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A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel." ( The godly are concerned for the welfare of their animals.)
  - Proverbs 2:10                  

   "Even the  animals...know their owner and appreciate his care."  - Isaiah 1:3



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Second Chance, A Tale 
of Two Puppies

Author:  Judy Mansrud
Illustrator:  Cathy Pool

*Read our review and how to buy the book on our
RESOURCES page.  Just click on the icon at the top.



   For your free booklet: 
How Not to Buy a Puppy, printed by the Humane Society, please e-mail our staff.


   Dog or cat driving you crazy?  Go to  and check out their many information sheets with solutions on common dog and cat behavior issues.  Click on our RESOURCES page for more information.


   Start a Neighborhood
Watch for Animals
program.  Go to our RESOURCES page to find 
out how from the Humane Society.


   Order the booklet "Searching for Your Lost Dog" by contacting the WI Border Collie Rescue.  Go to our RESOURCES PAGE and see Sandy Faut's story from her column "The Buddy Beat" (Daily Herald) on losing a dog.


There are many deplorable and shockingly cruel things happening to dogs every day.  Yet, countless volunteers are doing everything they can to rescue and find homes for dogs.  They are indeed ascribing to the following:

"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."

           -Romans 12:21

Whatever way you can make a contribution to the effort to save more un- wanted pets will also be helping to over come evil
  with good.

"Commit to the Lord what ever you do, and your plans will succeed."

            -Proverbs 16:3

"God is able to  accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to hope or ask."

           -Ephesians 3:20

 "Look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others."

            -Philippians 2:4


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  Go to our RESOURCES
for the Humane Society's "Pets for Life Behavior CD-ROM." (See #13 in list.) Get help on many behavior issues instead of giving up your dog!


about 70% of all antibiotics sold in America are fed to farm animals just so they can be kept in overcrowded, stressful, unsanitary conditions?  This practice results in antibiotic resistance, so the drugs are less effective for people and animals AND helps create power ful super germs. Please contact your U.S. senators and reps to ask them to support
S 1460/HR 293, which will curb "non- therapeutic" antibiotic use.  The Capitol switch board is as follows: 202-224-3121.
To find out who your legislators are go to and


Support retired US military & law enforcement dogs!
CEO Danny Scheurer


Shock collars are not the route to take with a mis-
behaving dog.  Read the story by Master Trainer Brad Howe of BarkBusters on our "From the Heart" page.
Contact him with any training questions at (847) 298-7988 or e-mail him at 

Shelters/Rescue Related Sites From the Heart Resources Puppy Mills

www.Adopting a

Dedicated to:

Decreasing the number of homeless dogs and reducing the number of dogs killed each year because they are homeless.


There are 50 million dogs in America; 1 for every 5 people and 1 in every 3 homes.  Make YOUR dog one that you've ADOPTED!


Providing the FACTS about the increasing problem of homeless dogs (scroll down to "Did You Know?")


Promoting the adoption of dogs from shelters and rescue groups rather than pet stores (Scroll down to STOP! Why Buying a Dog from a Pet Store is the Wrong Decision.)


Providing an easy guide to shelters/rescue groups in the Chicago Metro area plus some national groups with local representatives (See our Shelters/Rescue Group page.)


Public education on the dangers and cruelty of puppy mills, how to outlaw them, why you should NEVER buy a dog from a pet store (all are supplied by puppy mills)


Providing information on legislative issues affecting dogs


Providing links to other important related sites


Providing resources (books, articles, other sites) 

Please read some of the excellent articles that will give you a
important information before you adopt.  Go to the top of this
page and click on "RESOURCES" and then "FROM THE HEART."


Helping YOU make the right decision to adopt the dog that's right for your family

bullet is an informational site ONLY and NOT an adoption group.  We have NO dogs for adoption.  But we provide the resources to direct you to the people who do (see our SHELTERS/RESCUES page).

This home page contains the following topics:

- Did you know? Facts about the problem of homeless dogs.

-Stop!  Why buying a dog from a pet store is the
wrong decision.

-The Humane Society "Call to Action" Alert

-Don't dump your pet.

-Do you have what it takes to own a dog?

-Just what is a dog to you?

-Why adopt?

-Do everyone a favor...don't buy from puppy mills.

-Where do I adopt?

-How to prepare for your new arrival.

-The Humane Society's 7 Steps to a Happier Pet

-Your dog's medication could kill him.

-Katrina dogs still need your help.

-Seasonal alerts


Please visit ALL our pages on this site: 

*Shelter/Rescue Groups,  *Related Sites, *From the Heart, *Resources, and *Puppy Mills

Click on the yellow bubble icons at the top.


VISIT our From the Heart  page and read these

*PETA Gets to Your Kids

*DENVER'S PIT BULL PANIC:  New ban reinstated; owners
seek alternative to confining, destroying dogs

*THE RYAN ARMSTRONG LAW (holds irresponsible dog owners criminally and civilly responsible with imprisonment and heavy fines) 









OTIS says: "Too many of my friends are sad because they have no family of their own.  They were given up, thrown away, like a useless "thing" instead of a living, feeling creature created by God.  They have no one to walk and play with them, to love and care for them forever and ever.  It scares me.  There are so many.  Please save one of my friends!  You'll never regret it.  They willl love you back more than you'll ever know." 




In Chicago ALONE, some 24,092 dogs and cats were euthanized in 2004, according to PAWS, the largest no-kill shelter in the city.  That doesn't begin to count all the dogs and cats euthanized in the suburbs and throughout the state.  Think how many animals that is in just five years.


4-5 MILLION dogs are euthanized nationwide each year, according to the Humane Society.   


8 to 10 MILLION dogs are given up to shelters ANNUALLY.  Buying from a pet store increases those deaths.  ONLY 1 out of 10 shelter dogs will find a permanent, loving home.


An estimated 20,000 Greyhounds are killed ANNUALLY
by the racing industry, according to the Greyhound Protection League.  

Read "What the Greyhound Racing Industry Doesn't Want You to Know" on their site,


There are approx. 52 million dogs in the U.S. and
 33.9 million homes with dogs.


Less than 50% of America's unwanted pets enter a shelter.


About 40% of dogs given up to animal shelters are pure breeds.  

Many shelters will not advertise a dog as purebred unless the owners bring in the registration papers to prove it.  That often doesn't happen.  Mary, from Small Paws Rescue, which specializes in Bichons, reports on the Animal Spirit website,, that Small Paws rescued more than 180 Bichons from kill shelters.



Every year there are 10 TIMES more dogs and cats born in the U.S. than there are homes willing to take them in.  Over 3,000 MORE are born every HOUR.  


A single UNspayed female dog and her descendants can
produce 4,372 puppies in just 7 generations.


One UNspayed cat and her offspring can produce 80
MILLION kittens in only 10 years.  Think of it...80,000,000!!


Dogs advertised as "FREE to a good home" often have health problems or have been abused.  "Free" dogs often end up in horrendous, life-threatening situations because derelict people shop the want-ads looking for such animals to use for dog fighting, experiments, as meals for other animals -- to name just a few examples.  (SEE the "Resources" page on this site and scroll down to "Did You Know...?)



If you buy a dog from any pet store,** you ARE buying a dog from a puppy mill and supporting some of the cruelest conditions imaginable.
Example:  Dogs are crammed into small cages 24-hrs. a day with no chance for "normal" human or other dog socialization.  Cages are stacked and the urine and feces drop down on the dogs in the cage below.  Dogs are bred year round.  The calcium females lose results in loss of teeth and jaw.  Dogs are lifted out of the cage only occasionally and then by a rope around their neck.)  

**This does NOT include PETSMART, which features "adoption days," sponsored by various shelters/rescue groups.  Some Petsmart stores also let cat rescue groups keep adoptable kitties at the store.  The cat rescue group is responsible for maintaining the cages and making the adoptions.  Petsmart is VERY PRO-ADOPTION and helps to promote rescues.



If you buy a dog from any pet store, your dog will have genetic health
as a result of coming from puppy mill parents.  These problems can show up any time during the lifetime of the dog.


Your dog can also have socialization problems.


If a pet store tells you that it gets its dogs from kennels or breeders, then you are not being told the truth.  Kennels that "breed" hundreds of dogs and keep them in the same squalid, cruel conditions are still puppy mills.

Think we're exaggerating?
  Click on our 
"Puppy Mills" page.
Read it.  Then see for yourself.

Then visit the other sites we have listed on our "Puppy Mills" page.
They will all tell you the same thing.  E-mail them with your questions.  They are dedicated to educating the public to this horrible, "legal" problem.  Volunteers work tirelessly to find homes for these "special needs" dogs.  After what these dogs have been through, it's miraculous that any of them can lead a normal life again.

You CAN help.  First, adopt a dog from one of the many groups listed on this site.  Never buy from any pet store.  Second, tell others about and its many links.  Help pass the word.  Third, support the shelter or rescue group of your choice with your donations of money, time and talent.  You will be helping to save a dog's life.




             "Studies confirm that there is a strong link between people who commit cruelty to animals and human violence." 

"In an effort to build more humane communities across this country, please take action whenever you see any case of animal abuse or abandonment.  Report such acts to your local police department, local shelter, or animal control agency."

"Your leadership role within your own community can help save the lives of countless dogs and cats, puppies and kittens."

-The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street NW
Washington, DC   20037

            October is ADOPT-A-SHELTER DOG MONTH.  But don't let the time of year stop you!  The ASPCA reminds the public:  "If you're looking for a dog to add to your family, please 



If you have a dog that you can no longer keep, please go to our shelter/rescue group page and call until you find a safe, no-kill shelter for your dog.  DO NOT just leave your dog or turn him out.  


READ "Excuses Don't Fly When You're Planning to Dump Pet" by Mary Hayashi from The Buddy Foundation.  This article says it all.  Click on our page "FROM THE HEART."



Take a REALISTIC  look at your lifestyle, income, and level of current responsibilities BEFORE you consider getting a dog.  

Don't buy a dog on a whim, pure emotion, as a surprise gift for someone.


If you're plenty busy with work, house, kids, school, workout schedule, hobbies, social gatherings and more, then DON'T GET A DOG! 


SHELTERS are overflowing with animals who have been abandoned, neglected and often abused by their owners.  People give up animals
for many stupid reasons:  they move, a new baby, divorce, size of the dog, and it proves to be too much work.  People often blame the dog for troublesome behaviors -- barking, chewing, etc.  What do these folks expect when they don't train the dog and spend time with him? Why are they surprised when a Labrador or German Shepherd grows up to be a big, active dog?  

NEIGHBORHOODS around the country are filled with dogs still in a home, but are nonetheless neglected.  These dogs are simply "warehoused" -- given barely the basics.  Little if any time is spent training them, walking them, playing with them, giving them the attention and love, proper and regular grooming they deserve.  Instead, they are left alone in homes all day or put out in back yards for long periods of time, often without water, toys, or proper shelter.  They are ignored as busy families go about their daily routines once the novelty of having a dog wears off.  The dog is simply "there" -- another responsibility lumped into the rest of the "chores" that the kids argue over and parents complain about.  If you think this might happen to your family, don't get a dog. 



1.  I will have my dog spayed or neutered.
2.  I will spend a minimum of 1 hr. a day exercising my dog.
3.  I will spend 30 minutes daily training my dog in basic
     commands, socialization around people and other dogs
     and manners around people.
4.  I will 30 minutes playing with him.
5.  I will brush him daily and brush his teeth at least several   
     times a week.
6.  I will remember to give my dog heartworm medicine monthly and protect him against fleas, ticks and mosquitoes with one of the vet-recommended products for spring, summer and fall.
7.  I will take him to the vet yearly for shots and more often if he shows any health problems.
8.  I will keep my dog safe, healthy, well-groomed and happy.
9.  I will keep my dog for life.


1.  I DO have the time to feed, train, love and exercise my dog.
2.  I DO have the money for annual vet checks and any other 
     medical problems that might occur; food; toys; grooming;
     and all other pet supplies
3.  I DO NOT have -- nor does anyone in my household -- any }
     allergies to dogs.
4.  I DO NOT have any restrictions on dog size where I live.
5.  I DO have the money to fence in my yard.
6.  I DO have a family member, friend or trusted pet sitter to give proper care to my dog if/when I go on vacation.
7.  I DO have someone to take my dog out and feed him should I temporarily need to work longer hours that keep me away from home.
8.  I DO NOT have any physical disabilities or limitations that will  impede my ability to take good care of a dog for its entire life.
9.  I DO NOT plan to use ANY excuse for getting rid of my dog:  moving, allergies, having a baby, changing jobs, extended    work hours, no time, dog is too big or has "behavioral problems," other pets or family members don't get along with it, etc.


Insure that your dog lives on and is well cared for after your death -- see "Proposed Law Would Mean Trust Fund for Pets" on our RESOURCES page (scroll down to #11).



Just What Is A Dog to You???

There are too many dogs and too many people who continue to abuse and abandon them in the most cruel and heartless ways.

Many people do not want to take the time, effort, emotional and financial commitment to train and care for a dog for its entire life.  As noted dog trainer Brian Kilcommons, who studied with the famous Barbara Woodhouse, said on "A Pet Story" (3/11/02 Animal Planet TV):

       "We're a consumer society.  People don't have
        experience with animals.  They buy a dog and
        think it's like a computer.  You plug it in and it
     works....You have to remember that we're
        communicating with a different species.  Dogs

        want to please us.  Teach them in a way that's fun."

A dog is not "just a dog."  It's not chattel, property, an unfeeling animal there to pay attention to only when you feel like it.  Dogs depend upon your love and affection on a daily basis.  Dogs are social animals.  They're not meant to be ignored and left alone for long periods of time.  Especially a rescue dog, who's been through so much already.  Are you willing to make a full-time commitment to a dog?  Ask yourself the following:

"If I get a dog, will I spend time with it daily -- playing, exercising, training, loving and hugging it?  Will I truly make it part of my family?  Will I be committed to its welfare and take responsibility for it for the rest of its life?"


"Will I lose interest in the dog for whatever reason and just 'warehouse' it?  Will it just become another 'thing,' an added responsibility I resent and don't have time for?"

Seriously ask yourself these questions.  Answer honestly.  A dog's life is at stake.




1.  You will not be supporting puppy mills, and you will be helping to decrease the abandoned dog population.

Why shouldn't you go to your local pet store and buy a dog?  Puppy mills are the wholesale suppliers to the pet store industry.  Puppy mills are basically factories where dogs in the most deplorable conditions imaginable are bred until they die.  Puppy mill puppies are not bred to AKC standards much less humane standards of cleanliness and health or in a caring, nurturing environment -- all essential to a dog's upbringing.   

Puppy mills also contribute significantly to the dog overpopulation

By buying a puppy from a pet store, you are supporting puppy mills and their cruel treatment of dogs.  To learn just how cruel, click on  Buying from a pet store also supports their exorbitant prices.  One Petland in the NW suburbs wants $1,200 for a Yorkshire Terrier that weighs a mere 1.5 lbs.  What's more, by patronizing a pet store,  you're taking away the chance of a shelter/rescue dog being adopted.  Read more about puppy mills and what you can do to help change the laws which make these horrible places legal.  On our puppy mills page, you can link to Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) and read in detail "Why You Shouldn't Buy That Puppy in the Window."  

On our puppy mills page, you'll also find other websites listed where you can get more information on  these dog "factories."  Be sure you get the full story on puppy mills by reading our page and going to other websites.  The average person simply does not have this information.  Media such as "Hard Copy," "Extra" and "Reader's Digest" have all done stories on puppy mills.  Read about some of the reports from undercover agents investigating puppy mills.  It'll shock you and change forever how you view pet stores.  Read about what was uncovered in puppy mills supplying Petland.  You'll learn about the national boycott of PETLAND.  

2.  You will save a dog's life, and he will reward you with unconditional love for the rest of his days.

Your dog loves you everyday no matter what kind of day you've had, how you look, etc.  An adopted dog knows you've come to his rescue, and many people will tell you he loves you all the more.

3.  You can adopt a mixed or pure breed.

While the majority of dogs in shelters are mixed breeds, there are an estimated 25-40% pure breeds.  Some shelters will work with you to notify you if you're looking for a pure breed.  (Example, Big Hearts Little Packages, There are also many fine pure breed rescue organizations.  See our list of all types of rescue groups by clicking on SHELTERS / RESCUE ORG at the top of this page.   

4.  You can adopt a puppy or an older dog.

The majority of dogs in shelters are not puppies.  But puppies
are available.  Remember, they take a LOT of work.  Don't just fall for the cute factor.

Karen Okura, behavior and training manager at the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society, had this to say in shelter's summer magazine, Animal Crackers:

"Potential adopters understand that not only do older animals make wonderful pets, but also that in many cases they are much more suitable than the younger ones."

"Older animals are generally housebroken, beyond their destructive stages of development, have better social manners, are full-grown, look like what they're going to look like, and have some prior training under their belts.  These qualities help them to successfully fit into busy lifestyles."

"But most importantly, these older pets are so much more appreciative of finding a new home than their younger, sassier counterparts might be.  Cry anthropomorphizing if you must, but I believe this to be true.  You can see it in their faces -- 'Thank you for choosing me.' "

Karen goes on to tell several stories illustrating her point, including her adoption of an elderly Chihuahua named Vito; a groomer's adoption of an "ancient" poodle that lived years beyond what was expected; and 13-year-old cats Duck and Pudge who went to a loving new home.

Take Karen's advice.  Adopt an older dog -- 5, 8, even 10 years old.  You won't regret it.  


5.  Older dogs offer many advantages over a puppy:

     -No housebreaking needed in most cases

     -No puppy pranks to worry about 
(chewing on furniture, socks, kids' toys or your fingers)

     -No demanding round-the-clock puppy care & exuberance

     -Many older dogs have some basic training.

     -What you see is what you get
      There will be no guessing as to how big your dog will get,
      what he'll look like, his temperament and personality, how easily
      he can be trained, whether or not he gets along with children or
      other pets, etc.

6.  Shelters/rescue groups are good matchmakers.
The last thing a shelter or rescue group wants is to adopt a dog
out to the wrong person or have the dog returned to the shelter.

That's why they use adoption counselors to find the perfect 
match for the dog and family.

Be prepared to fill out forms and answer questions about your 
lifestyle, how much you're away from home, whether you have 
children or other pets, etc.  Some organizations also require an 
in-home visit before and after the adoption.  Don't take any of
this negatively.  Rescue groups are just being careful to make 
sure the dog ends up in a safe, happy and permanent home. 
Unfortunately, there are people who want to adopt dogs for
unscrupulous reasons.

You can get more information on each shelter/group's policies
by visiting its website.  Practically every site features dogs for
adoption.  You can find out basic information (size, age,   personality, if good with kids and other pets, etc.) in advance.

7.  The cost of shelter/rescue group dogs is MUCH lower.

Besides supporting puppy mills by buying from a pet store, you'll also be paying exorbitant prices.  On the other hand, adopting a dog can cost from $50 to $250; most are in the $100 - $150 range.

Check with each group about what services are provided in the adoption fee.  Dogs are vet checked and vaccinations brought up to date before pets are adopted.   Other services usually include spaying and neutering, ID tags or microchip ID implants, heartworm and parasite checks and treatment etc.  

8.  You'll be a role model.  

     By adopting a dog, you'll be a walking advertisement for the 
     benefits of shelters and rescue groups.  You'll be able to tell
     others about your experience and encourage them to adopt
  Together, you and your dog can save other dogs.

9.  You will get even more love and enjoyment than you expect.

      Do you see that sad, lonely face and forlorn heart of a dog in 
      the cage?  He seems to almost have given up hope of ever 
      getting out, ever living with a family of his own who will give him
      the love and attention he deserves.  You hold the power to change
      all that.  How often do you get an opportunity to give someone a
      second chance at life again?  Can you imagine how he will feel
      when he knows you are taking him home -- for good?  And you
      will be surprised at your reward of more unconditional love than
      you can imagine.  



Because there are too many perfectly wonderful, family-friendly dogs killed everyday simply because they don't have a home.  Pet stores encourage the over- population of dogs, and ALL pet stores use puppy mills --  a practice you must understand for all its cruelty and how it affects the temperament and health of any dog you buy at a pet store. provides information on puppy mills and how you can fight the problem of dog abuse/puppy mills.  Click on our page  PUPPY MILLS and note the many related sites that will help educate you about this pervasive, cruel practice.  Please take time to change this "industry."  We offer many ways you can help -- take time to write a letter, make a call, tell a friend about this web site.  You can make a difference!


(Bold face within the text is our addition.)


                          DON'T BUY FROM PUPPY MILLS

By Sandy Faut
Daily Herald
December 12, 2004

    In this season of giving when our spirits are high and the spirit of giving even higher, sometimes we make mistakes.  Our emotions carry us away and lead us to do things we wouldn't ordinarily do.

    Here's the scene.  You have a soft heart and feel there are few things in life as wonderful as puppies.  You've walked past the pet store before, but now your child is with you and he sees the cages of puppies inside.  He begs and you  hold off but finally give in.  It's Christmas after all.  Besides, you're just going to look.  Nothing else.  You walk in and down the aisle and see cages of beautiful, soft puppies and their begging eyes.  

    There's nothing as tempting as a puppy in a pet store pawing at the cage, wanting attention.  Your child begs to hold the puppy.  Of course the store salespeople are thrilled to help you.  Your heart fills up.  The puppy needs a home.  You'll rescue him from that awful cage and love him the rest of his life.  You shell out hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars.  Your child is overjoyed.  

    Your soft-hearted, inability to walk away may have just added to the pain and suffering of hundreds of thousands of dogs.

    "But how can that be?" you ask.  "I'm saving a dog."

    That's true.  But you also help make a market for puppy mill dogs -- dogs that are kept in small cages or penned areas under the poorest conditions.  Dogs that are used solely for breeding, with no socialization, minimal healthcare and are quickly disposed of when they can no longer "produce."

    Though you think you are helping, you actually are contributing to the vicious cycle of puppy mills.  If you keep buying from pet stores, they will keep buying from puppy mills, and the dogs will keep suffering in small cages.  Their puppies, unsocialized, and many sickly, will keep getting shipped in trucks to pet stores for you to rescue.

    You might say:  "But the salesperson said, they don't get their puppies from puppy mills."  Despite what salespeople say, many pet store puppies doing indeed come from puppy mills.  The one absolute truth is that no reputable breeder would ever sell his or her puppies through a pet store.  Good breeders want to know with whom their puppies are going home.

    Keep in mind that pet stores are businesses.  They are not shelters.  They are not trustworthy breeders.  They are businesses.  And the bottom line is money, not good will or compassion for animals.  

    Most of us know about puppy mills.  They are called mills because they run like machines, churning out puppy after puppy in the least expensive way.  Cages stacked on top of cages packed in a small space.  Food and cleanliness at a minimum.  No thought for comfort.  Just volume.  There are federal laws for minimum standards for these operations, but there are too few people to enforce the laws.

    There are thousands of these mass-breeding operations.  If you need proof, go to and click on "watch video" and "video and photos." This web site is run by the Humane Society of the United States and has excellent information on the problem of puppy mills.  It also has very valuable information available by clicking on "How to Buy a Puppy" and "Five Easy Steps to Avoid Puppy Mills."

    The Buddy Foundation is a shelter and, of course, we want you to adopt our animals.  But we also care deeply about all our animals and want to do our part to help those who have no ability to help themselves.

    So we ask, if you had done your homework and known the responsibility of taking on a companion animal for life, that you go first to a shelter or reputable breeder or breed rescue group before making any decision to add a buddy to your family.

    Be aware that puppy mill operators are also selling on-line and putting ads in local papers.  Investigate before you invest your heart.




Click on our page SHELTERS / RESCUE ORG.  and look at all the wonderful groups to choose from!!!

Check out their websites.  Learn more about each shelter.  View dogs for adoption on line.  Go to the shelter.  Ask questions.  Interact with some of the dogs.  There is a perfect dog for you and your family at one of these shelters.  It's just a matter of finding him or her.

A reputable shelter will be clean and the animals well fed and cared for.
If you walk into a shelter and the smell overcomes you, walk out.  If there's urine and feces on the floor, walk out.  If the cages are small, dirty, the animals filthy, leave immediately.  DO NOT adopt from such a shelter.  Report unclean conditions, poorly kept or treated dogs to the local police, Humane Society, ASPCA.  

A reputable shelter will ask questions and screen potential owners.  Obviously, they can't make everyone take a lie-detector test.  It's up to you to tell the truth and be realistic about the responsibilities of owning a dog.

Rescue groups often require a home visit and new owners to attend training classes.  The group will follow up with the new owner to make sure everything is going well.  At the least, volunteers will be available for questions and concerns.  A group will NOT simply dump the dog off at your home or have you pick it up and then disappear.  

The dedicated volunteers at these  shelters and rescue groups give countless hours and tireless effort to help find homes for unwanted dogs.   Volunteers and trained staff will work closely with you to find the dog that fits well into your home.  Please remember to thank the people who work at these places for their caring service and kind hearts.  

After you adopt, do you want to do more?  Get on the mailing list
of your favorite shelter(s).  Many have newsletters, special fundraisers and lots of opportunities for volunteers to help.  All the shelters have a wish list.  Ask for a copy.  Perhaps you can donate some supplies, toys, food, etc.  

You can meet friendly people from dozens and dozens of rescue groups and shelters at the annual PET SHOW at Arlington Race Track (held the second Fri. - Sun. in March).  Look for more info in the Daily Herald in late Feb., early March.  The Pet Show is a great place to ask questions!  

Every shelter/rescue group depends upon financial assistance.  Please consider making a donation to at least one.  Even a small donation is helpful and very much appreciated.  Keep a collection jar for all that loose change.  You'd be surprised how it adds up monthly.  There's a regular donation.  



How to Prepare for Your New Arrival

You'll want to make the homecoming of your newly adopted dog a warm, welcoming one and as calm as possible.  In advance be sure to shop for the following:

1.  A bed or crate with a cushiony pad and a blanket.

     Vets recommend washing the blanket once a week.

2.  Dog food (dry and meat) and vitamins

     Be choosey about what you feed your dog.  Buy the new
     dry food for dental care that fights tartar buildup and plaque.  Do
     not buy canned dog food with animal by-products, additives,
     preservatives, salt.  Do not feed your dog table scraps ever, or
     you'll have a picky eater in no time.  Do add a bit of broccoli,
     carrots or  finely chopped spinach to the meat and mix well.
     There are many vitamins on the market.  Some look like grass
     clippings and can easily added to food.

3.  New toys and chew sticks 

     Make sure these are new and don't belong to your other family
     dog.  Buy  the right size for your new dog.  Read the
     label on chew sticks; some will stain carpet.  

4.  Unbreakable bowls for food and water

     Do leave water where your dog can help himself anytime.  But
     don't leave food out; feed at the same time and in a quiet 
     spot everyday.  You might want to have a small rug or plastic mat
     available for feeding time.  Dogs can be sloppy eaters.

5.  A leash and collar 

     Make sure the size is correct, and they're comfortable for the
     dog.  Be sure you can put on the collar easily and secure it.   A
     loose collar could end up in tragedy with a runaway dog.  The
     snap-in collars are great.  You may also want to check out a
     harness.  Make sure it fits your dog comfortably.  No choke 
     chains.  Would you want to wear one and be tugged on?  There
     are other ways to teach obedience.      

6.  Brush and comb

     Make sure the brush will be gentle on the dog's skin.

7.  Dog shampoo

     You may want to take your newly adopted dog to a professional
     groomer before you take him/her home.  A bath, nails clipped,
     teeth cleaned, and a haircut will make him feel and look better.

     Pick your groomer carefully and make sure you go to someone
     experienced and caring.  Call and ask questions in advance.
     Many groomers require you leave the dog there half a day.  That
     makes any dog feel afraid.  A few groomers will do one-hour
     appointments.  Also make sure that the groomer isn't putting the
     dog in a  cage with a hairdryer going.  That will really frighten
     your dog, not only of going to the groomer but any hairdryer. 

     If your dog experiences any health problems after going to
     the groomer (eye infection, vomiting, diahrea, change in 
     eating or bathroom habits), call the groomer immediately
     to report the problem and then take your dog to the vet.
     *Biscuts and Bows in Palatine, IL has had problems, and 
     we know of people whose dogs have experienced severe
     eye infections requiring emergency treatment, intestinal
     infections, and other problems. 

     Regular grooming is an essential part of caring for a dog.
     Brush your dog daily.  Buy a package of the wet shampoo cloths
     to use in between baths and trips to the groomer.  Spray and
     wipe dog shampoos are also available where pet products are
     sold.   Be sure to watch for any skin sensitivity your dog might
     have after using them the first time.

8.  Doggie teeth cleaning kit

     80 - 90% of all dogs and cats 2 years and older have
     some form of periodontal disease, according to Care One
     Animal Hospital in Arlington Hts., IL

     Periodontal disease leads to other often fatal diseases.
     Periodontal disease can kill a dog.  Vets recommend you
     clean your dog's teeth daily...or at least a couple times a week.
     Yes, this can be difficult!  Do the best you can as often as you
     can.  Have the groomer clean the dog's teeth during visits. 
     Check  with your vet about your dog's teeth to see if the vet
     needs to clean them.

     In addition to a variety of teeth cleaning products on the market,
     there are various chewing items, doggie breath "mint" treats,
     etc. to help fight plaque and tartar.

9.  Dog training/obedience books (read them in advance.)

10. Dog tags

      As soon as possible, get a good, easy-to-read tag with your
      the dog's name, your phone number and/or pager (if you wear
      one all the time) and address on it.

      Make sure your dog has the appropriate rabies tag and any
      tag noting he's registered with the town/city.

11. Choose a Veterinarian

      Make sure the vet you choose really cares about dogs and
      provides personalized attention, takes time to explain things
      and answer all your questions.  Check out the office.  Does it
      look more like a factory -- get 'em in, get 'em out??  Is it VERY
      clean?  Is there a constant turnover of doctors? Are the people
      at the front desk efficient and pleasant?  If you call in with a
      question, does the doctor or an assistant get back to you quickly? 
      Choose a vet just as wisely as you would a doctor for any family

12. Do some pre-planning

      -Do you need a fenced yard for the dog?  If you already 
      have one, be sure it's secure all around and your new 
      dog isn't a digger or jumper.

      -Figure out in advance where your new dog will go to the
      bathroom and who is going to pick it up.

      -What are the house rules regarding the dog?  Is he allowed
      in every room?  On the furniture?  In your bed?

      -Who is going to be responsible for his daily care?  Feeding,
     grooming, walks, playing.

      -Who is going to be your dog's veterinarian?  Get referrals
      from friends and then go visit the vet offices.  Do not go to
      vets recommended by pet stores.

      -Remember to have a groomer picked out.  Make sure that
      just like the vet, you have confidence in that person's abilities
      and interaction with the dog.

      -Check out availability, cost, etc. of training/obedience classes.
      Check several sources -- park districts, referrals from friends
      and the vet, ads, even Petsmart has group and individual 
      classes.  But like anything else, do your homework.  Check
      out the people involved, techniques used, cost etc.  That way
      your experience and the dog's will be an effective, enjoyable
      one.  Just because a class or course is high cost doesn't mean 
      it's the best.  

      If you can't afford classes, buy books or borrow from the
      library.  There are training videos at the library too.  Animal 
      Planet on cable TV frequently has programs on dog training.

Most of all, enjoy the whole experience of adopting a dog.  From the first moment you begin your search till the time that dog first sets foot in your home should be an exciting, happy one.  After all, you don't get to save a life and gain a life-long friend everyday.  



The Humane Society's Recommended
7 Steps to a Happier Pet

1.  Make sure your dog wears an easily readable ID tag with your name, address and phone number/cell phone (incl. area code).

2.  Enroll your puppy or dog in behavioral training classes 

3.  Animal behavior problems can be health related.  Make sure your dog has a complete medical exam by a vet at least once a year.

4.  Make sure your dog is spayed or neutered.

5.  Prepare for disasters.  Make sure you have a plan for your pet 
in the event of a hurricane, tornado, fire or flood.

6.  Plan for your pet's future in case something happens to you.

7.  Learn how to avoid dog bites and how to prevent your dog from biting (check out and



Go to our RESOURCES page and read Daily Herald columnist Sandy Faut's important article:  "Be Sure to Do Your Research Before Giving New Medicine."  

Her dog died, and she suspects it was his prescribed medication.



CNN reports that 200,000 dogs and cats are still without homes as a result of the hurricane.

ACT NOW and help make a difference!

The following are just a few of the local groups that desperately need monetary and other donations because they've taken in Katrina dogs.  Please visit their sites and help.    

1.  PAWS CHICAGO:  The LARGEST No-Kill Shelter in Chicago.  

*24,092 dogs and cats were enuthanized in Chicago ALONE in 2004, according to PAWS.  

To foster one of these rescued pets, go to and fill out a foster application.  Fax it to Dave Barta at PAWS Chicago at 773-521-1142.  E-mail Dave Barta at

Send a donation to PAWS Chicago, Attn. Lisa Dawson, 1110 W. 35th St., Chicago, IL 60609.  Note on the memo line of your check "PAWS/Katrina Pet Rescue.  Call 773-843-4887 for more information.

PAWS Chicago also needs towels, blankets, dog toys and treats and other supplies at their PAWS Chicago Lurie Clinic, 3516 W. 26th St., Chicago.  Check their web site at for a more complete list. 

2.  CHICAGO CANINE RESCUE FOUNDATION:  This group also needs assistance fostering some of the rescued pets.  Contact Jennifer Saddoris at CCRF to help.  Fill out the foster application from their web site,,  and fax it to Jennifer at 312-803-2030 or e-mail her at
Or send money to:  Chicago Canine Rescue Foundation, 3304 N. Broadway, Box 178, Chicago, IL 60657.  This is a mailing address only.
For more info, phone them at 773-294-9304. 

3.  NOAH'S WISH:  This group is exclusively dedicated to rescuing pets following disasters. Send donations to:  Noah's Wish, P.O. Box 997, Placerville, CA 95667, Fax number 530-622-9317, 




    Sandy Faut, author of the Daily Herald's Buddy Beat, reminds dog owners to keep their pets safe from summer heat:

1.  Make sure your dog always has access to a bowl or two of cool water.  Check regularly that the water is clean and the bowls have not tipped over.

2.  Make sure there is a shady spot for your dog to rest.  Remember that the position of the sun changes.

3.  Don't shave your dog thinking it will keep him cool.  In many cases, his coat provides insulation from the hot sun.

4.  Muzzling a dog while he is under a hair dryer can cause overheating.  Check with your groomer on this issue.

5.  Don't job with your dog on a hot day.  If you must, exercise him during the cool morning or evening hours.

6.  NEVER leave your dog in a car on a hot day!
Even if the car is in the shade and the windows are rolled down for ventilation, the temperature inside the car can turn deadly in a short time.  If you see a dog in a car on a hot day, call the authorities for help.  If you turn away, the dog may suffer terribly and lose his life.


FLEAS could be anywhere  on your dog's body.  Note any excessive scratching, especially around the base of the tail.  Fleas can be found anywhere you find animals.  So don't think that just because your dog goes in your back yard or neighborhood walks that he doesn't need flea preventative.  TICKS, found in wooded or very grassy areas, will attach themselves to parts of your dog where there's little or no hair.  Check your dog's head, neck, ears, and feet.  Ticks are about the size of a pin head.  They can cause Lyme Disease in dogs and humans.  Talk to your vet and treat your dog with the correct medication to prevent either a tick or flea problem.


































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