

Meet Oreo! He is one of our long-term cats here at The Anti-Cruelty Society. He is currently in foster care with foster parent, Mary, who is caring for him while recruiting an adopter. In the meantime, he is making himself comfy at her home enjoying head and chin scratches, naps, and watching television. He has even tried out some of his stretches on the yoga mat.

If you are looking for an independent cat that will join you on the couch, this may be the guy for you!

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For more information on Oreo, email foster@anticruelty.org.

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Blizzard or no blizzard The Anti-Cruelty Society’s foster program is hopping! We’re continuing to send out animals left and right and are receiving wonderful updates about animals out in care. Like the one below from foster mom Erika about her current charge Butterscotch, the adorable Pekingese Chihuahua Mix.

Princess Butterscotch (fka Butterscotch) came to stay with me because she was very stressed at the shelter and wasn’t eating.  She needed to gain some weight before her spay surgery so a shelter vacation was requested.  I brought Princess B in to the house and she made herself right at home running over to the cats dish and helping herself to some kibble and grabbing one of his mouse toys.  This made me laugh since she had rejected even high value treats at the shelter and was so willing to eat kibble in a new environment.

Her previous family let her on the furniture (she claimed her spot on the couch that first evening) and I have continued letting her sleep on the furniture although she does sometimes choose to sleep on the various dog/cat beds throughout the house.  Although Princess B is a little slow to trust, she is an absolute cuddle bug once home.  She wants to be with me at all times and will wake up from a nap to follow me in to another room.  Her favorite is to cuddle on the couch while I’m working or in the evenings.  If I leave the apartment for a few minutes she stays right at the baby gate waiting for me to come back.  She does whine a bit, but doesn’t bark.  She is crate trained and, although not always happily, goes in the crate and sleeps through the night.

Princess B is a protective little girl and does bark when she hears people outside the building, but is easily redirected.  As she gets used to the noises this seems to be getting better.

She loves to go for walks and enjoys sniffing everything!  She is a little leash reactive and has a tendency to bark at strangers, but this is something we are working on.  She is both potty trained and pee pad trained.

Princess B is a very picky eater, but loves some of the chicken stew type canned dog foods and I’ve been mixing in boiled chicken to help her gain the needed weight.  Unfortunately she had a touch of kennel cough from the shelter and she is now on medication to resolve that.  Hopefully she’ll be back to gaining weight when she is feeling a bit better.

This little Princess is so tolerant and doesn’t react to being handled at all.  She allows me to give her pills or medicine with a syringe.  I have cleaned her ears, paws and trimmed her tail fur.  When she’s back to 100% we’ll take a bath as well.

Princess B is living with an older cat and is probably the most relaxed foster I’ve had around him.  She will run up next to him and egg him on to play (he wants no part of that), but she is accepting of his choice and then leaves him alone.  She is not a hard chewer so loves her Nylabones and her Kong Wubba.  Her Kong Knot toy and small stuffed toys are favorites for fetch.

This beautiful girl would be a great and easy addition in to homes without small children and, ideally, a family where she wouldn’t be alone more than 8 hours a day as she does value her together time.

Interested in learning more about the foster program? Great! Click here for details on how you can get involved.

If you’re looking to connect regarding Butterscotch or another foster animal, email us at foster@anticruelty.org

IMG_1678London is a beautiful 1 year old Pit Bull Terrier Mix who came to the Society shortly after giving birth to five tiny puppies. London and her pups lived with us until the babes were old enough to be weaned and adopted. Now that her puppies have found their forever homes – London’s next!

This super social gal loves greeting new people. She is very affectionate, food motivated and loves pets. Her love of food will be helpful in basic manners training which is recommended to brush up on the basics and teach her new cues.

London is currently a part of our Foster to Forever program. Her foster mom Megan will be caring for her for 4 weeks while we all work together to recruit this lovely lady an adopter. Here’s the most recent update sent to us by Megan about London:

IMG_1676London walks great with the easy walk harness!  Ripley hated it and we are in luck that it fit London. She gets excited when the harness and leashes come out and has helped Ripley overcome her recent dislikes of walks.

We definitely have the “sit” command down.  We are working on  the commands to lay down and go in her crate (unfortunately, Ripley tries to follow her in most times).  Her play bite is hard but we are getting her to be more gentle with like accepting treats.  She definitely isn’t food aggressive.

IMG_1674She is getting better at not having accidents in the house, but we are have to be very diligent.  She drinks a ton of water and we have to make sure that she is taken out within 45-60 minutes after a big drink from the bowl.  She’s never had an accident in the crate and outside of over night can at least last 6 hours in the crate without any messes.

She definitely prefers to be the center of attention and bulldozes her way into getting pets and giving licks first.  And she is much better than Ripley with separation anxiety.  She’ll bark a little, but settles down quickly.

Hoping to get her out and about more this weekend and introduce her to people.

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If you’d be interested in setting up a meeting to meet London in person – please contact our Foster Coordinator, Stephanie Bruno, at sbruno@anticruelty.org. We’d love to have you meet this beautiful gal in person!

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In Foster: Spices!

Meet Spices! His foster mom, Deborah had some very nice things to say about Spices’ stay.

“Overall, I think he is doing pretty well.  He is in my second bedroom and whenever I go into the room he may hide for a second but then comes right out and walks around the room.  He typically walks right near me but then may run back a little bit.  If I put the back of my hand out he head or side butts my hand and lets me pet his back 4 or 5 times and then he steps away again or he swats very delicately at me (without claws).  Yesterday, I had my adult niece come in the room with me and he walked around the room the whole time and let me pet him and he even sniffed her hand.

I sleep in the room with him at night and he typically sleeps on the floor about 3 or 4 feet away from me.  This morning he flopped on his side right beneath the couch I slept on and kind of rolled over a bit and exposed his stomach to me.

In terms of eating, he really didn’t eat anything Monday night or during the day Tuesday but then I brought him some turkey and he sat right next to me and ate the turkey from the dish.  He had some turkey yesterday too.  If I put it in my hand, he comes and sniffs it but doesn’t eat it out of my hand.  This morning he finally ate some cat food (dry Science diet)!  He is also drinking a lot of water and using the litter box.

Spices has started to play a little too.

He still can be skittish and a little unpredictable but I think he is just learning how to be a cat!”

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If you would like to know more about Spices, please email us at foster@anticruelty.org.

Marshmallow Fluff

Marshmallow Fluff is quite the handsome boy! This beautiful 7 month old Siamese Mix was sent to foster for socialization and is now ready to come back to find his forever home! Here’s what his foster mom had to say about this little looker:

Powder Puff (aka Marshmallow Fluff) has to be one of the sweetest kitties you will ever meet.  One look at his beautiful blue (slightly crossed) eyes, and your heart will absolutely melt!

Powder’s favorite past times are definitely eating and playing . . . and more eating and playing!  Dry food, wet food, treats, boiled chicken – you bring something edible out, and he’ll gobble it right up!  And mouse toys, mylar balls, teaser wands, balled up pieces of paper and aluminum foil – he sees something playable, and he is pouncing on it!

Marshamallow Fluff (1)Powder Puff is super sweet and affectionate.  He loves to be pet (especially being scratched behind his ears and having his very round tummy rubbed), but he unfortunately still does not enjoy being picked up and held.  (We’ve tried working with him on it, but it appears that he is really afraid of heights.)  Powder is a bit on the shy and timid side, but he will absolutely love you wholeheartedly and unconditionally with just a bit of kindness and patience.

Powder Puff has two foster brothers whom he absolutely adores, and it is clear that he thrives on the companionship of other kitties.  He would really love to find a forever home where he would have a feline brother or sister.  That, and a small, quiet place where he can tuck himself away occasionally (he really likes on or under the bed), and he will be set for life!

We are incredibly sad to be saying goodbye to this wonderful baby, but he is very excited that he will be going to a forever home soon!  Please adopt Powder Puff today!!

Visit the adoption page of our website to watch for Marshmallow Fluff’s (aka Powder Puff’s) adoption debut at our main location at 510 N. LaSalle Avenue.

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Say hello to Snap, Crackle, and Pop! They are the cutest little triplets ever & they are getting ready for our Home for the Holidays event! If you are interested in any of these guys, be sure to see them at 510 N. LaSalle Street on Friday, December 12th from 12-7pm and Saturday, December 13th from 12-5pm. These playful kittens are ready to go into their forever home!

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If you would like to learn more about Snap, Crackle, or Pop, please contact us at foster@anticruelty.org

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