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Rescue groups, foster homes step up to help Chicago shelter animals at risk of euthanasia

Leonor Vivanco-Prengaman, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Cats & Dogs News

She said she wanted to help and was able to place one dog -- a 9-month-old black terrier mix with a lot of energy, named Dandi -- in a foster home for a week, before she gets shuttled to another foster home to buy more time to find someone to adopt her. People who foster dogs typically work through rescue groups.

"She was definitely people-friendly and people-oriented, and we were like, 'Wow this is a great dog,'" Frazier said.

Propsom returned to PetSmart to visit the shelter dogs and take updated photos to post online and share with rescue groups.

The nonprofit group will reassess the shelter's capacity in two weeks. Dogs that don't get rescued or adopted may return to the shelter if there's enough room or have their hotel stay extended, Propsom said.

To further alleviate the squeeze for space, the city has offered two new financial incentives to help draw rescue groups and adopters to pick up dogs.

Through Feb. 18, a $100 rebate funded by Pets and Vets USA will be made available for up to 50 dogs adopted directly from the city's shelter and enrolled in a basic obedience course.

Rescue groups can get up to $200 for each dog they take that has been at the shelter for at least 30 days.


"The shelter depends on residents and rescue partners to volunteer, foster and adopt animals in need," the shelter said in a statement.

People looking to adopt dogs directly from the city shelter, located at 2741 S. Western Ave., can stop by from noon to 7 p.m. every day to view and meet the dogs, submit an application for adoption and pay the $65 adoption fee.

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