Chicago Animal Care and Control recently launched a new, amazing program that allows the dogs to get a little reprieve from the shelter to go on field trips with temporary fosters. CACC’s long term dog, Poe, had a great Saturday… but unfortunately had to go back to a lonely cage, surrounded by barking dogs at the end of the day. We’d LOVE to find Poe his forever home so he can snuggle and be loved, forever!
What Poe needs is a foster or adoptive home through one of our rescue partners http://bit.ly/rescuegroupslist (or) administration has agreed to accept application to be pre-screened for possible direct adoption. Any interested parties should fill out the application, email it immediately to [email protected], and then wait to hear from our administration on whether they are a candidate for his adoption: YOU CAN FILL OUT THE FORM HERE.
The progression of Poe is what it’s all about. Helping a terrified dog feel comfort in a strange place is one thing, but getting that dog to willingly engage makes all the long hours worth it. Poe shook so bad hiding in his kennel the first time I leashed him, I wasn’t sure I was going to get him out. It was 2 steps forward, one back the entire way to the yard. Once in the lot Poe avoided me and owner searched looking for an escape. The funny thing is it doesn’t look like he came from any place that he was well cared for, yet he was desperate to get back. Even though he is underweight and scarred up, it was the devil he knew. If I’d make the effort, he’d allow light contact from me but definitely didn’t seek out attention. After about a week, Poe now barks for a walk when he sees someone. The first time he willingly came over to me, sat on command, and allowed handling was a huge relief. I knew he’d let down some walls he’d had up and was ready to let new people in. Progress! When he gave me his paw, my heart nearly exploded.
Now here we are in October, outside Poe loves to run around the playlots and play with toys. He will sit nicely for treats and take them gently. He also likes leaning in close for pets and offers himself up for lots of back scratches. Poe can sometimes get distracted by all the activity in the yard and forget you exist. But when the party is over, he comes right back to you with his winning smile. On his field trip outside of the shelter, Poe was a perfect angel. He was excellent in the car, rested most of the way after using the seat to scratch his back. Poe met strangers all over the city and suburbs and was sweet and kind. He enjoyed playing in a backyard with toys that he let us take from him without issue. Poe’s favorite part of the field trip, a nap on the couch, snuggling with his foster home. This boy has come SO far and is a great guy. He deserves to live a loving life in a home with a forever family.
We hope to work with Poe on parallel walking with other dogs and making slow progress. But, Poe currently needs to be an only dog in the home. We think he’d make a great, spoiled one and only.
POE A206764 | NEUTERED MALE | 2 YEARS OLD
Have questions about Poe or our other dogs? Feel free to email us at [email protected]
2741 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
Adoption hours are Monday-Friday 12pm-6pm.