Don’t forget: This Saturday, July 23 is the day to Clear the Shelters at Orphans of the Storm® and other animal shelters all around the country. Orphans of the Storm® was featured on the NBC 5 Chicago news to help promote the event! The $90 adoption fee for animals 5 months and older will be waived; other fees may still apply.

Adopting a shelter pet is always a good deed, but adopting a long-timer is extra-good! Here are some of the shelter’s dogs who have been waiting more than their fair share for a new home, which they will hopefully find this weekend:

  • Bella – senior who loves to snuggle
  • Blush – loves toys, treats, and walks
  • Clarinet – playful cuddler
  • Diamond – volunteer favorite
  • Fred – very affectionate
  • Gypsy – lots of personality in a small body
  • Honey Lamb – lots of energy and lots of love
  • O’Shea – likes to play
  • Puggie – senior looking for companionship
  • Roxy – knows how to be a great pet
  • Scotty – calm, gentle, super sweet
  • Thunder – loves a good hip scratch
  • Trixie – one of the best fetchers there is
  • Weezie – gentle and affectionate senior
  • Willow – cute and spunky
  • Zoey – fully trained (sit, stay, roll over, etc.)

And here are some newer dogs who will also be eager to meet you on Saturday!

Mila the five-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix came to the shelter with heartworm, but she’s finished her treatment and now she’s ready to go home. Volunteers have come to know her well and often walk her around the woodland preserve. She walks nicely on the leash and enjoys the occasional stop to sniff around. Mila has pretty coloring and fluffier fur than most Cattle Dogs I’ve met.

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Mila 1

Mila keeping an eye on things

Mila spent most of her time following her nose and exploring underneath the bushes while we were in the off-leash run. She politely sniffed the dog on the other side of the fence but otherwise didn’t pay it much attention. She stopped by my side every once in a while for a pat on the back or a scratch behind the ears. Mila would do best in an adults-only home. If you think that home might be yours, come in soon to meet Mila!

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Mila 2

Mila’s sweet face

Mona the three-year-old Greyhound/Labrador Retriever mix is the absolute sweetest. As soon as I took her out of her kennel, she jumped up and literally hugged me with her front paws, as if she was saying, “Thank you for taking me out. Please bring me home with you. I love you already!” We couldn’t even walk for a while, because every time I tried to move, Mona would keep clinging to me. I assured her she would be just fine.

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Mona Greyhound 1

Mona won’t stray far from your side

Mona is super snuggly and affectionate. We eventually made our way to a shady spot in the grass and Mona rolled over for a belly rub, half in my lap and half on the ground. She licked my arm while I pet her. Later, she fully climbed into my lap and gave me lots of doggy kisses. It was a little heartbreaking to put her back in her kennel because she started clinging to me again, but I know a dog as sweet as her will be adopted soon. Be sure to say hi to Mona on your next visit!

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Mona Greyhound 2

Mona is a sweetie

Krystal the four-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix is a friendly girl. She gave my hand a quick lick when she first got out of her kennel, and then we were on our way. We took a walk around the woodland preserve, where Krystal had a great time sniffing her way through all of the plants. She was more of a meanderer for the first half, and then picked up the pace for the second half, but was a good leash-walker the whole time.

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Krystal 1

Krystal says, “Hi there!”

Krystal likes to give doggy kisses. Whenever I knelt down to take her picture, she would come right over to me. She seems like she might like other dogs, but we always say it’s best for you to bring your current dog(s) to meet any potential new family members, to make sure. Krystal has beautiful blue-gray coloring that will catch your eye as you make your way through the shelter. Stop in soon to meet Krystal!

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Krystal 2

Krystal enjoying the summer sun

I also saw CoalLucky, Merlin, and Windy.

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