Better Chicago’s January Dogs of the Month: 5 Sweet Dogs Up for Adoption!

Ready to meet your new best friend? Each month, we highlight a Chicago-area dog that deserves the spotlight. This time around we are doing something special — we are featuring five sweet pups up for adoption at a local rescue organization, One Tail at a Time!

With so many dogs available, there is no reason to shop when you can adopt. From puppies to seniors, you may even find pure-bred dogs at adoption centers, including Labs, Boston Terriers, Beagles and more. “Adopt don’t shop is more than just a phrase — adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue not only means you saved the life of a homeless animal, it means you saved the life of your new best friend,” says One Tail at a Time’s Development Director, Cara Schwalbach. “Adoption supports your local shelter or rescue group that’s working tirelessly every day to make your community a safer place for pets, and that’s pretty incredible.”

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The Bucktown Rescue Center. All images courtesy of One Tail at a Time Dog Rescue.
Before you browse, there are a few things to keep in mind:
  • Adoption can move quickly! There is a chance that one of the dogs we feature this month could already be adopted.
  • These dogs are not DNA tested, so the breeds are best guesses, or in some cases, what the owners told One Tail at a Time when they surrendered them.
  • There are a few steps required before you can take home your new pet. First you will need to fill out an application. You must also have a valid I.D., be 21 years of age, provide landlord approval, have proof of spaying/neutering and vaccines if you have other pets at home and all members of your family must meet the dog.

Now, let’s introduce you to these lovable dogs!

If you are interested in adopting any of the dogs featured, contact One Tail at a Time.

Who: Banks the Labradoodle

Age: 1

Sex: Male

Chicago Dog of the Month Adopt Banks

Surrendered by his owner, Banks is a lovable doodle with a whole lot to offer. He is a high-energy pup who will play catch for hours but will still snuggle in your lap when the game is over.

Who: Gunther the Silver Lab

Age: 3

Sex: Male

Chicago Dog of the Month Adopt Gunther

Transferred from a partner shelter in West Memphis, Arkansas, Gunther is a true southern boy who likes to go with the flow. He has been enjoying the fresh snow by chomping at snowflakes while playing outside. He is also a hardcore cuddler with a big, squishy, soft face and adorable, floppy paws.

Who: Sparkles the Cockapoo

Age: 7

Sex: Female

Better Chicago Dog of the Month Sparkles One Tail at a Time

Sparkles is a more established lady, but don’t let that fool you! She loves to play endless games of fetch but is also perfectly content cuddling on the couch with her fosters.

Who: Stitch the Boston Terrier

Age: 2-4 years

Sex: Male

Chicago Dog of the Month One Tail at a Time Stitch

Scooter was surrendered by his owner and rescued via the Chicagoland Rescue Intervention Support Program (CRISP). Scooter was having seizures and lost some mobility in his legs. He’s now on medicine and hopping around great and awaiting an MRI for final diagnosis. In the meantime, he’s big on spending time outside, loves anything to do with a tennis ball, and enjoys endless peanut butter kongs.

Who: Scooter the Beagle

Age: 3-5

Sex: Male

Better Chicago Dog of the Month Scooter One Tail at a Time

Rescued from Chicago Animal Care & Control, Scooter is a pretty relaxed dude except for when he is out on walks — he goes full beagle mode and wants to smell everything the city has to offer!

Want to support One Tail at a Time but can’t adopt? You can donate to their cause, volunteer or even foster! Learn how you can get involved.

Dog lovers, we want to hear from you! Submit your dog for our Dog of the Month by contacting or simply fill out this form!

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Macaire Douglas lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two sons. She proudly supports Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns nationwide. Since its inception in 2000, more than 3,600 newborns have been safely surrendered and adopted into loving homes.

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