Adoptable Dogs!


Updated on 4/26/2015


Bruiser D-15049

New Arrival!!

Bruiser is a 5 year old Jack Russell Terrier whose owner is no longer able to take care of him due to health problems.  He’s a super friendly and affectionate little guy with typical JRT energy, although at 5 years old it’s a little toned down. But lately he hasn’t gotten the exercise he should be getting so he’s a little tubby and could stand to lose about 3 lbs.  With the proper exercise and diet, that should be very do-able.

Bruiser LOVES everyone and has a wonderful disposition.  He’s great both with kids and with other dogs.  He was housebroken before unfortunate health circumstances overcame his humans, so he has been going in a designated spot since it’s hard for his caretaker to get him out for a walk.  We think that since he was once in a routine of going potty outside, that he’ll re-learn it fairly quickly when he’s in a new home and on a schedule.  He knows some commands such as “sit” and the “beg” position (as you can see from the photo).  We were told that he has been in the presence of a cat who taught him who the boss was (not him!) and that he may now be very respectful of them.   

Bruiser is looking for someone with a big heart because he has a heart murmur (grade 2-3 out of 6).  He is not symptomatic and the vet doesn’t see any need for medication at this time. 

We’re hoping to find a person, couple or family that will provide Bruiser regular exercise opportunities, be it in a fenced back yard or visits to a dog park.  This little guy has loads of affection to shower on someone.  Would you like to be on the receiving end? 

Bruiser’s adoption fee of $125 includes: vet exam, heartworm test (neg), distemper combo vaccination, bordetella and rabies vaccinations, flea control, heartworm prevention, routine deworming, microchip, x-ray disc, neuter and microchip.



Chico (EM-D-4557)


This is our little Chico. Although he has the coloring of a toy fox terrier, we're pretty sure he's a chihuahua. He's a tiny boy, weighing in at 4.5 lbs. Poor little Chico probably had a scary beginning in life as he's on the timid side, but he's getting much better in his foster home as he learns that nobody is going to hurt him. He walks well on leash, comes when he's called, enjoys playing with his toys, and he LOVES playing with other dogs so if you have a lonesome pooch at home looking for a playmate, this little guy may be a good choice. He probably wouldn't be good for apartment living since he does bark at outside noises. We think Chico will do well with a patient and gentle person/couple who can give him guidance and who will help him learn that people will treat him well consistently, so whatever he experienced earlier in his life just becomes a dim memory. Adults only, please. Imagine how gratifying it would be to watch his confidence grow. And, btw, he's very, very cute!

We estimate Chico to be about 4 years old, and his adoption fee of $250 includes the following: vet exam, heartworm test, DAPP (distemper combo) vaccination, bordetella vaccination, rabies vaccination, microchip, deworming, flea and tick prevention, heartworm preventative, and neuter.



Emma (D15048)


Where should we begin?  Let’s just say we “intercepted” a terrified dog being dragged into animal control. We hurriedly made calls and were lucky to find a friend that agreed to foster her. That’s the abridged version of the drama that went on the day we met her. 

 This lovely little angel is now known as Emma.  We’re pretty sure she’s a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a petite one weighing in at only 33 lbs and a year old.  According to the person who gave her up, she had been mostly tied up outside. But within only a week she has made truly amazing progress in learning the rules in her foster home.  She’s had 1 session with the behaviorist who has taught Emma’s foster mom how to communicate with her so that she understands what is being asked of her. And the difference between the first few days and a week later is huge!  Emma’s foster mom can’t believe how smart she is and how quick she is picking things up.

 She now gets that there’s a schedule to daily life and has made peace with the crate. Emma has learned to sit and now walks wonderfully on leash. She also gets along fine with the other dogs she has encountered and has shown no alpha tendencies with humans or dogs. 

Here’s what her foster mom says: “She just wants you to tell her what you want and to show her how to do it - she wants so much to please you.” Emma is learning impulse control (again, a huge difference between day 1 and day 7) and is having many less accidents in the house in that time span. She is a calm and gentle dog that hasn’t barked once since she’s come into our care. She loves to cuddle and is happy to lie next to you with her head on your leg. We don’t think there is a mean bone in that athletic little body of hers, so for that reason we think she'd be just fine with children.  By the time you read this, she will likely have made more progress toward becoming a wonderful pet.

 Emma’s adoption fee of $300 includes:  vet exam, heartworm test (neg.), distemper combo vaccination, bordetella and rabies vaccinations, flea control and heartworm prevention, microchip and spay.

Harley (BNI-D-4561)

Meet our little 12 pound Harley, a terrier mix who we estimate to be 2 years old. In a matter of a couple days he will be a loving part of your family. He was either ignored or not treated very well in his past so he needs a little time and patience so he can learn to trust you. It only took him a few days to settle in and get comfortable with his new foster family, which includes 2 other small dogs. He enjoys going for walks (he's potty-trained and walks great on leash - woohoo!). When at home he likes to either be on your lap, sit next to you or put his head on your leg – really he just likes to be close but he doesn’t need to be held all the time like many small lap dogs. Harley very much enjoys the company of the older kids in the house – he sleeps with them and is quiet as a mouse through the night. So far there has been little, if any, shedding. You can see a video clip of Harley here that we took on the first day we met him.

Maybe because he's small he gets a little intimidated when people come up to him and make an immediate move to pet him. He likes to warm up to strangers first on his terms (which just means he should be ignored) then, when given a little time, he's fine with them. For this reason, we feel Harley should be adopted to a family with older children (over 12).

Harley will make a great pet with the right family/couple/person who will love him and keep him well socialized.

Harley's adoption fee of $300 includes: vet exam, heartworm test (neg), distemper/bordetella/rabies vaccinations, fecal test (neg), flea control, microchip and neuter.

Opie (D15046)

New Arrival!!




Meet cuter than cute and sweeter than sweet little Opie. Weighing in at a whopping 7 lbs., we believe Opie is 2 years old.  This is the second update since we’ve had him a little longer and we know a little more about him.

Opie is a very endearing little boy, who - although a little timid or careful when first meeting a new person, warms up quickly.  He’s then a social and friendly little nugget - a real easy one to fall in love with. Opie gets along with other cats and dogs although his contact with other dogs has been limited due to the dog flu going around – but he hasn't been reactive to any animal he's seen.  For a chi, he’s surprisingly easy-going and quiet…a little bark here and there, but not a yappy dog. 

You can see from the photos that he's a lap dog like all chi's.  We don't know yet if he's potty trained, but he does relieve himself when taken outside.  Oh yeah, he’s “a dream” on leash.  If you are looking for a pint-sized little dog you can bring almost everywhere with you, adorable Opie might be the perfect one!

Opie's adoption fee of $300 includes: vet exam, heartworm test (neg), distemper combination vaccination, bordetella and rabies vaccinations, routine deworming, flea control, neuter and microchip.


Pepe (JW-D-4619)

Do you have room in your heart for Pepe?  A chihuahua/terrier mix, Pepe loves to play fetch and does so with speed and agility - a kind of "pocket-rocket" at 10 pounds and 2 years old.  Always up for some fun and adventure, he will never say “no” to cuddling and belly rubs. In fact at the end of the day (or really any time of day) he is eager and willing to settle in and watch your favorite TV show or read a book with you.  Pepe thinks he's a tuff nut, but can be a little shy in new situations. Once he understands all is good and safe, nothing will hold this little fella back from experiencing everything you can offer.  

Definitely a Ladies Man, Pepe will keep the women happy showering them with attention, cuddles, and kisses. Not saying he's not up for manly time with guys, he is more of a lover than a fighter.  Pepe is playful with other dogs and will share toys with them, (check him out in play mode in this video) and has really bonded with his new foster mate Lady.  With some, he can be a little bossy around his food, which he cherishes just as much as the attention and affection you can shower on him. His curiosity with cats combined with the nature of his breed, he may give chase -- however if the cat is dog savvy, one swipe will show him that cats do rule the roost. 

Pepe's dream home should have a secure yard where he can run, play, sniff and seek out those pesky squirrels. A yard isn’t mandatory if you plan to offer him lots of opportunities to run and play.  While he doesn't love his crate, he does tolerate it, almost as if he realizes that it’s helping him learn the "house rules" when nobody is home to guide him on his list of acceptable behavior.  He doesn't chew, but he does love chew treats, carrots being right up there. Pepe's not much of a barker...yes, he does bark when he's on watchdog patrol, but not so much otherwise.

So as asked in the beginning, do you think you have room in your heart for this loving little guy? He certainly has plenty of room for you.

 FOSTER HOME'S NOTE:  Need double the love? Pepe and Lady have become the "Mutt and Jeff" of couples. Lady constantly fusses over Pepe and he loves her affection. You will never be cold again, with Pepe snuggled on your lap and Lady nuzzled by your side!




Sergeant Pepper (JS-D-4608)

Hey, Everyone. My name is Sergeant Pepper, even though everyone just calls me Pepper. On the outside I’m a BBD – big black dog (with a big white bib on my chest). And on the inside I’m one of the FRIENDLIEST, SWEETEST, GENTLEST dogs you could find. Still reading? Good! Here’s my story.

I was given up by my owner a couple of years ago and dropped off at a county shelter in southern Illinois. My family had way too many animals and they couldn’t care for all of us. The folks at the shelter became my family, and they tried their best to make my life as happy as they could. In fact, when they realized what a nice guy I was, they would occasionally bring me to a local nursing home to visit the people there, so you see I am even "therapy dog" material (see photo!). Those were my favorite days because people actually paid attention to me - it was so nice to get a break from the noise and loneliness of my life in a cage. Day in and day out at the shelter folks would always pass me by for the younger, cuter dogs. Then, AFTER 2 YEARS AND 3 MONTHS (but who’s counting?) MY LUCK CHANGED when the folks at Adopt-A-Pet offered to foster me....and it has been a dream come true since then. I finally got a (temporary) home and family! No more Lonely Hearts Club Band for me!

My foster mom tells me she loves me about...a million times a day. She tells me that it's because I'm such a good boy - I never bark, I'm house-trained, I'm one of the most awesome leash walkers she has ever seen, I am 100% trustworthy in the house, I love kids and all humans, I get along with cats and rabbits, and - once I acclimate - I enjoy my canine siblings too, although I would be perfectly happy being the only dog in the house...that would mean more attention just for me.

Right now I'm a little overweight (too many treats + not enough exercise living in a cage at the shelter). But my foster mom and I are now hitting the trails every day, and I feel better already as I get into shape. Probably by the time you read this I’ll have lost some weight and looking more stud-a-licious, like a proper lab like me should be! And, btw, the AAP vet thinks I’m about 7 years old.

So are you the person/couple/family I’ve been waiting for, and am I the perfect dog you’ve been waiting for? If we’re a match, I promise to love you with my whole heart and light up your life.

My adoption fee of $150 includes a vet exam, heartworm test, DHAPP (distemper combo) vaccination, Bordetella vaccination, rabies vaccination, microchip, deworming, flea and tick prevention, heartworm preventative, dental cleaning and neuter.



Solo (D15045)

New Arrival!!

Meet beautiful Solo who is a bully breed mix of the most delightful variety. At just one year of age and about 60 lbs., she is playful and puppy-like in her behavior and responds to positive reinforcement.  She loves to run and play fetch in her foster home’s back yard, and with the help of the resident dog has recently discovered the joy of chasing squirrels, too.  Typical of her breed, Solo will make herself at home in your lap but since she’s not a small dog and your lap may not be big enough, the next best thing would be snuggling up close and being petted.

 Solo is working hard to fulfill her foster family’s expectations of living as part of a family unit. In the short time since she has arrived in our care, she has gotten better at house training and knows the command “sit”. She is a natural (walks well) on the leash and allows the dog who she’s living with to lead the way (has no aspirations to be the alpha dog in her foster home).  After only a week in her foster home she is making clear progress with potty-training.  She enjoys the company of other dogs – plays well with them, and has a gentle nature that would make her good with children (although she might be a tad much for toddlers).

 Here is a video  we got when we took her outside at the big city pound where we found her.  Solo is one gem of a dog!

 Solo’s adoption fee of $300 includes: vet exam, heartworm test (neg.), distemper combination vaccination, bordetella and rabies vaccinations, flea control, routine deworming, spay and microchip.




Adopt-A-Pet, Inc.    P.O. Box 408      Mt. Prospect, IL 60056     (847) 870-8999



        Hit Counter