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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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

* Approximate Age 5 Years *Dog-Friendly* Child-Friendly * Up To Date On All Vaccines * Spayed * Micro-chipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
Storm was an owner surrender to an area animal control and she was in such bad shape that charges for criminal negligence were persued. We couldn't let her life end in the shelter so we got her out and then the enormity of her medical issues became clear.
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Stay
* Leave it
* Come
* Potty trained
* Crate trained but she doesn't need one
* Manageable on leash. She pulls but eases up.
ACTIVITIES SHE ENJOYS:
* Going to work
* Riding in the car
* Wearing clothes
* She likes to be pet
* Any treats you wanna hand out, she's game
SKILLS:
* Dogs: dog-friendly
* Kids: so excited
* People: overexcited! She's jumpy and mouthy but she's also adorable.
* Cats: cat-friendly* She is easy to handle for doctor appointments and grooming
* She is lower energy
Storm's foster mom gave us this update now that she has been medically cleared for adoption:
"Storm is wonderful and so beautiful. She is loving and sweet. She is amazing for all of her doctor exams. Storm is like a normal dog now. She lets me groom her with no problem. She does not need to be crated but will happily go in a crate if you need her too. She does get excited when you harness her up and take her out but after a bit, she settles and stops pulling. When she sees new people she is very mouthy and jumpy. We are working on that. Storm has been medically cleared to be adopted. The doctors do not expect her cancer to return. They have recommended (as a precaution) to do an ultrasound every 4-ish months for the next year and 1/2 to make sure her insides are looking good."
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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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Quinn

* Approximate Age 1 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Spayed * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
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. She is a snoring, zoomie inclined wigglebutt! Her foster recommends an experienced owner that can put in the work and has the patience to handle an energetic puppy!
EDUCATION:
* House trained
* Sit
* Paw
* Touch
* Manageable on leash
* Working on her other manners
* Treat motivated (makes for easier training)
* She is learning a trick - spinning!
ACTIVITIES SHE ENJOYS:
* Toys: balls, squeaky toys, Kongs
* Foods: chicken, steak, salmon, peanut butter, and freeze-dried raw meal mixers
* Walks
* Car rides
* Playing the backyard
* Basking in the sun
* Cuddles and snuggles
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly, prefers a more easy-going dog to hang with
* Kids: recommend kids over 10 years old due to her higher energy
* People: friendly and excited
* Cats: curious, friendly from afar
CHALLENGES: Quinn is all puppy and you will have typical puppy challenges such as: chewing, stealing things to play with, getting into the garbage, counter surfing, and drinking from the toilet. All these things can be controlled under the watchful eyes and diligent supervision of her family members. Puppies are adorable for a reason...they are lots of work so they suck you in with their cuteness.

 

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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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Opal - Medical Hold

* Approximate Age 10 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Spayed * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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Opal has settled into her foster home very quickly and has established a regular daily routine that includes lots of walks and games of fetch. She's a very playful girl and loves her squeaky balls so she carries them with her everywhere! She even falls asleep with a ball in her mouth 🎾 To say she is ball obsessed is an understatement! Opal enjoys her daily walks where she loves spotting squirrels 🐿. Who would ever guess this active senior gal is battling serious health issues!? Even though her body is lumpy, bumpy and underweight, she's happy and enjoying life!
Opal’s insulin levels are regulated and her diabetes treatment is stable. She’s not been able to gain weight no matter what we’ve done so we’ve had to make some dietary changes for her which is like a dance because of her possible cancer and diabetes. Now that she’s healed from her spay and gotten her strength back, we are getting her prepped for the removal of her lumps and bumps. This will be an intensive surgery and we are hopeful for the best possible pathology outcome and a speedy recovery. Once the surgery date is set we will update everyone.
Please continue to send this sweet sugar face good vibes!
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Lily

* Approximate Age 1 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines *  Spayed * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
One day we were at an area animal control checking out the dogs and we happened to feast our eyes on the stinkiest, pinkest, baldest smoosh faced girl we had ever seen! She was found as a stray and has such a horrible case of Demodex that she is practically bald.
The fact that someone let her get to this state, completely untreated, is absolutely heartbreaking and downright cruel. We put out an immediate plea to our fosters, begging for someone to step forward for her the minute her stray hold was up. Within minutes a selfless couple said they’d take her!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Down (almost)
* Working on her other manners
ACTIVITIES SHE ENJOYS:
* Treats: bully sticks, chews,
* Toys: sticks, squeaky toys, ropes, all the toys!
* Going on walks
* Playing with her foster dog brother
* Backyard zoomies
* Playing tug
* Butt scratches
* She loves to chew on and play with sticks
* She likes wearing clothes
SKILLS:
* Humans: friendly
* Dogs: friendly, overexcited
* Kids: unknown
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* Normal puppy behaviors
* Learning to love her crate
* Needs leash management
* Working on her potty training
* Picky eater, not a fan of dry food or dry treats
* Higher energy (but she's a puppy)
* Not a huge fan of baths
* No Pill Pockets, please. Get creative
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Charles - Medical Hold

* Approximate Age 10 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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More Info To Come
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Buzz Lightyear

* Approximate Age 1 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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More Info To Come
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Rascal

* Approximate Age 12 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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This boy has been through so much in his 10 plus years and we couldn’t be happier that he’s with us and getting all the love and medical attention he deserves. The pathology came back from his mass removal and we were hoping for better news 💔 Rascal’s mass was an apocrine sweat gland adenocarcinoma which is malignant. These neoplasms are typically locally aggressive and commonly recur at the surgical site, and the possibility of metastasis to regional lymph nodes and visceral organs also exists. He’ll soon be having more diagnostics to determine if his cancer has metastasized anywhere else. We will update everyone regularly on this angel, but in the meantime please send Rascal some love 💕
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Smoochy

* Approximate Age 1Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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We cannot tell you how excited we are for this announcement! At the beginning of November, an absolutely stunning block headed beauty ended up at Chicago Animal Care and Control as a stray and once “they” settled in this pup was prepped for adoption. During the medical exam, it was observed that Smoochy had a vulva, a pseudo penis, and a testicle. The testicle was removed and it was determined that indeed this pup was a hermaphrodite. Because the surgery to correct this condition is lengthy and very costly CACC doesn’t have the resources to complete it so they made Smoochy available to rescues only so the proper medical procedures could be addressed once in their care. We had our eye on Smoochy since day 1 but kept striking out when looking for a foster, until now! Please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family...Smoochy! All good things from here!
Smoochy’s case and surgery are a specialized one so it will be done at UW Madison. The first visit is set for mid-February and we will give updates every step of the way! If you have a couple of dollars to spare please send them Smmochy’s way. Every penny counts and it all adds up.
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Tank

* Approximate Age 13 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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BACKSTORY:
An emaciated senior in really rough shape was picked up as a stray with a microchip, and unfortunately, his owner never came to claim him. Being at animal control was a vast improvement from whatever had happened to him prior that caused him to literally be a skeleton. He had a warm place to lay his sweet old head, regular meals that the staff & volunteers fed him by hand, and he was getting much needed medical care. The first time we laid eyes on him it was all love! He made our hearts skip a beat. It’s no secret that we are drawn to the old, overbred, battered, overlooked, and oddball dogs... so we thought he’d fit in perfectly with the CTP family.
An adopter of ours let us know they were wanting to take the plunge with fostering, but it had to be an older dog who really needed special care...So in honor of “Change A Pet’s Life Day,” we pulled Tank! Tank is about 13 years old and because of his body condition, he’ll need extra care. He is currently underweight and expected to be 60 lbs when at his ideal weight. Stay tuned!
EDUCATION:
* House trained
* Crate trained
* Sit
* Paw
* Working on his other manners
* Superstar on the leash
* Lower energy
* He is very well behaved
* Low maintenance
* Patient
* Not a jumper
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Sleeping. He's an old fart.
* Cuddling
* Treats: soft, peanut butter, antlers and enjoys a kong
* Food: he enjoys a dollop of canned food mixed into his kibble
* Toys: he doesn't play with toys
* Warm blankets from the dryer
* Likes lots of bedding in his crate
* Doesn't need much exercise
* He just wants to hang out with you
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: friendly
* People: friendly
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* Will drink from the toilet if the lid isn't down
* Sometimes he's stubborn about getting in his crate if he's already comfy elsewhere, but who wouldn’t be 🤷🏻‍♀️
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Apple

* Approximate Age 2 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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Almost 2 months ago a teeny tiny munchkin was found as a stray and brought to CACC; she was severely underweight, covered in scars, and had lots of missing fur. As she settled in the volunteers soon saw her goofy personality shine through, she gained a couple of pounds, and her skin started to look a tad better. It became evident when we met this pocket pittie that she needed to get out and join our pack, not sure exactly what sealed the deal. It could have been her adorable zoomies, her default sit, her nibbling treats like she’s eating corn or the way she loves to be as close to you as possible. One of our fosters saw exactly what we did in this cutie and stepped forward to take her in!
Please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family...Apple ?! All good things from here!
More info as she settles in!
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Lucy

* Approximate Age 6 Months *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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On January 20th a young puppy, estimated 17 weeks old, was found as a stray near a vet clinic on the north side of Chicago, they took her in and looked tirelessly for her owner. No owner came forward so they started to contact rescues in hopes of finding her placement and a happy ever after. We were one of those rescues, and one of our foster homes who take puppies was able to step forward quickly and go scoop her up! Please help us welcome the newest and youngest member of the CTP family...Lucy! All good things from here.
More info as she settles in.
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Starlight

* Approximate Age 2 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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Rescue isn’t always easy, quite honestly, it’s never easy. It’s long hours, sleepless nights, and frequently heartbreaking. A young Pittie mix named Starlight landed at CACC because there was no one to take care of her when her owner ended up in the hospital, and shortly after her arrival there she became very sick with an upper respiratory infection. They started to treat it but unfortunately, she wasn’t responding to the meds, she quit eating, and the illness worsened. So much in fact that she was set to be euthanized on Friday, animal control is not equipped to care for an animal who’s gravely ill.
When we got word she was urgent we hit the ground running trying to find a foster, and the applications came flooding in but nothing was panning out. Then cacc graciously granted us the weekend to find a foster home, and low and behold late Sunday night we secured one!
Bright and early this morning we busted out this terribly sick girl and brought her straight to our vet. Upon exam and X-ray’s she was found to be sicker than we ever imagined. She has a raging case of pneumonia, our vet said he hasn’t seen lungs this bad in a young dog in a very long time! He is starting antibiotics, fluids, nebulizer treatments, and appetite stimulants. She will need to remain there in isolation for round the clock care until she starts to improve and is stable.
We want to thank everyone who helped network, filled our foster applications, and pledged towards her care. But most importantly we want to thank the cacc transfer team for believing in Starlight and a HUGE thank you to the selfless foster mom who stepped forward to literally save this precious life.
Please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family...Starlight! All good things from here! We will post updates every step of the way
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Axel

* Approximate Age 3 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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A little while back you might remember us posting about a lost dog that one of our adopters found, well since that day we made it our mission to find a foster home for him in the event his owner wasn’t found. Unfortunately, no owner was found, but we had a brand new foster dad waiting for just the right dog! We couldn’t be happier to see this story come full circle and being able to tell the finder the great news...please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family...Axel! All good things from here!
More info as he settles in.
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Gianna

* Approximate Age 3 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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What happens when a squatty brindle babe is confiscated from deplorable living conditions where there is also no food or water? You're right, her life just got amazing! Especially because she became part of the Safe Humane Chicago where she will get a lifetime of support. Just when things were going well for Hootnanny and she started to come out of her shell we had her meet one of our foster families who has been looking to help a dog in need but needs a specific personality to fit in their home with their existing dog. And just like that, she threw out all the moves and sealed the deal! Please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family...Gianna! Yep... new life, new name!
More info to come as she settles in.
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Marvin

* Approximate Age 12 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Microchipped * House-trained * 
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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 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 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.
Today Marvin received an honorary freedom crown...Hale King Marvin
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Thor

* Approximate Age 13 Weeks *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * House-trained * 
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We received a call earlier in the week about a 3-month-old baby that needed a new home, and we just so happen to have a foster home open that was anxiously wanting a puppy to foster. It’s a happy day when the planets align and it all works out for us to scoop up a nugget. Please help us welcome the newest member of the CTP family...teeny tiny Thor! All good things from here!
His foster sister (pictured here) will be showing him the ropes and we’ll have more info as he settles in
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Benjamin

* Approximate Age 7 Months *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * House-trained * 
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We got word that a 7-month-old boy 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-ray’s 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.
Please welcome the newest member of the CTP family...Benjamin! All good things from here. He will be headed to VSC Buffalo Grove for consultation and correction, and we will update once we have more details.
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Chance

* Approximate Age 2 Years *Dog-Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
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A beautiful red brindle babe was surrendered to an area animal control because his owner was moving and couldn’t take him with, this is a very common and unfortunate situation. This poor sweet boy was completely overwhelmed and the stress of shelter life was really wearing on him, he needed out fast because of his URGENT status. We had our eyes on him and he was a favorite of many volunteers, but we needed a foster and kept striking out until one of our brand new foster moms said she’d like to meet him! Our hearts sang with excitement! This young lad nailed the meeting with her resident dog and he won over her heart. So...we are proud to announce the newest member of the CTP family...Chance! All good things from here.
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