Available Dogs


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 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.


Milo 01

Milo – Available                            Chihuahua Mix

Male                                                 6 Years Old

10 pounds                                       Neutered

Meet Milo! Milo had a horrific past yet he is a loving boy who loves to be near his family. Milo walks nicely on a leash and is potty trained with reminders. He can be scared and nervous with new situations. Milo loves to snuggle up next to his foster family on the couch and chew on a nylabone. He had a dental with several extractions and a repair of a wound on his face.

Milo gets along with the other small dogs in his foster home. He would enjoy another small dog to play with. He would do best with older children.

Milo is neutered, microchipped and up to date with his vaccines & heartworm prevention. Milo is available for local adoption within 30 minutes of Tinley Park, IL.

Milo’s adoption fee is $295.

If you are interested in adopting Milo, 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.


Marcus 01

Marcus  Available                         Chihuahua Mix

Male                                                 3 Years Old

11 pounds                                       Neutered


Who has been searching high and low for a housebroken small dog who is cat and dog friendly? If that is you, then you will want to meet me!

I was found stray and brought to animal control with a suspicious looking lump near my hip. Turns out, I had an abdominal hernia that was sticking out (possibly from some kind of past trauma), which was repaired surgically and now I’m doing great.

I’m in foster care with 3 other dogs ranging from 87 pounds to 23 pounds. I’m also fostered with cats and completely ignore them, probably because I’m smaller than they are. I’m not yappy, and easily handled.

I would do great in many home settings, including apartment/condo. I would love to cuddle next to you and take a nap, I also like hanging out on the back of the couch looking out the window, or in a dog bed on the floor. I’m not destructive when left alone and I’m totally housebroken.

I have not been fostered with kids, but due to size my foster mom would recommend older kids (8+) who know to be gentle with me.

Marcus is neutered, microchipped and up to date with his vaccines & heartworm prevention.

Meetings will be scheduled only after submission of an adoption application, which serves as the basis for a conversation.

Marcus’s adoption fee is $295.

If you are interested in adopting Marcus, 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 & Manny 123

CHESTER & MANNY – AVAILABLE           CORGI MIX                           


Each weigh 16 POUNDS              NEUTERED MALES                                                

The good news is we are super smart. We have already dealt with life as blind boys. We are taking on every challenge as we learn how to be the great indoor, couch loving dogs we were meant to be.

To understand us you have to understand where we started. We were confiscated along with 40 other dogs from a hoarding situation in which we were locked in a pen with no contact and dirty water.

So as you can imagine we do have some challenges.  Chester is blind & Manny almost so, & it takes them a bit to warm up. Arrival at our foster home was a major adjustment. TO SAY WE WERE PETRIFIED OF PEOPLE IS AN UNDERSTATMENT. But WE HAVE COME A LOOOOONG WAY. We learn your scent, the sound of your footsteps.

Manny loves the couch & Chester loves treats. After you give us a few treats, we will fall in love (Manny not as fast as Chester but Manny gets there). We were left in the pen so are not house trained. We are working on it and are learning the process. Being attached to a leash is new to us, so that is something to learn with you.  We were given a dental.

In a matter of a few weeks we have learned to walk with our foster mom and her wheelchair. We have learned stairs & are starting to explore. We have met a small calm dog & like her. When the big dog gets excited we can sense it & become nervous.

The bonded pair has a special adoption fee of $300.

If you are interested in adopting Chester & Manny, 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.



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

Weight:  22 pounds                                    Neutered


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.

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).

Ringo is a fun little guy and full of personality once he gets to know & trust you. That trust will take some time to develop. 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 is also a vocal guard of his area. And, of course, Ringo does have a bite history.

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 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 FB on Ringo Heather’s 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 he’s worth it!

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. 



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.


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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