Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Want You to Book an Appointment

Orphans of the Storm® is still open just by appointment only, but you are now able to book appointments online directly on our website! You can still call 847-945-0235 to schedule an appointment as well. Don’t delay, there are so many sweet and snuggly dogs ready to meet you!

Ozzie the four-year-old Labrador Retriever/Hound mix is a smart, gentle boy who also has a playful streak. Being a retriever, he is excellent at playing fetch and especially loves tennis balls. He can catch the ball in midair and brings it right back to drop at your feet. He isn’t pushy about playing fetch, though–if you don’t throw it right away, he’s content to snuggle instead. But as soon as you pick up the ball again, he is ready to play!

Ozzie is very photogenic

Ozzie already has some good manners. When he comes to the gate at the entrance to the shelter’s walking trail, he sits nicely without being asked while he waits for you to open it. Ozzie is super snuggly and loves to lean against you while you pet him, especially if you’re scratching his favorite spot on his hip. He is an excellent walking companion and does great on the leash. Ozzie gets along well with other dogs and attends play group, so he could go to a home with or without another dog. Ozzie would also prefer an adult-only home. Come in soon to see if Ozzie is the pooch for you!

Ozzie enjoying his tennis ball and the shade

Mr. Brightside the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a serious chonk who will make you smile just by being in your presence. He loves being with people and has done great at offsite events where he had the opportunity to make lots of new friends. But his absolute favorite things are toys! Mr. Brightside heads straight to the toy bin before every walk and literally climbs inside, snuffling around for the perfect toy (or toys) to carry with him on the trail.

Mr. Brightside has the cutest wrinkly forehead

You might think Mr. Brightside would be distracted and want to play instead of walk, but having a toy in his mouth actually makes him a super easy walking buddy! He lumbers along and only stops occasionally to adjust how he’s holding his toy. He can sometimes destroy stuffed animal toys, so would do best with sturdier options in his new home. Mr. Brightside is looking for a home where he can be the only pet and get all of your love and attention. This big boy will give you plenty in return! Come in soon to meet Mr. Brightside!

Mr. Brightside proudly showing off his toy

Princess Peach the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is all about comfort—as a princess should be! She loves to create her own bed in the yard by digging in the dirt until she gets down to the cool part, then curls up and settles in. You may want to set aside a shady part of your garden where you won’t mind her digging! Princess Peach also likes to stretch out on cool concrete during hot afternoons and get belly rubs.

Princess Peach was very happy with her hole

When she isn’t lounging, Princess Peach is the perfect walking buddy. She often looks up at whoever is holding the other end of the leash and wags her tail to let you know she’s having a good time. Princess Peach is very snuggly and likes to give doggy kisses. And she doesn’t only like people—she’s happy to spend time with other dogs, too. She regularly participates in play group and has a long list of doggy friends, so she could go to a home with or without another dog. Schedule an appointment soon to meet Princess Peach!

Princess Peach will be a great #TongueOutTuesday participant

I also got a quick but affectionate hello from the not-yet-profiled Mama Mae.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Want to Spring into a New Home

With the weather getting warmer, now is a great time to adopt a dog from Orphans of the Storm® who will join you on nice walks and quality time in the yard!

Sugar the five-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is ready to be your companion for outdoor activities. She loves going for walks and prefers to lead the way by keeping a brisk pace, so she may do better with a harness. Sugar also likes to spend time in the yard, where she sometimes is interested in playing with toys but sometimes gets distracted by everything else going on around her. Sugar is as sweet as her name implies–she loves to cuddle and will give doggy hugs and kisses. She joined me on the bench and especially likes getting her sides and chest scratched.

Sugar is always smiling

Sugar is working on her doggy socialization skills in play group and has made a couple doggy friends, but for now she is looking to be the only pet in her new home. She also gets overexcited when she’s in the yard and sees another dog walk by, and she may try to jump over the fence–so if Sugar goes to a home with a fenced-in yard, she’ll need to be closely supervised or kept on a leash. Sugar already knows some commands, like “sit” and “paw,” and would be eager to learn more. She loves treats! Make an appointment at the shelter soon to meet Sugar!

Sugar enjoying the sunshine

Amber the one-year-old Shepherd mix is super smart and very treat-motivated. She already knows “sit,” sometimes comes when called, and will do an almost perfect heel with 100% attention on you if she thinks you have a treat. She’ll poke at your hands and pockets if she thinks you’re holding out on her! But when you show her you have no more treats, she’s happy to lead the way on walks and get snuggles. Amber is just barely out of puppyhood, so she still needs to learn that not everyone likes to get doggy hugs. But if you do like doggy hugs, Amber is your girl.

Amber has the happiest smile

Amber likes spending time in the yard and enjoys following her nose around to explore. She poked her nose in the toy bin and found a stuffed squeaky that she liked and carried around for a bit. Amber isn’t a fan of other dogs, so she’s looking for a home where she can be the only one. She loves people, though, and greeted everyone we passed during our walk with a wagging tail and a lick on the hand. If you’re looking for a young, active dog to keep you always entertained, come in soon to meet Amber!

Amber doing what she does best: doggy hugs

Fox the three-year-old Hound mix gets off to an energetic start when he first comes out of his kennel, but he slows down the longer he’s out and about. He is truly in his element on the trail–his nose leads the way, and he loves poking around in the bushes and taller grasses to find all of the most interesting smells. If you like visiting forest preserves and other outdoor areas, Fox would love to join you!

Fox is so handsome

Fox also understands the importance of cuddling and is happy to take a break from his exploring to get some pets. He especially likes getting his hips scratched and will start leaning towards whichever side you’re scratching. He joined me on the bench a few times and gave me some doggy kisses. Fox can be friends with pretty much anybody. He has a long list of doggy friends that he likes playing with during play group, so he could go to a home with another dog. He could also go to a home with cats and children 10 or older. If you’re looking for a family pooch, come by the shelter to meet Fox!

Fox eager to be on the trail

Stewie the four-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix has the prettiest blue eyes that especially stand out against his white fur. He loves to be close to people and wants to greet everyone with a doggy hug, and he’ll happily continue to stand up on his hind legs while you scratch his neck and chest. Stewie gives lots of doggy kisses and snuffles around your face and ears, and either joined me on the bench and leaned against me or put his front paws in my lap when I sat down. He sometimes jumps up on you when he gets excited, but he settled down the longer we were out, so he’ll probably be mellower once he’s comfortable in his forever home.

Stewie about to jump up for a doggy hug

Stewie is a known fence-jumper, even if a person is in the yard with him, so he will need to be closely supervised or kept on a leash if he goes to a home with a fenced-in yard. Stewie enjoys participating in play group and has made several doggy friends, so he could go to a home with or without another dog–but he would probably do best with a dog that has the same energy level as him. If you’re looking for a sweet and playful guy, visit the shelter soon to meet Stewie!

Stewie says, “Whee!”

I also saw Reina.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Who Found Their Forever Homes, Part XXV

We love our Orphans of the Storm® success stories! Sandy was adopted from the shelter last September, and this is what her new family has to share.

We just wanted to write & say thank you for all you do at your organization. We were rescued by Lucky (shy Sandy) in September and she has been such an incredible addition to our family. Our sweet older rescue dog is in his later years and we knew he needed a friend. We looked for months and the second we saw Lucky, we knew she was the one.

She was so scared when we first brought her home that we had to carry her outside to go potty and hand-feed her in her bed. Now, that same sweet dog is full of love for her furry brother and for her human brother and sister. She gives kisses all day, runs crazy laps through the yard, and has found her voice. She loves to snuggle and her favorite treat is carrots.

She used to be scared on walks and at the dog park, and now those are her favorite activities. She refuses to go anywhere without her furry brother–she won’t get into the car or go on walks without him. We are so truly Lucky.

Thank you so much. From Ross, Christine, Isla, Tres, Bubba & Lucky

Thank you for sharing Lucky’s story with us!

If you would like to have your own Orphans of the Storm® adoption success story here on the dog blog, please email meetthepooches@gmail.com.

Orphans of the Storm® Dogs Want to Stay Home With You

Orphans of the Storm® is closely following the COVID-19 situation and has made the difficult, but educated decision to close to the public until further notice. Although the staff and foster families will be here to take care of our animals while we wait to reopen, adoptions and fosters will be put on hold during this time.

You can still get to know the dogs here, so you know who you’ll want to meet when we reopen!

Clara the one-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix has plenty of enthusiastic puppy energy. She loves toys (particularly stuffed squeakies) but should be supervised when she’s playing with them, because she also loves tearing them apart and taking the squeaker out. Her future family will probably want to invest in more durable options! Clara’s favorite thing is to be around people, and she doesn’t seem to mind getting pet while she’s chewing on her toys.

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Clara PBT 2

Clara’s big ears better allow her to better hear how wonderful she is

Clara likes to walk at a quick pace and can sometimes pull on the leash to get where she wants to go. But since she’s barely out of puppyhood, she just needs some more practice and guidance on proper leash-walking etiquette. Clara can also get excited when she passes other dogs on the leash. Her energy is a little much for some dogs, but she does participate in play groups and has a select number of doggy friends that she enjoys playing with. If you’re looking for a playful pup, be sure to meet Clara on your next visit to the shelter!

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Clara PBT 1

Clara was in love with this snake toy

Cleo the eight-month-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a little goofball. She spins in excited circles while you scratch her sides and back and makes happy snorting noises. Since she’s still a puppy, she sometimes gets so excited that she starts nibbling on fingers. She’s a quick learner, though, and calms down as soon as you turn your back to her. Cleo also likes to give doggy hugs and doggy kisses. She has participated in a few play groups so far and seems to do well with the other dogs.

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Cleo PBT 2

How can you not love Cleo’s squishy, wrinkly face?

Cleo alternates between being a good walking companion and thinking the leash is a tug toy. If she gets distracted with sniffing scents or holding a toy, then she doesn’t mind the leash. She just needs a little more training! One important note about Cleo is that she is allergic to chicken, so her new family will need to be careful with the food and treats they give her. Cleo was an owner surrender, so she has at least a little bit of experience living in a home and is ready to join a new forever family. If you think that might be yours, come in soon to meet Cleo!

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Cleo PBT 1

Cleo is too adorable

Endor the two-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix is a little cutie. He likes to give doggy hugs and loves getting pets and attention. Endor isn’t shy at all and happily greets new people who happen to walk by–and is even happier when they kneel down to his level for snuggles. Endor walks pretty well on the leash. He rarely pulls and mostly stayed just a step or two ahead of me.

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Endor 1

Endor being a good walking buddy

Endor had a fun time exploring the off-leash run. When he was done, he hopped up next to me on the bench so he could get more pets. He quietly and politely watched as other dogs walked by. Endor participates in play group and likes to play rough-and-tumble with the other energetic dogs, so he has the potential to go home with another dog. Stop by the shelter soon to meet cute Endor!

Orphans of the Storm Dogs: Endor 2

Endor would enjoy a yard to call his own

I also saw Bison.