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.

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BuzzAvailable         

Hound Mix

1 Year Old, 35 Pound, Neutered Male

Buzz loves his toys and a good game of fetch. Well, he likes to run after it & doesn’t bring it back so it is more like chase. Buzz likes dogs of all sizes. He is a very smart and intuitive dude!

Buzz needs a fenced yard to run around in.

Older, sturdy children will be the way to go with this guy since he can get excited with people. No one wants to play a game of dominos with kids, right?

Potential adopters should continue training with Buzz.

Buzz is housetrained & should be kept on a schedule.

Buzz is heartworm negative and on monthly preventative.  He is microchipped & up to date with his vaccines. 

Buzz’s adoption fee is $295.

If you are interested in adopting Buzz, then please use the pull down menu above. Move your cursor over How to Adopt & click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application, which will serve as the basis for a conversation, & you will be contacted.

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Jules

Jules – Available                    Corgi Mix

12 Week Old, 9 Pound Neutered Male

Jules is a happy, playful pup who enjoys playing with his toys and chewing on things, anything he can get ahold of. So you need to keep an eye on him.

Since Jules is just a baby he needs a home that has the time and patience to devote to his training needs.

Jules has been working on his house training. If he’s taken out every 1-1 1/2 hours he does quite well. Of course when Jules goes to his forever home he will need time to adjust. Remember he is just a baby.

Jules is up to date on shots for his age, neutered, microchipped and current on heartworm and flea prevention.

Jules’s adoption fee is $475.

You must complete and submit an adoption application before meeting Jules. The application serves as a basis for a conversation.

If you think Jules is a great match for you, then please go to the banner menu above. Move your cursor over How to Adopt & click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application, which will serve as the basis for a conversation, & you will be contacted.

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Julia

Julia – Available                       Corgi Mix

12 Week Old, 8 Pound Spayed Female

Julia is a happy, playful pup who enjoys playing with her toys and chewing on things, anything she can get ahold of. So you need to keep an eye on her.

Since Julia is just a baby she needs a home that has the time and patience to devote to her training needs.

Julia has been working on her house training. If she’s taken out every 1-1 1/2 hours she does quite well. Of course when Julia goes to her forever home she will need time to adjust. Remember she is just a baby.

Julia is up to date on shots for her age, spayed, microchipped and current on heartworm and flea prevention.

Julia’s adoption fee is $475.

You must complete and submit an adoption application before meeting Julia. The application serves as a basis for a conversation.

If you think Julia is a great match for you, then please go to the banner menu above. Move your cursor over How to Adopt & click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application, which will serve as the basis for a conversation, & you will be contacted.

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Haley – Available              Rat Terrier Mix

10 Month Old, 11 Pound Spayed Female

Haley is an extremely shy 10 month old Rat Terrier/Chihuahua (best guess) girl who frightens very easily. If Haley gets scared, you need to control the situation, diffuse her fear so she doesn’t she act out.  She is a typical active Rat terrier mix that can be a bit snarky. She is looking for an adopter that understands the terrier/Chihuahua temperament. 

After a few days of being in her foster home Haley has shown just how loving she is.  Once she trusts you she will give you endless kisses and curl up on your lap. Haley sleeps all night snuggled in bed with her foster Mom and Dad. She has no concept of personal space. She just wants to be with you. Wherever you are Haley is.

Haley also has a very playful side to her. She enjoys playing with the other small dogs in her foster home and running around the yard doing zoomies. She also likes soft stuffed squeaky toys to play with. Oh, and balls. She is quite entertaining.

Haley requires an ADULT only household. NO KIDS. She would also benefit with having another small dog in her home as she adores the other small dogs in her foster home. Big dogs not so much.

A small dog secure FENCED yard is a must for her as she is currently frightened of a leash. This will improve over time as long as you continue to work with her.  She is not a good fit for an apartment or condo.

Haley is house and potty pad trained. She is also spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative and current on heartworm and flea prevention.

If you have the love and patience to give to Haley then she promises to repay you with endless love and devotion for life. She just wants to be loved.

Haley’s adoption fee is $380.

You must complete and submit an adoption application before meeting Haley. The application serves as a basis for a conversation.

If you think Haley is a great match for you, then please go to the banner menu above. Move your cursor over How to Adopt & click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application, which will serve as the basis for a conversation, & you will be contacted.

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SylviaAvailable         

Chihuahua Mix

5 Year Old, 7 Pound, Spayed Female

Looking for a tiny girl who once she gets to know you will want to be your friend, sleep under the covers at your feet, be your companion while you watch television & to sit quietly in your lap while you are on the computer?                               

Consider Sylvia.

 Foster Location: South suburbs of Chicago. Please no applications outside the greater Chicagoland metropolitan area (within 2 hours) 

Scared & confused after being dumped at animal control, but after an evening in her foster home Sylvia has shown just how loving she is.  Sylvia is cautious when meeting new people. Once she trusts you she will give you endless kisses and curl up on your lap.

Prospective Family: Experienced adopters who know how fragile tiny dogs are.

Home Recommendation: A small dog secure FENCED yard is a must as Sylvia loves to roam & survey her domain.

Housetrained: Sylvia is potty pad trained.

Dog Compatibility: Coexists with large & small dogs who don’t get in her face. Gets a bit jealous when other dogs get attention, just moves in to be closest to you. Sylvia is selective with whom she will run & play.

Health: Sylvia appears to be in excellent health now. She recently had 20 teeth removed & a dental cleaning. Sylvia has just 12 teeth remaining, so no hard treats.

Leash Manners: Walks decently on a leash, seems to love the exercise & well as being with you. Sylvia would love the one on one attention taking training classes with her best friend.

Vaccinated & Microchipped: You bet.                     

Cat compatibility: Likely fine with cats. Can’t say for sure, however, as there are no cats in Sylvia’s foster home.

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

Sylvia’s adoption fee is $350.

If you’re interested in meeting Sylvia, learn more about her & get a better picture of her on her public Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086344352085) or search on Sylvia of Heather’s Foster Dogs. If then you’re even more interested, please go to the banner menu above. Move your cursor over How to Adopt & click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application, which will serve as the basis for a conversation, & you will be contacted.

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Blanche – AVAILABLE

10 month old, 30 pound spayed Golden Doodle

This little girl is sweet, silly and complicated. Blanche was released from a breeder to rescue. She missed out on the early socialization most puppies have and is afraid of new people, possibly men, anything new.

The first couple days were rough. She didn’t want to eat. Didn’t want to go outside, and if she did, it was difficult to get her back in. After a couple days she started following cues from her foster brother.

Blanche will need a playmate in her new home. She’s almost normal when just her foster mom is home, but prefers her crate to interacting with her foster dad and will bark & growl at him. There’s no way to tell if it’s just him or all men since she’s going to hide from anyone new. She hates the leash and will just freeze or try to pull away. She doesn’t want to be picked up but once you have her she doesn’t struggle. Her house-training is coming along. However, if you don’t make sure she does her business outside, she has no problem going in the house. She does keep her crate clean and she sleeps there through the night or if no one is home. It’s her safe place.

All that being said, Blanche has made so much progress in just over a month and we’re still working with her. She just needs love, lots of patience and positive reinforcement. Blanche loves to play with her ball or a squeaky toy, chewing on bones and rough housing with her foster brother. Blanche is looking for a home where someone is home most of the time. She needs someone who is going to give her as much time as necessary and not get frustrated. A securely fenced yard is a must as is a sibling. 

Blanche is spayed, microchipped, up to date on vaccinations plus heartworm, flee & tick preventive.

Blanche’s adoption fee is $550.

You must complete and submit an adoption application before meeting Blanche. The application serves as a basis for a conversation.

If you think Blanche is a great match for you, then please 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.

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Ringo – Available                           
Speical Needs 6 y.o., 25 pound, house-trained neutered Miniature Poodle Mix 

Ringo is a fun guy and full of personality. Once he gets to know & trust you, you remain his friend. Ringo does love his foster grandpa. That sort of trust takes some time to develop. He loves to run and play. 

***** Ringo has food & environmental allergies. They are currently controlled with a prescription diet & regular vet visits. *****

We know little about Ringo’s past. He was picked up as a stray & taken to the local animal control as a scared boy who did not want to be touched. Our vet estimates that he is approximately 6 years old. It took a while for him to decompress in a foster home.

People must let Ringo show he wants contact. Contact should be limited until Ringo gets to know them. Ringo does have a history from 2020 of 2 non-injurious, one & done warning bites to people. Both incidents involved people sticking their hands in Ringo’s face without a proper introduction & were nipped. Still, Ringo does have a bite history. 

We want Ringo to become as comfortable with an adopter as he learned to be with his foster & for everyone to be safe. Ringo has successfully met & become friendly with several people by following this protocol (see videos from 9 Oct 2021 on his Facebook page).

Ringo needs a patient adopter who will keep him & everyone he meets safe, an adopter who understands that one slip up could cost him his life.

Ringo needs a secure fenced yard. Although Ringo is most active in winter, he likes to spend hours outside every day. Ringo loves to explore & mark on his daily leash walks and enjoys riding shotgun in the car. 

Both because of his willingness to run & his bite history, Ringo can NEVER be let off leash outside of his small dog secure fenced yard. Ringo’s energy level is higher than average. He loves having free run of the secure fenced yard for hours every day. In addition to patrolling the yard, Ringo has been leash walked every day.

Ringo needs a patient family without children or cats in which he can thrive. While prospective adopters’ children may learn to be fine with Ringo, it’s too much to expect their friends to be.

So a patient, experienced adopter can win his affection if they take their time and allow Ringo to set the pace.  He makes a great companion once you earn his trust. Ringo’s curls should be trimmed by a professional groomer every 8 to 10 weeks.

We encourage you to see & learn more about Ringo on his public Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Ringo-of-Heathers-Foster-Dogs-103134207905349, or search FB on Ringo Heather’s Foster Dogs. There you can see Ringo getting to know a stranger on videos from 9 October 2021.

Ringo’s adoption fee of $295 has been sponsored. 

Ringo is house-trained, neutered & microchipped as well as up to date on his vaccinations (including 2 strains of canine influenza) & monthly heartworm, flea & tick preventatives.

If you are interested in adopting Ringo, then go to the pull down menu above, move your cursor over How to Adopt & click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application, which will serve as the basis for a conversation, & you will be contacted.

We will make arrangements to meet with prospective adopters for Ringo only after a submitted application has been reviewed & a phone conversation has taken place. 

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Winnie – Available         Jack Russell Terrier Mix

15 Years Old, passed another physical in April 2022 & no problems since.        

20 Pound Spayed Female   

Foster Location: South suburbs of Chicago. 

Home Recommendation: Detached Single Family with a small dog secure fenced yard. Winnie would be best in a home where someone is home most of the time. 

Overall: Winnie appears to be a genetic marvel. Surprisingly active at 15, Winnie has the energy of a much younger dog. She could definitely use a daily walk & significant time loose in the small dog secure yard. Winnie loves being outside. In favorable weather, Winnie easily spends 4 hours/day walking & running, not laying, in the yard at her foster home. Winnie is active enough to enjoy considerable time out in colder weather. Rainy conditions are her bugaboo.

Winnie needs to be left to learn about & to trust you at her own pace, which may be a few days or a week. 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, well possibly. 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 regularly with other energetic fosters close to her size. Her style of play can be overwhelming for some dogs her size or smaller. She has played with larger dogs & co-exists in her foster home with senior dogs.

Kids: Why not, as long as they are knowledgeable & patient enough to let Winnie approach them.  

Housetrained: Winnie’s been good about going through the dog door, for exercise as well as for bathroom breaks. Certainly no overnight problems.

Adventurous: Still gets excited, leaps about when she sees the leash. Loves leash walks & to venture out in the car with you. Leash Manners: needs reminders.

Health: Has been & appears to be excellent.

Cat compatibility: No cats were in her home when she was surrendered. We cannot verify her cat compatibility as there are none in her foster home either. 

Vaccinated: Yes

Microchipped: Yes     

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

Winnie’s special senior adoption fee is $150 has been sponsored.

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, use the pull down menu on the top of this page to find, complete & submit an adoption application which will serve as a basis for a conversation. You will be contacted.

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Missy

Missy – Available              Min Pin Mix

9 Year Old, 10 Pound Spayed Female

Meet Missy! She came to us from a local shelter after she became stressed.  Missy desperately needed some dental care. After her dental, she started to have a great appetite.  Our vet discovered Missy has an occasional heart arrhythmia which requires no intervention. She also had luxating patella that has been repaired.

Missy came to her foster home extremely scared. She was very afraid when approached.  Only 2 weeks later Missy was secure enough to show she loves to cuddle up on the couch and sleep in the bed.  She is doing well with potty training. 

Missy would do best with a secured fenced yard as she now likes to run around for short bursts. Missy is learning to walk on a leash.  She gets along with the other small dogs in her home and is even playing at times.

Missy is extremely protective of her person (foster Mom) and home. She does OK with her foster Dad as long as he basically leaves her alone. Fearful of strangers, Missy doesn’t take kindly to houseguests. She appears not to like men at all.

Once she trusts you, she will bark or whine to be near you, so Missy is not a fit for an apartment or condo.  

Missy is looking for a quiet ADULT ONLY, most likely female only, home where someone is home most of day.  Due to her fearfulness, only a home with no children is appropriate.

Missy is up to date with her vaccines, spayed and had a recent dental. She is heartworm negative and remains on h/w & flea preventives.  

Missy’s adoption fee is $295. 

You must complete and submit an adoption application before meeting Missy.

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

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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, which will serve as the basis for a conversation, & you will be contacted.

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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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