Cambria

* Approximate Age 4 Years *Dog-Friendly * Older Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Spayed * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
Two dogs were found abandoned in a home with no food or water, left to starve, and fend for themselves. Thankfully they were found, brought to animal control to receive food & shelter, and quickly became part of @safehumanechicago. The dogs were terrified and needed to learn to trust, but when the time was taken with them the return paid off tenfold.
We wanted desperately to get these two out and into a foster home but kept hitting dead ends. When we heard that one found rescue we were overjoyed and even more determined to bust out the little girl who remained. CACC was at capacity, many dogs were urgent status (including her), and time was running out. She had waited 108 days in animal control (let that sink in a moment) for her freedom to the life she was meant to live. That’s right, one of our wonderful foster families met her and saw everything that we did!
EDUCATION:
* House trained
* Sit
* Come
* Down
* Stay
Superstar on the leash
* Quick learner
ACTIVITIES SHE ENJOYS:
* Playing with balls
* Sucking on toys or blankets (it's a self soothe thing)
* Being near you but not quite ready to cuddle
* Eating hot dogs and Rachael Ray Burger Bites
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: unknown but recommend older kids that will respect her space
* People: fearful so she prefers slow introductions. This girl prefers to be courted.
* Cats: Unknown
CHALLENGES:
* Has some fear issues that she is working on with a trainer
* Isn't a fan of having her ears cleaned
* Not a fan of the vacuum or doorbell
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Charles - Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 10 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY
Our founder, Lynette, tells us how she came upon Charles: "I saw a 12-year-old stray senior dog at an area animal control: he had wounds covering his elbows and paws, practically no teeth at all, difficulty walking due to issues with his front shoulders, and he would stumble because of lack of ability to use his hind legs. Fosters are very difficult to come by in the winter months, especially around a holiday so I kept striking out. The thought of this old gent sitting in a cage was killing me but I kept trying, then I got word that he was urgent because cage space was filling up and not one other rescue gave him as much as a second glance. Why was no other rescue interested? Because he is a senior that has obvious medical issues that ARE going to require quite a lot of money. But still, that didn't stop me, I kept begging for a foster. And then it happened! BAM! One of our seasoned fosters stepped up to take him, but she couldn't bring him home until after Christmas. So now what? I put out a plea to all of CTP begging (again) for someone to temp foster him so he could spend the holiday in a warm toasty home. And just like a true Christmas miracle it happened...so many came forward and rearranged their plans to make this happen.'
I have said it before and I will say it again "I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such AMAZING selfless people that put the dogs best interest first, without them none of this is possible".
EDUCATION:
* House trained
* Sit
* Come (with hand signals)
* Superstar on the leash
* Lower energy
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Sleeping
* Walks
* Car rides
* Cuddles
* Weekly baths
* Being with people
* Treats: hot dogs, cheese, soft treats
* Toys: anything hard that he can chew on
* Favorite rub and scratch spots: belly, ears, and chin
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: friendly
* People: friendly
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* He is deaf
* Has some senior related medical issues
* He needs to wear a belly band diaper
* Limited mobility in his back legs. we recommend a home with minimal stairs
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Marvin

* Approximate Age 12 Years *Dog-Friendly * Older Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY
Marvin is covered is scars, pressure sores, has missing hair, and was covered in feces and dirt. His body is a bag of bones and you can see every vertebra down his back to the tip of his tail. Marvin is emaciated and his teeth are some sort of a shade of green, he’s practically deaf and his vision isn’t good...He definitely has mileage on him...a lot of it. I bet he has lots of stories, ones he’d probably like to forget. If they were good stories then I supposed he wouldn’t have been left out in the brutal cold tied to a fence, forgotten about, and left for dead. When we met Marvin at CACC his body looked broken but his spirit is far from it! He is a chill, happy old guy who just wants to be touched, snuggled and loved. Marvin was giving kisses in exchange for pets and love, his freedom car ride was nothing short of happiness. He sat in the front seat on our laps, fell asleep for a while with his head on our shoulders, then woke up and went for a roll around the back of the van before he finally laid down and relaxed. Marvin is looking for a quiet home to live out his days.
EDUCATION:
* House trained and puppy pad trained for overnight
*  Manageable on the leash
* Lower energy
* Sit
* Paw
* Come (with a hand signal)
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Eating
* Snoozing
* Being with people and getting attention
* Enjoys sleeping in crates with the door open
* Cuddling
* Treats: chew bones and really anything
* Food: not picky
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: friendly
* People: friendly
* Cats: not a fan of the felines
CHALLENGES:
* He is deaf
* Normal senior needs
* He needs access to puppy pads overnight (ie: not crated)
* Needs a home without stairs
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Benjamin - Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 8 Months *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
We got word that a puppy was surrendered to animal control with multiple fractures and was in desperate need of rescue. When we met him he was the sweetest, most stoic gem imaginable despite his condition, and he completely won over one of our foster families. On one side, the ball that sits in the hip socket is completely broken off and on the other side, he has a femur break. According to the X-rays, these terrible breaks have already started to heal, so the injuries aren’t new. We don't know the details that caused this poor sweet soul to get this way, we are just focusing on fixing him. He’s so young and he’s got his entire life ahead of him, it should be one that is pain-free and happy. Benjamin is currently on medical hold.
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Down
* Leave it
* Come
* Crate trained
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Being with people
* Cuddling
* Napping
* Loves to run but he can't right now
* Treats: peanut butter, cookies, but not picky
* Food: not picky
* Toys: bones, Kong, squeaky stuffies, rubber toys
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly and overexcited
* Kids: friendly but cautious
* People: needs time to warm up to some people
* Cats: friendly but plays with them like they are dogs
CHALLENGES:
* Normal puppy behaviors apply
* High energy
* He is a destroyer of toys
* He hates the vacuum cleaner
* Not a big fan of being alone
* Pulls hard on walks but eventually eases up
* He can be vocal when he wants attention
* He can be a little mouthy (but he is a puppy)
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Keller

* Approximate Age 1 Years * Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
A young squishy faced boy was surrendered to CACC so sick with respiratory issues that blood and mucus were covering his face, and it was reported that he wasn’t eating. In addition to looking like a sick toddler who doesn’t know how to use a tissue, he was covered in urine and feces. None of this broke his spirit! He ate like a champ, responded well to antibiotics, and quickly became a cuddle favorite of volunteers. All the while we had been looking for a foster family, one who was truly dedicated and committed to training. Not just any training...one that is experienced with deaf dogs. Yep. You read that right. On top of all the hardships this young boy's body show he’s endured, he’s also deaf. Does that stop him? Nope. And it didn’t stop one of our foster families, they couldn’t have been more excited to step up for the undertaking
EDUCATION:
* Average energy
* Learning hand signals
* Sit
* Down
* Paw
* Working on other manners
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Playing with other dogs
* Cuddling
* Butt scratches
* Jumping into your lap
* Chewing on appropriate things
* Toys: Kong, Nylabones, ropes, chewies, the Kong Wobbler
* Treats: whipped cream, followed by peanut butter
* Food: did we mention whipped cream and peanut butter?
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly but overexcited
* Kids: loves them but needs time to warm up
* People: cautious and needs time to warm up
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* Learning to love the crate
* He's deaf, needs consistent training
* Working on his confidence. The backyard is a little scary
* He nibbles on people to show his love
* Needs a long walk or run daily to keep his energy in check
* He's learning to be better on a leash. He gets excited to see other dogs and people
* Must have fenced yard
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Pepper - Medical Hold - Not Accepting Applications At This Time

* Approximate Age 1 Years * Dog-Friendly * Cat Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
A teeny weeny bat faced munchkin ended up at an area animal control as a stray. It was very clear that there was something very wrong with her back leg since she wasn’t putting weight on it and could barely use it. Upon exam, the Dr said the leg would need to be amputated. We knew this girl needed out as soon as possible but needed a foster who was capable of caring for a healing amputee, and we had the just the one! This wonderful foster family has cared for many of our medical dogs without even thinking twice, and that was the case again.
However.. Pepper's amputation couldn't be performed right away because she had a lung infection that needed to be cleared up first and we had the complications of trying to schedule a surgery while dealing with our COVID-19 world.... but then life threw us a curveball...... while being treated for her infection, her bone healed enough on its own and now Pepper no longer needs her leg amputated! How's that for a plot twist?
 Pepper's foster mom says she is the 'happiest dog she's ever met'
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Down
* Leave it
* Place
* Stay (when she feels like it)
* Touch
* Come
* House trained
* Crate trained
* Manageable on the leash
* Waves at you if you say 'Hi Pepper!'
ACTIVITIES SHE ENJOYS:
* Treats: she isn't picky
* Toys: stuffed toys
* Food: her raw bones
* Cuddling on her terms
* Hanging with the humans
* Sucking on her blanket
* Romping with her foster dog brother
* Napping on the couch
* Playing in the hose
* She didn't mind noisy construction at her foster's home
SKILLS:
* Humans: friendly
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: friendly
* Cats: friendly but excited, dog savvy cats recommended
CHALLENGES:
* She isn't a fan of being gated in another room
* She will do best with dogs that have similar energy
* Can be jumpy
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Murphy - Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 2 Years * Dog-Friendly * Older Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
Due to financial hardships, a family surrendered their beloved 2-year-old blue brindle boy to an area animal control. We had our eye on him from day one and were hoping to find a foster so we could take him, but we kept striking out. Another rescue found a foster and was able to take him and we were relieved he was out because dogs get very stressed in a shelter environment and Murphy was no exception but the next thing we knew they returned him to animal control. What?! Why?!  Long story short, we were told that they had a hard time managing. That was it, we had to get him out as soon as possible, especially because this time around the kennel stress was really taking a toll on him mentally and he was deteriorating quickly. We made it our mission to get him out of there! To help maintain his mental well-being while we looked for a foster, our interaction team lead kept taking him for Doggy Day Outings, and was even allowed to keep him overnight. Finally, one of our dedicated and selfless fosters came to meet him with her dog and they were like two peas in a pod! His ticket out of there was found, and he won’t ever be going back!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Down
* Leave it
* Stay
* Touch
* Come
* Paw
* House trained
* Crate trained
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Toys: tennis balls and ropes
* Treats: not picky except he doesn't like carrots
* Food: not picky
* Playing fetch
* Destroying toys
* Walks
* Car rides
* Rolling in the grass on walks
* Getting his neck scratched
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: best with over 10 years old
* People: friendly
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* Has shown to be a destructive chewer
* Leash reactive but getting training for it
* Guards toys sometimes
* Food protective around strangers
* Pulls hard on walks but eases up
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Hippo 🦛 - Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 1-2 Years * Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
A beautiful young boy was surrendered by his owners to an area animal control because they could no longer afford his care. After his intake exam it was discovered that he had an ACL that needs repair, and those are costly. This sweetie pie was very shy and it took some time for him to warm up; that coupled with his medical needs made everyone overlook him. But not us, he touched our hearts! We are thrilled to announce that after 2 months of waiting at animal control he has left the building and is now a CTP pup! Hippo will be settling in at his foster home and then having an ortho consultation for his ACL.
We will post updates each step along the way!
Here is more about his medical journey and to donate towards his TPLO surgery.
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Tito - Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 1 Years *  Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
Our interaction team lead was at DuPage County Animal Services while this marshmallow meathead was being surrendered, and she was like a deer in headlights at the sight of his deliciousness. As soon as he was able to be evaluated we jumped at the chance, and holy moly he did not disappoint. Saying he’s a social butterfly is an understatement! He adored every person, dog, pool, toy, playgroup...you name it. This lovable lug had to become CTP...we had been looking for the perfect pup for a brand new foster family, and he was the one!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Come
* Paw
* House trained
* Working on his other manners
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Treats: not picky
* Food: likes turkey, not a fan of fruit
* Toys: Kong with peanut butter, chew bones
* He loves to give kisses
* Snuggles
* Rolling around in the grass
* Random zoomies
SKILLS:
* Humans: friendly
* Dogs: overly excited, loves to play
* Kids: recommend 10 and over due to puppy mouthiness and overexcitement, he can be a bull in a china shop
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* He is all puppy
* He has exhibited destructive chewing behavior
* Mouthy
* Pulls hard on the leash but eases up
* Inappropriate grabbing of things
* Working on liking the crate
* He crawls into your lap and gives kisses when he needs to go out
* Did we mention he was all puppy?! LOL
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Hercules

* Approximate Age 5 Years *  Selective Dog-Friendly *  Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
A stunning blue boy with the most soulful eyes was surrendered to an area animal control when his family had a new baby and didn’t have time for him. The minute we saw him we knew we had to get him out. We went with several fosters to meet him but when we got there we were told he was being adopted. This was great news, he was getting out and into a home. Fast forward a few days later...that family ended up returning him because the resident dog and he didn’t like each other. I know you’re asking yourself the same thing we did, “What happened to slow intros and allowing a new dog time to decompress?” Ugggg. In the grand scheme of things that’s neither here nor there anymore, the fact was he was back at animal control and we were back on task at getting him out. We again had a foster go meet him, she is a queen with reading dogs and giving them the decompression time they need, so we knew if it was a match and he’d be in exactly the right foster home. family.
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Leave it
* Come
* Touch
* Solid recall
* House trained
* Crate trained
* Manageable on the leash
* Average energy
* He has an independent personality
* He doesn't bark
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Treats: prefers soft treats and he likes dehydrated duck chews
* Food: He is a super picky pants but he likes pizza (who doesn't?)
* Toys: he hasn't shown any interest in toys
* Naps
* He likes to move pillows around to get comfy
* Head scratches
* Wrestling with his foster dog siblings
SKILLS:
* Humans: friendly
* Dogs: loves other dogs, seriously, loves them
* Kids: unknown but he will probably be fine
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* Not a fan of baths but he handles it
* He's an air humper
* Isn't overly cuddly
* Picky eater and he is not a fan of fruits and veggies
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Kramer

* Approximate Age 2 Years *  Dog-Friendly *  Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
It’s hard to believe that a very good boy could end up at animal control four times in one year, but some dogs just have all the bad luck. This handsome, fun boy has bounced around a lot in his short life, through no fault of his own. Dogs are often surrendered to shelters due to housing issues and he is yet another victim of that. Despite so much instability in his past, he’s trusting and eager to connect with people. He already knows sit, down, paw and stay and loves to show off for treats! He’s a young, happy, easygoing guy that will entertain you while he derpily flops around with his toys.
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Down
* Place
* Paw (high five)
* Working on other manners
* House trained
* Manageable on the leash
* Average energy
* He is an extreme wiggle butt
* Foster says he's well-balanced, gentle and easygoing
* He thrives on structure and leadership
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Treats: dehydrated chicken hearts
* Food: Fromm, not a fan of veggies
* Toys: soft and squeaky, shows some interest in balls
* Zooming around the yard
* Chasing squirrels
* Napping (on your lap)
* Cooling off in the kiddie pool
* He likes to look at art and the TV
* He will cuddle 24/7 if you let him but he's also ok on his own
SKILLS:
* Humans: friendly, overexcited
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: unknown
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* Chases squirrels and bikes but they are working on redirecting his attention while walking
* Likes to test boundaries, he'll counter surf but is quickly learning it's not appropriate
* Can get overstimulated
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Burr

* Approximate Age 5-7 months *  Dog-Friendly *  Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
We got word that a five-month chocolate nugget of goodness ended up at an area animal control due to no fault of his own. That’s no place for any dog to be, let alone a youngin. He’s young, goofy, has absolutely no manners, and needs to grow into his legs. Basically he’s a perfect crazy puppy! Personally we couldn’t think of a better boy to bust out today...please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family...Burr! All good things from here.
More info as he settles in.
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King - Not Currently Accepting Applications

* Approximate Age 1-Year-Old *  Dog-Friendly *  Cat Friendly *Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
What happens when there are landlord issues and they affect your beloved dog? Sometimes there’s no other option but to surrender them to an area animal control. This was the case with a boy who is so animated and happy 24/7 that he’s like a cartoon character. When we were evaluating him he won us over with his contagious smile, his positive attitude, and his zest for adventure. Please help us welcome the newest member of CTP…King!
More information as he settles in.
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Merlin - Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 11 Months-Old *  Dog-Friendly *Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
One of our interaction team members was at an area animal control when an 11-month-old bobble blockhead was surrendered by his owner because the landlord gave him a 10-day notice stating the dog had to vacate the premises because his breed was no longer welcome. This family, the kids included, were devastated. Breed discrimination is real and it’s not always as easy to solve as “finding a place that accepts the breed”. Thankfully this family made a responsible decision to bring him to a facility instead of giving him away “for free”, or just abandoning him on the street. We knew he needed to land in our care, and we were so grateful for the selfless foster that stepped up immediately to take him in. Please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family...Merlin!
All good things from here! More info as he settles in.
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Ziti- Not Currently Accepting Applications

* Approximate Age 2 Years -Old *  Dog-Friendly *Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed* House-trained * 
When our interaction team was at an area animal control one of the dogs they met had them smitten from the get-go. She won them over with her charming personality, her eagerness to please, and her love of dogs. Her owner may have surrendered her due to lack of time, but one of our foster families said they had nothing but time if it meant helping a dog in need. They needed a foster that would fill a tall order: super dog and child friendly, well guess what??? Please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family...Ziti! All good things from here.
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Mookie- Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 3 Years -Old *  Dog-Friendly *Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
Some of you may remember us posting about a special dog named Mookie. His owner contacted us in hopes that we could take him due to her having some unfortunate circumstances beyond her control. Unfortunately, we didn’t have an open foster home at that time so we kindly gave her DuPage County Animal Servies information in hopes they could help, and low and behold they did. We were still determined to try and help this sweet boy get into our rescue, so we started the search for a foster home. He was so utterly stressed at the shelter that one of our team members was allowed to take him home for the days to give him breaks, he even attended our board meeting! We saw first hand how special this guy is, and so did a wonderful family who decided to open their heart and home to this sweet boy.
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Winnie

* Approximate Age 1.5 Years-Old *  Dog-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * House-trained * 
More info soon!
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Henny

* Approximate Age 1.5 Years-Old *  Dog-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
Henny and two other dogs landed at an area animal control due to no fault of their own and kept getting overlooked for some reason or another. But not by us, we had been searching for foster families for these dogs for a couple of months. Each time we struck out we’d feel defeated that they’d have to spend another day in a cage. We knew how amazing each of these dogs were and we wanted others to have the opportunity to see it too. Our interaction team took another group of fosters to meet the trio and we were so hopeful that this was the miracle we were wishing for. Guess what? Dreams do come true!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Stay
* Place
* Paw
* Touch
* Come
* House trained
* Manageable on the leash
* Working on the rest of his manners
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS
* Treats: Milkbones, peanut butter but nothing fishy, please
* Toys: balls, ropes
* Chewing on and tearing up toys
* Cuddling
* Loves to be outside
* Sleeps on his back
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: friendly
* People: friendly
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* Learning to love his crate
* Can be a destructive chewer with toys
* He falls off the couch when sleeping (caution: falling dog!)
* Henny is still a puppy so normal puppy behaviors apply
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Jake

* Approximate Age 2 Years-Old *  Dog-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
More info soon!
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