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markiza

Markiza, aka “Markie,” has been in my foster care for about 2 weeks and she is such a delight. She settled in nicely to my home. Her favorite spot is sleeping on my bed, but she likes to explore. She enjoys looking out the window and will come sit with me for petting and snuggling.

She will come out and sit at her spot when it is time to eat. She stares at me until I give her the wet food. Markie has a little wet food twice a day but mostly eats the grain free dry food.

I have 2 cats and a dog, and she occasionally wants to play with my female cat, although that is only one sided.

Markie is very playful for a 10 year old cat. She will run across the room in bursts of energy. She likes to play with the string and also my laser light.

She would make a wonderful companion for anyone.

If you’d be interested in learning more about Markie, or potentially meeting her in person, please contact our foster team at foster@anticruelty.org

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Mr. Wiggles is quite the charmer! This adorable Beagle Pug Mix is big boned and a sweetie to the core. He’s currently in our Adoption Ambassador program where his foster works alongside staff to recruit him his adopter. The program allows for adoptable cats and dogs to enjoy the luxuries of a home while they await adoption. As you can see in the photos below, Mr. Wiggles is really living it up!

If you’d like to learn more about him, click here. To learn more about the Adoption Ambassadors program, visit our website.

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“She did a bad bad thing”

I snuck out the door, but I was happy to go right back in after I explored the ‘gardens’

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This past Saturday The Anti-Cruelty Society took part in our largest adoption event of the year: Clear the Shelters! This nationwide adopt-a-thon encouraged people in the community to come together and find homes for as many animals as possible on Saturday, August 15th. And boy did we do just that!

68 animals from The Anti-Cruelty Society found their forever homes this past Saturday! That’s almost seventy pets who got to spend the weekend with their new families! Nearly 1,000 animals from the participating Chicago and Northwest Indiana shelters and over 12,000 animals nation-wide found their new families!

Thank you to everyone who made this day a huge success – especially our foster team – who helped us rehabilitate needy animals and fill the shelter with happy healthy pets. Thank you for all your hard work!



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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

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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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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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