Mitch

* Approximate Age 15 Years * Dog-Selective * Older Child-Friendly * Up To Date On All Vaccines * Neutered  * Micro-chipped * House-trained * 
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While we were at an area animal control a love connection happened...we didn’t expect to fall so hard, but we did. This beautiful senior soul was surrendered when unfortunate circumstances caused his owner to lose his home. The poor man wanted what was best for his 14-year-old beloved dog, but had nowhere to turn to. When AC medical was doing his intake exam they discovered he had a 6/6 grade heart murmur, this is a death sentence for most dogs so we knew we had to get him out of there as soon as possible. A huge hearted foster stepped up for him, knowing very well that he’s probably a hospice case.
During his visit/exam with our veterinarian, the 6/6 grade heart murmur was confirmed and he’ll need to be on Vetmedin for the rest of his life. This is a prescription medication used in dogs to increase the ability of the heart to pump blood. He’ll also need 2 types of daily eye drops, weekly sensitive skin baths, and senior soft kidney Rx food for easy digestion. He may be a Chinese Crested but he’s our honorary Pitbull! 
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Miles - Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 2 Years * Selective Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On All Vaccines * Neutered * Micro-chipped * House-trained * 
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Back in July a stunning low riding brindle was picked up as a stray at an area animal control. He had gotten adopted from there but the family didn't give him enough time to settle in and he was returned a week later. He kept being overlooked so a volunteer at the shelter reached out to us, and basically begged for us to come meet him. So our interaction team went and met him, fell head of heels, and wouldn’t rest until we could bust him out. We knew he’d need a foster willing to be patient, let him settle in, and follow the Two Week Shut Down to the letter. This boy deserved it. And that’s when it happened...an experienced foster family stepped up. Miles is 2 years old and 55 lbs and he’d like to request a home that has peanut butter, hot dogs, butt scratches and rope balls. He'd also like a home where people will play chase with him. Miles put in a special request that his new home does not have cucumbers, vacuums, and grooming of any kind. (yea, we know... but we are here to communicate his desires. so we just out these things out there!). Miles pulls a little but eases up on walks. He is crate trained and potty trained. His foster family recommends a family with kids over 10 years old because Miles is a bull in a china shop and isn't aware of his size. Miles knows sit, down, come and leave it, and he’s working on the rest of his manners. Miles is a diamond in the rough who needs a patient and dedicated adopter to help him become the best dog he can be. He is cautious when meeting new people and dogs, and has shown that he could be picky about other dogs in the home (you can't like every one, right?). Miles and his foster parents are working very hard with a trainer to help polish our little rough diamond so don’t let these things scare you off. Miles has so much love to give and he just needs a chance to show how great he can be. Are you the family Miles needs?
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Panda

* Approximate Age 4 Years *Dog-Friendly* Older Child-Friendly * Up To Date On All Vaccines  * Neutered* Micro-chipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
Panda was adopted from Joliet Animal Control a few years back and then later found as a stray in Chicago and tested positive for heartworm. Once he was transferred back to Joliet Animal Control this angelic boy caught our eye and we had to scoop him up and get him the lifesaving treatment he deserved. Now that he has completed the treatment is healthy and ready to land a home to call his own.
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Down
* Stay
* Leave it
* Paw
* Touch
* Come
* House trained
* Superstar on leash
* Crate trained
* Treat motivated
* Doesn't destroy things when left outside the crate
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Toys: stuffed with squeakers, Kong with peanut butter, treat balls and the snuffle mat
* Treats: yogurt drops and soft treats like dried chicken hearts
* Food add-on's: goat's milk and fish stock
* He likes daily walks
* He likes to sniff everything on walks
* Cuddling
* Rolling in the grass
* Sunbathing (but he isn't a fan of the cold)
* Afternoon naps in a bed with his people
SKILLS:
* Dogs: Panda needs to be a one and only...nothing wrong with only children
* Kids: Panda prefers to be your only child
* People: needs slow intros to new people
* Cats: Not a fan
* Foster mom says he's very well-behaved
CHALLENGES:
* He isn't a fan of being outside alone when it's dark
* He doesn't like to eat veggies or crunchy treats
* Panda takes relationships seriously and likes to take it slow getting to know people
* Super dramatic grass kicking after he goes potty, he failed landscape 101
* He is the Sheldon Cooper of dogs, he loves routine and new situations can give him anxiety
* He will counter surf if you leave tasty things out
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Bond, James Bond - Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 1 Year *Dog-Friendly* Child-Friendly * Up To Date On All Vaccines * Neutered* Micro-chipped * House-trained * 
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A gorgeous 10-month-old speckled Pittie weighing in at a mere 75lbs with no manners or impulse control was surrendered to an area animal control when his family was moving and couldn’t take him with. His life, all he’s ever known, was completely changed in a matter of minutes. To say he was stressed is an understatement. The stress of this plus the stress of a shelter environment was weighing on him and it showed by making his unruly behaviors worse. A team of volunteers rallied behind him, working on training and taking him for outings, hoping this would help ease his stress. We had numerous fosters meet him but unfortunately, none were a match. Then one day the best friend of one of our trainers saw our plea for a foster and came to meet him several times, it was a match made in heaven! Please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family...Bond, James Bond! All good things from here! More info as he settles in.
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Hondo

* Approximate Age 2 Years *Dog-Friendly* Child-Friendly * Up To Date On All Vaccines * Neutered* Micro-chipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
For weeks, one of our volunteers had seen a stray dog wandering around her neighborhood. She managed to trap him and was keeping him safe for the local animal control during the hold period. Animal control thought they had located his owner but it was a false alarm. Once the official hold was up and no owner had stepped forward, our wonderful volunteer couldn't stand the thought of him going to the shelter so she offered to foster him so we could make him a CTP pup.
EDUCATION:
* Crate trained
* House trained
* Sit
* Come
* Working on his other manners
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Belly rubs
* Chewing on bully sticks
* Cuddling
* Playing with balls
* Roughhousing with his foster dog sibling
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: prefers older children
* People: friendly overexcited, needs a little time to warm up
* Cats: friendly, excited, might chase but not in a mean way
CHALLENGES:
* Not a big fan of being alone
* May bark and pull on leash, needs to learn to refocus
* Doesn't like to ride in the car
* Doesn't like squeaky toys (not really a challenge, just a note)
* He isn't gonna go for pill pockets - so get creative
* Higher energy
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Storm - Medical Hold

* Approximate Age 5 Years *Dog-Friendly* Child-Friendly * Up To Date On All Vaccines * Spayed * Micro-chipped * House-trained * 
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Update 8/3/2019 - We know everyone has been as anxious as we were for Storm’s biopsy results, we received them on Thursday evening and we’ve still been trying to wrap our head around them. Our vet let us know that the mass removed was a low-grade splenic stromal sarcoma. We are completely devastated. This is a very rare cancer, survival time once removed is only 488 days. Only 56% of dogs are alive one year past removal, and only 18% of dogs are alive two years past removal. Although it is called low grade, it is far from that. The plan of action for Storm moving forward is to not remove the mammary mass and send out for biopsy, to remove the abscess on her back, and to have a chest x-ray and 30 days to see if there are any changes to what was indicated last time. If there are positive changes to the chest x-ray it is possible that what was seen were just enlarged lymph nodes, if there are no changes or the sightings are increased it is possible that she has lung cancer. We are completely devastated but we refuse to give up, her life is more valuable than that. Her life began the day she left CACC with us, and we will fight for her. Her journey is far from over. We will fight for the life she deserves. She finally knows love, and she will know that every single day that we are blessed to have her.
To make a donation in Storm's name - https://www.paypal.me/chitownpitties
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Meatloaf

* Approximate Age 4 Years *Dog-Friendly* Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
This stubborn, beefy boy was found as a stray. One of our fosters asked for a low riding, grumpy faced, chill, dog-friendly gremlin so we went out and found the gremlin they so desired. This is how we cater to our fosters!
EDUCATION:
Well, look.. Meatloaf is not what we'd call mannered. He doesn't actually know any of his manners yet. He doesn't know sit, stay, down, paw, leave it, place or touch. He will come tho - sometimes.
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Eating - he likes fruit, veggies, yogurt and sardines
* Treats: he likes the liver kind
* Takes correction from other dogs, no aggression
* He likes to explore but he needs supervision
* Attention - he is super lovey dovey
* Playing with toys and other dogs
* Following people around
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly but his foster recommends dogs his size or bigger as he seems overly interested in smaller dogs and he's been known to grab onto a fluffy tail in a playful way.
* Kids: very child-friendly according to his foster
* People: friendly
* Cats: overexcited and likes to jump on them
* Manageable on leash
* He lays like a frog so it's like two pets in one
CHALLENGES:
* Destructive chewing is a thing with him
* Not happy to be in his crate. He'll bark for 15 minutes.
* He will potty outside but also inside (working on that one)
* Seems to have environmental allergies. He takes Benedryl.
* Not a big fan of baths but getting better
If you’re looking for a fun independent thinking boy then Meatloaf is your dude!
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Bean

* Approximate Age 3 Years *Dog-Friendly* Cat-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
Bean was an owner surrender and ended up in a southside shelter. Bean is a Jack Russell pittie mix with high energy!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Down
* Touch
* Manageable on a leash
* Working on his other manners
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Cuddling (well, his foster says he would enjoy it if he'd sit still for 2 seconds)
* Chewing on antlers
* Playing with his foster canine brother
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly but overexcited
* Kids: best with older children.
* People: cautious
* Cats: He chases and he's rough. We're gonna say no to cats.
CHALLENGES:
* Working on housetraining
* Working on crate training
* Has mild separation anxiety
* Pretty vocal, likes to sing the song of his people
Will chew things if unattended
* Needs to be with you at all times
* Learning to relax
Bean's foster says "he's high functioning and high energy. He's great and smart and fun" but he needs to learn to be a pet. "He will need a job and a very active and patient family"
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Hopper

* Approximate Age 4 Years *Dog-Friendly* Older Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
Over 3 months ago this angelic faced boy was surrendered to an area animal control in shocking condition, he was literally skin and bones. The family stated they could no longer afford his care, he wasn’t eating and had constant GI issues. Because of this information, the staff immediately started running a battery of tests to determine the cause, and the only thing they found was a mild case of scoliosis. In fact, he ate like a champ and started to slowly gain weight and with each passing day he thrived. As he felt better his happy go lucky attitude began to shine and he became the go-to when needing a balanced dog for playgroup or a leash test. We had been looking for a foster since the minute we saw his sweet face but nothing panned out until now and we couldn’t be happier about it! He has settled in nicely at his foster home and is ready for a family of his own.
EDUCATION:
* Knows sit
* Knows come
* Knows down
* House trained
* Crate trained (he is a superstar in his crate)
* Working on his other basic manners
* Treat motivated and eager to learn
* Hopper's foster says he loves life
* He will sit and wait for release at food time
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* BALLS! All the balls!
* Bully sticks
* Peanut butter in a Kong
* Playing fetch
* Neck scratches
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: unknown
* People: cautious
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* Hopper is in need of love and patience as he works on building his confidence, which will help many of the challenges he has currently. His foster says he's a diamond in the rough.
* High energy
* He is sensitive and gets worried
* Mouthy/nibbles but he takes correction well
* He pulls hard on the leash
* Won't eat when he's stressed
* Not a big fan of being outside, he gets nervous
* Might jump or paw if he wants something you have
If you are looking for a gem, Hopper is your boy, he just needs a little polishing to fully shine!
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Jupiter

* Approximate Age 8 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
Jupiter was a stray in a rough neighborhood for about 6 months and was being fed by everyone in the area. He would even hang out and play with other dogs. The area animal control tried for weeks to trap him but when approached by people, he would take off. Finally, at the beginning of August, they caught him and brought him to safety. That’s when they reached out to us and we had one of our fosters step up that had been looking for an older dog to foster.
EDUCATION:
* Crate trained
* Knows Sit (for a treat)
* Knows Come
* House trained
* He is a superstar on the leash
* His foster says he is a low energy, very chill dog
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Napping
* Getting petted
* Attention, he's underfoot
* He likes treats, rawhide, and peanut butter
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: good
* People: friendly
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* He is a velcro dog which may not be a challenge to some
* Can get a little growly with his food bowl and other dogs
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Bixby

* Approximate Age 4 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY: Bixby, the spotted majestic cow, was found chained to a garage and living a rough life, so it is no surprise that he is a little unsure of new experiences and needs to take things slow. Bixby hasn't had a lot of experiences with things so he needs help learning about the world. Once he warms up he will force his way in your lap or plop on his back and beg for belly rubs. He is a true joy!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Come
* House trained
* He is low energy and loves to hang
* He is working on his other manners
ACTIVITIES AND THINGS HE ENJOYS:
* Treats: hot dogs, peanut butter, lamb treats, soft treats
* He likes to cuddle, eat and sleep
* He likes chewing on antlers
* He enjoys playing with his foster dog sister
* He would prefer to sleep in a bed with you
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly and cautious at times
* Kids: shy at first with toddlers, would prefer older children
* People: friendly, cautious, warms up to women quicker
* Cats: Unknown
CHALLENGES:
* Learning to love his crate, he has anxiety about it sometimes and prefers the door be open
* Can be mouthy and may guard toys at times during excited play
* Able to clear a barrier in a single bound...gates mean nothing
* Not a big fan of riding in the car
* He doesn't like thunderstorms. At all.
* Will crawl on you for snuggles
* Needs time to warm up to new situations and experiences
* Don't give him veggies, milk bone type treats or Nylabones...he is not on board

 

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Saffron

* Approximate Age 1 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Spayed * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
Saffron was confiscated from disgusting living conditions where she was living in her own feces and urine and became part of Safe Humane Chicago which is where we fell in love with her. She is a young energetic girl who considers every person her new best friend!
EDUCATION:
* House trained
* Sit
* Come
* Down
* Leave It
* Working on her other manners
* Manageable on the leash
* Higher energy
* Food-motivated
ACTIVITIES SHE ENJOYS:
* Treats: chicken and string cheese
* Toys: stuffed with squeakers and chew toys
* Long walks in the woods
* Being with people
* Belly rubs
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly but can e overexcited
* Kids: unknown
* People: super friendly
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* She may jump on you and can get a little mouthy.
* She's still learning her manners.
* She's learning to like the crate during the day
* She doesn't like bananas. More for you.
* She may chew on things that are not appropriate but can be redirected
* She can have a mild reaction to loud noises
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Quinn

* Approximate Age 1 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Spayed * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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A Good Samaritan found a stray dog, took her home, searched high and low for the owners in all the right ways, but no one came forward. She got this sweetie all the vetting she needed, cared for her like she was one of her own, and started reaching out to rescues for help. We started searching for a foster but came up empty-handed until one day one of our dedicated volunteers decided to take the leap into fostering! When they met it was love at first sight, a true match made in heaven. All good things from here.
More info as she settles in.
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Moose

* Approximate Age 8 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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Remember that senior we posted about that was surrendered by his owners on the day we were at Fall Festival? From the minute he came running up to us with no collar or leash at a packed event, his “owners” trailing behind with their kids in tow, we haven’t been able to get him out of our mind. Thoughts of him weighed heavy on our hearts and we couldn’t stand the thought of him sitting at Animal Control. We had a wonderful foster go meet him with her dogs and the next thing we know he’s leaving dust in his trail! All good things from here.
More info to come!
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Herman

* Approximate Age 4 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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A regal redhead landed at an area animal control when he was found tied to a fence behind a dumpster, and thank goodness they found him because he was in need of medical attention...It appears he had a leg break that didn’t heal correctly and has hip issues. He is truly a gentleman with everyone he meets and a gentle giant with other dogs. He’s the type of dog that gives you pause with a long inhale of pure joy! One of our fosters fell for him the minute they met and there was no turning back and we couldn’t be happier! All good things from here.
More info as he settles in.
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