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My name is Vincent!

Rat Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Flossmoor, Illinois - Vincent
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Heather's Foster Dogs

Facts about Vincent

  • Breed: Rat Terrier Mix
  • Color: White - With Black
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: HFD 242
I'm Vincent, and I'm a 12 year old Rat Terrier mix who is best described as a funny little old man. Think Archie Bunker sitting in his chair wondering where Edith is! I was found hobbling down the streets looking a bit lost & confused, when I was scooped up by animal control and brought to a local vet clinic. My owner did not come to claim me, so as you can imagine, after all this time I was pretty sad and out of sorts, and would pace my kennel wondering just what the heck was happening to me. It was clear I had not seen a vet often, if at all. I had sore paws, really bad teeth, cloudy eyes, and a heart murmur. Thankfully, my foster mom took me in and got me an EKG (heart test), full dental and cleaning, my long overdue neuter, and treatment started for my sore feet. I have come a long way in a short time just with some good food and long overdue vet care!

Because I can be a crabby old man (who doesn't like that?), my ideal home would be somewhere warm and cozy, with someone home part of the time, and no kids. Dog-savvy teens or adults only would be great, for the simple fact that I don't see very well. Sometimes, up close I cannot tell the difference between fingers and treats and get so excited by food and treats that I snatch them up, and fingers can accidentally get pinched in the process. My feet are still healing so if they get stepped on, that hurts. I am not destructive - left to my own devices, I curl up and nap. I actually do way better if I'm left out of the kennel and able to just sleep on a warm doggie bed or couch. When I'm in the kennel I pace and get nervous, wondering when my person is coming back.

I wasn't neutered until just recently, so although I am housebroken, I occasionally mark a bit in the house. However, this habit seems to be disappearing daily. I am getting the message that there's no reason to mark my spots anywhere but outside!

I know that as an old guy whose a bit set in his ways, I may sound like a hard sell, but I'll tell you this: I am full of love, I'm sweet, and my stub of a tail wags like no other. I absolutely love it when my foster parents come home and love to snuggle up. I am not destructive and I'm great with other animals - large/small, male and female, and unlike many Rat Terriers, I do not chase cats. In fact, there are several pictures of me curled up napping with them! Being a smaller size I am just entering into my golden years, with the best yet to come. I will definitely be a loyal and devoted companion who would love nothing more than to curl up and keep someone company for the holidays.

I have a special reduced Senior Adoption fee of $150 thanks to the Petco Foundation, and my foster family is committed to setting me up for success in a forever home.

If you are interested in adopting me, please visit heathersfosterdogs.org to complete and submit your adoption application.

About Heather's Foster Dogs

About Our Rescue Group...

Heather’s Foster Dogs strives to educate people through public interaction and to ease shelter populations by placing animals in temporary foster homes where we can address medical and behavioral problems while actively searching for permanent placement. Together, we seek to promote compassion and kindness to all animals, to increase awareness of companion animal overpopulation, and to advocate for responsible pet ownership.

Our Adoption Process...

Who We Look For

In short, Heather’s Foster Dogs is looking for responsible, dedicated, and loving pet owners for our foster animals. This means a couple of things:

-You feel that pets are an important part of the family. They do not spend their days and nights living outside in the yard, chained to a doghouse or locked up in a kennel. Pets belong safe and warm in your home.
-You understand that regular veterinary visits with a licensed veterinarian are important to maintaining the health and well being of your pet. This means regular exams, administering medication when prescribed, and keeping your pet up-to-date on vaccinations.
-You believe in POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT training only and will seek the help of an experienced professional trainer if necessary or recommended.
-You understand that adding a pet to your family is a commitment that should last for the ENTIRE LIFE OF THAT PET.

To adopt a dog from Heather’s Foster Dogs, you must…

-Be at least 21 years of age
-Have a valid form of identification (a driver’s license or
state ID)
-Verify that you are allowed to have a dog of the breed
and size where you currently live
-Understand that a fenced yard may be required for a
dog you are interested in
-Understand that training may be required for the dog
you are interested in
-Understand that HFD reserves the right to check
veterinarian and personal references
-Bring along all household members including any
resident dogs or children to meet the dog you hope to
adopt

TO ALL POTENTIAL ADOPTERS: Heather’s Foster Dogs is dedicated to eliminating shelter overcrowding once and for all. We understand the only way to really achieve this goal is by cutting down on the number of unwanted animals born every year. As such, HFD tirelessly promotes spay/neuter for all companion animals, and in fact requires this as part of our adoption agreement. If you currently own an animal that is intact (meaning it is NOT spayed/neutered), and there is no medical reason as to why your pet has not been spayed/neutered, HFD cannot in good faith approve you to adopt one of our foster animals.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE THE FOLLOWING: Heather’s Foster Dogs does NOT ship animals. No matter where you live, no matter how far, you will be expected to meet with HFD in person for your adoption interview and pet pick up.

HFD reserves the right to refuse adoption to any applicant if we feel they are not the best fit for the animal they’ve applied to adopt.

And please, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Email Heather’s Foster Dogs at heathersfosterdogsinfo@gmail.com and we will be happy to speak with you further.

Adoption Fees are Generally:
Puppies (under 6 months) $295.00
Small Breed Dogs (30 lbs. or less and 6 months or older.) $275.00
Large Breed Dogs (Over 30 lbs and 6 months and older) $255.00