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) & preventative (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.
Sugar – Available Breed: Terrier Mix
Sex: Female Age: 1 1/2 years
Weight: 32 pounds Spayed
Hey ya’ll, Sugar here. Although I’m listed as a terrier mix, truth is no one really knows. My foster mom thinks I’m Jack Russell/lab mix, but I’m a bit of a couch potato. I get excited when you first come home but after that I’m chill.
I take a bit to warm up. Once I do I’m a snuggle bug, if you have a fenced yard I love to hang out with you. I’m a dream on a leash so we could take nice long walks.
I’m crate & house trained but in my crate I whine a bit sometimes. I’m a nervous girl so a household with older kids only would be best.
I live with dogs in my foster home, but I don’t want to share my toys or food. So with some management I can live with other dogs, but I’d be happy to be your one and only. I like to chase squirrels so I don’t think cats are in my future.
So by now you’re probably wondering why someone hasn’t already scooped me up? Well, I don’t take candy from strangers if you get my drift. So I need someone with a big heart to just give me a chance.
Sugar’s adoption fee is $255. Sugar is microchipped, spayed, up to date on her vaccinations & monthly preventatives.
If you are interested in adopting Sugar, 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.
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Hazel – Available Soon Breed: Pit Bull Terrier
Sex: Female Age: 1 year
Weight: 45 pounds
✔️ Dog & cat friendly
Meet Hazel. If you have ever thought, “Hey, I want to be one of the cool kids & rescue a pit bull, but where do I start??” – Start here!
Hazel exemplifies all of the traits pit bull enthusiasts love- she is silly, playful, curious, eager to please, athletic, loves the company of people plus she is dog AND cat friendly. She is fostered with both dogs & cats and truly enjoys playtime outside. Hazel initiates play with the cats but if they are not into it she is respectful & immediately backs off.
If you have a younger, playful dog she would make an excellent buddy. Hazel plays hard in the yard & then enjoys relaxing with a chew treat after.
Hazel was found stray, abandoned in a trailer park & was pulled into rescue just before all of this quarantining started, which means her foster mom has been home working on manners, crate training, and going for long walks. Hazel is the type of dog who looks up at you to “check in” while walking to see if you’re having as much fun as she is.
She really wanted to play with the school age kids she spotted on her walks, but with all this social distancing we are waiting to officially kid test.
Hazel is around a year old, 45 pounds full grown, heartworm negative, microchipped, fully vaccinated, and dewormed. She will be spayed shortly & be ready to meet and greet.
Hazel’s adoption fee is $255.
If you are interested in adopting Hazel or have any questions, you can reach out to her foster mom directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promise – Available Breed: Dachshund/Chihuahua Mix
Sex: Female Age: 8 years
Weight: 9 pounds Spayed
Meet Promise, a very loving but extremely shy little girl. Promise adores her human foster mom and dad and loves nothing more than to be snuggled up next to you.
She would do best in an adult only household where someone is home most of the time. She likes the quiet laid back kind of lifestyle
Promise is an exceedingly finicky eater. She doesn’t like regular dog food so her foster mom cooks for her. That is super easy.
She gets along with the other small dogs in her foster home but she doesn’t really interact with them.
Promise is spayed, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped and current on heartworm and flea prevention.
Promise’s adoption fee is $150.
If you are interested in adopting Promise, 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.
Laura – Available Breed: Chihuahua Mix
Sex: Female Age: >11 Years Weight: 14 pounds Spayed
Laura is a special needs lady who needs a special home. She recently suffered a stroke. 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, a chronic condition. Laura has responded well to the prescribed treatment regimen of 3 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 11 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 slow 20 – 30 minute walk which provides 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 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.
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.