Available Dogs

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Located in the south suburbs of Chicago, Heather’s Foster Dogs pulls homeless pets from animal shelters in order to ease shelter overcrowding and give these pets a chance to heal and grow in one of our foster homes. Heather’s Foster Dogs makes sure that before made available for adoption, each foster has been checked by HFD’s veterinarian, given age appropriate vaccinations (including rabies, distemper combo & canine influenza) & preventatives (heartworm, flea). Each dog is evaluated in its foster home for a minimum of two weeks before declared available for adoption. Our goal is to show every pet we take in the TLC he or she deserves!

If you are keen on meeting a particular dog & have not submitted your adoption application, please be aware that other adopters who have may also be lined up to meet the same dog. It may be helpful for you to complete & submit your application online. To go the instructions for & a link to the online application, you may click on the link at the bottom of this page.



Winnie – Available         Jack Russell Terrier Mix

14 Years Old                   20 Pounds

Spayed Female   

Foster Location: South suburbs of Chicago. No out of the area applications, please.

Home Recommendation: Detached Single Family with small dog secure fenced yard

Overall: Surprisingly active at 14, Winnie has the energy of a 4 year old. She could definitely use a daily walk & significant time loose in the small dog secure yard. Winnie loves being outside. Weather permitting, Winnie easily spends 4 hours/day walking & running, not laying, in the yard at her foster home.

Winnie needs to be left to learn about & to trust you at her own pace, which may be a week or two. After her adjustment period in her foster home, Winnie showed she is sweet, happy & a fine companion.  After 14 years in one environment & then learning to feel comfortable in her foster home & bond with her foster grandpa, Winnie may be shocked to be in another place.

Background: Winnie was adopted as a puppy by a woman who cared for her until her health deteriorated to a point where she could not stay in her home. Winnie was taken to the veterinarian who had adopted out Winnie as a puppy & continued to provide her vet care throughout her life. The staff took wonderful care of Winnie while trying to contact the family. When they received no response, a staff member got in touch with HFD which had room for Winnie & was happy to take her into the Senior Dog Care Program.

Dogs: Sure. When Winnie was introduced into her foster home, a slightly larger dog tried to play with her. Winnie was not comfortable enough in her surroundings to engage.  Winnie has since played from time to time with another energetic foster; Winnie is much more interested in playing than is the other foster. She co-exists in her foster group of larger & smaller dogs.

Kids: Why not, as long as they are knowledgeable & patient enough to let Winnie approach them.  SO REALISTICALLY, NO SMALL CHILDREN.

Housetrained: Winnie’s been good about going through the dog door, for exercise, for bathroom breaks. Winnie seems to have some mild separation anxiety & sometimes leaves puddles when her foster grandpa ventures out.

Adventurous: Loves leash walks & to venture out in the car with you. Leash Manners: needs reminders.

Health: Appears to be excellent.

Cat compatibility: Reported to have lived with cats, but we cannot verify her cat compatibility as there are none in her foster home.

Vaccinated: Yes

Microchipped: Yes     

Up to date on heartworm, flea & tick preventatives: Yes

Winnie’s special senior adoption fee is $150.

If you’re interested in meeting Winnie, please see pictures & videos of her on her FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Winnie-of-Heathers-Foster-Dogs-105536621676906 or search on Winnie of Heather’s Foster Dogs). If then you’re even more interested, then use the pull down menu on the top of this page to find, complete & submit an adoption application. You will be contacted.



HAWK AVAILABLE          MIX                           

6 Months Old                       18 Pounds                     

Neutered Male

Hawk saying hi. I am a small to medium mixed breed. We say mixed breed because that’s really all my foster mom knows. A DNA test was done because I’m 18 pounds, tall and skinny, have a curly tail and merle on my muzzle with a tan body. Test results have not yet been received.

As you can see I’m as cute as a button. I’m a happy puppy I love to play but when it bed time I like to cuddle. I’m crate trained. I’m house trained on a schedule. I live with dogs of all sizes. I love to play, but I’m not big on sharing my food.  

I’m a very active little guy, so an active family or a canine buddy to play with would be great. Kids and a fenced yard would be a plus but not needed.  

Training is recommended. I’m right at the age, so impressionable.

Hawk is microchipped as well as up to date on vaccines & monthly heartworm & flea/tick preventatives.

Hawk’s adoption fee is $350.

So if your interested in an all American mutt,  then please use the pull down menu above. Move your cursor over How to Adopt & click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application & you will be contacted.


CHESTER – AVAILABLE           CORGI MIX                           

10 Years Old                                16 Pounds 

Neutered Male

Chester is a little gem looking for a dog bed to call home.  He has come so far from the scared skeleton discovered in a pen during a well being check which was found to be a hoarding situation.


Chester is blind, but don’t let that scare you. It doesn’t slow him down. He gets around just fine. Chester’s condition is hereditary. His optical nerve is dead. There is no medication or procedure to help.

Chester is house trained but, for his safety, is crated when his foster mom leaves. He lives with various size dogs and they get along just fine. The way to Chester’s heart is food. So a few treats and you will become his friend.

Chester needs a home with no younger kids; older teens are fine.  

Chester is microchipped as well as up to date on vaccines, monthly preventatives. He just had a dental.

Chester’s adoption fee is $150.

If you are interested in adopting Chester, then please use the pull down menu above. Move your cursor over How to Adopt & click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application & you will be contacted.


Charlie LCR

Charlie – AVAILABLE                     Pitbull Mix

Male                                                   8 Years Old

55 pounds                                         Neutered

Hi there, my name is Charlie. As you can see, at about 55 lbs., I’m a sort of Pittie mix low rider. Don’t be intimidated by my mesmerizing good looks, my handsome physique. Just like Charlie Hunnam, (ok, an older version) my emotions and my loyalty run deep. I’m a lover not a fighter. I’d like nothing better than to snuggle up with you. Really, my favorite thing to do is snuggle up tight. I’m not just good with the ladies; I’m a man’s man too.

I was rescued about four months ago. My foster family knows me well, if you have questions. They’ll tell you it’s not my fault I’m in rescue. The family I’d lived with since I was young had issues. I was a victim. Hey, hard knocks, life goes on, I hold no grudges. I had a couple surgeries, one to remove a very large lump which I had when I was turned in at the shelter. As I said, hard knocks. Good news though, it was benign, no evidence of any others. Then a 2nd surgery because I was stupid and ingested something I shouldn’t have. I’m tough and survived that too. My fosters are very particular about the toys I’m allowed to have. Even more so what I’m not. What can I say, I have a bad habit. Could be worse.

At eight years old I’m considered a senior. I’m set in my ways but they’re agreeable and I’ve got a lot of good years left. Don’t count me out. In the summer I enjoy the sunshine, playing in the pool or sprinkler. I’m a perfect copilot if you’re up for a ride. Long walks with lots to investigate, you bet. Not big on cold, wet. I don’t freak out when it storms. Currently I have a foster brother who is considerably younger and can be kind of a punk. I can do without the punk part in my new home. Just like Aretha, I need a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T. I’m still the man.

I do have a happy go lucky side that I’ll share with you, too. Oh, by the way, this senior can make it to the fence to catch a darn squirrel just as fast as the punk.

I really am a laid back kinda dude, but I am anxious to get on to my own home & a family which more suits my needs. I’d really rather not be left alone all day, these are my golden years. I want to live them, maybe with a family with older kids coming and going, so I have more quality time; perhaps with someone semi-retired; maybe someone who works from home, even after the current situation is resolved? For my protection, I should have a house with a secure fenced yard. My foster brother and I are never left outside for long periods of time without being monitored closely or accompanied. That would be expected in my new home as well. My foster parents are looking for the best possible situation going forward and have things they’ll be looking for such similar breed experience; that’s be a big deal. My people will want to do a home check & probably have a few conversations. I trust them. Enough, fill out an application, talk to my peeps. Let’s make this happen. Home for the holidays!

Just so you know, I’ve been neutered for a long time, my vaccinations are all current & I take heartworm preventative. I am HW negative and want to keep it that way. I have a sensitive constitution and benefit from something for my joints, especially if I’ve overdone the exercising. Let’s talk.

Charlie has a special senior dog adoption fee of $150.

If you are interested in adopting Charlie, then please use the pull down menu above. Move your cursor over How to Adopt & click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application & you will be contacted.



Laura – Available                     Breed:  Chihuahua Mix
Sex: Female                                          Age: >=12 Years

Weight:  14 pounds                                            Spayed

Laura is a special needs lady who needs a special home.  suffered a stroke in November 2019. She has recovered well from it but does have a lingering head & neck tilt.

Laura needs a relaxed home where she can spend her remaining time without drama in the company of a family experienced caring for a blind dog. And Laura needs a family who can afford the multiple prescriptions for her collapsed trachea & constricted bronchi, chronic conditions. Laura has responded well to the prescribed treatment regimen of 4 medications which, barring complications, she will be on for life.

As Laura was a stray, her age is unknown. She appears to be a minimum of 12 years old & could be significantly older. Laura was taken off the streets with a massive inguinal hernia, a sizable mammary tumor & a shrunken, hypotrophic eye. Laura underwent surgery for these ailments, was spayed & had significant dental work done. Biopsy showed her mammary tumor was cancerous. Laura’s remaining eye appears to have suffered serious injury, or injuries. She is sightless.

Laura enjoys walks in familiar areas. She fancies a short, slow walks which provide plenty of olfactory stimuli. Laura is in a foster home with larger dogs with whom she interacts little. 

Laura uses a ramp to go between the house & yard. Laura does not walk, but tumbles, down stairs, so a home with stairs is not for her. 

Since her stroke, Laura has trouble finding her way around the house, but can find food & water. She often cannot naturally find her way outside. She can follow the sound of a clicker, needs to be led on a leash or carried out. Laura can find her way back up the ramp & through the dog door into the house.

Laura is up to date on her vaccinations & monthly preventatives.

You may see more of Laura on her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/Laura-of-Heathers-Foster-Dogs-777261022624258/posts/?ref=page_internal) or search on Laura of Heather’s Foster Dogs.

Laura’s adoption fee is $150.

If you are interested in adopting Laura, then just go to the banner menu above, move your cursor over How to Adopt & click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application & you will be contacted.


Are you interested in one of our amazing foster pets? AWESOME! That means you must be ready to move onto the next step in the process: your HFD Adoption Application. Please click the link below to complete our Adoption Application via Google Forms. 

HFD Adoption Application

Please note that we cannot arrange a meet and greet without a completed and approved Adoption Application. Thank you very much.

We often have multiple applications for the same adoptable dog. We will not disclose information about other potential adopters nor will we normally stop accepting applications on that dog until it has officially been adopted. 

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