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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) & 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.

Charlie LCR

Charlie –Available              Pitbull Mix

Male                                      7 Years

50 pounds                            Neutered

Let me introduce you this handsome gentleman.  Charlie will ask permission to snuggle up next to you. He’s very relaxed and happy to meet everyone, no jumping nonsense. He’s chill if it’s storming, just don’t ask him to go out. Not a crazy barker, but will let you know if someone’s at the door. He’s really just about perfect.

He does still have some get up and go in him, too.  He can still make it to the fence to chase a squirrel just as fast as an one and a  half old. He has loved the water in the hot weather. Enjoyed playing in the sprinkler. You do, however, have to guard the sprinkler from attack. Loves to wade in the pool but will not allow any toys — they must be removed. When the pool is full enough he’ll take the hose out. He is a character.  I promise you’ll fall in love. Need someone to ride shotgun in the car? Charlie’s your man. Got toys? You can most likely pitch most of them. Don’t bother with anything stuffed. Even if you’re sure he cannot destroy it, he needs to be monitored! You’re shoes and such will be fine.

We believe Charlie is about 7 years old and would do best in a more relaxed home, maybe people who are home more than not. He’s been around respectful kids, visiting, without a problem. Charlie actually kind of liked them.  He’s had a couple accidents when loose and no one was home, but he is crate trained. It’s not an issue at night, he’ll just snuggle up in bed with you. Chalrie has been living with a much younger male and been ok, but I think he’d probably like a more mature friend, a girlfriend or to be your one and only.

Charlie is neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, dewormed and heartworm negative and on heartworm prevention.

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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Georgia – Adoption Pending                           Poodle Mix

Female                                                 2 Years Old

10 Pounds                                           Spayed

Hi I’m Georgia. I’m high spirited & friendly to everyone I meet. I’m really in your face. Boundaries — what are those? I have none, not with people. I’m a bit better with dogs, but I do like to play. Big or small, my kinda dog is one that likes to rough house. So training would do me some good. I am quite rambunctious, so kids 6 and over would be ideal.

Grooming is a must with me, to keep me looking my best and my skin in it’s best condition.

House training is coming along, but I need some more work. When I get outside I forget to do my business. Just remind me. I am figuring it out.

Car rides, walks – I love them, but I am curious about everything  going on around me. Yup, I’m the life of the party so don’t look for me to be your couch potato. I also want everyone passing by to know I am there so an apartment or condo would not be ideal for me either.

My adoption fee is $295. You need an approved application to meet me.

If you are interested in adopting Georgia, 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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Harry – Adoption Pending                            Breed:  Pomeranian Mix
Sex: Male                                          Age: 3 1/2 Months

Weight:  4 pounds                           Neutered

Meet Harry. He is looking for a family who can give him the time and patience a puppy needs.  Harry is playful and doing well with his potty training.   He is looking for a family who can spend time with him throughout the day to keep him safe and continue his training. Harry has a very slight heart murmur which does not require any special care.

Harry is neutered and microchipped. He is up to date with his shots for his age and will require more in October.

You must have an approved application on file before meeting Harry.

Harry’s adoption fee is $350.

If you are interested in adopting Harry, 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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Gina – Adoption Pending                           Lhasa Apso Mix

Female                                            10 Years Old

15 Pounds                                       Spayed

Hi all, I’m Gina. Animal control found me, picked me up as a stray, & took me to a shelter where I was never claimed. I am the sweetest, most mellow and even tempered girl you will meet. I’m fostered with 2 other dogs & cats. I am great with both. I’m happy to hang out in the yard with my canine foster brothers – I’m not super playful with them, but I enjoy lounging in the sun in the yard.

When I arrived in rescue, my skin was greasy and flaky and my hair was really overgrown, so my foster mom starting giving me medicated baths. Then I went to a groomer for my first spa day in a long time. Between the grooming and good food, my skin is starting to look much better. I really like soft wet food, not just because it’s tasty but because I also just had a dental. When I arrived in rescue a lot of my front teeth were worn down/broken so we all thought it best I have some veterinary attention to my teeth – I ended up having 7 teeth extracted! I feel so much better all the way around.

I’m completely housebroken, quiet, and non destructive. I’m looking for a home that’s not too loud and crazy and would enjoy hanging out in a yard, or sitting on the couch watching tv with me in your lap. I will need to have regular visits with a groomer but I’m great for my appointments and nail trims. I’m spayed, microchipped, vaccinated, dewormed and heartworm negative and on heartworm prevention.

I have a special senior dog adoption fee of $150.

If you are interested in adopting Gina, 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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RingoPics

Ringo – Available                        Breed:  Poodle Mix
Sex: Male                                          Age: 4 – 5 Years

Weight:  20 pounds                                    Neutered

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

Ringo is fearful when people approach him. This has led him to use his mouth (non-injurious bites).

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 to complete 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.

Ringo is a fun little guy and full of personality once he gets to know & trust you. He loves to run and play with or without a playmate, though he would 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 can also be a vocal guard of his area. 

But most of all, he 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 6 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 on Ringo Heather’s Foster Dogs.

Ringo’s adoption fee is $295. He is house trained, neutered & microchipped as well as up to date on his vaccinations (including 2 strains of canine influenza) & monthly preventatives.

If you are interested in adopting Ringo, 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.

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 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 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 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 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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