If You're A Hound, You've Gotta Love Found

Found Chicago rescues, rehabilitates and re homes previously homeless dogs. You might not have heard about Found Chicago, because the shelter is fairly new on the scene.

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Tax is a 10-month old Pit Bull, Boston Terrier mix who demands play time, and fun - available at Found Chicago

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The Chicago Tribune's Bill Mullen wrote a great story about Found, as well as the Found founder Michael Heltzer and their special mission. They typically take dogs no one else will.

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Your heart has to break for this sweetie, Daisy an 8-year old Shepherd/Greyhound mix at Found Chicago

They work with the dogs' - who almost always have behavior and/or physical "issues," provide training, care and ultimately adopt them.

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Nate a Pomeranian Pekingese mix is available at Found Chicago

Some in Chicago's shelter world say the need for Found Chicago has been accelerated in recent months with all the issues going on at Chicago's Animal Care & Control. It was a vision ahead of its time, and now a reality - to take these dogs some say can not be rehabilitated. Like all shelters, Found Chicago needs volunteers, 773-539-3380 and also your contributions.

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  • While I admire the effort these folks are putting forth the effort with these dogs, would you like to adopt a dog with a serious bite history? I'm not talking a fearful nip or air snap, but rather a full on, sink your canines in bite. With no accredited behaviorist or behavior consultant on staff, this has me worried.

  • In reply to roverrandom:

    @sportsk9 I AM BITTING MY TONG NOT TO SWEAR AT YOU!
    I have saved and placed well over 20 Dogs at least half had issues when I met them. ALL have found homes with Loving Parents. Two of thees Dogs were allowed to become wild again(spoiled no discipline)
    So my Problem is not with the Dogs as much as the ADOPTER not being a responsible PARENT.
    I Kept one of the "problem" Dogs. She live happily with five other Dogs in(roaming freely) my home
    p.s. ALL ARE APBT's

  • In reply to roverrandom:

    first of all, who said that ANY of these dogs have bite histories? i have started volunteering at found and all of them are dogs that were abused but have issues medically that affect there behavior. places like paws and anti cruelty dont have the time to give the medical case dogs what they need, so there is no behavior improvement. i can say i have met taz and he just needed a patient person to run out his energy and them train him. now he is adopted. daisy is old and is pre arthritis and another shlter was going to euthanize her bc of her age. DONT MAKE JUDGEMENTS YOU DONT KNOW ABOUT.

    they also have two handlers on staff so dogs get basic obedience training, but they also work with two major trainers in the community everyday as well. curtis scott and jeff jenkins. do you research, get to know the org before you make a snap judgement.

    would you rather these dogs who have suffered abuse, heartowms, been hit by cars, are crippled, old, etc... just never get a chance to be happy? how day you...

  • In reply to slinkychicken:

    OMG, don't go off the deep end, slinky! Those trainers are NOT listed on the web site staff list, so don't blame me for not knowing that they are staff!! By the way, I know the other facility and also the vet who works right next door. Those dogs are in good hands medically.

  • In reply to slinkychicken:

    YOU GO @slinkychicken :)

  • In reply to slinkychicken:

    IT takes a lot of cash to do what should be done. I Just handle the Dogs, All the Dogs I work with were IN the 11th hour...Again they would not be here today, If it were not the poor shelters taking them in.
    And Damn those in it "FOR THE MONEY" ( so many big hearted uninformed donors to suck dry with fancy Credentials (I went to collage pay me $100,000 to work with your homless Dogs) YOU MAKE ME SICK!

  • In reply to mpsky:

    @mpsky, I agree with you about those in it only for the money. Who needs 'em!! I think that many professionals with "fancy credentials" DO volunteer their time and talents, so don't forget about them.

  • In reply to mpsky:

    I Would Welcome Any Pro Help, Don't see any in the past Year. As a matter of fact the Only volunteers are unemployed or underemployed Democrats without BA.'s in anything!

  • In reply to mpsky:

    I am in Carol Streem IL. in the need of walkers(bikers),groomers,trainers, and vets
    I'll take back my last statement we have ONE Doctor (he is excellent) Giller Animal Hospital - 27W120 NORTH AVE
    WEST CHICAGO, IL 60185
    (630) 293-1575
    But he work cheap. No volunteer

  • In reply to slinkychicken:

    Okay here's the skinny - I do have intimate knowledge of Found. I have done more than my fair share of research. I know of one dog in Found's care that has bitten multiple people, one severely. Would you adopt this dog? Would you feel safe taking this dog out in public? The sad thing is that this dog's behavior has steadily gotten worse since coming to Found...

    Jenkins and Scott hardly qualify as behaviorists. Both are nothing more than traditional trainers that focus on suppressing behavior rather than addressing it.

    Since you brought up Taz, I'm curious as to whether his true history has been disclosed. Do you know his back story? Do you know which organization really saved him from the chopping block?

  • In reply to roverrandom:

    First off, these dogs as with all rescue dogs are adopted by people who are deemed appropriate not just anyone, so maybe you are not comfortable with it, but there might be someone out there who can handle the dog and it's needs. Yes there are going to be mistakes, as with all shelters and rescues there are mistakes, and some mistakes end in bites, but that is a risk you take when working with animals even ones you feel safe with.
    Jenkins and Scott might not be as positive as you would like them, but the incorporate many positive techniques and behavior modification in training. Just wondering how many times you have made it out to Englewood to see Jenkins class of all bully breeds ? As far as calling themselves behaviorist, many, many trainers call themselves behaviorist whether it is in writing or in person who are technically only trainers.
    As far as Taz goes, there are rescues that pull dogs and end up euthinizing them, IMHO just because one organization initially pulled him it does not mean they really saved him. It is the organization that spends the time and money on him.

  • In reply to imagine663:

    @graham4043 I have about 25 stalls for the homeless, I see what you'r saying, you are so succinct!

  • In reply to imagine663:

    Wow - so busy, I just missed all the comments here. I appreciate comments always, and apologize for not being able to keep up....

    About Found. I expressed a concern about not using accredited behaviorists early on. I have not seen there trainers in action or talked with them for any length of time. I actually know a perfect person for them....Having said all of that - HUGE props for the folks over there for TRYING to do the right thing.

    Listen, it's so complicated now in Chicago and may I say dysfunctional - it's a challenge to stay straight to your mission....Until someone offers a reason for me to believe otherwise I am a huge fan. Also, by the way, the new kid on the block is always viewed with some skepticism by all of us - I'm not sure that's a bad thing. One thing evident about everyone here - you all care.

  • In reply to SteveDale:

    right on, steve!

  • In reply to imagine663:

    If Jenkins and Scott - and I don't know them....are saying they are behaviorists, that is wrong and should stop - even if they are wonderful dog trainers. And I bet they are!!! And there's nothing lesser about a dog trainer....I am actually certified as a behavior consultant, though I don't train dogs (per se). Then there are the Veterinary Behaviorists, and PhD or Applied Animal Behaviorists. Everyone has a niche. What counts is whether they are successfully helping these dogs. Check out "The Lost Dogs," the story of the Vick dogs by Jim Gorant....many had foster families, not professional trainers. Depending on what the dog needs, a little love can do the trick other dogs need far more. By all accounts, whatever the Found dogs need, these guys are doing it right. I would love to see them work, and to meet them - and the first thing I do is say 'thank you.'

  • In reply to SteveDale:

    I am well aware of what constitutes a behaviorist, and truthfully I do not know if Jenkins or Scott call themselves that. I do know plenty of other trainers who do, some in print, some in person, much of the time it is a label put on trainers by well meaning clients, or even a good intentioned journalist trying to point out that the job is much more than teaching Rover to sit. My point is that it is a wildly misused word in the industry and to single two people out, and to me it seems like it is because sportk9 does not like the way they train, is not helping anyone, least of all the dogs.

  • In reply to roverrandom:

    so you would want them to euthanize the dog that has bitten people and give up on him? how do you even know they are adopting this dog out? they don't even put dogs they have in their care until after 2 weeks when they dog has adjusted. And who said Jenkins and Scott are behaviorists? You pulled that one out of nowhere considering they are trainers, who help train their dogs. As far as Taz, if Found hadn't pulled him he would most likely be sitting at ACC still nipping at people, but no, that has stopped once he got the training he needed.

  • In reply to roverrandom:

    and by day, i mean dare you.

    i just can't stand people who judge before even know what is going on especially when animals lives are at stake.

  • In reply to roverrandom:

    Found is doing amazing things - taking the time to work with the animals that truly need the care and attention, supervised by trained professionals. Giving the dogs another chance at a livable, healthy life is truly remarkable - its very sad if you disagree.

  • sportsk9, I share your concern re: no accredited behaviorists on staff. There are only 2 "handlers" listed and neither one is listed anywhere else as a trainer or professional dog handler. Maybe they are incredibly gifted handlers, but where are the credentials or experience for re-habbing "problem" dogs?

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