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 AnnaOTAT@gmail.com.
Elaine is a total volunteer favorite and if you come into meet her, you'll see why! She adores everyone and is a happy go lucky labby gal. Having previously lived in a foster home, though Elaine would love to hang out with her folks as much as possible, she does just fine being alone for a few hours at a time. We believe Elaine is 6-7 years old and she has an awesome energy level; playful and engaging (lordy she loves her squeaky toys!) but not hyper. With other dogs Elaine generally fares well but can be a bit hit or miss with certain dog so if you have other canine companions we'll just need to ensure it's a good match.
This beautiful girl is in the midst of completing her heartworm treatment but can be adopted at any time and the rescue is financially covering the remainder of her treatment at our vet's office. She's now spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped and eager to find a permanent home. Her adoption fee is $300 and if interested you can access our application here: Apply Now
Dumpling is everything her name would suggest. She is an absolute joy. Dumpling loves being with her humans and follows her foster mom around the house and is a total snuggle bug. She is leary of men and has barked at a few while on walks although she has quickly warmed up to every man she has interacted with when given the chance. She has not shown any aggression toward anyone. She is peacefully coexisting with the resident cat and does not get aggressive when he tries to steal her delicious dog food. Dumpling enjoys 'talking' to her humans and has unique barks for when she wants to go out, wants attention or simply sees something interesting outside, although she is by no means is a loud dog. Dumpling is crated while her foster human is at work and does well. She barks for a few minute but then quickly settles and is happy to nap. Depending on how long she is crated she has had accidents in her crate due to the small size of her bladder although a puppy mat in the bottom is enough to solve this. She has not had any accidents in the house.
At night she enjoys sharing the bed with her human, preferring to also share the covers and sometimes the pillow although she is an easy, quiet bed mate. She typically gets up between 6 and 6:30 and just needs a few minutes outside to go to the bathroom and then is content going back to sleep until her human is ready to wake up. During the day she is mellow and prefers to cuddle on the couch with her human and a blanket.
This cutie is now spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $150 and if interested you can access our application here: Apply Now
Haylee is a 3-4 year old mutt (our best guess would be Yorkshire terrier/Maltese or Shihtzu mix). She's about 15lbs. She is fully potty trained but had a couple accidents the first few days before she knew the ropes. While I am at work she stays in a large crate and is able to last the whole work day without having any accidents in her crate. She doesn't bark except for on rare occasion but even then it is only 2-3 yips and done. Also she has both slept in my bed and slept in the crate never having an accident or barking either place.
When she came to the rescue, she was suffering from some major skin irritations pretty much all over her body. She was clearly uncomfortable and actually had to wear a cone due to constant scratching. Her skin has cleared up tremendously over the past three weeks in foster, she hardly itches at all but she does still have a pretty bare chest and a couple other spots the hair is starting to grow back.
Haylee does need a couple days to warm up to people. The first coupledays in my home she was growly and liked her own space/boundaries. After night 1 she warmed up tremendously and after the first week she was a different dog. I can play with her however I want and she is amenable to it. When new people come over she would prefer to be left alone and allowed to approach on her own time. When approached by almost anyone I bring over she's a little unsure at first and as such, we're looking for an adult home for this cutie. Repeat visitors she remembers and loves. She likes other dogs. She gets along well with my dog and tries to play but my dog does not know how to play so she hasn't gotten a ton of playtime in. Once she's warmed up she's pretty much the sweetest dog ever. She loves to snuggle, she loves to chase her full sized tennis ball, she loves walks, she loves treats and is very treat motivated so would be easy to teach tricks- she does know 'sit' and 'down'.
This beauty is now vaccinated and heartworm tested and will be spayed prior to adoption. Her adoption fee is $300 and if interested 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.
Save for the fact that she is leash reactive towards other dogs, she's basically a perfect creature. Sapphie's foster parents can give great tips on what works for them while out on walks too!
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 $300 and if interested you can access our application here: Apply Now
If you are looking for a chill companion who still has some fun loving energy and ton of love to give, Nola could be your gal. She's a tripod who hails from Alabama and lost her leg to a gunshot wound.
Don't let the missing leg fool you though. Nola is so full of energy she sometimes just cannot contain it. When excited, her happy tap dance is a sight to behold. She really would prefer to run when going out for walks, and every person she meets is her new best friend.
She is not a guard dog. There is no barking at strangers walking in or even when other dogs are making a ruckus outside. She is house trained, although she doesn't vocalize when she needs to go. She will just hold it until time to go out. She does have a bark, but reserves it for when encountering another dog on a walk.
With some work to be more polite with her dog leash introductions, she does fine with some other pooches though may thrive most as the only canine kiddo in her forever home. When not on the leash, Nola is very laid back. All she wants to do is be near you, preferably snuggled up on the couch.
She will happily keep your yard and home completely rodent, bunny and cat free. Unfortunately this does make homes with cats or other small animals a poor option for her. She is fascinated by these small furry things and is quite sure they require more investigation. What flavor is that one?
She's much less interested in toys. She doesn't really chew on anything and is not at all destructive. She is crate trained, but would happily sleep on the bed with you and just chill on the couch while you're out.
This peach is about 3-4 years old, spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchippd. Her adoption fee is $300 and our application can be accessed here: Apply Now
This sweet gal is new to the rescue and so well behaved. Her temperament is gentle, kisses galore, and energy level for a dog her age (approximately 6 years old) is still spunky. She enjoys long walks in the burbs, playing with toys in the yard and cuddling with her foster humans. Her household behavior is great; Brownie is potty trained, knows a handful of commands and actually doesn't mind being in her crate when her humans are away. When it's time for bed she starts out on her own but quickly moves in for a snuggle.
We've noticed that Brownie does have some separation anxiety when left alone without being crated, and though this has improved with time, we'd still recommend crating when no one is home. Brownie adores everyone who comes through the door and though she hasn't previously lived with kids, she has such a wonderful temperament she'd likely be a good match for a home with people of all ages.
While out for walks she will need some coaching as to not chase rabbits and squirrels. As soon as she gets some energy out of her she walks like a dream.
She's the only pooch in her foster home but does great greeting other dogs when out for strolls and at events.
Brownie is now spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $300 and if interested you can access our application here: Apply Now
I swear, if Sir Lancelot was my dog I'd be torn between renaming him either Beaker (Muppets) or Theron Greyjoy (Game of Thrones). He has a look similar to these characters and a bit of a mix of their personalities.
Lance was one of 13 other dogs (and one cat) that was confiscated by the police during a police bust and initially brought to Chicago Animal Control. While there he was in the Safe Humane Court Case Dog program and really blossomed and thrived. He is obviously used to a large pack and now is trying to adjust to life in a smaller pack with his canine foster bro, Chief. He is about 4 years old and has a chill energy mixed with a"what do I do now?" energy. He needs time to adjust to the big change in his life and find his order so he can calm down and just have fun being a dog. He paces nervously back and forth because he's not sure what to do, but he is so gentle and sweet that he can do well in any type of household. I've yet to hear him bark outside of when he is sleeping and obviously having an active dream. He is great with the cats because he is afraid of them. He is a smaller guy and weighs about 40lbs.He has been around my neighbors small children and I am confident he'd do well in a house with kids. He doesn't jump, get into your stuff, he is fine in his crate and doesn't make a peep. He is very well sweetie pie. He also has free behavior modification training for life through Safe Humane Chicago!
His new forever family will have to understand that he is either decompressing after being bopped around from his fist home, to CACC and then to my house or else he may just have some ongoing significant anxieties. His adoptive family will have to understand that depending how Lance's adjustment in the new home goes they might have to consult a vet about meds so he has a better quality of life; we've seen other dogs who experience some anxiety adjusting to the good life thrive on medication so we'll see what the future holds for this sweet buddy!
He was great in playgroup when he was at Chicago Animal Care and Control and seems as though he'd really thrive living in a home with another confident dog to show him the ropes and help this lovebug further acclimate to the life he deserves!
Lancelot is now neutered, vaccinated, heartwom tested, and microchipped. He's about four years old and his adoption fee is $300. If interested, you can access our application here: Apply Now
Jack is a wonderful charismatic dog, Though he's 11 years old, he has the energy of a 2 year old, always wants to play outside enjoying the weather and loves going on walks. At the same time, he loves to lay next to anyone of his foster humans and does love being with people. When we enter the house, he jumps around all over, up our legs, jumps onto the sofa from excitement, comes back by our legs, back to the sofa - just a lovable one!
This handsome guy is neutered, vaccinated, and heartworm tested. Though a senior, he's also a largely healthy fellow, In the past, he has had some small stones so he's now on a healthy urine/dissoltion diet to help manage this but does not need any intervention beyond diet and urinalysis every six months, Jack's adoption fee is $150 and if interested you can access our application here: Apply Now
Charlie is the sweetest little guy! He does take a little time adjusting to new people, so he needs a patient home where he can come out of his shell. Once he does, he will love you forever! He has made huge improvements in his current foster home.
When we first picked up Charlie he was very skittish and wouldn't let us near him. After 3-4 days he warmed up to us and now jumps all over us when we come home! He's learned how to sit for a treat, and though he had a few accidents at first, he is now housebroken. He loves going on walks with our dog Alfie. As long as it's not dark out, then he'd rather stay inside. He follows Alfie around and looks up to him for guidance. He also follows me all around the house, making sure I never leave his sight. He's still very timid of strangers and loud noises, though. I think once he's over his heartworm he'll be a great running buddy. He is a super fast runner!
He would do best in a house with another small dog to learn from. He is fine around cats as well. He's a total sweetheart!
Charlie is about a year old and around 13 lbs. He is now neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. He's heartworm positive and undergoing treatment for that but can be adopted at any time; the rescue will continue to cover the cost of treatment at our veterinarian. Charlie's adoption fee is $300 and if interested you can access our application at: Apply Now
Ruthie is five years old and a sweet, gentle soul. She has a giant fluffy tail that never stops wagging. Ruthie is quite shy due to her rough beginnings (she came to us from a hoarding situation and had an embedded collar), and she takes a little while to warm up to new people. She has thrived in a female-only home but can take longer to acclimate to men so ideally would go to either an adult female home or a home with patient men who will give her time to feel comfortable and build up their relationship. However, once Ruthie gets to know you, all she wants to do is cuddle and give kisses! She's great on walks, and doesn't pull or chase after other furry friends but seems hit or miss with other dogs when up close and personal so may prefer to be the only dog in her forever home. Ruthie loves cheese, and takes treats very politely.
She's very eager to show off her tricks if there are biscuits available! Ruthie is crate trained, but she doesn't need to be crated during the day since she isn't mischievous or destructive at all. But, Ruthie actually prefers to sleep in her crate if no one is around to cuddle, so you don't have to feel badly about leaving her in the crate if you prefer! Once you meet Ruthie, you'll immediately fall in love with her giant doe eyes and her sweet disposition!
This beauty is about 5 years old and is now spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $300 and if interested you can access our application here: Apply Now
Per his foster family...We love Kojack! He's the sweetest dog in the world and loves being petted (he'll nudge you with his head or paw if he isn't getting enough love). His expressions can be hysterical at times. Kojack is well mannered. He doesn't jump or steal food nor is he aggressive in any nature. He's house and crate trained, but is usually just left out and about in the house when we're away. If put in his crate, he may whine for a minute, but that's about it. Kojack enjoys his walks, but could use a bit a leash work (we walk him with a no-pull harness, which works well). Kojack is great with all people and dogs and will be a great addition to any family!
Kojack is a senior fellow (8-9 years old) and though he's generally a healthy guy, he does have some arthritis so may struggle to get into vehicles but does great with his day to day routine. He'd love a single family home with a yard or a first level apartment/condo with a yard just so he doesn't have to do a huge amount of stairs on a daily basis.
This smartie pants knows "sit" "down" and "come." He's vaccinated and heartworm tested and will be neutered and microchipped prior to adoption. His adoption fee is $150 and you can access our application here: Apply Now