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.

Ryder

Ryder – Available         Chihuahua Mix

5 – 7 Years Old              7 Pounds

Neutered Male

Meet Ryder! He is a beautiful red Chihuahua and such a loving boy. He is shy but loves to be with his foster parents snuggling. Ryder loves to sit in your lap or under the covers. He gets along with all of the dogs in his foster home. He walks nicely on a leash .

Ryder does well with potty training but will need frequent reminders when moved to a new home. He is neutered, microchipped, heartworm negative and up to date on his vaccines & monthly preventatives.  He even had a dental and has beautiful teeth! 

Ryder’s adoption fee is $295.

If you are interested in adopting Ryder, 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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Zeus – Available         Chihuahua/Dachshund Mix

2 Years Old                  11 Pounds

Neutered Male

I like dogs of all sizes but really would like a small playmate. I am working on my house training. It’s going well, but still needs some fine tuning. 

I like all my human roommates, but my foster mom the most. So when we are relaxing on the chair, I guard her. Meeting new people is new for me. Fortunately my love for food outweighs my nerves. So we recommend a house with kids 13 and up or no kids

I love to snuggle. I love toys. I love to play with your feet as you walk in socks. We can go for walks. I love those too. I do have a stubborn streak, so a confident owner is needed to keep my diva tendencies in check. I can have a temper tantrum with the best of them.

Zeus is up to date on vaccines and heartworm & flea prevention.

Zeus’s adoption fee is $295. 

If you are interested in adopting Zeus, 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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Chett – Available         Chihuahua Mix

8 Years Old                   11 Pounds

Neutered Male

Meet Chett!  Chett suffered a loss when his family passed and he was taken to animal control. He was nervous and scared so we scooped him up.

Chett loves to snuggle under a blanket right next to you or climb up in your lap. He walks nicely on a leash and loves a walk and to walk around his fenced back yard. Chett gets along with all the dogs in his foster home and has a laid back personality. He will bark at strangers who enter the house and yard .

Chett is potty trained but needs frequent reminders, especially when in new surroundings. He had a dental and had 2 teeth removed. He is up to date on vaccines and heartworm & flea prevention.

Chett is looking for a home with older, respectful children as he can be nervous, especially when picked up.   

Chett’s adoption fee is $295. You will need an approved application prior to meeting him.

If you are interested in adopting Chett, 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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Missy

Missy – Available              Min Pin Mix

8 Years Old                         10 Pounds

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.

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 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, as well as flea, preventive.  

Missy’s adoption fee is $295. 

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

If you are interested in adopting Missy, 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.

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Cocoa – AVAILABLE                     Poodle Mix

7 year old, 16 pound  Neutered Male                                                                                   

I’m Cocoa. I like dogs of all sizes. I’ve been around kids. They don’t bother me. Cats, well kittens, I don’t mind them either. I’m house trained but need to be kept on a schedule. I need someone home most of the time cause I hate the crate & whine in there. 

Cocoa had a recent dental & is up to date on vaccinations & monthly preventatives as well as neutered & heartworm negative. 

Cocoa’s adoption fee is $295.

If you feel you are a match for Cocoa 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.

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Charlie – AVAILABLE                     Pitbull Mix

Male                                                   8 Years Old

55 pounds                                         Neutered

 

Charlie is aged to perfection.  He’s calm, confident & loving.  He’s enjoyed the company of people aged 15 months to 90 years. Charlie likes to play fetch & tug-o-war, in the house or the pool. He loves to go for walks and rides great in the car.  Charlie is not going to freak out when it storms or at loud noises. Not a big barker either.  He’s house & crate trained.

Charlie is ok with other dogs but would be just as happy as your one and only. Plus, he’s a super snuggler. To look at him you wouldn’t believe he’s 8 years old. The people who’ve met Charlie have fallen in love, but unfortunately were not in a position to adopt or had another dog that didn’t care for having a sibling. He’d actually be great for a 1st time Pittie owner and is an excellent representative for the breed.

Charlie takes a supplement for arthritis and needs his nails trimmed regularly, so not a lot of maintenance. There are so many benefits to owning an older dog he hopes you’ll give him a chance.

Charlie is up to date on his vaccinations & monthly preventatives.

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.

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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 much younger dog. 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 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 co-exists in her foster group the larger 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 as well as for bathroom breaks. Certainly no overnight problems.

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 which will serve as a basis for a conversation. You will be contacted.

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Sadie – Available          Terrier Mix

8 Year Old, 23 Pound 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: Sadie is an absolute joy who loves to be with her human & to play with willing dogs near her size.

Dogs: Sure. Sadie does like to play with willing dogs near her own size. She gets along in her foster group of larger & smaller dogs.

Kids: As long as they are knowledgeable & patient enough to let Sadie approach them, why not.

Housetrained: You bet. Not even any transition period accidents.

Health: As Sadie was recently treated for heartworm, her activity has to be limited for the time being. Sadie needs a heartworm test at the end of November to make sure her treatment completely eliminated current adult & immature heartworms as well as helped to prevent new infections.

Background: Sadie was given away by a former owner to a person who neglected her, let her loose & did not want her back. Sadie was cared for overnight by a Portage police/animal control officer until taken in by Heather’s Foster Dogs. Sadie’s ear infections & flea dermatitis were quickly & successfully treated but tests showed Sadie was heartworm positive. Sadie had her first h/w treatment at the end of July & her second at the end of August.

Cat compatibility: No cats in her foster home so we don’t know for sure.

Vaccinated: Yes

Microchipped: Yes     

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

Sadie’s adoption fee is $295.

If you’re interested in meeting Sadie, please see pictures & videos of her on her FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Sadie-of-Heathers-Foster-Dogs-100471062360823 or search on Sadie 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 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 & you will be contacted.

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Ringo – Available                           Breed:  Poodle Mix
Sex: Male                                                       Age: 6 Years

Weight:  25 pounds                                         Neutered

Please be sure to read caveats after Ringo’s basic description.

Ringo is a fun little guy and full of personality once he gets to know & trust you. Ringo does love his foster grandpa. That sort of trust takes some time to develop. He loves to run and play with or without a playmate, though he might prefer having a doggy pal to play with. He does, however, have a happy, but persistent play style which can overwhelm some dogs. 

Give him a secure fenced yard to patrol and he’s in heaven, so an apartment or condo just won’t do. Ringo loves to explore while on walks and enjoys riding shotgun in the car.  

He sounds like the perfect pup, right? Just like we humans, Ringo has some faults, too, so let’s talk about them. Ringo, given the slightest opportunity, shows his talent as an escape artist. He just gets overexcited about the outside world & wants to experience it. Again, Ringo needs a secure fenced yard. He is also a vocal guard of his area. 

Ringo does have a bite history, having twice nipped people who approached him too quickly & closely.

Because of environmental & food allergies, Ringo is on a veterinary prescription diet & will have to receive monthly injections of allergy antibody medication for the rest of his life.

Ringo needs a patient family without children or cats in which he can thrive.   

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 Heathers Foster Dogs.

Ringo’s adoption fee is $295.

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

Any interested prospective adopter should be prepared to meet Ringo  several times, but hes worth it!

Caveats:

*****  RINGO IS FEARFUL OF STRANGERS WHO APPROACH HIM & HAS A BITE HISTORY. HE HAS A SPECIAL ADOPTION PROCESS *****

***** RINGO HAS FOOD & ENVIRONMENTAL ALLERGIES. RINGO IS ON A VETERINARY PRESCRIPTION DIET & WILL HAVE TO RECEIVE MONTHLY INJECTIONS FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE *****

Because of his fear of strangers & bite history, in consultation with a certified behaviorist, we have set up an unusual adoption procedure. Any interested adopter will need to meet Ringo 2 or 3 times at his foster home in Steger, IL before Ringo & his foster would do a home check before completing the adoption. It’s a slow process. We want Ringo to become as comfortable with an adopter as he learned to be with his foster & for everyone to be safe. That it works may be seen in  posted videos on Ringo’s Facebook page (dated the 9th of October 2021).

Ringo is fearful when people approach him. This has led him to use his mouth, bites which in his mind are defensive, not attacks (one & done).

If you are interested in adopting Ringo, 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.

We are a foster based group & do not have a facility at which you can visit Ringo. 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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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.

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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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