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Heather’s Foster Dogs has fostered over 700 pets in 10 years By Katie Arvia April 24, 2023



UPDATE: Sadie was adopted in February 2022. She is having a ball in her home.


Thanks to all who donated to our Facebook fundraiser in honor of the late Betty White & all she did for animal welfare.

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Heather’s Foster Dogs is treating Sadie for heartworm disease. Sadie’s story in a nutshell –

Now 8 y.o. Terrier mix Sadie was dumped as a youngster & taken off the Chicago streets. Adopted, Sadie lived with a family for a few years. No longer wanted by her adopted family, Sadie was given away only to be ignored & discarded across the state line, 40 miles from familiar surroundings. Portage, IN police picked up Sadie on a charge of running loose without a license. Animal control contacted Heather’s Foster Dogs whose members took her in. Veterinary examination revealed Sadie to be heartworm positive (& in need of a few additional pounds). Sadie is in a foster home. She is being treated for infections in both ears & flea dermatitis before her heartworm treatment is to begin.

Sadie hasn’t lost faith in us. She is friendly, though a bit head shy, loves to lay on you whether you’re working at the computer, watching tv or sleeping. If you want to & are able to help Heather’s Foster Dogs cover the cost of her medical expenses, we thank you.

Please send Sadie good thoughts & if you’d like to donate & can afford to help, please use our convenient PayPal button at https://heathersfosterdogs.org/home/supporthfd/donate/

Follow Sadie on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Sadie-of-Heathers-Foster-Dogs-100471062360823



Meet Avery! She is a recent rescue from animal control & we just found out that in addition to having a hernia & pneumonia, she is heartworm positive. 😞 Please remember to keep your dog on heartworm prevention year round! In the meantime Avery is in foster care being treated for pneumonia before she can start the lengthy process of treating her heartworm. Unfortunately after completing her heartworm treatment successfully, we discovered Avery has lymphoma. She is now in hospice care in her foster home. Please send her good thoughts & if you’d like to donate using our convenient PayPal button, visit https://heathersfosterdogs.org/home/supporthfd/donate/

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HFD earned a 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar by sharing the metrics which matter most.




from https://hfchronicle.com/blog/2020/jun/30/readers-rescue-helping-chronicle-thrive

Everyone has been exploring ways to thrive during the shutdown and slow reopening. For Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld, the thing to do was adopt a dog. 

Hofeld is known for his devotion to his black Labradors and usually has three at any given time. They accompany him on daily walks at the Izaak Walton Nature Preserve. Until recently, the family included Sadie, Jenna and Annie. A few weeks ago, the family grew by one with the addition of Katie. 

Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld and crew take a walk in Izaak Walton Nature Preserve in early April. The Hofeld family recently increased with the addition of another black Labrador, Katie. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld and crew take a walk in Izaak Walton Nature Preserve in early April. The Hofeld family recently increased with the addition of another black Labrador, Katie. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

Of course, the mayor had been looking for another dog before the pandemic began.

He got Katie from Heather’s Foster Dogs, a companion animal fostering and adoption service that operates in the South Suburbs. See heathersfosterdogs.org for more information.

Four is the limit — by ordinance — so the Hofeld family is set for a while, and the mayor has a new friend to help pass the time until the economy really gets going again.


Heather’s Foster Dogs is still pulling dogs, processing adoption applications & completing adoptions but will not be holding adoption events until the Covid-19 related risks are substantially reduced. Our major corporate adoption partner, Petsmart, similarly suspended sponsoring such events.

Petsmart suspends adoption events

Image may contain: 2 people, possible text that says 'COVID-19 FAQS Q: IS IT SAFE TO ADOPT AN ANIMAL FROM A SHELTER? A: Yes. There is currently no reason to think that shelter pets in the United States might be a source of COVID- 19. During this pandemic, pets and people need each other and the support of veterinarians who are there to help ensure good health for newly adopted pets. #COVID19 AVMA'



HFD earned a 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar by sharing the metrics which matter most.


Thank you to the Tinley Park Petsmart manager Dave (pictured) & the regional manager for nominating HFD for the Field Grant we received from Petsmart Charities. We will use the grant to pay the vet bills for the treatment of recent illnesses ( Lyme & heartworm disease) & injuries (inguinal hernia & ruptured cranial cruciate ligament).

Thank you Petsmart


Many, many thanks to the anonymous donor who went to our smile.amazon.com Charity List purchased K-9 Advantix II flea/tick preventative for us.


Kissing Booth

Ed Glassner from Heather’s Foster Dogs gets a kiss from Dogs Are Deserving’s Ralphie at the kissing booth during Homes for Dogs adoption weekend in Lockport Sept. 28. Photo by Julie McMann/ 22nd Century Media (from the Lockport Legend)

Coldwell Banker Homes for Dogs

Thanks to the Lockport Coldwell Banker office for hosting Homes for Dogs on Saturday, 2 September from 11 until 2.  There was good traffic & interest even in the cool, misty weather. 


Guidestar has awarded HFD

the 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency.


Many, many thanks to the anonymous donor(s) who went to our smile.amazon.com Charity List purchased deer antlers, clorox wipes & frontline for us. All have been delivered.






Paint Your Pet & Sip to benefit Heather’s Foster Dogs

at the Brass Tap, 14225 95th Ave, Ste 400

Orland Park on Saturday, 23 March, 2019 1 – 4 P.M.


Our adoption event on Saturday, 13 October 2018 at Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group, 1165 East 9th St, Lockport, IL. was as much fun as it was successful.


Thank you Frisky Dog Daycare of Brookfield for hosting  multiple groups, including Heather’s Foster Dogs, for its adoption event on Sunday 30 September 2018. The event resulted in 3 adoptions for HFD.


Thank you to WGN Midday News for inviting us to appear today. Your staff made it all so easy for us.

For those of you who missed the segment, or just can’t see it enough, here is the link to our appearance: 

A special surprise bonus was the WGN Facebook Live pre-segment party which Dean Richards crashed &  Louis stole the show.   



A big thank you to Kerri and her staff at The Brass Tap in Orland Park for cohosting our event. You guys were wonderful! HFD raised $2,000 at our fundraising event last Saturday! Thank you to Kerri and our HFD volunteers who put together the fire pit, gift baskets, and also donated their time to run the event. We would also like to thank Sarah Foley from Paint Your Pet And Sip for donating a portion of the pet portrait ticket sales to HFD. We would like to recognize and thank the following businesses for donating items for our gift baskets.

The Brass Tap
Goose Island
Saugatuck Brewing
2 Towns Ciderhouse
Juicy Luzy Sangria
Glen Smits at Steger Memorial Chapel
Phil Faso at Dino’s Food & Liquor
Christina Gia Beauty Bar
Sona Bella Salon
The Munster Target
Chicago Dough-Richton Park
The Frankfort Home Depot
Cupcakes by Katie Sweetwood

Thank you to all who attended and made this such a successful event!


The Brass Tap in Orland Park is hosting Paint Your Pet & Sip Fundraiser for us on Saturday, 21 July from 3 to 9 p.m. More information & details may be found at 
Heather's Foster Dogs (JPG)


 Thank you Kelly Evans for hosting a Trivia Night for your birthday for the benefit of Mastiffs R Us & Heather’s Foster Dogs. We & our veterinarian appreciate it. The Happiest of Birthday wishes, as well as thanks, go out to you.


Congratulations to our adoptive families. Below are the five adoptions from our 2 December 

Tinley Park Petsmart event

5 of 5



From somewhere in there, Brookie wishes you a Happy Halloween.

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Thank you so much to CN Railroad for honoring Heather’s Foster Dogs with a grant in recognition of the volunteer efforts of Sergio Zoruba, CN employee out of the Homewood office.


Consider joining us as a foster family.


Love Big Dogs? Let’s Talk!


Heather’s Foster Dogs is actively recruiting foster homes that can help out medium – large size dogs. Could that be you? The shelters are full of dogs of all sizes, but many times dogs that are not small & cute get overlooked, and we want to help change that. Would you be willing to let a Lab crash on your couch for a bit? Have bully breed experience? Have a soft spot for Shepherds? We would love to meet you! We work to find a placement that works great for your home – be it male/female, old/young, etc. The rescue pays for the food and veterinary care. All you need to do is find the room in your heart and home. 

We host multiple adoption events per month and you only have to attend the ones that work with your schedule. Your dog may need a ride to the occasional vet visit, but no worries. Again, the rescue pays for the veterinary care! 

Fostering is not a lifetime commitment. Fostering is just a commitment to save one life. Make a difference in this world by saving a dog from death row. Even if you cannot foster right now, please share far and wide with interested friends and family, and keep us in mind for the future. 

Interested? Please drop us an email at heathersfosterdogsinfo.org & we will send you a foster home application. You may just ask us for more information, or choose to stop by any of our adoption events to meet us and see what we are all about. 

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