One Tail at a Time is a no-kill rescue. Our animals are either housed in volunteer foster homes or at our Adoption Center and can be introduced to approved potential adopters who complete an adoption survey.
Adoption fees are $350 for puppies under 6 months, $300 for adult dogs, and $150 for dogs over 7 years old. Senior people that adopt senior dogs will get a special rate of $100. This includes spay/neuter, microchip, all vaccines and a wellness exam.
For more information on an adoptable dog, contact the Adoption Counselor listed in each dog’s profile, or email AllisonOTAT@gmail.com.
To view our available dogs, click here!
Looking to adopt for the holidays?
Please note: From December 24th-January 1st, our Adoption Center will be housing potentially contagious dogs and therefore *closed* to the public. Adoptions during this time will be by appointment only. Thank you!
Mickey is about five-years-old and around 30 pounds. For an older guy with a bum hip he sure has a lot of pep in his step. We go on some pretty long brisk walks and he loves to run after his ball. And if he thinks I have something he wants to eat he's jumping at least waist high like it's no big deal.
He's a world class snuggler and would probably prefer to just stay curled up next to me all day. He doesn't do well in his crate overnight b/c he'll bark at any noise he hears but I've let him sleep in my bed and he stays curled up and quiet all night.
He's house trained and he's very treat motivated so he picked up "sit" pretty quickly.
Mickey can be a bit selective about who he's friendly with. He's not particularly concerned with who we pass on the street and when he was dropped off at the AC he was friendly with everyone, but he does take a little time to warm up to people occasionally and seems to prefer women to men in most situations.
He's very eager to make friends with little dogs, but he's not so sure of big dogs and would probably prefer not to live with anyone who's too much larger than him!
Mickey will be a great companion for someone looking for a fun, snuggly little buddy to hang out with.Apply Now
Zoey has a ton of puppy energy and LOVES attention from anything and everything. She is starting to pick up on her potty training and walking on a leash, and has recently become obsessed with watching and trying to chase birds. She loves treats and is good in her crate. She is afraid of squeaky toys but loves to chew on bones or anything she can get her hands on. She typically sleeps all through the night. She is a huge cuddler, and hugs you as soon as she meets you.
Zoey Hart is now spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $350 and you can access our application here: Apply Now
Gazelle is about 4 months old and weighs about 25 lbs.
Gazelle loves to chase balls in the backyard. She also LOVES her squeaky toys inside! She is 'almost' housebroken and just needs a schedule. She also LOVES to chew on a nylabone. She is super smart and motivated to learn! With just one training session (with our training partner Kiki Yablon) she figured out that her bed was a good place to be and learned to go there when we asked her to. She knows 'sit' and we were working 'stay' and 'come'. She enjoys her crate and sleeps through the night if she is in it. She still needs work on leash manners and is a bit of a barker, but I am confident with training she will be an amazing addition to someone's family. After a few days she more or less left our cats alone. Typical puppy energy so needs a family willing to work with her.
Gazelle is now spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $350 and you can access our application here: Apply Now
Burrata is about 2 years old and weighs around 65 lbs.
Burrata is a total love bug! She's a mellow gal with a playful side and loves all people including kids. She loves taking a quick walk around the block before settling in for some cuddle time on the couch. She loves chewing on a Busy Bone, breaking and chasing sticks, car rides, stealing pillows, and watching Jeopardy. Burrata is a sucker for peanut butter but despises most fruits and vegetables. She usually knows the command sit and will always come when you call her.
She has had a few accidents but is doing extremely well with house training. Keeping her on a regular potty schedule has been working well for her. Burrata likes other dogs but seems to prefer those with a mellow temperament that matches her relaxed vibe. She is so sweet and loves to shake her little tail every time we come home.
Loving, mellow, and snuggly, Burrata is a pure joy! She requires very little from her humans and gives nothing but love in return.
We are waiving all adoption fees for our adult dogs (normally $300) from 12/11 until 12/23 for the holidays, so Burrata's adoption fee is now $0.
Burrata is now spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. You can access our application here: Apply Now
Waldo is about 1.5 years old and weights about 14 lbs.
Waldo warms up quickly and once he does, he's all cuddles. This patient pup is a real gentleman to cats, over-exuberant children, and seems interested in other dogs on walks. He's happy to let you sleep in, in exchange for morning belly rubs once you're up. He does well on walks and does best on a harness. He has a good energy level, but is also willing to just hang out on the couch. He's a great listener, a loyal friend and a very good boy.
We are waiving all adoption fees for our adult dogs (normally $300) from 12/11 until 12/23 for the holidays, so Waldo's adoption fee is now $0.
Waldo is now neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. You can access our application here: Apply Now
Godzilla is about 4 years old and around 15 lbs.
This little dude Godzilla is just about the weirdest doggo I have ever had the pleasure of fostering or maybe even meeting. Sometimes he sits and stares at you with his tongue partially hanging out with one ear up and one ear down. Cannot deny the cuteness factor! Godzilla co-existed nicely with his 55 lb foster sister and some of her friends that came by. Godzilla really enjoys chewing bones, kong, tennis balls and tug. He is 100% crate trained and not only goes in there willingly but will sleep through the night without an accident. Godzilla is working on his potty training during the day. Godzilla was sweet and shy with new people he met in his foster him as well. Finally, this guy LOVES him some human food. He is quite the little beggar :). Overall, whomever adopts this nerdy nerd is going to be entertained by a sassy little guy who takes pride in being the cutest kid on the block.
We are waiving all adoption fees for our adult dogs (normally $300) from 12/11 until 12/23 for the holidays, so Godzilla's adoption fee is now $0.
Godzilla is now neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. You can access our application here: Apply Now
Silhouette is around 8 months old and weighs about 40 pounds. She is such a sweetheart, she's great with other dogs and absolutely loves a trip to the park. She knows a few commands and is very smart for her age! She's very well behaved and does a great job of letting you know when she needs to go outside. It does take her a couple minutes to get comfortable around new people but once she trusts you she's very friendly. She loves to cuddle but she's pretty independent and doesn't have to be in the same room as you all the time. Her favorite toys are bones, which she'll chew until they're completely gone, and kongs (especially when they're filled with peanut butter.) She's pretty high energy but once she's gone to the park she'll sleep for hours. Silhouette also hangs out in her crate while her foster family is gone and does very well.
Silhouette is now spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $300 and you can access our application here: Apply Now
Helen is about 5 months and around 35 lbs.
If you look up 'brindle beauty' in the dictionary, you'll see a picture of Helen. This sweet girl is full of goofy, puppy love and the occasional puppy antic. She has learned quickly to potty outside and that walking on a leash can be fun! She sleeps well in the crate at night and is always excited for another day. Helen is guaranteed to turn heads on walks and keep you smiling.
She has not lived with another dog yet, but she does well seeing other dogs on walks and has played well with other dogs.
Helen is now spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $350 and you can access our application here: Apply Now
Chilli is about 1 year old and around 70 lbs.
This Super smart goofball is sure to charm the pants off of anyone. I mean look at that adorable face! Chilli is very treat motivated and knows lots of commands like sit, stay, down and roll-over. We are currently solidifying his crate training and house training skills and he is doing very well. He is very affectionate and loves to play. He would be a great addition to an active household and would thrive with a family that has a house with a yard or someone that has a very active and can give him frequent walks. He isn't obnoxiously energetic but he is still young and still has some puppy energy to burn off. Chilli also likes to cuddle up on the couch and watch t.v. while chewing on a bone. Chilli does need time to get used to people and other dogs he doesn't know while he is on walks but does great when people come to his foster home to say hello. He currently lives with another male dog and two cats and gets along fine with everyone. As an added bonus, he has lifetime behavior modification training through Safe Humane Chicago.
We are waiving all adoption fees for our adult dogs (normally $300) from 12/11 until 12/23 for the holidays, so Chilli's adoption fee is now $0.
Chilli is now neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. You can access our application here: Apply Now
Linnet is about 5 months old and 20 lbs.
Linnet is a very smart little pup! She has learned sit, get down, lay down, and walk. She was living with a cat in her foster home and they coexisted together in the same space. She has met other dogs off-leash and loves to play. She could use work on her leash manners, so her foster mom did not do any introductions with dogs on leashes. She has crate anxiety and will have accidents in the crate (both one and two). Her foster mom had an extra room that she put Linnet in when she was not home to avoid the crate anxiety and that worked much better. She is still working on potty training and before she left her foster home she was only have one or two accidents in the house. Even when she was left alone in her room she stopped having accidents. She is a great dog that loves to snuggle, chew on bones, and give kisses! Linnet would do best in a home where someone is at home with her for most of the day or she has a set schedule that she follows!
Linnet is now spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $350 and you can access our application here:Apply Now
Nacho is Nacho is Nacho is 7-8 months old and around 20 pounds.
He is a total snugglebug! He'll curl up under a blanket in his bed or, if you let him, right next to you in bed. He's great in the house. No accidents since being in foster. He'll let you know he needs to potty by barking at the door and pawing at his leash. Also, he does well in his crate. His cooperation is definitely encouraged by stuffed Kongs-- peanut butter, frozen yogurt/berries, pumpkin/kibble freezes. He gets so excited that he squeaks a little.
Nacho has a super high prey drive, so he'd be best in a home with leashed walks instead of a yard. He does well on the martingale collar or in a harness. 🙂
He's fab w people, kids and other pups! He introduces himself pretty enthusiastically, but he reads body language well & knows when to back off. He'd be thrilled to move in a home w another pup who likes to wrestle. He knows how to sit & shake, and he's working on down & stay.
Nacho is now neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $300 and you can access our application here:Apply Now
Boxy is 3 years old and 70 lbs. Boxy is just the best. She's sweet and cuddly and loves to play but is just as happy to chill out on the couch with you all day. She's great about being in her crate, is totally housebroken, and loves playing with other dogs. Boxy may have had some less-than-great experiences with men in the past, so she still needs a little help learning that she doesn't have to be afraid of them sometimes.
We are waiving all adoption fees for our adult dogs (normally $300) from 12/11 until 12/23 for the holidays, so Boxy's adoption fee is now $0.
Boxy is now spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. You can access our application here: Apply Now
Lola is about 1 year old and around 60 lbs.
Lola is an awesome dog that loves to greet humans with enthusiastic full-body wiggles every time she sees you, because her little boxer nubbin' tail just cannot wag fast enough! Despite her 50lbs of love, she prefers snuggling up on the couch right in your lap just to make sure she is close enough for ample petting.
Are you or your kids' messy eaters? Well good. Lola prefers hanging out underneath your chair to catch any scraps that might fall and is very helpful cleaning up toddlers faces with generous kisses. Think of all the money you will save on paper towels and time vacuuming!
Lola sure loves bully sticks and is a champion chewer of anything looking tasty. It's best to keep her busy with favorite toys and bones. She's mostly housebroken and does well in a crate when the humans are gone and when sleeping at night. She enjoys romping around with her foster dog siblings and is more of a follower than a leader, but has no problem keeping up. Her favorite game is tag and enjoys a good long snuggle nap after a long day of chasing.
We are waiving all adoption fees for our adult dogs (normally $300) from 12/11 until 12/23 for the holidays, so Lola's adoption fee is now $0.
Lola is now spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. You can access our application here: Apply Now
Hey friends! My name is Carlton. I'm a very handsome, very sweet 2-year-old lab mix who loves lots of naps and pets. I am still a little unsure of the city and do not like loud or unfamiliar noises so spend the majority of my day lounging in my crate or on my dog bed in my foster family's laundry room which I have claimed as my own. I love treats and will sometimes explore other areas of the house just to get them. I get curious when I can't see my foster mom and now that I am warming up, like to come out and spy on her when I think she isn't looking. I am crate trained and have never had an accident in the house. I get very nervous when I go outside and do best pottying in a quite environment with few cars zooming by. I will need help learning basic commands and leash training but my foster mom thinks that once I adjust to my new life in Chicago learn quickly, especially since I love food! I really enjoy chewing my big bone and licking my Kong filled with peanut butter. My foster sister Maddie and I get along great and I wouldn't mind having another dog around to teach me new tricks. Because I am so shy I would do best in a relaxed home that gives me plenty of time to warm up and get to know you. I currently weigh about 55lbs.
Carlton is now neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. His adoption fee is now $0 (previously $300) thanks to a very generous donor. You can access our application here:Apply Now
This approximately 1 year old beauty, originally joined the rescue earlier in the summer and though we were all immediately smitten, she needed some help with her confidence building and socialization. She will thrive with a chill home who will give her time to settle in and understands that she likes to engage on her own timeline. She's not going to be the kind of gal who immediately runs into your arms and licks your face but once she knows you she'll love you more than anything in the world and adores a good couch cuddle session. She is very food motivated and not above changing her opinion of you for a hotdog.
Saffron has also done well with her interactions with other dogs. As with many adolescent dogs she can be a rough and tumble player with her canine friends, but has no issues walking by them appropriately on walks and did previously live in a home with another pooch.
We are waiving all adoption fees for our adult dogs (normally $300) from 12/11 until 12/23 for the holidays, so Saffron's adoption fee is now $0.
Saffron is a healthy, spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and heartworm negative medium sized (approximately 50 lbs) gal. We'd love to have her trainer help her transition into a loving home so if you'd like to meet her you can access our application here: Apply Now
Yatzhee came to OTAT from Hurricane Irma territory, and when he arrived, underweight and with a bit of a cold, it was clear that he had been through a tumultuous few weeks. But this adorable little man is on the mend and in high spirits!
This 10-pound pup has the most adorable little tail wag, and from the way he prances up and down stairs, you'd never guess that he was at least 8 years old. He likes the simple things in life: mealtime, treats, cuddling up near you on the couch, sleeping through the night, following his people from room to room, and taking walks to sniff out the neighborhood. He loves being outside and will happily sniff around the yard for ages.
Yahtzee gets along great with the other dog in his foster home, and he barely notices the cat. Yahtzee is housebroken, but he occasionally marks around the house. He does not like being crated and will cry if you leave him in a crate, but he's perfectly happy lounging about the house. He would do best in a home without kids, as he can get scared and reactive when picked up unexpectedly.
This fellow has both heart and kidney disease. He is on medication paired with prescription food and totally thriving but his long-term prognosis is a bit unknown (though we have high hopes that he has many good years ahead of him) . He is vaccinated, heartworm negative, and microchipped. If the vet deems it safe to neuter him we'll cover the cost of surgery but his heart health is the priority.
We are waiving all adoption fees for our adult dogs (normally $300) from 12/11 until 12/23 for the holidays, so Yahtzee's adoption fee is now $0.
You can access our application here: Apply Now
Shadowcat, is very much still a crazy, goofy, funny puppy. The vet predicts she is just around a year old and is 40 pounds. She loves to nibble and do zoomies. She has been doing very well with leash walking, loves to spend time curled up in her crate, and does all her business outside. She loves her Kong and chew bones, especially if someone sneaks some peanut butter in there. She loves to snuggle, and is such a wiggle butt.
She wants to be with you as much as she can. She is fascinated by people and has been very friendly. In fact she loves people so much that she sometimes get overly excited and mouths her handler. Shadowcat has been training hard, though and is learning a little more everyday how to be even more relaxed.
We are waiving all adoption fees for our adult dogs (normally $300) from 12/11 until 12/23 for the holidays, so Shadowcat's adoption fee is now $0.
Shadowcat is now spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. Our application can be accessed here: Apply Now
Geronimo is 2.5 years old and 60 lbs. This fella will steal your heart in under 30 seconds. He has beautiful eyes and a goofily large head (and equally large goofy smile). He will wag his tail and quickly grab the nearest toy to show every human he meets. If you toss a ball or toy he knows to retrieve and (sometimes) drop it. While he is extremely playful, Geronimo loves to cuddle and have Netflix nap time. He's as gentle as they come! He's a tiny pup in a big lug's body and will plop himself right onto your chest when it's time for bed. He is a very smart guy and is completely house trained. Fair warning: when you leave him, he will give you the cutest head tilt in hopes of you quitting your job to instead play fetch and cuddle him all day long.
G-man isn't a huge fan of other canines and needs to be the solo dog in his forever home. While out on walks he is able to be redirected, especially when there are some tasty treats in store for him! We aren't sure how he feels about feline friends as he hasn't, to the best of our knowledge, had any exposure.
Geronimo is now neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. His adoption fee is usually $300 but two generous donors have covered the fee for this lovable guy! If interested you can access our application here: Apply Now
Cooper is about 6 years old and 12 pounds.
Gary Cooper or Agent Cooper...either icon pairs well with this dashing, dapper gentleman that is comfortable in his own skin. He's as easy as they come - he is housebroken, crate trained, likes a short walk here and there, is a fan of sleeping and entertains himself. He loves affection (he almost instantly does a rollover, 'rub my belly, please!' move), but doesn't demand it of his family.
As you might expect from a senior dude, he's used to doing things his own way and likes to come to people on his own terms and would benefit from a low key home environment.
*Due to his size and maturity, he would do best in a home with respectful children over 12 years.
We are waiving all adoption fees for our adult dogs (normally $300) from 12/11 until 12/23 for the holidays, so Cooper's adoption fee is now $0.
He is now neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. You can access our application here: Apply Now
Sapphie is literally the sweetest little hippo you'll ever have the pleasure of knowing. She is a total gem with people and just loves to snuggle, cuddle, and be the best movie watching buddy in the world. She has great household manners and is housebroken, crate trained, and at around 3-4 years old is an awesome age too...past puppyhood but still has a long life ahead of her.
Sapphire is basically a perfect creature, save for the fact that she can be quite aggressive towards other dogs. She will need a family who is comfortable managing this behavior and a home where she won't be encountering too many fellow canines on daily walks. Her adoption counselors are more than happy to offer tips and advice for managing Sapphire's leash reactivity!
When this mush mouth joined the rescue, she was in need of eye surgery but has now completed that and is totally healthy and thriving. She's also spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $0 thanks to a very generous donor (normally $300). !f interested you can access our application here: Apply Now
Amos is about 2.5 years old and weighs about 50 lbs.
Amos is a sweet goofball. He's good walking on a leash, ignoring most dogs he encounters. He has a keen interest in squirrels and rabbits. He sits and stays on command and is very food motivated. Though not a cuddler, he will share a couch with you. However, if he has the couch to himself, he will knock all of the cushions off before settling down. His foster mom is also pretty sure he is part cat or deer because he will walk the back of the couch as if on a balance beam.
Amos is always excited to greet his foster mom when she returns. He likes to play and enjoys a game of fetch with a ball or Frisbee. He loves to run! Amos would do best in a house that has a backyard.
He has lived well with young children. He's housebroken and can go a very long time without needing to go out.
Amos is now neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $0 thanks to a very generous donor (normally $300). You can access our application here: Apply Now
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