Lucky Dogs

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Lucky Dogs' Featured Pet...

Meet Marina!

Marina Marina is a cuddly, easy-going, strong, sweet, and friendly, four-year-old, 70-pound, female, blue fawn and white American Staffordshire Terrier-mix looking for a loving guardian. Marina knows the commands sit and down and takes treats gently from your fingers. She loves to cuddle with her people, and she’ll hop up on the couch and snuggle up with you. She’s gets along with most other dogs, but her true love is people. She loves to give lots of kisses and tail wags. She has not yet been cat-tested. She loves kids, but would probably be best with older kids who can play ball with her. She loves to play fetch! Marina is great on leashed walks and also good in the car. At the kennel where she is staying, she cuddles up in her blankets and dreams of being in a loving home. Someone cut off her ears to make her look tough, but she’s a bouncy soft, sweet, marshmallow at heart. Marina is very healthy, spayed, up-to-date on vaccines, micro-chipped and heartworm-tested. Her adoption fee of $200 benefits rescued dogs. Marina is being kenneled in West Chicago, Illinois. To meet and possibly temporarily foster or permanently adopt her, contact Melia at

Who We Are

Lucky Dogs is a community of independent rescuers who cannot accept that loving, adoptable companion animals are euthanized every day due to lack of space in shelters and pounds. We pull "death row" dogs from overcrowded shelters, bring them to Chicago for vetting and fostering, and do our best to find them the wonderful home that each of these dogs deserves. Most of our dogs are bully breeds, because public perception has made these dogs the most difficult to adopt out. The upside to these dogs staying with us longer than most Labradors or Cockapoos is that we get to know each of these pets extremely well, and we can recommend the best dog for your lifestyle and living situation.

Each Lucky Dog posted in our Petfinder list has proven himself or herself to be a "good dog" not only to us but to the transferring shelter. Although no shelter or rescue can guarantee an animal's future behavior, all Lucky Dogs have demonstrated terrific temperaments and a love of people and/or other dogs in multiple environments -- so much so that they could easily be called "Lovey Dogs" as well.

Lucky Dogs Needs Foster Homes!

Want to help save a life? Fostering is the most direct way you can have an impact. Lucky Dogs assumes all expenses; foster parents provide in-home care and TLC.

Many people ask, “How can you foster a dog and give her up?” We answer, “How can we let more die?” Thousands of pets in rural shelters are euthanized due to shelter space and budget constraints. Lucky Dogs works with these kill shelters to select, transport, and provide veterinary care to as many of these adoptable pets as we can support through our foster volunteers. Since Lucky Dogs does not maintain a shelter building, our rescue efforts are only as large as as our foster network. As a tribute to our own dogs, current and past, we rescue as many as we can.

What's required of a foster home?

While Lucky Dogs provides the medical care, food, and other supplies required, the foster home provides its foster dog with love, time, and guidance for as long as the dog is in its care. A dog may be with its foster family for a few weeks to a few months, and our foster families help to screen potential adopters to make sure the new home will be a good fit for the dog they've come to know so well.

All our foster homes receive training and 24-hour support. .

Adopting a Lucky Dog

Like other reputable rescues, Lucky Dogs requires that potential adopters complete an adoption application (with references) and allow a home visit. All members of the household (including children and pets) should be present when first meeting the Lucky Dog. Every dollar of each Lucky Dogs adoption fee is used to care for rescued pets.

Because Lucky Dogs seeks to ensure the best possible outcome for each of its pets, Lucky Dogs reserves the right to refuse adoption when the dog's needs and the adopter's lifestyle are not compatible.

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Find Your Own Lucky Dog

Finding a Lucky Dog companion is as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Check out our Adoptable Pet List.

2. Contact the foster home listed in the pet's description to request an application.

3. Complete the application, and make an appointment to meet your new best friend!

Lucky Dogs

Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: 773 631 8999
Email: Click here for a list of pets at this shelter

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