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Puppies and dogs in Pontiac, Illinois

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These adorable dogs are available for adoption in Pontiac, Illinois. To learn more about each adoptable dog, click on the "i" icon for fast facts, or their photo or name for full details.
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Circe

Australian Cattle Dog German Shorthaired Pointer

Female, Young
Emington, IL
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Not good with cats, House-trained,
Story
Her birthday is May 11, 2023. She loves cuddles and giving kisses. She has separation anxiety and high prey drive. She gets along well with our other dogs, and our 1 year old kid. She knows sit, and off. She is so sweet and playful, but with our kid, the other dogs and a medical issue we just don’t have the time. She deserves a family that can be there for her more than we can.
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Chief

Husky

Male, Adult
El Paso, IL
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Not good with kids, Good with dogs, Not good with cats, Needs experienced adopter, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
He's four years old, and incredibly loyal. He's super playful and always up for a fun adventure. Whether it's a hike, sitting next to you while you work, or a run in the park he is up for it. He is whip smart and ready to spend time with you. After a day of running around, he loves nothing more than snuggling up next to you on his bed for some well-deserved belly rubs and ear scratches. With a little bit of training (we will work with you and help you find the right trainer) and lots of love, he's gonna be the star of the show. Plus, he's already pretty good at following basic commands like sit, stay, place, and leave it. He also walks well on a leash, but get’s excited when he sees squirrels or other dogs. But here's the thing, Chief's looking for a forever home. He cannot go to a home with young kids, though kids that are 10+ are a perfect fit. Unfortunately if you have small dogs or cats, Chief is not going to be a fit for your home.
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Lainey

Chihuahua Mixed Breed (Medium)

Female, 2 yrs 9 mos
Normal, IL
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Angel alert! Lainey is a 2-year-old Long-haired Chihuahua mix. She weighs just 8-pounds, and she's sooo incredibly soft with the most beautiful markings. Lainey was said to be fearful upon meeting new people. But, she warms up to women very quickly. She's a huge snuggle bug, who gets along well with other small dogs. She absolutely hated/was terrified of the veterinarian. But, we don't know if that's due to his being a male, or just because he's the vet. Lol! Give this girl a chance, and you will never be lonely again. She's seriously such a good dog! She is crate and potty trained, good on a leash, in the car, and for sure in a lap. Please, no young children. Please apply here: https://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/adopt/DBSR/Dog Her minimum adoption donation amount is $325. She is spayed, up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, dewormed, heart worm checked, and on flea/tick and heart worm preventatives. We are located in Bloomington, IL We do not ship, you would need to travel to pick up your babies if you live out of state. Your current pets must be up-to-date on core vaccines, spayed/neutered, and on heart worm prevention year round. You must be at least 21-years-old to adopt. Please have your veterinarian and two non-family reference phone numbers ready. The app makes you start all over if you leave the page to look up numbers. For information about this dog's breed(s), visit: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/abc.htm
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Skip

Chihuahua Mixed Breed (Small)

Male, 12 yrs 9 mos
Normal, IL
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Skip! Skippity doodah is a 12-year-old, 10-pound Chihuahua mix. Skip's dad sadly away. Now Skip is hoping someone will give him a new home. He is truly adorable, timid but sweet, and loves to give kisses once he knows you. Skip is good on a leash, fine in a crate, quiet in the car, and would be okay with other laid back dogs. But, young kids and really rambunctious dogs would be too much for him. Skip likes to cuddle, but is willing to play too. He's the perfect balance of fun and calm. Skip is now our longest resident, and we aren't sure why. :,( He decided to advocate for himself with these words: "Hey you! My name's Skip. But you can call me Skipper because I'm in need of a first mate. I like to be the boss so I'd do okay as an only dog in the home, but having some laid back dogs around would be fine too. I'm very good at telling you how to make my meals but I'll eat them on my own schedule. I'll also let you know when I'm done in the yard (please be sure to have a fence). I'm a fair weather skipper so I like naps and rolling in the yard when it's sunny and warm, but limit my time outside if it's rainy or cold. It's hard to admit, but I'm not the best at telling you when I need to go out so frequent trips outside are helpful. My foster parents make me wear "pants" around the house as a precaution, but I am never fussy about putting them on. I can be a big sweetheart too so If you want to put me in your lap I'll give you plenty of kisses and I always appreciate a snuggly nap. Dog beds are a MUST, so make sure those are always available... a skipper needs his beauty rest. I'm really good in a crate and am happy to nap in there too. As much as I love to nap, I REALLY love to go on walks. My foster dad says I shave a whole minute per mile off his walking pace when we go out, so yeah... I'm fast... even if I don't walk straight all the time *shrug*. Like any skipper, I have a few quirks. I'm nervous around strangers (who isn't??). Things that shouldn't scare me make me jump (doors closing or stepping on crackly leaves). Things that SHOULD scare me I ignore (Roomba's, moving vehicles, lawnmowers). Sometimes I don't recognize familiar people or dogs so I can get a little barky but am never aggressive (duh, I'm the boss). I also don't trust shadows so sometimes I just bark at nothing (just like every good skipper should). All that to say, I know once you meet me you will look past any of my quirks. Now be an obedient first mate, and use those big paws to fill out an application and come work for me... your trustworthy Skipper. Sound like a match for you? Then, please apply: https://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/adopt/DBSR/Dog His minimum adoption donation amount is $245. He is neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, dewormed, heart worm checked, and on flea/tick and heart worm preventatives. We are located in Bloomington, IL We do not ship, you would need to travel to pick up your babies if you live out of state. Your current pets must be up-to-date on core vaccines, spayed/neutered, and on heart worm prevention year round. You must be at least 21-years-old to adopt. For information about this dog's breed(s), visit: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/abc.htm
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Vincent

Shih Tzu

Male, 9 yrs 8 mos
Normal, IL
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
One of these ears is not like the other...Vincent Van Go-Go is a gorgeous male Shih Tzu. He is 8-years old, and overweight at 16-pounds. When he was picked up as a stray, he was very matted. Once trimmed, it became evident that he has one beautiful blue eye. He also had a "fake ear. His left ear canal is normal, but he has no ear flap on that side. It makes him unique and special, and it doesn't affect his hearing. When his hair grows back, you can even let him grow a new "fake ear if you prefer. No one will even notice. :) Vince likes other dogs and calm people. He is a food hound, and will need to be fed separately from any other pets. Maybe we should have named him Hoover?? Vince also cries for attention in the cutest of ways. He sounds like a mix of a baby and a small cat. It is very endearing. Vince likes cars, walks, and is okay in a crate. Please apply here: https://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/adopt/DBSR/Dog His minimum adoption donation amount is $275. He is neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, dewormed, heart worm checked, and on flea/tick and heart worm preventatives. We are located in Bloomington, IL We do not ship, you would need to travel to pick up your babies if you live out of state. Your current pets must be up-to-date on core vaccines, spayed/neutered, and on heart worm prevention year round. You must be at least 21-years-old to adopt. Please have your veterinarian and two non-family reference phone numbers ready. The app makes you start all over if you leave the page to look up numbers. For information about this dog's breed(s), visit: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/abc.htm
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Bernie

Shih Tzu

Male, 12 yrs 7 mos
Normal, IL
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Spayed or Neutered,
Story
Bernie! We just can't with this cuteness!! Bernie is a 12-year-old, 13-pound Shih Tzu. His owner moved and decided it was too hard to take their dog with. :( Bernie is doing well in foster with his canine foster siblings. He likes people, snuggles, slow walks, and lots of nap time. Other than a little arthritis, and dry eyes, he is in excellent shape! Apply to give this cutie a forever home. He will bring you so much joy! https://www.shelterluv.com/matchme/adopt/DBSR/Dog His minimum adoption donation amount is $245. He is neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, dewormed, heart worm checked, and on flea/tick and heart worm preventatives. We are located in Bloomington, IL We do not ship, you would need to travel to pick up your babies if you live out of state. Your current pets must be up-to-date on core vaccines, spayed/neutered, and on heart worm prevention year round. You must be at least 21-years-old to adopt. Please have your veterinarian and two non-family reference phone numbers ready. The app makes you start all over if you leave the page to look up numbers.

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Dog shelters and rescues in Pontiac, Illinois

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Livingston County Animal Control

844 W Lincoln St, Pontiac, IL 61764

Pet Types: dogs

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Livingston County Humane Society

21179 North 1358 East Road, Pontiac, IL 61764

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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RAIN of Centrail Illinois Inc.

Danvers, IL 61753

Pet Types: dogs

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Humane Society of Illinois

POB 95, Kempton, IL 60946

Pet Types: cats, birds, dogs, farm animals, horses, rabbits, small animals

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Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue

Bloomington, IL 61776

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Furrever Family

PO Box 5243, Bloomington, IL 61702

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Just Animals Shelter

P.O. Box 275, Mazon, IL 60444

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Pet Project, Inc.

2676 E 2575 RD, Marseilles, IL 61341

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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Humane Society of Central Illinois

423 Kays Drive, Normal, IL 61761

Pet Types: cats, dogs

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