Anacortes, Tacoma, Cedonia and Everett -- the four dogs belonging to Mike and Sue Kelm the Schaumburg, who died in a motorcycle crash.
Tanit Jarusan | Staff Photographer
Four dogs who were orphaned when their Schaumburg owners died in a Labor Day motorcycle crash have finally found a new home.
Kathy Deets of the Chicago Canine Club in Burr Ridge said the dogs have been in an unidentified couple's home for about a week. She is hoping to make the adoption permanent next week.
The dogs belonged to Mike Kelm, 55, and his wife Sue, 54, of Schaumburg, who were killed when their motorcycle was struck by a car just outside of Palatine.
Relatives said it was the couple's wish that the four dogs be kept together.
The dogs - Cedonia, Everett, Tacoma and Anacortes - were being looked after at the Chicago Canine Club in Burr Ridge until a local couple who live close to the shelter decided to take them in.
The couple hadn't been dog owners, so the shelter is giving them a trial period to make sure they can handle the sudden influx of canines.
"They didn't have any dogs," Deets said. "So we are just making sure they are comfortable."
Deets said she believes that the dogs are healthy, but she recommended that the dogs be taken to a vet before the adoption is finalized.
If it all works out, she said the dogs will be living in a home similar to their previous residence.
Several people who live on farms were interested in adopting the dogs, but Deets said one of them, a Husky, has a tendency to run off, so this wouldn't be an ideal situation for the four dogs.
Deets said all the money that has been raised for the dogs will go toward their care.