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The owners and staff of Bark Avenue are passionate about helping dogs…not only dogs with families, but homeless dogs too. While Bark Avenue is not a dog rescue, we have rescued, nursed back to health, fostered, rehabilitated or rehomed over 300 homeless dogs since we opened our doors in 2002. We’ve even had a handful of “lifers” who were very much loved and lived out their natural lives at Bark Avenue because they were deemed unadoptable for various reasons.

In 2011, Daniel and Amy, along with some other passionate dog lovers and the support of our clients and friends, laid the foundation and launched K9 4 KEEPS, NFP. Daniel and Amy both held board positions with K9 4 KEEPS until early 2016, when they resigned in order to focus on Bark Avenue.

Our passion for helping homeless dogs didn’t stop there. Bark Avenue continues to help local rescues, and the occasional Bark Avenue rescue dog to find their forever homes.

If you are looking for a dog and don’t find the one you’re looking for on this page, we recommend visiting Petfinder to find your new family member.

Breed: American Bulldog/German Shepherd Mix
Gender: Male
Age: 9 years old
- no small kids
- should be the only pet

Meet Capone

We are excited to announce that Bark Avenue Playcare has taken over the representation of adoptable Capone. Capone has been co-fostered by Bark Avenue’s owners, Amy and Daniel, for about 5 years and has been with Bark Avenue (under K9 4 KEEPS umbrella) since he joined the rescue when he was 6 months old. Not much will change for Capone in this transition, just who’s representing him. He’ll remain in his loving foster home(s) and will still be getting the daily structure and training he’s accustomed to until we find his forever person.

Capone is a 9 year old American Bulldog-German Shepherd mix. He is a parvo survivor. He is now super healthy, agile and nothing will keep him from playing a game of fetch. Capone is loving, loyal, and protective and has had significant training. He is very intelligent and loves to work for a good handler. Capone needs to be an only dog and he is looking for a dog-savvy, experienced owner who will continue his training and give him leadership.

Capone’s wish list:
• a yard
• an endless supply of treats
• to be your one and only pet
• to continue training
• lots of games of fetch
• …did we mention treats? He is VERY food motivated.

Capone’s favorite things:
• treats
• fetch
• scaring pigeons
• being your shadow and protector
• meal time…oh, and treats

Capone has had significant training and will come with a free one year membership to Windy City Working Dogs club and included training from Bark Avenue Playcare, Inc. to help him transition into his new home.

“Chloe and I are doing great and miss you all! She is such a great dog and is my very best friend. I cannot imagine life without her. Thank you for bringing her into my life!”
Rest In Peace Our Beloved Tank

Tank was one of our “lifers”. He came to us with a hoof-print on his face and left us with paw prints on our heart. We miss him.