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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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We’re gearing up for our special Home for the Holidays adoption event, which is taking place on Friday, December 12th and Saturday, December 13th. We’ll be waiving the adoption fees for any and all animals who have been with The Anti-Cruelty Society for 60 days or more.

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In addition to the Home for the Holidays event we’ll also be hosting a mini event both mornings from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. called Meet the Fosters. Currently adoptable foster animals will be on-site for adopter meet and greets, including Tobias and Queen. If you’ve been looking to meet these animals in person be sure to join us early each morning!

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Here’s to giving all shelter animals the best gift of all this holiday season – a forever family!

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20141202_073046Queen is one special dog who has stolen the hearts of staff and volunteers alike here at The Anti-Cruelty Society!

A member of our Foster to Forever program, she is currently available for adoption while enjoying life out on the town with her foster family.

Queen is a special needs dog as she has grade 3/4 luxating patella on both hind legs – which is something her adopter should keep in mind before making her a part of their family. Learn more about Queen on her official adoption profile here.

We recently received a wonderful update on Queen’s progress in her foster home – here’s what her current caretaker had to share:

“I began fostering Queen November 17 and what a delight she has been.

She was nervous at first but Rooster, my other dog, helped calm her down.  She has been great with Rooster and my cats (they show a passing interest in her but not much).

With encouragement and tasty snacks, Queen has settled well into routine, including walking with myself and my dog walker. Despite her initial hesitancy, she now goes up and down the stairs quite well. Her luxating patella does not slow her down.  She is housebroken, so the first thing she does when she gets outside is go to the bathroom. Then she has time to sniff around. We go farther each time we walk.  She follows Rooster’s lead, and even likes to run a little bit. She lets me know she wants to run because she stretches her legs and then begins to walk similar to a trotting horse. Then she will do a short burst run and then stop.  Rooster and I join her.She wags her tail when other people walk by. She is interested in other dogs she sees and remains calm, even if they bark at her.

Rooster and QueenShe also likes hanging out with the animals and people inside the house. She enjoys watching the activity, being petted, or chewing on her bone. She also plays tug of war with one of many stuffed animals I have.

I know that she will be a wonderful addition to whomever adopts her. She has a sweet personality, is playful, and gets along well with other people and animals. She shows zero aggression. I hope she finds her forever home soon.” – Rosemary (foster mom)

If you’d be interested in meeting this sweet special pup in person, contact our foster team at foster@anticruelty.org

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reese_mary raines 4Reese, one of our long-term residents, was featured on WCIU’s You & Me This Morning show today and was quite the hit! This loveable 7 year old Chihuahua Mix is currently available for adoption while in foster care – and would love to get to know you!

Here’s what her foster mom has to say about this lovely gal:

reese_mary raines 6Reese is a wonderful, loving, loyal dog.  She loves to sit and lie on your lap and to be petted (especially on her belly!).  She is happy as long as she is included – loves to go on car rides, long walks with kids, to the park for a picnic.  She sleeps in the crook of my arm and is just so happy giving and getting love!  I do crate her when I am gone (she has never had an accident in the crate), and it might be a good idea for a new owner to crate her after they get their night time snuggles (she has had accidents in the middle of the night).

reese_mary raines 7She is great with my two dogs. She holds her ground if needed – no one is going to pull one over on Reese. She is very loving with my kids though new owner should have children be very gentle at first and probably not allow children to hold her.

Her eyes are soulful and kind and she is just going to make someone the nicest pet!  She barely needs a leash as she tends to stick right by you and comes immediately when called.  Love love love this gal!

If you’d be interested in meeting Reese in person, reach out to our foster team at foster@anticruelty.org

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pish

We received another delightful update on our favorite foster kitty Pishtachio!

pish 2Pishstachio has really flourished in the past couple months! She is playful, talkative, and very sweet. She loves climbing and exploring new spaces, but spends most of her time in a cozy little spot (wherever her pet bed is). She’s a great companion kitty! Look at those green eyes!

If you’d be interested in scheduling a meeting with Pishtachio and his foster mom – please contact our foster team at foster@anticruelty.org

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