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.
Hi I'm Sam Houston. Originally from Houston, TX recently relocated to drier land here in the Windy City. Enjoying walks on tree lined streets and trips into the busy city. I love all the new smells and noises, except garbage trucks, those things are too noisy for me. I'm most definitely an extrovert and enjoy all people! The more I socialize, the happier I get. I'm a hugger and kisser. Squeaky toys are my jam and favorite indulgence is peanut butter in my Kong. Crate and house trained. Car rides are super exciting but also soothing, often falling asleep in the back seat. I thrive on routines and I get acclimated pretty quickly because I'm a pretty smart pup, or so I've been told frequently. Just a happy go-lucky and loyal to a fault, big goofball that enjoys having my ears flipped backwards for some known reason, I guess I think I look cool. Looking for my person, like Christina is to Meredith.
Sam is about 6 months old, around 40 lbs, and is now vaccinated. He'll be neutered and microchipped before moving over to the Center. His adoption fee is $300 and you can access our application here: Apply Now
Dallas moved to Chicago from Houston during hurricane Harvey and is loving life in the windy city. She would like to be friends with all of the people, and the other dogs, and the squirrels and is a genuinely happy dog. She is crate trained and house trained (as long as she goes outside on time!) and already knows sit (though it's hard to stay sitting when you're as excited just to be alive as Dallas is). Her favorite things include toys that squeak and playing fetch.
She is an adolescent gal (around seven months) so can be jumpy with her greetings. She's friendly with people of all ages but could unintentionally knock over a small child if too enthused. Dallas is around 40 lbs and cute as can be! She's now spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $300 and you can access our adoption application here: Apply Now
Sarafina is a very sweet and even tempered puppy. She is very energetic and loves to go on long walks. Sara is great on the leash! She would do well in a family with young kids or other dogs. She is nearly housebroken and typically tells you when she needs to go out.
Sarah knows sit and lay down commands and is very food/affection motivated which makes training easy! The only thing she doesn't like is thunderstorms, but she does loves to cuddle. This lady is sure to be a great addition to any family that wants an affectionate, adorable, loyal puppy.
Per her foster family, she will typically bark for about 5-10 minutes after crating, but then she settles down and will sleep. Sometimes is it less, depends on how quickly we get out the door. We have left her crated for up to 4.5 hours without issue. I asked my upstairs neighbor to let us know if she continued barking or whining, they said it hasn't been an issue. If left alone outside of the crate, even for a few minutes, she will scratch at the door and bark/whine so crating seems to be the way to go!
This beauty is about 6-7 months old, around 40 lbs, and is now spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $300 and if interested you can access our application here: Apply Now
Gravy can be described as nothing but a sweet, gentle giant. This handsome boy is the PERFECT Dog. Gravy is roughly 1-2 years old and came to OTAT as a stray in early September. From the time of arrival into foster he has been nothing but super sweet, attentive and well behaved. He has learned sit, and paw very rapidly which leads us to believe that this big knuckle head, all 92 lbs of him is smart but at times a little slow. When out on walks he is responsive to commands, doesn't usually pull unless he wants to sniff the base of a tree or mark a plant. He is not leash reactive to other dogs but they do peak his interest a bit but he usually settles after a few minutes and returns to sniffing everything!! He is not the fastest walker out there and due to his nature and size can only handle a block or two at at time on moderately warm days. One of his favorite activities is backyard play time. He plays fetch with a tennis ball and loves to bounce around the yard and from time to time play keep away. He definitely stays engaged with his playmate and will egg you on for more. When left alone we have noticed that he gets bored so hell need something to keep him occupied, like toys or bones!
Some days he can be SUPER LAZY and not really want to do much and then there are others where PUPPY Gravy springs into action and he needs to be exercised and tuckered out. Tuckering out this big lug doesn't take that long just 15-20 minutes in the back yard or a brisk walk and he's down for the count. His favorite toys we have noticed include nyla bones, rope toys and squeaky tennis balls. He has been introduced to kongs but can't get his tongue into them and gives up after about 10 minutes. At bed time or when ever his fosters leave the house Gravy is crated and does well. He can be left for about 7-8 hours at a time before he needs to stretch and use the facilities.
If you're looking for a companion to snuggle on the couch, but also be able to do his own thing, Gravy is the dog for you.
Gravy is now neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $300 and if interested our application can be accessed here:Apply Now
Tammy is a medium sized (45 lbs), GORGEOUS brindle and white, 1 1/2 year old bundle of joy. She is a very happy girl who loves to play as well as snuggle. She is very social and gets along well with other dogs and even cats. She does need her play time so she will need a family that is willing to take the time to interact with her. She LOVES water and is especially fond of tennis balls. She is extremely agile and super smart. She knows several commands like sit, down, stay and I'm sure you could teach her any trick out there. Once you look into her one brown one blue eye you'll be obsessed as I am. She's the whole package.
Tammy is now spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $300 and if interested our application can be accessed here:Apply Now
Wormy is a senior gentlemen with an inquisitive smile and quirky personality. He loves cuddles and at 10 pounds is the perfect lap dog size. He is house trained and crate trained, but does well when left outside of the crate too. He wants to be cuddled up next to his fosters every waking moment, except when it's dinner time. He loves to go sniffing on walks, but generally prefers to snooze all day. He does well when left alone for long periods of time, but his ideal forever family would stay at home and snuggle him on week nights and weekends. If you're looking for a sweet couch potato who can still make you laugh with a goofy smile, Wormy's your guy!
Wormy is now neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $150 and if interested our application can be accessed here:Apply Now
Mika is the most lovable sweetheart I have ever met! Her happiness and bouncy personality is infectious. She is about 1 year old and weighs 36 lbs. She loves tennis balls and will try to carry one everywhere she goes! She also loves tug-o-war, laying in the sun and sniffing literally everything. Her piglet-like snorts make my heart melt. She is seriously so funny, silly and adorable.
She is very eager to please and VERY food motivated, so training her has gone well. She used to put everything in her mouth and jump on people (at the door, but also to be closer to them once they sat down), but has made awesome progress there. Being a teenager, she will do the occasional frowned upon thing, but she responds really well to direction and can be easily redirected to something more appropriate to focus her attention. She's been listening very well to her foster parents, and we're sure she will do the same to her forever parents.
She's a huge snuggler. She really does make a great companion. She loves other dogs, kids, babies, cats, people- everything really. Unless she smells something crazy, she is perfect on a leash and is completely crate trained. She displayed very minor separation anxiety at first, but with her boost in confidence, she is totally independent and thriving. This gal has come a long way in a short amount of time, so I can't wait to see how great she will be in her forever home!
Mika is nearly housebroken, but would still benefit from a regular outside schedule. She knows sit, down, paw, and (most of the time) stay!
Her energy comes in bursts, so zooming all over followed promptly by a long nap- very manageable.
Bonus: When she sleeps, you can literally see her smile- come on, who doesn't want to wake up to that!
Mika is now spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $300 and if interested our application can be accessed here: Apply Now
Lana is the sweetest little dog ever. She wants your love and attention more than a snack or a toy. She's always craving hugs, kisses and belly rubs. She absolutely adores all people but doesn't pay much attention to other dogs, although she's totally fine around them. She's potty trained and loves walks in nature where she can sniff around -- channeling her inner Beagle! If you're looking for a cuddle bug, Lana is the perfect dog for you! She'll steal your heart in no time.
This cutie is about 4 years old, around 25 lbs, 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
Boone is a complete cuddle bug. Whenever possible, as in EVERY time you sit or lie down, Boone takes the opportunity to smother you with kisses and curl up either in your lap or right next to you. He is house trained but still needs attention and regular trips outside to ensure there are no accidents. He knows 'sit' with an accompanying hand signal. He sits at attention very well when you set his food down and knows to wait until it is on the floor before diving in. He is crate trained but loves his freedom. He does very well on walks but has recently been a little reactive towards other dogs so his leash skills may need a bit of work/management. He has tons of energy and loves to run. He loves his toys too!
Boone is heartworm positive and has just begun treatment. He can be adopted at any time and we'll continue to cover the cost for the duration of his treatment at our partner vet's office in Lakeview. He is now neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. Boone's adoption fee is $300 and if interested you can access our application here: Apply Now
Per Trent's foster family, this quirky guy is so, so sweet and affectionate when he wants to be. He nuzzles into you, and curls up in your lap. He is lazy and sleeps or plays on his own. Greets you at the door and sits eager for pets. However he's also a go slow kind of guy and tries to set his own boundaries but has responded very well to structure and training. He is crate trained and house broken.
Trent is a fun and generally sweet dude who will thrive with a single person or a child-free family. Our trainer will help with Trent's transition and he's certainly worth the effort! He's now neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $300 and if interested you can access our application here: Apply Now
Michael is the sweetest pup around. Although he can be timid and scared at first, once he warms up he is a total lovebug. He has puppy energy (he's right around a year old) and loves to romp around and play with toys, but also is cool with hanging out and watching TV. He is very smart - he learned how to sit after only a few tries!
Michael LOVES his foster siblings and seems like he would benefit having a dog around to show him the ropes so we're looking for an adoptive home with another social dog for him to join. He also loves his crate and will go in there just to hang out. Although there are no cats in his foster home, he has encountered them on walks and seems intimidated by them and will go the opposite direction.
He is potty trained and not interested in marking inside or outside on walks, but sometimes will have an accident if he hasn't gone outside in awhile and gets excited or scared, which I'm sure will improve as he gets more comfortable and settles in to a new home.
Michael is about 30 lbs, a year old, and is now neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $300 and if interested you can access our application here: Apply Now
I can't say enough great things about Ollee! She takes a little bit to warm up when you first meet her, but once she gets in your home she warms up almost instantly and is the sweetest girl. She loves cuddling on the couch, playing fetch, showing off how she can "sit" and "shake" for treats, and chewing on her toys. If you're lounging she's happy to sit right next to or on top of you, but is also content on her own while you're taking care of things around the house.
Ollee is pretty good at walking with the harness on, and is super friendly to everyone she meets-- dogs and humans alike. She appears to be fully house-trained, just needs to be walked on a regular schedule with plenty of time to find the right place to go-- preferably a grassy area. She loves a long walk but is always happy to get back inside and chill afterwards! She's also excellent in her crate. She goes in without hesitation and only lets out one or two whimpers at first, then settles in and is content until it's time to play again!
Ollee is about 1.5 years old, around 50 lbs, 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
Hi people! My name's Wanda. My foster dad has worked with a lot of dogs and says that I'm one of his favorites 🙂 I'm about 4-5 years old and a mid-sized pit mix around 45 pounds. My greatest joy in life is having my belly rubbed. My other great passion is chasing frisbees. If you throw a frisbee with a friend, I will chase it until I can't run any more, even if I never catch it. I also like snuggles and making big puppy eyes. I'm pretty low-maintenance and do well with a couple walks a day and a frisbee session.
I'm fully house trained, I love my crate, and I will sit on command in low- and low/medium-distraction situations. I'm also not very destructive: in foster, I've never chewed anything I wasn't supposed to, and I've never gotten into food I shouldn't have. I'm very keyed into people, and I'm a smart girl and very receptive to training. I love training with high-value treats (my favorite is string cheese) and belly rubs.
On occasion, I'm leash-reactive, but I know that my muzzle means I'm going on a walk and I get excited when it comes out. My leash reactivity has decreased with positive reinforcement (aka string cheese) when I get nervous on walks, and I need someone who can continue to help me out with this. I also occasionally get nervous around other dogs, especially dogs who are bigger than me and/or other pit bulls. I need an environment where I won't be off-leash around other dogs, and I need you to be aware when I need to take it slow or have space from other dogs we're near, but I'm so worth it. 99% of the time, I'm just the sweetest, cuddliest girl you've ever met, and I've already made a huge amount of progress on these challenges. I can't wait for you to rub my belly!
Oh and I'm now spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and heartworm tested. My adoption fee is $300 and if you'd like to make me your forever dog you can find an application here: Apply Now
Where to start about this gorgeous girl. When she first came to us, she was so timid and unsure about what was going on. Since she has been with us, she has come out of her shell and made leaps and bounds with training and personality.
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 and loves to spend time curled up in her crate. As long as she in on a schedule and taken for enough walks, she has done well with housebreaking as well.
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 is especially good at wake up calls and nibbling on your ears. Then she just loves to curl up next to you.
She definitely lives up to her name, she loves to follow her human counterparts, just to make sure they are not up to no good, without her! She wants to be with you as much as she can. She is fascinated by people and has been very friendly. She is a little mouthy with new people, but she is easily distracted with a bone or rope toy.
She has done very well with dogs. Her play style is a bit rough, but she's very appropriate. She will do best with a controlled daycare setting once a week or with 1 on 1 play dates. She has shown interest in cats but has never lived with or met one up close.
She is ok with separation, but has had the tv left on for her. So she has some background noise, she really likes TBS. She also loves looking out of windows and people watching.
Moving forward, I would recommend some puppy classes to help her transition from the annoying teenage years, work on basic commands and continue her current success in foster. She has so much love to give and with some patience and care she will blossom into the awesome dog, we already see.
Shadowcat is now spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. Her adoption fee is $300 and if interested our application can be accessed here: Apply Now
Geronimo is a 2.5 year old fella who will steal your heart in under 30 seconds. He has beautiful eyes and a goofily large head (and equally large goofy smile). He is about 60 lbs of pure love. 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 previously lived with small dogs and seems to fare well with them but isn't a huge fan of similarly sized canines. 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 $300 and if interested you can access our application here: Apply Now
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.
This cutie is estimated to be 6 years old and is now neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. His 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