Category: “Wagging Hearts”

Looking for a Wagging Hearts event to attend?

WH_slider-EventsLook no further! Bookmark our Events page to stay up-to-date on our up-and-coming events!!

Don’t miss our next two events:

October 26th: Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade in Algonquin, IL

October 27th: Adoption Event at Petco in Round Lake Beach, IL

We always need great fosters to help save a life


Have you ever thought about helping an animal in need, donating your time to help or even donating a bag of animal food?  

Become a foster parent to a rescue animal for a few weeks, it is the most important aspect to an animals life because you are teaching them how to trust again or even for the first time. We save from high-kill shelters where they have only a few hours left, homes where their owner can no longer care for them so they contact us for help in finding their pets great homes. We need volunteers to help us save as many lives as we can as we are a foster-based rescue. The most fulfilling moment of being a foster is knowing that you are helping another family … complete their family and fill their hearts and homes with forever love. If you would like more information on becoming a foster parent, please contact us at or

Why foster?

Learn more about fostering.



Adoption Event Sunday, August 18th at Petco in Round Lake Beach


Stop by to meet one of our outstanding adoptables this Sunday, August 18th from 12-3 PM at the Petco in Round Lake Beach, IL. We will be bringing a number of our adoptable animals like beautiful and gentle Sklyer. A beagle/bassett mix with an incredible personality. She is just about the most perfect dog one can ask for and she will be making an appearance on Sunday!! Or how about a couple of wee pups like King and Julia? Beagle/lab mixes with puppy kisses aplenty to give. Fall in love with sweet Mocha, a german shepherd mix with so much to give in terms of cuddles, dedication and heart. How about happy Harold? Low to the ground so he can catch wind that some forever love is coming his way!! Allie is just a pocket-size, love muffin, American Staffordshire. Her heart can be seen in her beautiful eyes and a real home would soothe her wayward soul. Watch a video of this sweet girl in motion. Perhaps you are looking for a young adventurous soul with the softest coat and the deepest eyes? Whiskey is your partner for fun and excitement. A lover of children and always ready to play with his stuffed toys. Whiskey has many gifts to share with a family, take a look at his video. Or come out to meet us and talk with us about some of our other dogs and cats available for adoption. We are foster-based and would love to connect some of our other adoptables with a family just like YOU! If your life is missing laughter, joy and happiness…then you might just be looking for a Wagging Hearts adoptable! We will be bringing some of our beautiful boarding pets looking for foster or adoption love (Mocha, Whiskey, Allie and Harold among a few). Please consider opening your home temporarily and provide a life in need with a soft, quiet, natural environment instead of a kennel in boarding.

Some of our boarding pets in need of foster or adoption: Allie, Big Boy, Carmel, Harold, Lucy, Mocha, Otis, Peepers and Whiskey

Fill out an adoption application in advance!! Start the process early so all that is needed is to sweep your new love up in your arms and start your new life together.


We hope to see you there so you can experience all the unique personalities, shapes and sizes that are looking for a forever home exploding with some beautiful furever love. They have so much to share and are waiting patiently for you to find them. Their dedicated love is a true gift for the heart and soul.

Polished for Paws Fundraiser

Polished for Paws Fundraiser

Ladies lets get ready to get Pawlished. Slightly Off Center Salon and Wagging Hearts are bringing you some pawtastic ways to relax and have a great time. Enjoy a special treatment or two at the salon and leave our furry friends at home to truly be in the moment. YOU deserve it!!

August 4th, 2013 from 11-4 p.m.

Grayslake, IL event with
all proceeds benefitting
Wagging Hearts

Slightly Off Center Salon is offering Hair and Nail Services along with complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and chair massages. So kick back and relax, we look forward to seeing you out there!

Get your nails polished by Amy. For $10 you can get your paws touched up and receive a very special paw design on your nail(s) as an indicator that you are a dedicated animal rescue supporter.

Hair cuts for only $28 by Traci and Kim.

Don’t miss out on a 5-minute complimentary chair massage by Dina, while you wait for your personal treatment to begin.

Hors D’oeuvres will be provided by Occasionally Lori. Featured items include: Crab Rangoon,
Hot Artichoke Dip, Lemon Cheesecake and Vegan Chocolate Cake.

But the day gets even better with Tena from 31 Bags. Aren’t you the least bit curious what Tena has in her bag of stylish fun?

To top our day off, don’t forget to enter the raffle for wonderful prizes and how about leaving the salon after a little face-painting for the younger kids.

Personal treatments and pawtastic fun aplenty in store for YOU! This would also be a great opportunity to discuss whether fostering might be an option for you and your family? Perhaps you have lingering questions about adopting and would like to discuss further? Or you just want to sit back, close your eyes and relax away your time at the salon. This day truly has something for everyone!! All of the ladies at Slightly Off Center Salon and Wagging Hearts look forward to seeing you all there, August 4th, 2013 from 11:00 am – 4:00 p.m.

Slightly Off Center Salon
37 N Whitney St
Grayslake, IL 60030

All proceeds benefit Wagging Hearts animal rescue whose mission is to rescue
abandoned, neglected, and stray companion animals. To work to secure a better life for
them in loving homes, and provide a lifetime of support to animals that remain in our care.
We are an all volunteer animal rescue organization that believes all lives are worth saving
and vow to provide our animals with the care that they need.

Dog’s on Parade in Evanston Today at 2:00 PM!

Dog’s on Parade in Evanston Today at 2:00 PM!


Happy Fourth of July Family & Friends!!

Wagging Hearts is proud to be celebrating our Independence Day by kicking off the day riding on a beautiful summer time float in the Evanston, Fourth of July Parade at 2:00 p.m. today. This award-winning parade will begin on Central St. at Central Park Ave. and travel east to Ryan Field at Ashland Ave. Lawn chairs may be placed along the Central St. parade route beginning at 6 a.m. on July 1 in accordance with the city ordinance.

The day should not end there, Evanston has an evening of fun for you and your family filled with music, fireworks and memories. Check it out and don’t miss a chance to view some of the lives that Wagging Hearts has saved! We look forward to a day of furtastic fun with family and friends, hope to see you there!!

Independence Day Activities

Evanston Fourth of July Association Schedule of Events

Evanston Fireworks

Evanston: What You Need to Know

Enjoy the day but please remember to keep a close eye on our furbabies. The intensity of the sounds and noises can provide moments of terror for our family members. Please remember an animals sense of hearing is much more sensitive than us; approximately twice the hearing range and detect sounds 4 times better. Sounds at times can cause physical pain so keep a diligent watch and tuck your fearful pets away where the sounds are muffled and their anxiety lessened. Check on them often and add buffering sounds such as a fan or music. Good luck and may everyone enjoy the day at their pace and leisure. Hope to see you at the parade!!

Otis, sweet and missing a family

Otis, sweet and missing a family

WH_slider-foster-OtisOtis was saved from a high-kill shelter in Chicago, IL just as his time was up. Just a mere 9-months old when Wagging Hearts discovered his dire plight and pulled him to safety. Otis was among the hundreds tucked away behind ‘Rescue-Only’ doors. Unavailable to the public unless a rescue organization became involved in time to save their life. Hours mean the difference between life and death. Otis was saved not only from the clock but also found to be very ill upon closer examination. He was rushed to the vet with pneumonia where he was monitored 24-hours a day while being nursed back to health. Otis is currently healed and his spirit continues to blossom.

Otis is a pittie mix who is now healthy and growing by leaps and bounds at a young age of 11-months. A heart filled with sweetness. Great with other dogs and ready to be a part of a solid forever family. Otis was being fostered (with another Wagging Heart rescue pittie) by a wonderful family who was relocated out-of-state. So once more Otis will need another place to rest his head. His short life has been a series of transitions and his young puppy heart wants yearns for someone to love. And for once in his life…to find someone to love him unconditionally, consistently and diligently. Fill out an application for Otis if he strikes your fancy and offer to foster, foster-to-adopt, or maybe just jump right into forever love and adopt Otis right away. He is patiently waiting for someone to see just how special he is, don’t make Otis wait any longer. Act now and take him into your home today!!

Whiskey, An Adventurous Soul


Meet Whiskey, a male, Coonhound/Pointer mix. Currently in foster looking for forever love. A sweet and handsome boy with a coat that just shines in the sun. Eyes soulful and deep, filled with mysteries of untold stories. Whiskey was saved from a high-kill shelter in Kentucky. He made the journey in early May and has been staying with his foster family in Northern Illinois. Unwinding and exploring life has all that has been on this boy’s mind. He enjoys the company of other dogs but cats seem to draw just a little too much attention from Whiskey. He is true to his breed characteristics and will need consistent exercise and rigorous activity to keep his active mind content. Nose to the ground or in the air to see what is near. Whiskey is always on alert and ever ready to call out with a series of bays when someone has arrived. Diligent and focused on his surroundings, Whiskey is just alight with joy for his surroundings. A little jumpy and learning his manners so a little understanding will be needed. An all-around joy to watch as seen in his latest video debut.

“A sweet, loving, energized-spirit in need of a home.”

Consider filling out an adoption application and to request a meet and greet with Whiskey. It won’t take long for you to see his charm and fall hard for those beautiful, shining eyes. Whiskey is just an application away.

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Calling All Fosters …


Wagging Hearts realizes that each and every foster home is a lifeline for our rescues. We would not be able to save the numbers of animals that connect with a forever home without our foster’s time, dedication, care and love. A rescue animal has usually been through quite a journey and may need some decompression and gentle love. Remember that companion animals develop deep and meaningful bonds with their families and they can become traumatized or despondent when they find themselves lost or abandoned. Fast forward to these lives adrift at a shelter filled with stress, noise, fear and usually death. This environment can temporarily affect our rescue animals and some may require a little extra TLC to shine brightly once more. That is where our foster homes becomes a lifeline as joy and happiness flood back into each animals heart and bodies. It is an amazing sight to watch how quickly an animal can rebound when shown kindness and a gentle touch. A foster makes an incredible difference in the life of each rescue. Each foster home is an extension of Wagging Hearts and the backbone which allows us to make such a difference in as many lives as we touch. We hope that you may want to be a part of our community and begin to share in the incredible experience of fostering.

Visit our FOSTER section today and to see whether fostering is right for you. If so, fill out a foster application today and join the Wagging Hearts Foster Community. We can’t wait to meet you!

Wagging Hearts invites you to the 1st Annual GarageAPallooza!!


UPDATE: That’s right, we are on the cusp of GarageAPallooza time!! Grab your spare change, your extra dollars and head over to Grayslake, IL to spend money that benefit’s Wagging Hearts rescue efforts. We will hopefully see you there and remember to tell your family and friends as we will be rocking through the weekend with treasures a’ plenty!

Come join the Grayslake community of Redbridge Court this weekend as it launches its first ‘GarageAPallooza’ sale to benefit Wagging Hearts and its rescue efforts. Let your money make a difference in the life of a rescue angel today. Come meet us and pick up a couple ‘lightly-used or new’ items for the house! Perhaps a gift for an old friend, something for the backyard? A book? Who knows what treasures await you! Save a day for us!!

We will be starting this Friday, May 31 at 9:00 am and running through Sunday, June 2nd. Full schedule below. Wagging Hearts welcomes donated items which can be dropped off at the Petco grooming department in Round Lake Beach, IL (436 E Rollins Rd, Round Lake Beach, Illinois 60073) or call us at (855) 924-4464 to coordinate a pick-up if we can. We will be picking up items collected at Petco on a daily basis. Please do not hesitate to email us at with any questions or to volunteer for this event. Or visit us on Facebook for community updates. Please share our flyer and event with your family and friends. We hope to see our Wagging Hearts Community grow! See you this weekend for some garage sale fun!

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend and hope you save a day to spend some time with us!


FRIDAY, May 31: 9 am – 4pm  SATURDAY, June 1: 9 am – 4pm  SUNDAY, June 2: 9 am – 3 pm