Orphans of the Storm® Is Now Open!

Orphans of the Storm® is excited to announce that it has reopened to the public! However, there are new protocols and procedures in place to keep staff, volunteers, and potential adopters safe. Please read the following notes before visiting the shelter:

  • We are open by appointment only.
  • Appointments will be daily between noon and 3pm and last 45 minutes.
  • Walk-ins are not permitted and will be turned away.
  • Only 2 people per party are permitted inside the shelter at a time.
  • Minors must not be left unattended, so please plan accordingly.
  • Please leave your pets at home.
  • Masks must be worn at all times. Entry will not be granted without a mask.
  • Contactless temperature checks will be performed on all entrants.

To make an appointment for either dog adoption or cat adoption, please call 847-945-0235.

And here are some of the new dogs who are eager to meet you!

Tom Hanks the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix already has a large fan club, and volunteers have only been back for one week! Everyone who has had the opportunity to walk him has fallen in love with this super sweet boy. Tom Hanks will be happy to join his future family out in the yard, where he can loll around in a sunny spot in the grass and keep you company while you read, garden, or play outside. He especially enjoys belly rubs and will lay by your side so you can continue to pet him.

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Tom Hanks is such a happy boy

Tom Hanks walks nicely on the leash and does well wearing a harness for walks. He was very patient with me while I learned to put his harness on correctly. He’s very attentive to his person and was happy to pause several times on our way around the trail to get more pets and snuggles. Tom Hanks only pulls on the leash when he sees some dogs, but some dogs he doesn’t give a second glance. He regularly attends play group and enjoys the company of calmer, gentler dogs. Come in soon to meet Tom Hanks!

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Tom Hanks wondering why I stopped rubbing his belly

Colossus the five-year-old Bloodhound mix is a big, strong boy who likes to stay active. He may bay inside his kennel to get your attention, but he’s very quiet once he’s out and about. The only sound he made when we were on our walk was when he whined at me to keep moving (I had stopped him to take a few photos). Colossus definitely enjoys his walks and keeps his nose to the ground to follow scents. He moves at a quick pace but does well with a front-clip harness.

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Colossus says, “Follow me!”

Colossus would love to have a fenced-in yard to call his own. He had a fun time romping around the Enrichment Park and didn’t want to leave. Colossus tolerates other dogs his size or larger, but may be too much for smaller dogs. He also is not a fan of cats and is looking for a cat-free home. Colossus could go to a home with older children and would make a loyal family dog. Be sure to say hello to Colossus on your next visit to the shelter!

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You’ll have to be okay with a bit of drool if you bring Colossus home!

Paladin the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix gets super excited when it’s his turn to come out of the kennel, but settles down nicely and just wants to snuggle and give kisses. When I sat down on a bench, he first put his front paws in my lap so I could scratch his sides and then he hopped up onto the bench next to me to cover my face in doggy kisses. He wasn’t too interested in toys on this particular outing and mostly just wanted to stay close to me when we were in the off-leash run.

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Paladin waiting for me to join him on the bench

Paladin is a great walking companion when he’s wearing a front-clip harness and walks at an easy pace, but can pull a bit when using a regular collar. He likes dogs, so he gets excited when passing by other dogs and wants to run over to say hello. In fact, Paladin has made lots of doggy friends in play group. He’s high-energy and loves the more rough-and-tumble kind of play. If you’re looking for a sweet and playful pooch, come in soon to meet Paladin!

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Paladin is a handsome boy

Turner the seven-year-old American Bulldog mix is such a happy boy. He constantly looks like he’s smiling and the expression on his big, wide face makes it impossible for people to not smile back! Turner will happily stay by your side as long as you keep petting him. He particularly likes getting his sides scratched, with his tail wagging all the while.

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Turner smiling for the camera

Turner is a very easy walking buddy. He doesn’t pull on the leash at all, and goes at a more meandering pace with the occasional stop to sniff. Turner is a play group rock star and helps socialize new dogs to teach them how to play properly, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. He could also go to a home with children over 10. Stop in soon to say hello to Turner!

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Turner enjoying the outdoors

Jed the seven-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound mix is a mellow guy. He spent the first few minutes in the off-leash run just sniffing around, but eventually came over to me for some pets. He especially likes hip scratches and chin scratches. Jed walks nicely on a front-clip harness and moves at an even pace. Being a Hound, though, he does like to stop and snuffle around.

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Jed in his element among the trees

Jed and I walked all the way around the woodland preserve trail at a socially distant 6 feet away from another dog and volunteer, and Jed has no problems walking with other dogs. He doesn’t pay much attention to them at all, actually. Jed attends play group but prefers being with calmer, mellower dogs like himself and is happy to do his own thing rather than engage in play. Jed could go to a home with children over 10, and is looking for a cat-free home. Be sure to say hello to Jed on your next visit to the shelter!

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Jed has the sweetest Hound eyes

Pinky the four-year-old Pit Bull Terrier/Dalmatian mix is deaf, but I didn’t know that until after I walked her and I couldn’t tell a difference! Pinky acts like any other dog, but is looking for a special home that will learn to train her with non-verbal commands and make other adjustments to keep a deaf dog happy and safe. Pinky is super snuggly and will enthusiastically climb into your lap at any opportunity she gets.

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Pinky enjoying the plants

Pinky walks nicely on the leash and is happy to stop along the way for more cuddling and doggy kisses. She also enjoys bounding into tall grasses and rolling around on her back. When we were in the Enrichment Park, all Pinky wanted to do was stay close to me and get more pets. She wiggles happily and turns her head around to lick your hands while you scratch her sides. If you’re interested in giving Pinky the special home she needs, be sure to stop by the shelter soon to meet her!

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Pinky showing off her spots in the sunshine

And remember that we have many dogs in foster homes right now, so not all dogs available for adoption are on-site at the shelter. Please see the full list of adoptable dogs on the Orphans of the Storm® website, and the “Location” field on each dog’s page will say whether they are at the shelter or in a foster home.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Have Holiday Hope

Today and tomorrow (December 13-14), Orphans of the Storm® is participating in the BISSELL Pet Foundation Empty the Shelters Holiday Hope event. Adoption fees will be waived for dogs and cats 6 months and older. If you’ve been debating bringing home a new furry family member before the holidays, now is the perfect time!

Rooster the one-year-old Mountain Cur mix is always super excited when he realizes it’s his turn to come out for a walk. He gave me several thankful doggy hugs once he was out of his kennel (and a few nibbles on my fingers, but he is still a puppy after all). Rooster had a great time expending his energy by romping around the Enrichment Park, chasing after toys, and racing a dog on the other side of the fence.

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Rooster leading the way on our walk

Rooster settles down nicely for walks, though. He’s an easy (but quick-paced) walking companion. Rooster also joined me on the bench and gave me lots of gentle doggy kisses. He is definitely a cuddler. Rooster gets excited when he passes other dogs on walks, but that’s because he loves playing with his doggy friends in play group. If you’re looking for a happy and playful puppy, come in soon to meet Rooster!

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Rooster coming over for a snuggle

Poochie the two-year-old American Bulldog mix is going to be a loyal companion to his new person, because he is so attentive! When I was walking him on the leash, he would look up and check in with me often, as if he were saying, “This is okay? We’re on the same page, right?” And we always were! Poochie is a great walking buddy and very well-mannered.

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Poochie has a super-cute face

Poochie enjoyed exploring around the off-leash run but came back to me often. He particularly likes getting his back and hips scratched, but any attention is welcome. Poochie is a play group regular and enjoys being with the other dogs. He’s made a couple doggy friends who he especially likes to romp around with. Poochie is a super handsome boy. Be sure to say hello to Poochie on your next visit to the shelter!

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Poochie liked these long grasses

Carlos the two-year-old American Bulldog mix will immediately put a smile on your face, and that smile will only grow the longer you spend with him. He is so happy, silly, and snuggly. Carlos loves to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses–but he can jump up pretty high in the process, so watch out that he doesn’t boop your nose. Carlos is one of the few dogs I’ve seen who will turn down a treat and give the person doggy kisses instead. He particularly likes getting his hips scratched and will lean so far into you that he almost topples over.

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Carlos is basically a giant puppy

Carlos loves playing with toys. Tennis balls, rubber balls, stuffed toys–whatever happens to get his attention. He’ll happily carry them in his mouth while he runs around the yard, takes a walk, or gets pet. On walks, Carlos prefers running to walking and can pull a bit if you’re not keeping up with him. Carlos gets along great with other dogs (though some bigger males aren’t as fond of him) and is a play group regular. Come in soon to see if Carlos is the dog for you!

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I didn’t get a single picture of Carlos without a toy

Einstein the four-year-old German Shepherd mix is a smart boy, as his breed is known to be. He already knows “sit” and “shake” and maybe even more–and if he doesn’t know it yet, he’ll be eager to learn! Einstein likes to lead the way on walks but doesn’t pull too much. He was also fine with taking the occasional break to get some pets.

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Einstein is very dapper

Einstein is pretty new to the shelter, so he was a little anxious when we were out and spent most of his time in the Enrichment Park standing by the gate and watching who walked by. He did eventually run back and forth a couple times to expel some of his energy and had a doggy smile on his face while he did so. If you’re a German Shepherd fan, come by the shelter soon to meet Einstein!

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Einstein says, “Hello there!”

I also saw Peanut and Red, and played with not-yet-profiled puppy Ruby (who loves to get belly rubs and is very nice about letting go of toys when you ask her to).

Most play groups were cancelled this week due to the cold weather, but I was able to get in some extra walks with Barney, Jupiter, Polly (who is attending weekly obedience classes and already graduated to Level 2), and Turbo.

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Reminder: The Orphans of the Storm® Annual Benefit Dinner is fast approaching–April 22 at 5:30pm! I hope to see you there!

Tina the three-year-old Border Collie mix isn’t quite ready for adoption yet, but she–like Tyler–is sure to have lots of people asking about her. What a gorgeous girl! Tina had a kennelmate who has since been adopted, so we know that she gets along well with other dogs and could therefore go into a home with or without another four-legged friend.

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Tina walking over to say hi

Tina seemed to be a little shy when we first got to the off-leash run, and was just enjoying being out in the sun and getting to sniff and explore. That fluffy fur of hers is just too soft to not pet, though, and Tina started to warm up and let me scratch the top of her head. If you think Tina might be the pooch for you, stay in touch with the shelter to learn when she’ll be ready to go to her new forever home.

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Tina sniffing in the hay

Maya the four-year-old Alaskan Malamute mix is, like the rest of the Huskies/Malamutes I’ve written about (like Akiva!), one of the prettiest dogs at the shelter. One look at that face, and you know you’re looking at a great dog. Maya is both athletic and playful, so she would enjoy going to a home where her people have the same traits.

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Maya is one good-looking dog!

Maya seemed to prefer the purple plush squeaky toy over a regular tennis ball, and happily chased after it when I threw it across the run for her. She liked investigating under and behind the bushes, but would always come back for a nice scratch on the back. Her soft fur will make her a great cuddle buddy! Is Maya’s future home with you?

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Maya loves to play

Bailey the two-year-old Pointer mix (not to be confused with the other Bailey, who is still eagerly looking for her new home too!) might just be one of my new favorites. She was pretty shy at first, always keeping a couple feet of distance between us when we were inside the run. She let me put her leash back on, though, and after we had been walking together she started to show just how sweet she is.

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Bailey being attentive

Bailey is a pleasure to walk. She’s happiest right by your side, or just a little bit in front, but doesn’t pull on the leash at all. When I knelt down next to her, she tentatively sniffed me and then decided that I was worthy of some nice doggy kisses on my chin. After that, she stayed next to me and enjoyed getting her chin scratched. Bailey may be a little slow to open up, but once she does, you know you have found a loyal friend.

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Bailey is such a pretty girl

Buster the one-year-old silver Labrador Retriever mix is another dog who isn’t quite ready to go home yet (sorry!) but will surely be adopted quickly once he is. He’s the perfect Lab: friendly, happy, and playful, with a constantly-wagging tail. He’s a pretty big boy, especially for just being a year old, and can be pretty strong when he first gets out of his kennel. Once he has the opportunity to stretch his legs, though, he’s a good walking buddy.

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Buster putting that nose to use

Buster likes everybody, from people to little Chihuahuas and everyone in between. He wants to get his nose into everything and will cover you in doggy kisses if you give him the chance. This happy-go-lucky guy will be even happier once he’s in a home of his own, with a new loving family. If you’re looking for a Lab, keep an eye on Buster!

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Buster is always so happy

Ty the nine-year-old Labrador Retriever/Bulldog mix could really use some cheering up right now. For reasons I can’t even begin to understand, his family didn’t want him anymore. How could that be? Ty is one of the gentlest dogs I’ve walked at the shelter. This is partially due to his age, but also due to his sweet personality.

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Ty being a great walking buddy

Unlike most of the other dogs I’ve written about today, Ty doesn’t need a whole lot of activity to keep him happy. A nice walk around the neighborhood a couple times a day would be appreciated, but he doesn’t need to be jumping through hoops or anything like that. Ty would gladly join you for some relaxing time in front of the TV, as long as you’re scratching his cute ears. Give Ty a reason to wag his tail by welcoming him into your family!

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Ty would be much happier with a new family that loves him!

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Wow in Highland Park

On this gorgeous Sunday afternoon, Orphans of the Storm® dogs were attracting people of all ages to come visit their booth in downtown Highland Park. There were plenty of dogs–and three kittens!–for potential adopters to meet. Two different families seemed very interested in adopting while I was there–so let’s keep our fingers crossed that all of these dogs find their new forever homes soon!

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Look at the crowd getting to know the cats and dogs of Orphans of the Storm®!

The first dog I saw when I arrived was Colt, a handsome three-year-old black Labrador Retriever/Shepherd mix. What a lovebug! He was ready to cover my face and hands in doggy kisses as soon as I walked up. When I knelt down to his level, he put his front paws in my lap so he could snuggle. Colt currently has a kennelmate (who I’ll talk about a little later), and he’s a very friendly guy, so he would do well in a home with another dog. Or he would be happy to be the center of your attention!

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Colt cooling off by the wading pool

Next was Lady, a six-year-old American Bulldog mix. Lady is also very affectionate and gave me some kisses when I came to  say hello. She already knows some basic commands (one volunteer walked by with a treat for a different dog, but Lady sat right down and of course she had to get the treat for being such a good girl!) and would be happy to learn more. She was friendly with all of the dogs and people at the event, so she too could go to a home with another dog. The volunteers all told me what a sweet, lovable girl she is. If you’re looking for an older dog, Lady might be the one for you!

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Lady, ready for her closeup

I also spent some time with Suki, a seven-year-old Rat Terrier mix. Suki was probably the calmest dog at the event, but still enjoyed getting attention from the volunteers and visitors. She’s a cute little dog with a cute little tail that was wagging almost all the time. Suki was doing a very good job of selling herself to a family that was at the event. The two sons were using some pretty good persuasion skills on their parents (including the ever-popular “But look at that face!!!”). We’ll have to wait and see how it turned out!

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Suki in the middle of a group of volunteers

Another small dog at the event was Jelly Bean, a six-year-old Brussels Griffon mix. That’s not the most common breed you see in a shelter, but Jelly Bean is quite the cutie! A little Yorkie walked by, and since it was about the same size as Jelly Bean, the two of them had a great time together. It’s hard to resist a face like Jelly Bean’s. It’s also very hard to stop petting her, because that fur is so soft! It will probably be even softer after she gets a nice bath. You’ll want to cuddle with her all day.

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Jelly Bean being a cutie

Colt’s kennelmate Roo was also working the crowd. Roo is a six-month-old Husky mix–just a little puppy who would benefit from being adopted soon. He has one of the cutest faces I’ve ever seen, and very expressive ears. He’s already learning how to sit on command, though he sometimes gets excited by the treat and jumps up. Who can blame him? But he’s a smart guy who will learn quickly. If your family is looking for a puppy to bring home, visit Roo at the shelter.

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Roo showing off his sitting skills

Another puppy I met today was Jackie O. She just arrived at Orphans of the Storm® yesterday, so she isn’t even on the website yet! Jackie O is a nine-month-old black Labrador Retriever mix–but she’s very petite. Her body seems to fit her paws, so she probably isn’t going to grow much bigger than her current size, if at all. She’ll be able to fit in your lap with no problem! This sweet girl will bond quickly with whoever is lucky enough to adopt her. She was already bonding with the two volunteers who were taking care of her today, so it’s clear that she will make a loyal and devoted pet, as Labs are known to be.

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Jackie O enjoying her seat on the bench

And last, but certainly not least, is my old friend Clay, the two-year-old Chihuahua mix. All this guy wants to do is play with other dogs! Every time one of his shelter friends came by, he would go into a play bow. When other dogs would walk by on the sidewalk, Clay would bark excitedly. You can read more about Clay in my earlier post from when I met him at the shelter–but if you’re looking for a playful four-legged friend, Clay is a good choice!

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Clay loves getting his back scratched

Also, don’t forget that kitten season is in full swing! There were three adorable kittens in Highland Park also, and there are more waiting at the shelter. If you’re looking for an older cat, don’t worry–Orphans of the Storm® has plenty!

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The three adorable kittens waiting for their forever home

Three upcoming event reminders:

  1. Wine, Bark & Meow Part IIThursday, August 9 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The first wine tasting event at Cellar Gate in Highwood was such a success, we’re having another! This week’s will feature Mediterranean wines. Cost: $25/person
  2. Dog Cooling Station at the Glen Town Art FairSaturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, all day. If you’re thinking about attending the Glen Town Art Fair in Glenview, and thinking about bringing your dog, the cooling station will be there so your dogs can have a nice drink and splash in a wading pool. Adoption information will be provided. Cost: free!
  3. Pooch Parade 2012Saturday, August 18 at 9am. Help raise money for Orphans of the Storm® and show off your pooch during the 2-mile charity walk at Jaycee Memorial Park in Deerfield. Prizes will be available! Cost: $20 donation per dog

We hope to see you around!