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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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Charlie – AVAILABLE                     Pitbull Mix

Male                                                   8 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.

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Peso – Available     Chihuahua Mix

Male                          13 Years Old

10 Pounds                Neutered

 

Although I’m not destined to become as famous as Prancer, the “demonic” Chihuahua with the foster bio that went viral, I’m also a slightly devilish little Chihuahua hoping to catch the eye of that perfect someone.

I’m Peso, and I’m around 13 years old and 10 pounds. I was originally rescued by HFD by way of arriving at Animal Control as a stray back in 2017. I was adopted out to an elderly woman and became her cherished companion and lap dog. Sadly she passed away in late 2020, and I found myself back at my original foster home, a place that was familiar and comforting to me.

Temperament: The famous Chihuahua ‘tude. I’ve got all the usual & customary traits like trembling, lip curling and rumbling when I’m annoyed. Not only am I camera shy, I go out of my way to look as ridiculous as possible anytime my foster mom tries to take decent pictures of me. I’ll look sweet as pie and then when her phone comes out I immediately start closing one eye, sticking my tongue out and trying my best to look unappealing.  I’m not a complete jerk, but I do like to lay in wait under a blanket on the couch, just daring one of the other dogs to try and snuggle up next to me. I love burrowing under the covers with my favorite person.

Health-wise I’m in pretty good shape. I’m not on any meds currently and just need regular nail trims like most dogs. Typical of small dogs my age I have pretty bad teeth. The rescue had a dental done on me in 2017 and all but 7 were removed but honestly, the ones that are still left don’t look the greatest either. Good luck brushing my teeth, I’m not having it. The best that I’ll put up with is a dental additive in my water.  I oddly still like to crunch on dry food, although my foster mom insists on mixing it with soft food.

I’m fostered with other dogs and cats but honestly, I have no use for them. Why they try to get me to cuddle and play is beyond me. I can co-exist with other pets that just ignore me and let me do my thing, but my ideal set up would be a single person/people only home. Netflix & chill is my kind of evening. Sunning out in the yard is great too.

Kids? Nope. If you pick me up the wrong way or try or bother me while eating I get snappy. So kids over 12/teens/adults are required.

I’m pretty much housebroken but I do appreciate having a pee pad available on the floor of a spare room for when it’s raining or freezing cold outside.

If you aren’t completely horrified and are still reading this, let me tell you the good news. I love people and honestly can’t wait to snuggle in with my foster parents every night. If you have been feeling lonely, out of sorts, or just need somebody there (and let’s face it, this past year has been a wild ride for us all), I’m your guy. I’m low maintenance and chill but have enough of a personality to entertain and be a great companion. I’m not excessively yappy and only bark when I’m excited about my food being served or when somebody delivers a package from Amazon. If somebody breaks into the house I might yap just enough at them to send them running.

I don’t take up much space and am perfect for apartment, condo, or house living. I’m already neutered, current on vaccines, heartworm negative and on prevention, and microchipped. 

I’m currently being fostered in the south suburbs of Chicago and we do not adopt out of the local area/across the country. No meet and greets will be set up without an application filled out first. Any questions? Email my foster mom at amandarescues78@gmail.com.

Peso’s special senior adoption fee is $150.

If you are interested in adopting Peso, 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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Miriam

Miriam – Available            Chihuahua Mix

9 Years Old                         4.3 Pounds

Spayed Female

Meet Miri!  She is a tiny 9 year old Chihuahua lady with a black coat.  She is a timid girl who is easily startled which causes her to yelp at times.  Miri loves to be near her humans and loves to bury under the blankets.  She gets along with the other small dogs in her foster home but does not like them in her face. 

Miri walks nicely on a leash and is potty trained with frequent reminders.  She had a dental and her teeth look great. Miri is a finicky eater and requires her foster mom to add ground beef to her food.   

Miri is looking for a quiet home with older children only. She is looking for a local adopter within 30 minutes of Tinley Park.

Miriam is spayed, microchippped and up to date on vaccines and heartworm & flea preventatives.   

Miriam’s adoption fee is $150.

If you are interested in adopting Miriam, you must submit an application. Please go to 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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Missy

Missy – Available              Min Pin Mix

8 Years Old                         8 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.

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 needs to have a woman in the household. Just as Missy is not comfortable around large dogs, she finds it difficult to relax around men.

Missy is up to date with her vaccines, spayed and had a recent dental. She is heartworm negative and remains on a preventive. Once she trusts you she will bark or whine to be near you so Missy is not a fit for an apartment or condoShe is looking for a home where someone is home most of day. No children due to her fearfulness.

Missy’s adoption fee is $295.

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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Avery – Available              Min Pin Mix

5 Years Old                         15 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. Not a good fit for an apartment, condo or townhome.

Overall, Avery is sweet, happy, energetic & cuddly. Avery acts on her belief that there is no reason to walk when she can run. Avery doesn’t require massive amounts of exercise, but could definitely use a daily walk & significant time loose in the small dog secure yard. When properly exercised, she is quite happy to lounge with you on the couch. Avery is active & a great alert dog. Avery would enjoy & benefit from classes where she can meet other dogs & people.

Dogs: Sure. Avery has been known to engage with playful dogs near her size. She gets along in a group of larger dogs, but has not found a playmate in her foster home. Avery has been known to play with other small dogs after she gets to know them. She gets along in her foster group, but has not found a playmate with those larger dogs.

Kids: Why not? Be aware, however, the hand is part of the treat if the treat is not offered in the correct manner. So, how smart & tough are your kids? Do they like their fingers not being nipped? Do you?  You are going to have to learn & remember the simple manner to offer treats to Avery. SO REALISTICALLY, NO SMALL CHILDREN.

Do you love shrill barking? Avery says you’d better. Proud of her voice, she lets passersby & neighbors (human & canine), delivery vehicles & passing animals know exactly how proud. Obviously doorbells or door knocks stimulate a pronounced vocal response from Avery. Not so obvious is that all those noises on the television & even sometimes drums on the stereo do as well.

Housetrained: Avery thought about marking when introduced into the house. Told that was unacceptable, Avery immediately assumed a submissive position & didn’t try it again. Avery’s been good about going through the dog door, for exercise, for bathroom breaks & to exorcise the neighbors.

Adventurous: Loves leash walks & to venture out in the car with you.

Health: Appears to be excellent. Avery was treated successfully for inguinal hernia & heartworm infestation.

Cat compatibility: Unknown.

Vaccinated: Yes

Microchipped: Yes     

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

Avery’s adoption fee is $295.

If you’re interested in meeting Avery, this perfect specimen of a dog, please see pictures & videos of her on her FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Avery-of-Heathers-Foster-Dogs-102211461995276 or search on Avery 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. 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 4 year old. She could definitely use a daily walk & significant time loose in the small dog secure yard.

Winnie is skittish, needs to be left to learn about & to trust you at her own pace, which may be a week or two. 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 will likely 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. 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. After her acclimation, Winnie has seemed to try to initiate play, but has received no positive response. She gets along in her foster group of larger & smaller dogs.

Kids: Why not as long as they are knowledgeable & patient enough to let Winnie approach them. Again, Winnie may need to be SO REALISTICALLY, NO SMALL CHILDREN.

Housetrained: Winnie’s been good about going through the dog door, for exercise, for bathroom breaks. Winnie seems to have some mild separation anxiety & sometimes leaves puddles when her foster grandpa ventures out.

Adventurous: Loves leash walks & to venture out in the car with you. Leash Manners, however, forget it.

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. You will be contacted.

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CHESTER – AVAILABLE           CORGI MIX                           

10 Years Old                                16 Pounds 

Neutered Male

I came from a hoarding situation. Since then I have learned a whole new life. I take a bit of time to warm up to new people, but once I do, I’m all in. My Valentine’s present was coming out of my shell. My foster mom employs a routine for my meeting new people with which I am warming up much faster. My confidence is blossoming with both people and investigating the surroundings. Coming in from outside is still a little scary. 

I have become much more social over the last few months. I am a lap dog, granted you have to lift me up but I will sit a chill. I like to stay on a dog bed by you. Once I know my safe area I like to just hang there.

I still need a calm house but older teens that give me my space. House training finally seemed to click.

My kind of dog is any that is calm & will just hang out. I’m currently fostered with dogs of all sizes.

I’m almost blind. I’m looking for a calm, adult only home.

I’m microchipped as well as up to date on vaccines, monthly preventatives. I 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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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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