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.



Betsy – Available         Yorkie/Silky Mix

5-6 Year Old, 6 Pound Spayed Female

Beautiful Betsy is a 5-6 year old female Yorkie/Silky gal.  She is around 6 lbs. but needs to gain some more weight. Betsy likes to relax on warm blankets and watch tv with you.  She can be jealous of the other small dogs in her foster home so she does need reminders to share.

Betsy continues to work on her potty training and does best with frequent reminders and walks.  She walks nicely on a leash.

Betsy has dry eye and needs her prescription drops twice a day, which she will need for life.  She does have some vision loss, but gets around great once she is familiar with her surroundings. Betsy had a recent dental with a few extractions and her teeth are great now.

Betsy is spayed, microchipped and up to date with her vaccine. Heartworm negative, she is on flea and heartworm preventative 

Betsy’s adoption fee is $395. 

Applicants to adopt Betsy should live within a 1 hour drive of Tinley Park, IL.

You must complete and submit an adoption application before meeting Betsy. The application serves as a basis for a conversation.

If you think Betsy is a great match for you, then please go to the banner menu above. Click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application & you will be contacted.


Nova – Available             Rat Terrier Mix

3 Months Old, 4 Pound Spayed Female

Hi everyone my name is Nova. Just look at how beautiful I am.

Being a Rat Terrier mix, I’m an active breed who needs proper training and exercise. So if you are looking for a super quiet laid back, couch potato pup I’m not for you. I’m a talkative girl. I’m not really loud but I do tend to bark a bit.

Don’t get me wrong I do love to snuggle with my family after I have run around the yard playing with my foster siblings. I just love to run and play with them. So if you have a playful dog that’s around my size that would be great. 

Since I have a high prey drive, a secure fenced yard would be best to keep me safe. When on a walk, I need to be on a leash with a harness at all times so I can’t dart off after that squirrel or bunny and get hurt.  

I’m told that I’m a great little girl with lots of personality. I love to give kisses.

 I am potty pad trained, well mostly, and working on my house training. I sleep quietly all night in my puppy pen.

So as long as you have time for the care and training a puppy needs, complete and submit your adoption application. My foster Mom will then get back to you in a day or two. 

My foster Mom wants me to add that I can’t meet anyone without an approved adoption application. The application serves as a basis for a conversation.

I am spayed, up to date on shots for my age & current on heartworm and flea prevention.

Nova’s adoption fee is $450.

If you think Nova is a great match for you, then using the menu at the top of the page, click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application & you will be contacted.




Husky Mix

5-6 year old, 76 pound neutered male


Hi everyone, I’m Barlow. I’m a 5-6 year old Husky who recently finished heartworm treatment and I’m looking forward to finding my home! Here’s my backstory: I was picked up stray by local animal control & unclaimed. After testing positive for heartworm, I went into foster care to get treatment.

When I first arrived, I was under-socialized, a little scared & nervous. I was super food motivated, to the point of fixating on food and trying to snatch it off counters. My foster mom worked diligently to show me that there was enough food for everyone and that I did not need to guard and fixate on my food so much. I’ve come a long way! For this reason, though, my perfect home would have no kids or older kids only – (age 12+) because I WILL still snatch food out of small children’s hands.

I’ve been fostered with other dogs (including another Husky) and cats. I am not super playful but do enjoy a romp around the yard with my foster brothers. On the Husky Crazy Scale (if you know you know) I am only about a 4 out of 10 – not super vocal and I’m quiet in my crate. I am housebroken and enjoy chewing on bones and hanging out with people. I’ve definitely settled into a home setting and I really like going for walks, car rides, and grooming. A fenced in yard is ideal for me as I enjoy squirrel chasing.

I just recently finished heartworm treatment & am on prevention. I’m neutered, dewormed, microchipped and current on vaccines. It’s essential that I stay on monthly heartworm prevention to avoid ever getting heartworm again.

Barlow’s adoption fee is $350.

We are located in the south suburbs of Chicago and ask for adopters to live within a 2 hour radius of the Chicagoland area.

Questions? Email my foster mom directly at amandarescues78@gmail.com.

You must complete and submit an adoption application before meeting Barlow. The application serves as a basis for a conversation.

Interested in meeting me? Using the menu at the top of the page, click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application & you will be contacted. If you have another dog we will set up a meet and greet in your yard to make sure everyone likes each other.



Haley – Available              Rat Terrier Mix

10 Month Old, 11 Pound Spayed Female

Haley is an extremely shy 10 month old Rat Terrier/Chihuahua (best guess) girl who frightens very easily. If Haley gets scared, you need to control the situation, diffuse her fear so she doesn’t she act out.  She is a typical active Rat terrier mix that can be a bit snarky. She is looking for an adopter that understands the terrier/Chihuahua temperament. 

After a few days of being in her foster home Haley has shown just how loving she is.  Once she trusts you she will give you endless kisses and curl up on your lap. Haley sleeps all night snuggled in bed with her foster Mom and Dad. She has no concept of personal space. She just wants to be with you. Wherever you are Haley is.

Haley also has a very playful side to her. She enjoys playing with the other small dogs in her foster home and running around the yard doing zoomies. She also likes soft stuffed squeaky toys to play with. Oh, and balls. She is quite entertaining.

Haley requires an ADULT only household. NO KIDS. She would also benefit with having another small dog in her home as she adores the other small dogs in her foster home. Big dogs not so much.

A small dog secure FENCED yard is a must for her as she is currently frightened of a leash. This will improve over time as long as you continue to work with her.  She is not a good fit for an apartment or condo.

Haley is house and potty pad trained. She is also spayed, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative and current on heartworm and flea prevention.

If you have the love and patience to give to Haley then she promises to repay you with endless love and devotion for life. She just wants to be loved.

Haley’s adoption fee is $380.

You must complete and submit an adoption application before meeting Haley. The application serves as a basis for a conversation.

If you think Haley is a great match for you, then using the menu above, please click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application, which will serve as the basis for a conversation, & you will be contacted.



MANNY – AVAILABLE             Corgi Mix

11 Year Old, 20 Pound Neutered Male    

I’m Manny. I’m looking for a special home to spend my golden years. I’m very loving and get along with dogs and cats. I take my time warming up to new things. I am house trained. I am blind but get around fine and have no problem with stairs.

In my past life I was very secluded and not cared for. That gave me some triggers. Well really just one — gates, any kind of gate.

Because of Manny’s nervousness and past life, we will plan of multiple meetings.
Also, Manny will need to be adopted within 50 miles of Flossmoor, IL.

Manny is microchipped as well as up to date on vaccines, monthly preventatives. He has had a dental.

Manny’s adoption fee is $150.

If you are think you are Manny’s special someone and want to talk to his foster mom & meet Manny, then using the menu above, please click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application, which will serve as the basis for a conversation, & you will be contacted.


Halo – ADOPTION PENDING    Miniature Pinscher Mix

8 Year Old, 7 Pound Spayed Female

Hi there, my name is Halo and I’m an 8 year old Miniature Pinscher mix currently weighing in at around 7 lbs. Unfortunately, my family ran into a situation where they had to give me up. I was a bit devastated at first, but am learning to adjust. I now just want to get into a home that can cuddle and love me during my senior years.

I can be a bit shy at first, so please be patient with me. I do eventually come out of my shell. It’s not long before I will be greeting you at the door wagging my cute little tail and talking (I get a little vocal and excited when you come back home). I do love my walks, and walk very well on a leash. Other than a walk, I pretty much go outside, do my business, and come back in. Especially right now, given it is still a little chilly. I am definitely not a big fan of the colder weather. A fenced in yard is optional. If it’s not a privacy fence, however, I may need a little blow-up collar on when I’m outside, as I’m small enough to go through open pickets.

I’m overall very good natured. As I am a little “senior”, I’d probably do better in a home where someone is home quite a bit and where there is not a lot of loud activity on a constant basis. I enjoy my quiet time.

I get along with other dogs, as I tend to just ignore them. However, around food, I may get a little territorial with other dogs. I’m fine with humans around food, but I get a little bossy with other dogs.

I’m also completely potty trained, have not had one accident in my current foster home. At night time, I do my business outside and then go to bed for the night. I do prefer to cuddle in the bed, and hope that will be ok with my new family. I promise I don’t take up much space, and I really don’t move all night. If you’re looking for me, and can’t find me, I’m likely under the covers. That’s where I tend to end up.

Overall I’m really a very sweet girl, just a little on the shy side. But I know it won’t take long before you fall in love. I am ready to go to my new permanent family.

I have been vet checked, spayed, microchipped, heartworm tested negative, am up to date on routine shots including rabies and have been treated with flea & heartworm preventative.

My adoption fee is $395.

If you are interested in adopting Halo and ready to give her a lifelong commitment, using the menu at the top of the page, click on ADOPTION APPLICATION to complete an electronic application. Submit your application & you will be contacted.

NO MEETING CAN BE SET UP WITHOUT A FORMAL APPLICATION!! If you are interested in talking to her foster mom & meeting Halo, then you will need to submit a formal application.



Ringo – Available                           
Speical Needs 7 y.o., 25 pound, house-trained neutered Miniature Poodle Mix 

Ringo is a fun guy and full of personality. Once he gets to know & trust you, you remain his friend. Ringo does love his foster grandpa. That sort of trust takes some time to develop. He loves to run and play. 

***** Ringo has food & environmental allergies. They are currently controlled with a prescription diet & regular vet visits. Ringo also takes medication for compressed disks in his spine.*****

We know little about Ringo’s past. He was picked up as a stray & taken to the local animal control as a scared boy who did not want to be touched. Our vet estimates that he is approximately 6 years old. It took a while for him to decompress in a foster home.

People must let Ringo show he wants contact. Contact should be limited until Ringo gets to know them. Ringo does have a history from 2020 of 2 non-injurious, one & done warning bites to people. Both incidents involved people sticking their hands in Ringo’s face without a proper introduction & were nipped. Still, Ringo does have a bite history. 

We want Ringo to become as comfortable with an adopter as he learned to be with his foster & for everyone to be safe. Ringo has successfully met & become friendly with several people by following this protocol (see videos from 9 Oct 2021 on his Facebook page).

Ringo needs a patient adopter who will keep him & everyone he meets safe, an adopter who understands that one slip up could cost him his life.

Ringo needs a secure fenced yard. Although Ringo is most active in winter, he likes to spend hours outside every day. Ringo loves to explore & mark on his daily leash walks and enjoys riding shotgun in the car. 

Both because of his willingness to run & his bite history, Ringo can NEVER be let off leash outside of his small dog secure fenced yard. Ringo’s energy level is higher than average. He loves having free run of the secure fenced yard for hours every day. In addition to patrolling the yard, Ringo has been leash walked every day.

Ringo needs a patient family without children or cats in which he can thrive. While prospective adopters’ children may learn to be fine with Ringo, it’s too much to expect their friends to be.

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 Heather’s Foster Dogs. There you can see Ringo getting to know a stranger on videos from 9 October 2021.

Ringo’s adoption fee of $295 has been sponsored. 

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

If you are interested in meeting Ringo, then using  the menu above, please click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application, which will serve as the basis for a conversation, & you will be contacted.

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. 



Missy – Available              Min Pin Mix

9 Year Old, 10 Pound 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. She appears not to like men at all.

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, most likely female 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 & flea preventives.  

Missy’s adoption fee is $295. 

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

If you are interested in adopting, then using  the menu above, please click on Adoption Application. Submit your completed application, which will serve as the basis for a conversation, & 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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