This Saturday, August 17, Orphans of the Storm® is again participating in the national Clear the Shelters initiative, in partnership with NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago. Orphans of the Storm® will be waiving adoption fees for dogs and cats over the age of 6 months. The waived fee includes a spay or neuter, but costs for final shots still apply.
If you’re planning on attending this Saturday, here are a few things to know:
- If you will be considering a new dog and there are other members of your household–human or canine–please bring them to the shelter! Your new pet will need to meet everyone to make sure it is a good fit.
- If you bring your current dog(s) with you to the shelter, please bring someone else to help you with them and don’t leave them in the car.
- If you are renting your home, bring your lease or rental agreement that shows you are allowed to have a pet.
- Please no fingers in the kennels–both for your safety and for the safety of the animals.
- Although the $90 adoption fee will be waived for all adult cats and dogs, the normal adoption process is in place and you will need to pay for the final veterinary care at the vet.
This year, Orphans of the Storm® is featuring 20 special dogs who are volunteer favorites. Their kennels will be specially marked, and you will be able to talk to volunteers who can tell you more about why they’re a favorite and why they should go home with you! In alphabetical order, this year’s featured dogs are:
- Big Boy the five-year-old Boxer mix. Big Boy arrived at the shelter with his mom, Mojo (see below), but they’ve been living in separate kennels for a while now, so Big Boy can either be adopted by himself or with Mojo. Big Boy loves being around people and is super snuggly. He enjoys climbing into laps and cuddling. Big Boy can be choosy when it comes to doggy friends, though he’s been participating in play groups more often and is getting more comfortable socializing. He can get a little bark-y and pull-y when he passes other dogs on leash, but otherwise is a good walking companion.
- Bo the eight-year-old Labrador Retriever mix. Bo is a snuggler. He’ll just plop down right next to you (or if you’re standing, he’ll lean against your legs) and look at you with the sweetest puppy-dog eyes. Bo participates in play groups, but lets us know right away if he doesn’t like a certain dog. He would probably be most comfortable as the only dog in his new home, or with a very mellow furry friend.
- Brutus the three-year-old Hound mix. Brutus is a super-dog! He participated in last year’s Top Dog Competition and mastered the agility course. He also attended obedience courses and knows his basic commands. Brutus is a high-energy dog looking for a playful home. He is currently sharing his kennel with another dog, and he is also a play group regular. Brutus could go to a home with or without another dog.
- Carlos the five-year-old Black-and-Tan Coonhound mix. Carlos is a big, strong boy who loves toys and is also happy to play dress-up! He cooperates very nicely when we put the dogs in costumes for holidays and special occasions. Carlos has a great time playing with certain doggy friends, but in general prefers the company of people to that of other dogs. Carlos would do best in an adult-only home.
- Cass the six-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix. Cass lived with another dog in his previous home, before his owner could no longer afford to take care of him. That means Cass has experience being a pet and could also go to a home with or without another dog. Cass can be a little strong when he first comes out his kennel, but settles into a nice walking buddy. He likes going to play group.
- Chevy the seven-year-old Terrier mix. Chevy is the smallest dog on this list, and he makes for a great lapdog! Chevy likes to cuddle and be held. He’s a little shy and nervous, so he’s looking for someone who can give him extra TLC and make sure he’s loved. Chevy was sharing his kennel with another dog when he first arrived at the shelter, and he has also participated in small-dog play groups. He doesn’t play much, but he doesn’t mind being around other dogs.
- Cheyenne (Shyanne) the six-year-old Hound mix. Cheyenne is a total sweetheart. Whenever I walk by her kennel, she sticks her front paw out so I can hold it. She also loves to give doggy hugs and get lots of pets. Cheyenne used to not be too fond of other dogs, but now she is a play group regular and gets along with just about everybody.
- Cocoa the three-year-old Labrador Retriever/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Cocoa got the nickname “crazy Cocoa” when she first arrived because she has so much playful energy. Cocoa loves toys (especially jolly balls) and loves playing with other dogs. She has a rambunctious play style, but has learned to tone it down when needed with calmer dogs. Cocoa graduated from Level 1 obedience classes and is part of the way through Level 2!
- Delilah the ten-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Delilah is a sweet, calm girl who enjoys taking it easy. She sometimes wants to nibble on the leash, but once she’s on the trail she prefers spending her time sniffing and enjoying the fresh air. Delilah likes having a toy nearby. She gets along with other dogs in play group but isn’t much of an active player. You can read more about why Delilah is a volunteer favorite here.
- Elijah the five-year-old Labrador Retriever/Mountain Cur mix. Elijah is another athlete who competed in the Top Dog Competition. Besides knowing how to do the agility course, Elijah also knows basic commands like “sit” and “paw” and is eager to learn more. Elijah enjoys playing with other dogs and is best friends with John Boy, who is currently his kennelmate. Elijah loves being with people and will happily snuggle with you. He would probably do best in an adult-only or teenaged children home.
- Huckleberry the two-year-old Hound mix. Huckleberry is our play group rockstar! He has yet to meet a dog he doesn’t like (and only one dog who didn’t like him back). Huckleberry would love to go to a home with another dog so he has a constant friend to play with. Huckleberry attended obedience classes and knows his basic commands. He is also super affectionate and loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses. He’s a tall, lanky boy, so getting a hug from him is basically like getting a hug from a human. Huckleberry is the sweetest and most fun!
- Lucy the eleven-year-old Boxer mix. Lucy is a sweet senior who still has plenty of spunk. She jumps up and down in excitement when she realizes it’s her turn to come out. She is a great, easy walking companion. Lucy attends play group, but is more of an observer and only plays on rare occasion. She can get a little grumpy when play gets too rowdy around her. Lucy would prefer to be the only dog in her new home so she can be spoiled for her golden years.
- Maggie the seven-year-old Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix. Maggie is a short and stocky girl, but she holds her own! She doesn’t mind playing rowdy with the big boys and gets along well with other dogs in play group. Maggie loves toys and always gets to bring one back to her kennel after a walk. But she also loves tearing out the stuffing when given the chance! Maggie is a super easy walking companion.
- Mojo the seven-year-old Boxer mix. Mojo arrived at the shelter with her son, Big Boy (see above), but they’ve been living in separate kennels for a while now, so Mojo could be adopted by herself or with Big Boy. Mojo is gentle and sweet. She’s a nice walking companion, though some days she doesn’t want to go too far and would rather lie next to you and get petted. Mojo attends play group and gets along with other dogs, but mostly sniffs hello and then keeps to herself.
- Polly the three-year-old Mountain Cur mix. Polly loves to play, either with people or with other dogs. She particularly likes fetch (with people) and tag (with dogs). She’s an affectionate girl who likes to give doggy hugs. Polly can pull a bit when she first comes out of her kennel, but settles into a nice yet fast-paced walking buddy. Polly is looking for a lifelong playmate!
- Sox the eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Sox is a sweetheart. She loves to give doggy kisses and will happily join you wherever you’re sitting. Sox also loves toys, especially stuffed ones, and will proudly carry one around or toss it in the air and chase after it. Sox attends play group but mostly keeps to herself, so she would probably be most comfortable as the only dog in her new home. Sox has had a few mammary tumors removed and will probably need future monitoring, but that doesn’t slow her down.
- Tiger the five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Tiger is the only featured dog I haven’t profiled yet! He’s such a volunteer favorite that he’s always one of the first ones to go out in the morning, so I haven’t gotten the chance to walk him myself yet. I did hold his leash for a few minutes when someone else had him out, and he treated me like a longtime friend and gave me lots of doggy kisses. Tiger absolutely loves being around people. He would do best as the only dog in his future home.
- Tom the three-year-old Labrador Retriever mix. Tom loves playing with toys and can entertain himself by playing fetch with himself. He’s an active dog looking for an active home. Tom has made some female doggy friends in play group, but he still isn’t too fond of most other males. He would probably do best as the only pet in his new home.
- Whizzer the eight-year-old Hound mix. Whizzer was the winner of the Top Dog Competition! He excels at agility. Whizzer also attended obedience classes and knows his basic commands. He absolutely loves toys and would probably have a toy in his mouth at all times if he could. Whizzer did a sleepover with another volunteer and was a great houseguest. He also got along with this volunteer’s dog. Whizzer attends play group and sometimes plays, sometimes just watches the action happening around him.
- Wombat the six-year-old Hound mix. Wombat would make a great walking or running companion for an active person. He does great on the leash and likes to move at a quick pace. Being a Hound, he also likes to sniff thoroughly. Wombat is a smart, happy boy. He would do best as the only dog in his new home.
Orphans of the Storm® is also featuring a special long-timer who has been at the shelter for 6+ years: Riley (Diamond) the eleven-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Riley was adopted out for several months a couple years ago, but returned due to her severe separation anxiety. Her new family will hopefully have someone at home the vast majority of the time, and be willing to train Riley to ease some of her anxiety. Riley has started to participate in play group more often, but would still prefer to be the only dog in her new home. She is also looking for an adult home.
Play group this week started off with Barney, Huckleberry, and Cocoa having a fun romp. Then we had Beatrix, Big Boy, Bo, Bruno, Cass, Cheyenne (Shyanne), Donny, Dunkin the Red, Elijah, Harper, John Boy, Mojo, Maggie, Polly, Quinn, and Roscoe, and not-yet-profiled dogs Al, Cheese, Cindy, Felix, Heath, Henry Hippo, Hunter, Kraken, Major, Onyx, Pixie, Red, Salem, Tex, Tiny, Val, Zane, and Zimma.
There are so many amazing dogs (and cats!) for you to meet this weekend. Please help us make this the most successful Clear the Shelters event yet!