Orphans of the Storm® Little Dogs

If you’re looking for a dog who is more lap-sized, Orphans of the Storm® has plenty of options for you right now!

Charlie the eight-year-old Chihuahua mix may be a little bark-y when he’s inside his kennel, but that’s just because he wants to make sure you won’t miss him! Once he’s out and about, he’s a happy-go-lucky little guy. When we were in the off-leash run and he saw that I had knelt down to his level, he came scurrying over and flopped right onto his back next to me so I could give him a belly rub. He loves rolling around in the grass and makes silly faces while he does so.

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Charlie coming over to say hello

Charlie acts like a tough guy when there are dogs bigger than him nearby, but he gets along great with dogs who are more his size; he was sharing his kennel with another Chihuahua who has since been adopted. Charlie is most definitely a people-dog who likes staying close by rather than going off and doing his own thing. If you’re looking for a cute little companion, come by the shelter soon to meet Charlie!

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“I LOVE BELLY RUBS!” says Charlie.

Patches the six-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix certainly lives up to that Terrier reputation. This little guy is always on the move. He had a fun time going deep into the bushes in the off-leash run to do some exploring, and then popped out and ran around a bit. He did chase after the tennis ball when I threw it, but he hasn’t quite mastered the whole “bring it back” part. But he’s a smarty, so he’ll certainly be able to learn whatever his new owners teach him!

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Patches showing off his patches

Patches is an active guy, but he still knows his manners. He patiently sat for me while waiting for me to get the leash, and once he was on the leash he walked pretty well. Patches is another pooch who gets along well with other dogs. He was sharing his kennel with Louie (who has since been adopted, hurray!). Patches will be sure to keep you entertained, so come in soon and find out if he’s the one for you!

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Patches exploring the bushes

Stanley the three-year-old Terrier mix is such a little cutie. I didn’t measure to make sure, but he might be longer than he is tall, which is always adorable! Stanley was ready and waiting for me at the gate to his kennel when he saw me with the leash, and happily set off to lead the way to the off-leash run, where he had a great time sniffing around and stretching his little legs.

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Stanley following his nose

Stanley also likes to snuggle. When I sat down on the ground, he climbed into my lap and gave my face a quick sniff. Then he stood next to me for a bit while I scratched his hips and neck, which he seemed to enjoy. His fur is so soft! Stanley has a bit of that Terrier independence in him, but he’ll always come back to you for some love and attention. If small, fluffy, and white (or off-white) are part of your criteria, come in soon to meet Stanley!

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Stanley says, “Please love me!”

Joey the three-year-old Feist mix is a happy little guy. He was sharing his kennel with Della (who I met last week at Northbrook Court, and who got adopted while I was walking Joey!), so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Joey was so happy to come for a walk with me that he was jumping up and down, but he settled down nicely once we were on our way.

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Joey enjoying the summer sunshine

Joey has such interesting markings, and such a cute face and ears! He’s sure to catch your eye as you walk through the main dog wing. When we found a shady spot in the grass, Joey stood by me so I could give him a nice pat on the back, and he gave me a quick doggy kiss as a thank you. His tail is almost always wagging, and he usually looks like he’s smiling. Let this little guy bring a smile to your face every day by bringing him home with you!

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Joey has the most interesting coloring!

I also saw some of my furry friends who can’t exactly be described as “little,” but that just means there’s more of them to love!: Cody, Daisy, Ebbie, Honey Lamb, Rock, Ryla, Scotty, Shasta, and Wilbur.

After I was done with the dogs for the day, I stopped by the new cat room for the first time (which I have been meaning to do for months)! And let me tell you, I have been missing out. I don’t even consider myself to be a cat person, but those 20 minutes were the most relaxing 20 minutes of my week. All you have to do is sit down, and the cats will come to you and snuggle right into your lap and purr and knead and just overall be adorable.

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So many cats on cat trees

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Even more cats on cat trees

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This little cutie is waiting for a forever home

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Don’t you just want to take all of them home?

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Of course I would find the cat who enjoys belly rubs like a dog

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This sweetie kept me company for a while

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One lap is plenty of room for two (or more) cats

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“Roar!” (or, more accurately, “Yawn!”)

Having a warm and fuzzy cat (or two, or three) in your lap will undoubtedly make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside!

There is also plenty happening off-site over the next few days!

  • If you’re interested in becoming a dog walker volunteer, please attend the Shelter Dog Handling Class at Deerfield Public Library on Monday, August 4 at 7pm or Wednesday, August 6 at 10am.
  • Orphans of the Storm® dogs and cats will be at their usual place at the Pet Showcase at Northbrook Court on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm.
  • Orphans of the Storm® dogs and cats will also be at the Chalet in Wilmette on Sunday, August 2 from 12pm-3pm.
  • Even more dogs and cats will be at Port Clinton Square in Highland Park on Sunday, August 2 from 11am-2pm.

Orphans of the Storm® is everywhere!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs and Cats at the Pet Showcase at Northbrook Court

The Orphans of the Storm® Pet Showcase and Gift Wrap has been going strong at Northbrook Court for months, so I’m ashamed to say I only just visited there for the first time this past weekend!

The Orphans of the Storm® Pet Showcase storefront

The Orphans of the Storm® Pet Showcase storefront

The Pet Showcase is wonderful, for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it’s great exposure for Orphans of the Storm®; people who are doing their shopping and maybe hadn’t heard of it before can see the name and the pictures in the window and learn about it. Secondly, it gives some of the cats and dogs a chance to get out of the shelter for a few hours and get some much-deserved, one-on-one human attention. Thirdly, it gives people who might not want to visit an animal shelter the chance to still adopt and give a good home to an animal in need.

Posters with happy adoption pictures

Posters with happy adoption pictures

Inside the Pet Showcase

Inside the Pet Showcase

When I stopped by the Pet Showcase, there were cats of all ages, including some adorable little kittens! (I didn’t want to turn on my flash and startle them, so I apologize for all of the blurry photos.) But adult cats need loving homes too, and there are plenty to choose from. If there doesn’t happen to be one that catches your eye at the Pet Showcase, there are literally hundreds more waiting to meet you at the shelter.

Cute kitty #1 (whose name is Taz, if I'm remembering correctly)

Cute kitty #1 (whose name is Taz, if I’m remembering correctly)

Cute (sleepy) kitty #2

Cute (sleepy) kitty #2

Cute kitty #3

Cute kitty #3

Cute kitten #1

Cute kitten #1

Cute kitten #2 (whose name is Beetle, if I'm remembering correctly)

Cute kitten #2 (whose name is Beetle, if I’m remembering correctly)

There were also plenty of pooches, including some familiar faces!

Rusty greeted me with a big doggy hug and proceeded to attempt to climb into my lap, though he’s a little big for that. So instead, when I knelt next to him, he put his big paws on my shoulders and gave me lots of doggy kisses. Rusty is a lovebug through and through, and he gets along well with other dogs too! As I’ve mentioned before, he shares his kennel with Creek.

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Rusty is just the cutest-patootest.

Sky (who still gets called Stewie by volunteers who have been with Orphans of the Storm® for more than two years) is just as affectionate as Rusty, but a little less exuberant about it. He likes to snuggle and give kisses and receive lots of petting on his back and neck. Sky also gets along well with other dogs–in fact, during his first stay at Orphans of the Storm®, he shared his kennel with Precious!

You can see with eyes as blue as his why his name was changed to Sky!

You can see with eyes as blue as his why his name was changed to Sky!

Della the four-year-old Labrador Retriever mix was one of the new furry faces I met at Northbrook Court. She is much smaller than the usual Lab and she uses that to her advantage by being a complete lap dog. Della‘s favorite thing is to get her belly rubbed. In fact, I saw her more on her back than on her feet! Little kids were coming over and giving her kisses and she just loved all of the attention. What an absolute sweetheart!

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Della enjoying her belly rubs

Homey the two-year-old Pointer mix is another mellow pooch. He was stationed right by the door of the Pet Showcase, so he got to greet everybody who came in and he did so with a wagging tail. Homey is a gentle boy who enjoyed snacking on some treats, and he could certainly use some more. He’s a little on the skinny side right now. If you’re looking for an addition to your family that will make your house feel a little more “homey,” stop by soon to meet Homey!

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Homey being a sweetie

Different dogs and cats get a chance to come to the Pet Showcase each week (the Pet Showcase is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-5pm), so you can stop by every week to see who is there! And, of course, you can always visit the shelter every day of the week to see all of the dogs and cats available for adoption all at once.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs on a Warm Summer Day

It was a hot and humid day at Orphans of the Storm®, as evidenced by all of the lolling tongues you will see in this week’s photos! The dogs were still happy to come outside for a walk, though many of them found a shady spot pretty quickly.

Abby the one-year-old Red Heeler mix is such a little cutie. When I mentioned to one of the staff members that I was going to walk her, I was told that she is a sweet dog–and that turned out to be very true! Abby is the perfect size and has the perfect amount of energy. She’s more than happy to play with you, but equally happy to snuggle in your lap.

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Abby has the cutest markings!

Abby hopped right up onto the bench next to me, and she seemed to really enjoy this perch so she could keep an eye on everything. She was very interested in the other dogs who were walking around, watching them with her ears perked, though we never got close enough for her to greet them. At one point, Abby tried to climb into my lap and give me some doggy kisses. If you’re looking for a friendly and adorable pooch, come in soon to meet Abby!

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Abby smiling for the camera

Diesel the four-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix is a handsome boy who is, sadly, extremely nervous inside his kennel. He’s not so sure about getting a leash put on for a walk and would probably do best with an owner who will be gentle and understanding in order to help him come out of his shell. Once Diesel is out of his kennel, though, he perks up and becomes a happy, friendly dog.

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Diesel is a friendly guy

Diesel is actually pretty good at walking on the leash, despite his initial hesitations. After we walked around for a bit, Diesel found a shady spot under a tree and laid down. When I started to pet him, he rolled over and gave me a big doggy smile while I rubbed his belly. Another volunteer gave Diesel a bath last week and said he was very well-behaved. This sweet boy is ready for his chance at a loving home. Stop by the shelter soon to see if he’s the one for you!

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Diesel being a good walking buddy

Charlie the six-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix seems to have two settings: full speed and full stop. This is pretty normal for Jack Russells, and Terriers in general. Charlie likes to run and run, and then stretch out in the shade and catch his breath. Since Charlie’s body is a little longer than the average Jack Russell, him stretching out is especially cute. And that face of his is even cuter!

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Charlie watching the dogs in the other run

Charlie currently shares his kennel with another dog, and he was also pretty friendly through the fence with the dogs in the run next to ours, so he could probably go to a home with or without another dog. But the main thing Charlie is looking for is a fun family who will be sure to keep him entertained. And with Charlie as part of your family, you will certainly be entertained as well! If you’re looking for a playful and spunky pup, come in soon to meet Charlie.

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Charlie knows how to smile for the camera, too!

Luciano the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is one of those special dogs with one blue eye and one brown eye (like Clint and Elmo!). Luciano is a little rambunctious when he first gets out of his kennel and he especially likes to jump up to say hello, but he listens when you tell him “off” and he settles down after a few minutes, turning into a good walking companion.

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Luciano is a big lovebug

Luciano, according to the card on his kennel, gets along with just about everybody, including kids, cats, and other dogs. Although I didn’t get to see him interact with other dogs while I had him out, I can certainly believe that he’d be a very good boy. Luciano is a happy dog whose tail is always wagging. He doesn’t understand how he ended up at the shelter, but Luciano is more than ready to show his future owners what a great addition he would be!

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Luciano enjoying the warm summer day

I also saw my furry friends Corky, Dezzie, Emerald, Lucy, Molly, Ryla, Scotty, Shard, and Wilbur.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Want to Celebrate Independence Day by Finding a Family

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® are happy to celebrate our country’s independence this 4th of July, but they’re also ready to find a dependable family! Orphans of the Storm® will be closed on the 4th, but will be open during its normal hours (11am-5pm) all weekend. Maybe save some of your BBQ leftovers for your new pooch!

Shogun the twelve-year-old Labrador Retriever mix is still plenty spry for his age. He may have some gray fur around his nose, but other than that he isn’t showing any signs of aging. When he first came out of his kennel, he was off and running and couldn’t wait to have some fun in the off-leash run. As has been the case with other dogs at the shelter far too often recently, Shogun’s previous owners could no longer care for him. Shogun is more than ready to find his new, permanent family.

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Shogun using the bush as a back-scratcher

Shogun is a friendly guy who greets people with a wagging tail. He enjoys getting his back, chin, and ears scratched, and will stay right by you while you pet him. Shogun loves getting his back scratched so much, in fact, that he will use the branches of a bush to do so! Do you have bushes in your backyard? Shogun would love them. Now is the perfect time to give this senior pooch a chance at a happy home in which to spend his golden years. If you’re looking for a big lovebug, come in soon to meet Shogun!

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Shogun keeping an eye on things

Louie the two-year-old Chihuahua mix is a playful cutie who is full of energy. Louie isn’t the type of little dog who wants to be carried around in a purse–Louie wants to use his own four legs to get around, and get around he does. It was hard to get a good picture because he was darting this way and that way! Louie also doesn’t let his size deter him; he seems to be an adventurous sort.

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Louie the cutie

Louie may like to run around, but even so he was perfectly fine with me picking him up and holding him (though he was more than happy to spring back onto the ground when I was done). Once he gets his playtime for the day, he’ll be happy to join you for some snuggles. If you’re looking for a little dog with big-dog-sized energy, Louie might just be the pooch for you! Stop by the shelter soon to find out.

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Louie is a good walker

Brooklyn the one-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is another pooch who is full of energy, but she has an excuse: she is most definitely still a puppy! And all this puppy wants to do is find a family who will play with her and give her plenty of attention. When you walk by Brooklyn’s kennel to say hello, her entire body starts wiggling because her tail wags so hard from side to side. Talk about one happy dog!

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Brooklyn taking a break from racing

Since Brooklyn is still a puppy, she hasn’t quite mastered her leash manners yet–but I’m sure she would be an eager learner, especially with food as a reward. Brooklyn used that doggy nose of hers to unearth a treat from under the hay inside the off-leash run. Brooklyn also loves toys and was getting jealous when the dog in the run next to ours got to chase a squeaky, so I found a toy of her own for her to play with. If you’re thinking about adding a big pup to your family, please consider Brooklyn!

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Brooklyn quenching her thirst

Sylvester the six-year-old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix is such a sweet, calm boy. He was by far the best leash-walker of the day, happily staying by my side and rarely pulling. Sylvester is currently sharing his kennel with another dog, so he could go to a home with or without another furry friend. Sylvester has such soft, pretty, surprisingly curly fur and an adorable, lovable face.

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Sylvester is one handsome boy

Sylvester likes to snuggle. When I sat down on a bench, he put his face right into my lap and gave me a big doggy grin while I scratched his neck and ears. He then proceeded to walk underneath my legs and stand there while I continued to pet him. This guy is certainly companion material! Come by the shelter soon to see if Sylvester could be the next member of your family.

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Sylvester in the sunshine

I also saw some of my favorite seniors Archie, Ebbie, Emerald, and Scotty, and two of my favorite active buddies Molly and Rock (who, like Zeus, is back from training and walks so much better on the leash now, especially after he’s had a chance to run off his energy).

And the day after I visited the shelter, I stopped by Orphans of the Storm®’s Pet Showcase at Northbrook Court! There was a great group of adoptable cats there that day, and there are many (MANY!) more adoptable cats waiting in the brand new cat wing at the shelter.

Orphans of the Storm® Has Dogs of All Ages

Whether you’re looking for a young, playful puppy, an older, wiser senior dog, or anything in between, Orphans of the Storm® has plenty of options for you!

Cody the nine-and-a-half-year-old Labrador Retriever mix may look familiar to you. If you’ve been reading since November 2011, you’ll remember that I posted a video of Cody way back then! Cody was happily adopted shortly thereafter, but now, almost three years later, his new family is no longer able to take care of him. So now Cody is back at Orphans of the Storm®, ready to find his new and hopefully permanent furever family. Cody may not have seen me for a while, but I think I remembered me. He was just as sweet now as he was three years ago.

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Sweet Cody is still sweet!

Cody is still his friendly self, but since he’s a few years older he isn’t as likely to jump up and give doggy hugs. He’s still happy to give doggy kisses, though. He moves at a bit of a slower pace, but he still has plenty of happiness to share. Cody is also excellent with other dogs. He and Stewie (now known as Sky, another dog who was adopted years ago but returned because his family’s home recently flooded and they had to move) got along great! If you’re looking for an older dog who will make a great companion, come in soon and give Cody a chance!

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Cody giving that doggy smile

Sunnie the five-year-old Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix will certainly catch your eye as you walk through the shelter because he is just so darn fluffy and cute. Sunnie came from an owner who, like Cody’s owners, could no longer take care of him. That means that Sunnie has five years of experience being a family pet, and can’t wait to share that experience with his new family.

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Sunnie is one giant fluffball!

Sunnie walked pretty well on the leash as we made our way around the shelter. He also seemed pretty friendly with other dogs who were out and about. Sunnie has that signature blue tongue that Chows are known for, and of course that fluffy fur! He might appreciate a summer cut in these hotter summer months, but he will be the perfect pooch to snuggle with come winter. Do you prefer poofy pooches? Sunnie has plenty of poof for you!

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Sunnie will make the perfect cuddle companion

Asha (also known as Bootsy, because of her white paws) the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is just a little sweetheart. She’s a little nervous at the shelter and wasn’t quite sure about coming out for a walk with me, but once we got away from the other barking dogs she seemed to get more comfortable and was more interested in getting to know me and getting some nice pets. She walked pretty well on the leash, especially considering her young age, as we made our way to the off-leash run.

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Asha is such a pretty girl

Asha is certainly still a puppy, though. Honey Lamb was playing in the run next to us, and Asha was more than ready to race her along the fence (Honey Lamb won). Asha already kind of understands the idea of coming when called, though I’m sure she would be even more motivated if there were treats as a reward. Once we had spent some time together, she gave me a couple of quick doggy kisses. If you’re looking for a younger dog who has plenty of playfulness, stop by the shelter soon and say hi to Asha!

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Asha knows how to pose for the camera

Eros the one-year-old Boxer mix is the kind of puppy that makes me squeal incoherently because he is too precious. Poor little Eros doesn’t know how he ended up at the shelter and he’s pretty nervous, especially when it comes time to put the leash on. When I tried to walk him out to the off-leash run, he kept laying down and did more crawling than walking because he was so scared. All Eros needs in order to come out of his shell is a family who will show him what love truly is!

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Eros relaxing in the grass

Eros really just wants to be a cuddle buddy. I sat down in the grass and he flopped down right next to me, resting his front legs and head in my lap and then rolling over so I could rub his belly. He licked my arm while I did that and then rolled around in the grass some more, like the adorable little pup he is. When we eventually made it to the off-leash run, he was mildly interested in the various toys but still seemed more interested in being a lapdog. This little cutie will find a home quickly, so if you think he might be the pooch for you, be sure to stop by the shelter soon!

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Eros coming over for a snuggle

I also saw my buddies Archie (who is still the best), Wilbur (who is still my favorite), Corky (who is such a good boy–he walks well on the leash, he’s very affectionate, he knows his basic commands–I really can’t think of a single reason why he’s been at the shelter for so long!), Zeus (who is back from a few weeks of boot camp and now knows how to heel perfectly and sits whenever the person walking him stops moving), Akiva (who gets along with everybody), Lady (who is another senior dog like Cody who just needs a nice home in which to spend her golden years), Sweet Pea (who lives up to her name), and Shasta (who is such a well-behaved girl). So many wonderful dogs to choose from at Orphans of the Storm!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready for a Fun Summer

The dogs at Orphans of the Storm® think summertime is the perfect time to add a four-legged furry friend to the family!

Pistol the five-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is one laid-back pooch. When I first walked by his kennel, he was just casually curled up, resting but still keeping an eye on things. When I showed up again with a leash, he perked right up and was happy to come out for a walk. Pistol was found as a stray, but boy does he know how to walk on a leash! He will make an excellent walking companion for whoever is lucky enough to adopt him.

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You’ve gotta love Pistol’s sweet hound face!

Pistol enjoyed a nice scratch under the chin and a pat on the back. Being a Hound, he spent a lot of time with his nose to the ground, picking up all of those interesting smells. Pistol has that adorable Hound face with those soulful brown eyes that you just can’t help but fall in love with. Combine that with his easy-going personality and you’ve got yourself a winner! If you’re looking for a big boy who will make a loyal friend, come in soon to meet Pistol.

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Pistol loves the outdoors

Rusty the two-year-old American Bulldog mix is quite a cutie. Rusty is currently sharing his kennel with Creek (who is such a lovebug–what is he still doing at the shelter?), so he could go to a home with or without another doggy friend. Rusty is pretty good on the leash but seemed to prefer being able to explore the off-leash run on his own. He had a fun time going under the bushes, but always came back to check how things were going with me.

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Rusty is a good-looking guy

Rusty may not be as overtly affectionate as some other dogs at the shelter, but he did give my face a very close sniff, which I always consider a precursor to a doggy kiss (my own dog is a face-sniffer like that). Rusty also loves getting a good scratch on the hips and will do a little dance with his tail wagging. Rusty is a happy guy looking for a happy home–could that home be yours? Come in soon to find out!

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Rusty being attentive

Shard the ten-year-old German Shepherd mix is, to put it succinctly, a gentle giant. He’s an older gentleman who doesn’t seem to have had the easiest life up until now, so he would very much appreciate a nice, loving family to give him a good home for his golden years. Shard is currently sharing his kennel with another dog (who I hope to meet next week), so he could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Shard is a big sweetie

Shard is just such a good boy. He came to stand next to me so I could pet him (his fur is so fluffy!) and he gave me a doggy kiss as a thank-you. Since he’s bigger and older, he doesn’t move too quickly, which means he’s very easy to walk on the leash. Shard is just one example of the many amazing senior dogs available for adoption at the shelter right now. He’s not asking for much–just a nice, comfy bed to sleep on at night, and a person (or an entire family) to give him the attention he most certainly deserves. If you’re looking for an older dog, stop by the shelter and let Shard strut his stuff!

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Shard coming over for some lovin’

I also spent some time with Emerald (who gave me a big doggy hug), Molly, Fuzzy (another great senior dog), Corky, Dezzie (who covered my face in doggy kisses), Lady, Wilbur and Rosco (my favorite twins!), Scotty, and Tucker.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Find a Shady Spot

It was a warm and sunny day at Orphans of the Storm®, so for the most part the dogs I met were happy to find a shady spot and relax!

Tucker the two-year-old Hound mix is a real cutie (much like the other Tucker, but with black spots instead of brown). He caught my eye as soon as I walked into the wing with his kennel and I knew I wanted to get to know him because he greeted me in such a friendly way! Tucker continued to be a happy, friendly guy as we took our walk around the shelter–and walking him was a pleasure because he walked so nicely on the leash!

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Tucker enjoyed going on his walk

Tucker was very interested in the other dogs we saw while we were out and about, though we didn’t get close enough for any actual playtime. When it was just me and him, though, he was very attentive and enjoyed getting a good scratch on the back. Tucker is still on the younger side, so he would certainly like a family that will play with him and take him for nice romps outside. A cutie like Tucker won’t be at the shelter for long, so come in soon to meet him!

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Tucker is very photogenic

Bueller the five-year-old German Shepherd mix has a bit of an independent streak. He was more than happy to lead the way on our walk to the off-leash run, and once we got there he was more interested in exploring all of the interesting smells and seeing what it was like under the bushes (cooler, I’m sure). Bueller was sharing his kennel with another dog for a short time before the other dog got adopted, so he may be able to go to a home with or without another dog.

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“Bueller? Bueller?” Unlike the movie character, he’ll come when called!

Bueller just loves going for walks, though. After we were in the off-leash run for a bit, he saw me pick up the leash and came running right over with his tail wagging. (Some dogs run in the opposite direction when they see me get the leash.) Bueller waited patiently at the gate while I put the leash back on and gave me a big doggy smile. He just has such a sweet face! Bueller is a big boy with a big heart who would love to join a happy home. Come in soon and say hi to Bueller!

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Bueller has the sweetest face

Rocky the eight-year-old Chihuahua mix found himself at the shelter when his family moved and couldn’t bring him with. He’s a little nervous when strangers come up to his kennel, but when he saw I had a leash with me he calmed down immediately and let me put the leash on with no problem. Rocky is currently sharing his kennel with Gypsy, so he could go to a home with or without another dog (though he would probably be more comfortable with a dog closer to his size).

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Rocky enjoy a nice neck scratch

Rocky is a little snuggle-bug. After we got to know each other a bit in the off-leash run, I picked him up and put him in my lap, where he happily sat while I pet him. (Gypsy tried to jump into my lap to steal some attention for herself, too.) Rocky has the cutest underbite, so his bottom teeth stick out a bit when he has his mouth closed. Rocky has eight years of experience as a family pet, and has plenty more years of love and companionship to offer! If you’re looking for a new pal, stop by the shelter soon to meet Rocky!

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Rocky is the cutest little thing

Stanley the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is still very much a puppy, one who could use lots of love and attention. I’ve been trying to take Stanley out for weeks, but he would always go hide in the indoor part of his kennel. I’m glad I was finally able to get to know him, because he did not disappoint. Although he can be a little difficult to get out of his kennel (Stanley seems like he has minimal to no experience with a leash), once he’s out he turns into the biggest sweetie.

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Stan the man

Stanley and I headed straight for the off-leash run, where he wanted to explore inside the bushes and find some shade. Instead, I took him over to the shady bench and he sat right next to me, resting his chin in my lap and enjoying getting my undivided attention. When we left the run, he found another shady spot in the grass and laid right by my feet so I could rub his belly. Stanley probably hasn’t had very many positive experiences in his short life thus far, but once he sees that someone is nice to him, he becomes a fast and lasting friend. Could Stanley be that friend for you? Come by soon to find out!

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Stanley just wants a cuddle buddy

Scotty the eight-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is much like little Rocky, in that they’re the same age and they both came from owners who could no longer take care of them. Scotty certainly seems like he knows just how to be a good pet: he’s housebroken, he walks nicely on the leash, he’s calm, and he enjoys being around people.

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Scotty enjoying a romp in the run

Scotty spent a few minutes just meandering around the off-leash run, but eventually came to me on his own and enjoyed getting a good scratch on the back. You’ll have to be okay with a little bit of doggy drool if you adopt Scotty, but he’s definitely worth it! This big boy doesn’t understand why he lost his first family, but he’s more than ready to enjoy the rest of his life with a new one. If you’re looking for an older, gentler dog who already knows what it takes to be a good pet, stop by the shelter and see if Scotty is the one for you!

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Scotty the sweetie

I also saw my girls Molly (who was a very good girl while getting a quick bath in the yard), Diamond, Lady, and Shasta, and my bestest boy Archie, who I just cannot say enough good things about.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Ready to Join a Furever Family

It was a busy day at Orphans of the Storm®, with some happy doggy adoptions! There are still plenty of pooches waiting for the right person to find them.

Coffey the seven-year-old black Labrador Retriever mix is a big, fluffy, affectionate boy looking for a nice family to join. Those of you who have been reading for a while now know that I love all of the older black Labs I meet at the shelter, and Coffey is no exception (though Coffey really isn’t even that old!). Coffey’s whole body was wiggling with excitement when he saw that he was going for a walk. He is a strong boy who can pull a bit on the leash at first, but after he gets a chance to stretch his legs he settles down and walks nicely.

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Coffey enjoying his walk

Coffey is a fan of both giving and receiving affection. You won’t want to stop petting him because he’s just so fluffy, and he will happily give you lots of doggy kisses in return. Coffey was friendly with everybody we came across and that tail was wagging pretty much the entire time. As I always say, a Lab is a Lab is a Lab–don’t let Black Dog Syndrome stop you from getting to know a wonderful dog! Come in soon to see if Coffey is the pooch for you.

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Coffey getting a nice drink of water

James the six-year-old Rottweiler/Shepherd mix was a little shy and unsure when he first came out to walk with me, but who can blame him? James came from an owner who lost their job and could no longer care for him, but James doesn’t understand that. He’s used to being in a home and has many years of experience as a loyal companion, so he’s more than ready to leave the shelter and settle into a new home with a new family.

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James sniffing through the hay and grass

James warmed up to me after just a few short minutes, though. He enjoyed exploring the off-leash run and walked pretty nicely on the leash when we took a stroll around the shelter grounds. Once he realized that I was just there to give him some attention, he gave me a few sweet doggy kisses and stayed by me while I scratched his neck and hips. James knows what it means to be a pet, so let him show you what a good boy he can be!

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James is a cutiepie

Jenny the seven-year-old Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler mix is pretty much everybody’s favorite dog at the shelter right now because she is so sweet, gentle, and easy-going. She is an absolute breeze to walk on a leash: when I stopped moving, she stopped right next to me; when I started walking again, she was right there by my side, step for step. I’ve met some good leash-walkers before, but Jenny just might take the crown.

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Jenny is so easy to walk on the leash

Jenny seems like she would enjoy the simple things in life. We found a shady spot in the grass where I sat down and she laid down next to me, resting her head against my leg and rolling onto her side so I could give her a belly rub. We probably could have stayed like that for the entire afternoon and both of us would have been happy. If you’re looking for a calm, sweet, laidback dog, look no further than Jenny!

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Jenny’s sweet face

Frisco the two-year-old Mountain Cur mix is the perfect combination of cute and fun. Frisco is the type of dog who almost always has a doggy grin on his face, because he’s just so happy all the time! He also has a beautiful brindle coat and an adorable face and ears. Frisco walks pretty well on the leash but was happy to explore the off-leash run.

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Frisco romping in the run

Frisco is a cuddly sort of guy. While we were in the off-leash run, he joined me on the bench, put his front paws in my lap, and proceeded to cover my face with doggy kisses. Frisco is also pretty friendly with other dogs. He met an older dog and a much smaller dog, and he was polite and gentle with both of them. Frisco is ready for a family to call his own–maybe that family is yours!

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A bird’s-eye view of Frisco in my lap

I was also first greeted at the shelter by Molly, who gave me a big doggy hug when she saw me. I tell you, if you’re looking for a dog who will be an excellent running buddy and the best fetcher you’ve ever seen, Molly is your girl.

On the other end of the activity spectrum is Archie, who is just the sweetest and gentlest and bestest and I would have taken him home with me weeks ago if I could! He’s a little on the skittish side (he was found as a stray, after all, so it’s hard to know how much human interaction he’s had), but once he knows you’re a good guy he will stay right by you and just enjoy getting the love and attention he deserves.

I also saw my buddy Javan, who is another great giver of doggy hugs and loves getting his neck and ears scratched while he does so. This is one snuggly pooch!

Brothers Wilbur and Rosco are also still looking for their furever home. Wilbur is my favorite dog at the shelter, and he knows it. He knows it so well, in fact, that he now refuses to go back to his kennel if I’m the one walking him because he knows I’m a softy and I’ll just keep him out longer. So sneaky! Rosco is great too–I just personally prefer couch potatoes, and Rosco loves to run! If you want to see what happiness looks like, take Rosco to the off-leash run and let him loose–the pure joy on his face while he runs some laps is the best. You could see that joy every day if you adopted him!

I also need to take a moment to talk about Gizmo. People see Gizmo jumping up and down in his kennel and hurry right past because they think he will be too much to handle. Au contraire! I walked Gizmo this week and he did such a good job walking on the leash. He’s all pent up in his kennel, but once he’s out and about he calms down in just a few short minutes and becomes a great walking buddy. Gizmo is also super affectionate. I knelt down next to him and he immediately started giving me doggy kisses. Gizmo is a perfect example of why it is so important to give the dogs a chance outside of their kennels. You may be pleasantly surprised!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Will Warm Your Heart

There are plenty of dogs at Orphans of the Storm® who are hoping that the warm weather brings out warm people with some extra space in their hearts and their homes!

Bear the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is quite the cutie. This guy is still a puppy in my book, and he certainly acts like it. He gets excited about pretty much everything and that tail of his is almost always wagging. We hurried our way over to the off-leash run and he had such a fun time running around and racing the dog on the other side of the fence. He even chased after a toy I threw, though he didn’t quite understand the concept that he was supposed to bring it back to me.

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Bear enjoying the fresh air

Bear just loves getting attention, and he particularly likes getting his hips scratched. He’ll turn his head all the way around and try to lick your hand while you pet him, all while doing a little happy dance. He gave me a couple of quick doggy kisses, but mostly he was interested in walking around and exploring. Bear would love to have a family who will take him on nice walks around the neighborhood every day. If that sounds like your kind of pooch, come in soon to meet Bear!

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Bear romping through the hay

Bo the eight-month-old Plott Hound mix is another puppy, but he acts a bit older than his age would suggest. He walked well on the leash and wasn’t overly excitable, though it was clear that he was having a good time being out and about. He was friendly with the dog on the other side of the fence, politely sniffing and then moving on. Bo could use a few good meals and extra treats to put some more meat on his bones.

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Bo is such a sweetie

Bo is almost like a cat with the way he rubs against people. When we got to the off-leash run, rather than running around he started rubbing against my leg until I leaned over to pet him. When I went to sit down on the bench, he followed and leaned against me some more. This is an affectionate pooch who just wants to be somebody’s companion. If you’re looking for a pup with all the right stuff, stop by the shelter and say hello to Bo!

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Bo could use some extra meat on his bones

Grover the two-year-old Irish Red and White Setter mix is probably one of the most handsome dogs at the shelter right now. He has a unique look with his white-and-red fur and curly tail, and he was definitely catching everyone’s eye when we went out for our walk. He was a little shy at first and not too sure about walking on the leash, but after a few minutes he got more comfortable and warmed up to me.

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Grover is such a handsome boy

Grover, once he was over his shyness, seemed to get along with everybody. A potential adopter stopped inside the off-leash run with us and Grover started following her around, waiting for her to turn around and pet him. When he saw that I sat down on the bench, he jumped up next to me and gave me some sweet doggy kisses while I scratched his neck. A dog with looks as good as Grover’s isn’t going to be at the shelter for very long, so come in soon and find out if he’s the one for you!

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Grover enjoying a nice scratch on the back

Nacho the five-year-old Chihuahua mix and Zorro the four-year-old Chihuahua mix are almost too precious for words, but I will do my best! These two little guys are so eager to greet everybody who stops by their kennel–they’ll stand up on their hind legs and almost look like they’re waving! Zorro may only have one eye, but that doesn’t slow him down in the slightest. They didn’t particularly like having the leashes put on over their heads, but we eventually made it outside and they walked just fine once they were used to the idea.

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Nacho has the cutest little face

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This is Zorro’s “I’m so happy you’re petting me!” face

Nacho and Zorro are both complete lap dogs who seem like they would rather be carried around (however, as tempting as it may be to just carry them everywhere, it’s always good to let even little dogs take regular walks!). In fact, I ended up carrying them both–one in each arm–on our way back to the kennel. Both of them were perfectly fine with being picked up by a stranger; they even gave me kisses! When I tried to put them back in their kennel, they kept jumping into my lap and making themselves comfortable.

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Nacho coming over to cuddle

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Zorro heading straight for my lap

Nacho and Zorro have grown up together and would love to be able to go to their new forever home together. They literally do everything together: they climbed into my lap together, they drank from the water bowl together–they even went potty at the exact same time, multiple times! Luckily, these two cuties are small enough that they can easily share one lap. If you’re looking for two snuggly additions to your family, definitely stop by to meet Nacho and Zorro!

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Nacho and Zorro do everything together

I also saw my furry friends Archie, Rosco and Wilbur, Dezzie, Emerald, Molly, Clint (who was on his way to the Pet Showcase at Northbrook Court!), Ryla, Shasta, and Topaz.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Give Hugs and Kisses

There are lots of new and wonderful dogs to choose from at Orphans of the Storm®! Which one will steal your heart?

Tucker the nine-month-old Mountain Cur mix is absolutely adorable. This little (big) pup doesn’t understand how he ended up at the shelter, so he was a little unsure of people at first. He also wasn’t too interested in wearing a leash–he’s a free spirit! His little tail was wagging, though, so he certainly would like to be outgoing eventually. He just has to learn that he can trust people first, and then he will be the most loyal companion.

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Tucker looking a little unsure about his new surroundings

Tucker enjoyed exploring the off-leash run on his own, but as soon as I put the leash back on, he was ready to spend some time getting to know me. After I pet him a few times and he realized I was one of the good guys, he gave me some friendly doggy kisses and decided that it was best to stay close to me. Stop by the shelter soon and give Tucker the chance to show you what a sweetie he can be!

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Tucker being more outgoing on his leash

Shasta the five-year-old Pointer mix (not to be confused with Shasta the Border Collie mix) is such a friendly girl. The first thing she did was give me a big doggy hug. She walked very well on the leash as we made our way to the run–but boy, once she was off the leash she was off and running! She did a few laps around the run before hopping up and joining me on the bench, where she gave my face a friendly sniff and then enjoyed getting some love and attention in the form of a good neck scratch.

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Shasta joining me on the bench for a nice pet

Shasta is most definitely a Pointer. Whenever she saw a bird land on the ground or on a lower branch of the bushes, she chased it down. She even went into that unique Pointer pose a couple of times. Shasta is also a very agile dog–she climbed up and over the agility bridge without anyone even asking her to. Shasta is a great combination of a dog who is happy to snuggle on the couch–after she gets her daily dose of fun! Come in soon to say hello to Shasta!

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Shasta looking majestic on the agility bridge

Sasha the ten-year-old miniature Australian Shepherd mix is, to quote Despicable Me, “SO FLUFFY!” She is just the cutest, fluffiest dog in the whole entire world–and, on top of that, she has the beautiful one blue eye/one brown eye combination. (That’s a trend at the shelter right now, it seems, with Elmo and Clint having the same thing!) Sasha walked really nicely on the leash, and she currently shares her kennel with another pooch, so she could go to a home with or without another dog.

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Sasha is SO FLUFFY!

Sasha is the epitome of a lapdog. I sat down on the bench to give her time to explore on her own, but she followed me right over there and rested her chin in my lap. I moved to sit on the ground and she climbed right into my lap and gave my chin lots and lots of doggy kisses. It seems like she would have been perfectly content to sit in my lap for the rest of the day! A cute, sweet, gentle, affectionate girl like Sasha won’t be at the shelter for long, so come in soon to meet her!

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Sasha’s pretty two-tone eyes

Roxy the four-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull Terrier mix ended up at Orphans of the Storm® because, unfortunately, her owner didn’t have the time to take care of her anymore. The good news is that she has years of experience as a family pet and is more than ready to get a second chance at a new forever home. Roxy was super excited to come out for a walk with me. She did pull on the leash a bit at first, but once she got the chance to run off some energy, she walked much nicer on the way back to her kennel.

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Roxy is such a pretty girl

Roxy is another dog who likes to give doggy hugs and kisses. Who could possibly say no to that face? Roxy has adorable ears that fly straight up into the air when she’s running, and a wrinkly forehead when she’s sniffing along the ground. She is a playful girl who would love to have a new owner that will give her the exercise and stimulation she needs. On your next visit to the shelter, be sure to say hi to Roxy!

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Roxy just wants to say hello!

Sheba the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is another puppy who isn’t quite sure what to make of being at the shelter, and therefore isn’t too sure about being taken out on the leash. We even had to pick her up and carry her through the gate to the off-leash run! All you have to do, though, is sit down on the ground and she will immediately come to you and curl up in your lap.

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Sheba enjoyed sprawling in the grass

Sheba is just the sweetest little thing. After she curled up in my lap and I pet her for a while, she lifted her head up to give me doggy kisses. She was perfectly content to lay in the grass and soak up the sun, as long as I was there next to her. She may not be too fond of walking on a leash at the moment, but show her that she can trust you and she will follow you anywhere! If you’re looking for an adorable companion, come in soon to see if Sheba fits the bill!

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Sheba coming in for a doggy kiss

I also saw plenty of my favorites, like Archie, Dezzie, Emerald, Hutch, Lady, Lucky, Mister, Shamrock, Tiger, Tom-Tom, Wilbur, and Winter.

This upcoming weekend is a big weekend for Orphans of the Storm®!

  • We will be participating at Angels with Tails/Gold Coast Adoption Walk on Oak Street and Michigan Avenue in Chicago this Sunday, May 18 from noon-4pm. You can volunteer to transport and show off some pooches, or just join us in the city to show your support!
  • Also on Sunday, May 18 from noon-3pm is the Christensen Animal Hospital Open House in Wilmette.
  • We will also have dogs (and cats) at the Pet Showcase at Northbrook Court all weekend long, and volunteers are always welcome to help there!

Lots of chances to help, and lots of chances for happy adoptions! Please check the Orphans of the Storm® Facebook page for more detailed information.