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Party of Five Update!

Rudy and Quincy

Woot woot!  Rudy & Quincy have reached the TWO POUND mile marker!

This means that these two handsome guys are officially on the market for their forever homes!

How can you tell these guys apart (you may be asking yourself)? Well, Quincy has fine, silky, having-a-bad-hair-day fur, and Rudy’s fur feels like a thick, excellent quality wool rug.🙂

The Party of Five is made up of five of the best-looking kittens in Chicago – JayTee, Rudy, Oliver, Adele, and Quincy.

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You can see their progress report below:

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And here you can enjoy some cuteness overload (though we think that there is no such thing as too much cute when it comes to kittens):

If you’re interested in adopting one of these little sweeties, contact us at foster@anticruelty.org.

 

Carly is one of our team of Holiday Heroes who opened her home to an adoptable pup this year. And good news–Snickers may have already found his forever home! Will you help us give even more adorable animals a place to stay this holiday season?

Our magnificent Holiday Heroes are part of the Adoption Ambassadors program designed to give adoptable dogs and cats a taste of home life for 4 weeks during the holidays. By fostering, you get to learn a lot more about the pet’s personality away from the shelter. This kind of information is invaluable to potential adopters. As a Holiday Hero, you get to be involved in actively recruiting potential adopters too!

The Anti-Cruelty Society will provide all training, licensing and basic supplies–all you need to do is provide a warm and loving home for a shelter pet! Here’s how to get started:

  1. Complete a foster program application and email it to us at foster@anticruelty.org
  2. Schedule your Foster Orientation
  3. Choose your foster animal! Pick a pet who is currently available for adoption in our Adoptable Cats or Adoptable Dogs galleries.

The Anti-Cruelty Society will provide you with medical, behavioral and marketing support along the way. We’ll teach you pet care basics, how to reinforce good behaviors and curb bad manners, how to keep your foster healthy and what to do to recruit their adopter. Help us send animals home for the holidays by becoming an Adoption Ambassador for the season!

If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to email us!

Tanner (#29832258) is a Domestic Short Hair mix currently in the Adoption Ambassadors program while he waits for his perfect forever home. Because he’s such a good-lookin’ dude, when Justin and Samantha from the Pup Pals came into town last month he was at the top of our list of adoptable pets to be featured!

Tanner is a super-playful and friendly one year old orange and white tabby who gets along with both dogs and cats. He’s very social and has no body sensitivity or handling issues. But because he is still very young he does tend to play bite, so we recommend that he be adopted by an experienced cat owner or one without children under the age of six. His foster family is working on reinforcing good behavior, and he’s been making wonderful progress.

If you think Tanner would make the perfect addition to your family, contact us at foster@anticruelty.org or give us a call at 312.644.8338.

 

The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone…why not bring some joy into your home this year in the form of a furry friend! There are plenty of cats and dogs of all ages that would love to spend some time with a family this holiday season.


Cat and Dog with Santas Claus hatsIn addition to our regular foster program, we are also recruiting for the Adoption Ambassadors Holiday Heroes program! Through this unique opportunity you can bring home an adoptable cat or dog for 4 weeks of the holiday season with the goal of recruiting them a forever home. The Anti-Cruelty Society will provide all training, licensing and basic supplies – all you need to do is provide a warm and loving home for a shelter pet. For more information on the Adoption Ambassadors program, check out the program page. Browse the Adoptable Dogs and Adoptable Cats galleries for potential candidates.


Traditional Fosters – Cats

sparrow-whimsySparrow & Whimsy(3-5 week foster) 6 week-old DLH kittens. Foster needed for age and weight.

Monty-300x225Monty: (4 week foster) 2 1/2 month-old DSH kitten. Found outside on a suburban company’s property. Foster needed for URI – on medication.


Traditional Fosters – Dogs

Rosie: (2-3 week foster) 1 year-old female Blue Heeler mix. Foster needed for kennel cough.

Konnor: (1-2 month foster) 4 month-old male Retriever/Golden mix. Foster needed for hair loss, potentially due to ringworm. We recommend Konnor is kept separate from other animals.


If you are a licensed Society foster volunteer, and you’re interested in taking in one of these pets, please email us at foster@anticruelty.org. If you are not a current member of the foster team, but you would like to get involved, please visit our Foster Program webpage for additional details on how you can help.

The holidays may warm our hearts, but they sure don’t influence the winter weather! Some folks think that dogs and cats are better equipped to combat the cold than humans are, but the fact is that they need just as much help as we do.

Here are some helpful tips to keep your foster warm and cozy all winter long:

  1. Groom for Warmth. While a build up of fur-cicles and ice balls may have you thinking that a close cut is a good idea, shaving your foster’s fur down to the skin should definitely be avoided. A good trim will help prevent snowy build up on her daily walks, and a regular brushing regimen will help her avoid matting. It’s also important not to bathe your foster too often when the weather is cold as this can remove her essential oils and cause dry, flaky skin.
  2. Winter Wardrobe. Fosters of all hair lengths can benefit from a coat or sweater, but this is especially true for fosters with short hair. Not only will this essential piece of winter-wear keep him warm, a sweater or coat that covers his belly will help protect his underside from exposure to salt and chemicals. It’s good to have a few on hand so that you can switch out sweaters if one is still damp from earlier in the day.
  3. Protect the Paws. Ice (and the salt and chemicals used to melt ice) can be painful for your foster’s feet. Booties provide the most protection, but a quick paw massage with petroleum jelly or other paw protectants right before a walk can also be effective. After her walk, wipe down or wash her feet and legs to remove any salt or chemicals she may have picked up. This is extremely important as it significantly reduces the chance that your foster could be poisoned by licking them off her feet or fur.
  4. Wear a Name Tag. Fosters who get lost in the winter have an even more difficult time finding their way home as familiar smells may be covered up by the snow and ice. Make sure your foster has a well-fitting collar with an ID tag and an up-to-date microchip. This will help humans get her home faster if she gets lost.
  5. Be Ready for Snomageddon. Although current forecasts don’t foresee a “snowpocalypse” this year, it’s always better to be prepared. Have enough food, water, and medicine on hand to last your foster at least five days in case of a sudden blizzard or power outage.

You can find more cold weather tips on the ASPCA website and the AVMA website.

Foster Candidates

We have a number of animals available for foster while they get ready for our adoption room! If you are a licensed Society foster volunteer, and you’re interested in taking in one of these pets, please email us at foster@anticruelty.org. If you are not a current member of the foster team, but you would like to get involved, please visit our Foster Program webpage for additional details on how you can help.


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Buttercup & Sassy: (2-4 week foster) Two month old female DSH kitten and her one year mama. Brought in by family who took Sassy in as a stray when she was pregnant. Foster needed for URI and maternal support.


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Genar, Phantom, & Boo: (3-4 week foster) 3 three month old DSH kittens. Found and brought to the Society by a good Samaritan. Foster needed for URI – on medication.


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Spooky: (1 month foster) 6 week old DSH. Foster needed for weight, age, and URI. On medication – Amoxi drops.


 

Sally & her kittens: (6 week foster) 1 year old mama cat and 5 five week old kittens. Foster needed for age, weight, and URI – on medication.


If you’re considering fostering with the Anti-Cruelty Society, take a minute to check out the Holiday Heroes page too! Learn more about this Adoption Ambassador campaign to bring adoptable pets into homes for 4 weeks over the holiday season. Spread holiday cheer by recruiting forever homes for some lovely dogs and cats!

Saying Hi

There are just four days until Thanksgiving – and guests may be arriving even sooner! Make sure your fosters enjoy your visitors as much as you do with these helpful tips:

  1. Making New Friends. When it comes to interactions between your foster and guests, you know your foster best. Set everyone up for success by being honest about your foster’s comfort with different activities. If Uncle Ravid loves giving kitty belly rubs, but your foster is not keen, just let him know and suggest a different way that they might interact (ex. giving her a treat, playing with a toy, or watching her climb on her cat tree.)
  2. Treasure Hunting and Scavenging. Phone cords, decorations, medicine bottles, and a plate of crumbs can all be tempting to a foster whose curiosity is piqued. Make sure to keep non-pet-friendly items out of paws’ reach and remind guests to be mindful of not leaving food and drinks unattended.
  3. Name Tags. Even if you intend to spend the holidays at home, be sure that your foster is wearing some form of identification. A door left open a bit too long might seem like an open invitation to dash outside, and identification will dramatically increase the odds of you and your foster being reunited.
  4. Quiet Space. Provide a quiet, comfortable space where your foster can relax by himself. Shy fosters will appreciate a space of their own, and even social butterflies may need a break from the noise and the crowd. If your foster is taking advantage of his quiet space, make sure that guests respect his right to a rest.

For more tips, visit the holiday safety pages on the ASPCA and HSUS websites.