Adoptable Dogs!


Updated on 1/30/2015


Charlotte (JS-D-4339-RR)


We want to introduce you to Charlotte, an 80 lb, 4 year old Plott Hound mix who we rescued from the Chicago pound 2 years ago. She was emaciated and terrified when we found her, but she evolved into a phenomenal dog. Charlotte is initially shy in new situations, but, with patience and kindness, she relaxes and enjoys the company of humans of all ages.

Charlotte was adopted 3 months ago to a wonderful family, but an incident between Charlotte and her canine sister erupted recently over a rabbit that they both claimed and ended up causing injury to the other dog. Although the dogs both forgot about it quickly and there have been no problems since, her family has decided to return her due to their unique personal circumstances and the fact that they cannot control the wildlife in their backyard.

So Charlotte is, once again, looking for her forever home...and this time, we REALLY need it to be FOREVER.

Charlotte is a wonderful jogger, a world-class snuggler, and one of the most devoted and loving dogs EVER. She's pretty good on leash but you will get a little pulling if she spots a squirrel. Charlotte is not fond of small, barky dogs with a Napoleon complex, so we do not recommend that she be adopted to a family with pint-sized canines. However, she has lived amicably with a rabbit and other dogs, and she is supposedly cat-friendly. Charlotte would probably love another dog to play with, although her new family must be comfortable with her recent history of “going native” over wildlife in the yard.

Here's a little bit of what the heartbroken family that is relinquishing her reports: “Charlotte has added greatly to our family. Both Charlotte and our dog Miley eat in our kitchen in separate bowls. She has no food aggression and anyone could walk over and pick up her food bowl. Charlotte will wait patiently for treats, will sit if you ask her and she will take the treats very gently. She loves to go on car rides and will lay down in the back seat or sit and just check everything out. She doesn’t jump on guests when they come over and will wait for some pets from them or just go lay on the couch. About a week ago we a had large birthday party for my daughter and we had about 45 people of all ages in and out of our house and Charlotte was fantastic and loved all the attention. She loves to cuddle up with you on the couch and lay her head on your lap. She walks on the leash ok and will sit and let you put her harness on. She hangs out on the couch with me and follows me upstairs at bedtime and goes right to her dog bed. She waits for us to get up before she asks to go out or move around. In the morning when my daughter is getting ready for school, if she leaves her sock down Charlotte will sneak over and take them and sit on the couch by them. It has turned into a game the two of them play. It's so cute. Charlotte and Miley love to play together and there has never been a problem. The only things Charlotte does not like: visits to the vets office, barky small dogs, and being separated from Miley.
Charlotte is a really great dog with a very cool personality. This is the first dog we have ever had to give up and it really breaks our hearts. We know our dog Miley was not innocent in the rabbit incident but she was the one who suffered the injuries. After the fight the dogs came in the house and laid next to each other and there have been no signs of aggression since. We have a pet rabbit and his cage is in our living room and even after the dogs killed rabbit in the back yard they have no interest in the one in the house. The problem is we have a daughter with special needs and she is now afraid to be home alone with Charlotte. So when we are not home with my daughter we have to separate the dogs and this causes them both a lot of anxiety. We’ve given this a lot of thought but I just can’t have a dog that my daughter is not comfortable with. Also I cannot control the rabbits and squirrels entering the yard and I am now on edge that something may happen again. I really hope someone will open their heart and give this wonderful dog a home. I know she will bring them great joy.”

Charlotte's adoption fee of $200 includes: vet exam, heartworm test (neg), distemper-parvo combo vaccination, rabies vaccination, bordetella vaccination, fecal exam, deworming, flea control, microchip and spay.


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.

Learn all about toy fox terriers here:

Chuco (TMP-D-4623)

New Arrival!!

Meet Chuco, a one year old Puggle, weighing in at a very manageable 25 pounds.  Chuco is a happy and loving dog who sends out good vibes all the time.  He has typical young dog energy but also settles in nicely, often resting his head on his foster dad’s feet while sitting on the couch. He’s great about staying off furniture if that’s your preference.  He gets along well with Wrigley, the resident dog adopted via Adopt-A-Pet some 8 years ago.  He's quiet for the most part...only a few "woofs" when he pleads with his caretaker not to leave him alone when he goes to work. 

 Chuco is house broken and his foster dad describes him as a bright and responsive dog who wants to please his human. While he rarely pulls on the leash, he could use some work walking with the “heel” command.  Chuco, like most dogs, will thrive with a person or family that will provide him with plenty of opportunities for exercise and obedience training. We haven’t had him around children, but his personality and disposition are such that we think he’ll be great with them.

 Chuco’s adoption fee of $300 includes: vet exam, heartworm test, distemper combo vaccination, bordetella and rabies vaccinations, routine deworming, flea control, microchip and neuter.  


Gilbert (SF-D-4605)



The name Gilbert is a Teutonic and American name meaning “oath”, in English “Trusted”, in French “Bright lad” and in German “Bright Pledge”, and he is definitely all of these. We think he is a beagle-blue tick hound mix, but he’s not talking so it’s anyone’s guess. Though his picture makes him look black and white, he is actually dark brown and white. Gilbert is conveniently-sized at 33 lbs, conveniently-aged between 4-6 years old (maybe younger), handsome and easy-to-groom and has the hounds’ appealing soulful expression.

Want a happy dog? That’s Gilbert all the way – his tail never stops wagging and his belly regularly pops up for rubs, and let us not forget his fondness for being a lapdog. He likes to play with toys and will even play by himself. Fetch is his favorite game, though the return needs a little work. He is housebroken. His current curriculum includes working on better leash manners, sit and come.

Hounds were developed as hunting dogs and they have many hunting dog behaviors hardwired into their genes, which means they:
• adore their people,
• are very athletic and need much more than a couple walks around the block,
• are easygoing and laid-back indoors when well exercised, can be a rambunctious handful when not exercised,
• have ‘selective deafness’ whenever their nose and exploratory instincts send them running after adventure,
• LOVE exercise, play, and outdoor activities (hunting, jogging, biking, hiking, and swimming),
• are good-natured with people and other dogs,
• are best in a fenced yard where they can stretch their legs without succumbing to wanderlust,
• are best kept on leash unless very well trained as they are inveterate explorers who will follow their nose over hill, over dale, through the woods … and onto highways,
• gave the term ‘chowhound’ its meaning, they devour their food, and anyone else’s they can procure,
• are a smart working dog, it is their nature to figure out ways to outwit prey -- and sometimes people too,
• tend to follow the beat of a different drum (i.e. can very stubborn / obstinate),
• obedience training can be a challenge and must be upbeat and persuasive (include food rewards).

You won’t find a sweeter, friendlier more loving dog than Gilbert.

Gilbert's adoption fee of $290 includes: vet exam, distemper combo and bordetella vaccinations, heartworm test (neg), heartworm preventative, rabies vaccination, deworming, flea and tick preventative, microchip and neuter.



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, heart worm test (neg), distemper/bordetella/rabies vaccinations, fecal test (neg), flea control, microchip and neuter.

Hashtag (WP-D-4632)

New Arrival!!

(Hashtag before)


Meet our little Hashtag - notice the photo indicating the freezing little mess he was when we found him (no telling how long he had been out wandering), but we think he's simply adorable now.  Hashtag is a shih-tzu, estimated to be 2 years old.  There is some indication that he was perhaps treated poorly in his prior life, but there is also indication that once he trusts you (it doesn't take long), he is a total love bug.  We haven't had him long, so the few things we can tell you are that he LOVES children and is rather non-reactive to other dogs and cats. He has no problem being held - rather likes it really, and is quite the little cuddle-bug.  We'll update as we learn more about him, but we may not have him too long as he is so cute. 

 You can meet Hashtag at Wilmette Pet Center anytime during store hours 7 days a week (625 Green Bay Road, 847-251-6750).  Please know that although you might want to adopt him on the spot, you will have to complete an application first.  Applications are processed by AAP and not by Wilmette Pet Center although they have apps on hand there or you can download one from our website. 

Hashtag's adoption fee of $325 includes: vet exam, heartworm test (neg), distemper combo vaccination, bordetella and rabies vaccinations, routine deworming, flea control, bath and haircut, heartworm prevention medicine, microchip and neuter.



Hazel (ABR-D-4600)

When you meet Hazel you'll almost want to be wearing shin guards to protect yourself from her ever-wagging tail! This sweetheart is a hound mix with a beautiful brindle coat, estimated to be about 2 years old, weighing in at 60 lbs.  She immediately makes friends with anyone she meets and loves getting close for an affectionate pat and nuzzle.

Hazel has just completed heart worm treatment, so the vet has her on limited exercise until mid-December.  Once she gets the OK from the vet, she will be ready to lead a normal, active life.  To celebrate, Hazel will want to go out and run circles in the backyard. She's interested in sticks, balls, and toys so she should make a great partner in fetch or keep-away. Hazel is so excited to get out of the house on her short walks that we know she will love taking longer, vigorous walks or even jogs.

Hazel is doing very well on her house training--in fact, she hasn't had any accidents after her first two weeks in her foster home. She is good in a crate, and sometimes goes in of her own accord to take a nap.  She likes shoes and sometimes her foster parents don't always find them where they left them... hmmm . . . but as long as she is kept supplied with rawhides and bones, the shoes are safe.  She absolutely LOVES chomping on rawhides.

Hazel gets along great with the resident dog in her foster home, even sharing doggy beds with her. She would be a great second dog if you are looking for a play partner! She has also learned to co-exist with the family's two foster cats.

Hazel is ready for her new home and new family any time you are! If you are looking to bring a dog home for the holidays, Hazel would love to meet you.

Hazel's adoption fee of $290 includes: vet exam, distemper combo and bordetella vaccinations, rabies vaccination, heartworm test and treatment, heartworm preventative, deworming, flea and tick preventative, microchip and spay.




Hutch (TMP-D-4622)

New Arrival!!

Adopt-A-Pet isn’t known for featuring a lot of bully breeds, but when the man who is now his foster dad called us, we knew he was trying really hard to do whatever it took to find Hutch a wonderful home.  Hutch had been kept in a too-small crate in a bathroom most of his life (he’s just turning 3 years old). His life consisted pretty much of going outside to potty and back into the crate. And the crate didn’t even have a soft surface….just the wire bottom.

 Rather than presenting as damaged goods from a neglectful background, it’s like he’s making up for all that lost time – he’s all waggy and has been amiable to everyone he meets, both on 2 legs and 4 legs.   We know Hutch looks a little scary and formidable, but don’t let his looks deceive you.  He is a super friendly dog and a real mush-ball.  He’s been fine with all the other dogs he has met - in fact, he has a doggy girlfriend that he meets up with sometimes on his walks and they just go all flirty with each other.  Little dominant barky dogs have approached him, but he just wags his tail and wants to meet them.  While his foster home has been keeping him separated from the cat (by just a doorway barrier) he recently allowed them to go nose-to-nose: the cat signaled who was boss by bopping him on the head and Hutch just walked away, depressed that he couldn’t make a friend. 

 While he is strong at about 90 pounds, his hind legs were extremely weak from being crated too much, and he had trouble getting from laying to standing, but his foster dad is exercising him regularly and he’s gotten a lot stronger. At the time of this writing he has dropped about 8 pounds but still needs to lose a little more weight. Maybe by the time you read this he will be down to his ideal weight, since he’s running more and eating less.  And, although Hutch is, by virtue of his breed, a physically strong dog who thoroughly enjoys playtime, he hasn’t displayed any alpha tendencies or frenetic energy, and he shifts gears seamlessly into relaxing mode, kind of a Type B dog.

 Hutch has started regular training classes so his foster dad is learning how to make him as “turnkey” as possible. He walks well on leash and responds quickly to correction if he gets into pulling mode. At home, Hutch will just plop down in his foster dad’s lap (typical of the breed) when he catches him on the couch watching tv or reading. He hardly ever barks, is potty-trained and will let you know when he needs to go out.  He’s now going to the tennis court to run around in an enclosed area and loves chasing after his kong toy. You can take his food or a toy away from him and he won’t resist.  

Hutch would do really well with another playful dog if you happen to have one.  But that’s certainly not required, just a routine of love, play, lounge and repeat, repeat, repeat.

 Hutch’s adoption fee of $200 includes: vet exam, heartworm test, distemper, bordetella and rabies vaccinations, routine deworming, flea control, microchip and neuter.


Levi (PZ-D-4606)

Meet Levi, a handsome fellow with a beautiful brindle coat and stunning light eyes. This guy is a real head-turner. His breed is unknown, but most likely a mixture of a little of this, like plotthound, and a little of that, like mountain cur, and a dash of this, like lab, and a pinch of weimaraner-like eyes. Levi is estimated to be about 4 years old and weighs in at 49 pounds.

He was a favorite at our vet clinic and is friendly to everyone – adults, children, dogs, cats… He has even won over his foster sister who can be a bit of a bully and initially wasn’t too happy that she was no longer the only dog. After only a few days they were sharing toys and beds even though they don’t both fit in the same bed! He just takes everything in stride and only wants to play. When he’s not playing with his foster sister, he entertains himself with bones or retreats to his bed to nap.

Levi is house trained and well behaved. He’s a smart boy and learned to sit and stay very quickly. When it’s meal time, Levi will sit very excited, but patiently waiting for permission to eat. Check out his video as he prepares to dive into dinner. When he comes in from a walk, he’ll sit at the front door and wait until his foster mom goes all the way to the other end of the house and calls him – then he’ll bolt to her and get his reward treat. He’s calm, not a barker, and good on a leash. He’d love to meet you and continue his education!

Levi's adoption fee of $290 includes: vet exam, distemper combo and bordetella vaccinations, heartworm test (neg), heartworm preventative, rabies vaccination, deworming, dental cleaning (as well as a fractured canine removed), flea and tick preventative, microchip and neuter.


Pepe (JW-D-4619)

Meet little Pepe who was found on one of those really cold days in November roaming in Union Park in Chicago.  The nice man who found him reached out to us rather than bring him to an unknown fate at the city pound. Unable to find his owner, he kept him for close to 2 weeks and said he's a great little dog.

A smidge under 10 lb, the vet guessed Pepe's age to be 1.5 - 2 years old. He's mostly chihuahua but we suspect he might have a few teaspoons of terrier in him. Pepe adjusted quickly to the store staff and is easily handled.  He's good with other dogs, loves people of any age, and is easy to leash walk.  He's itching to get up and close to the cats and the huge rabbit at Wilmette Pet Center where he's being fostered, but we're pretty sure all he wants to do is investigate these strange creatures.  We're quite confident in assuring his adopter that their lap will be kept warm by this little nugget and they'll always have a sleeping partner.  

 Pepe loves to play with other small dogs! You can see how much he’s enjoying himself  here in this video.

 Pepe's adoption fee of $280 includes: vet exam, heart worm test (neg), distemper, bordetella and rabies vaccinations, fecal test (neg), routine deworming, microchip and neuter.



Prancer  (WP-D-4621)


Prancer is an adorable retriever mix puppy born on October 17, 2014. He's a typical happy and energetic little pup who really enjoyed playing with his sibling before she was adopted. He's hoping his family finds and falls in love with him real soon. Because Prancer is just a baby, he will need to be adopted by someone who isn't away from the house for long hours not only to potty-train him but to exercise and socialize him as well. Keep in mind that you should be willing to take pot luck since we don't know how big or what Prancer will look like when he's full grown.

Come and meet this cutie at his foster home, Wilmette Pet Center, anytime during store hours 7 days a week. (625 Green Bay Road, 847-251-6750). Please keep in mind that although you'll want to adopt him on the spot, you will have to complete an application first, which you can download from our website or fill out at the store.

Prancer's adoption fee of $350 includes vet exam, bordetella and distemper vaccinations, routine deworming, flea control, microchip and neuter.



Ritz (JCAS-D-4602)


Hi everyone!  I’m an awesome hound mix named Ritz, endearingly called “Ritz Bitz” by my foster mom and dad. I’m about 6 months old, weigh about 45 pounds and have lots of puppy energy and smarts, too. 

Ya’ know that song “You Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog”? My foster dad always sings that to me, but I ain’t crying all the time. I’m playing and snuggling all the time! I don’t know which I enjoy more. I can play in the yard for hours (if it’s not too cold) and I love playing with other dogs (my foster family has another really fun dog, so Yay!).  I also love to snuggle with humans and do so every chance I get.  

I’m comfortable in a large dog crate, especially if I have a kong toy or rawhide to keep me busy, although being left in a crate for long hours is not something I’m used to. I’m learning to earn my treats. I sit like a champ, I’m pretty good at laying down when told and I’m working on patience and focus so I can 'stay' when instructed.  And, yeppers, I’m potty-trained, too!  When I’m not distracted by my foster sister, I like a game of fetch with a toy. My foster parents get excited and wave to me and call out “Pony, Pony, Pony” because I gallop around and prance just like one.

 I may look black in my photos, but really I have some red brindle markings and am very handsome.  You can take a look at my mom Hazel on our website for a preview of what I’ll probably look like when full grown, although probably not too different from the photos of me here.

 Because I have a very well socialized background (I lived at Wilmette Pet Center for a while), I adore playing with other dogs (puppies or full grown) and would love to go home to a house where I’m not the only dog.  It’s okay though if I am the only dog, but I hope we can go to dog parks or schedule lots of play dates with 4-legged friends.  Do you think maybe I could be the dog for you?

Ritz's estimated date of birth is 7-28-14 and his adoption fee of $300 includes: vet exam, distemper combo and bordetella vaccinations, deworming, flea and tick preventative, microchip and neuter.



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.



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