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Male Pit Bull Terrier



This magically handsome mug belongs to Merlin the gray pittie! Merlin was found as a stray in Philadelphia and brought to the animal control shelter. We can't believe no one came looking for this wonderful guy, but luckily Merlin caught the eye of a City of Elderly Love foster family who sprung him from the shelter. He's now on the hunt for the perfect forever home!

Because Merlin was feeling pretty crummy when he came into the shelter, suffering from pneumonia and was in poor physical condition, it was believed that he was an older adult dog but as he's recovered from his ordeal and received much needed veterinary care, it appears as though Merlin is only middle aged - 5 at most! Merlin loves meeting new people of all shapes, sizes and ages. He's very much a "people-dog" and loves to stay close to his human best friends. In fact, his favorite thing to do is snuggle with his foster family on the couch! Merlin is a very smart guy! He's learned sit, leave it, kisses, "go home", stay and drop it in no time! He also loves to go for walks and is great on the leash. He's also crate trained and housebroken! We can't say enough great things about this guy.

Merlin is currently living with another large dog who he LOVES to play with. His favorite game is "bitey face" (wrestling) and will pounce around in delight when he thinks its playtime and loves to go for walks in the neighborhood with her. Merlin would do well in a home with other friendly, playful dogs. Because Merlin is younger than we thought, it doesn't surprise us that he has great energy and sometimes even has some puppy-like tendencies like "mouthing" (not biting) his canine foster sister while playing and sometimes even your hand when he wants to play. He can sometimes be leash-reactive when he sees other dogs on walks because he wants to interact so badly. His foster family is helping him work through the behavior and act appropriately on walks. Merlin is also living with a cat and shows friendly interest in him.

Merlin is available for adoption through City of Elderly Love. He is vaccinated, microchipped and will be neutered prior to going to his forever home. He is also heartworm and lymes disease negative. Interested in adopting him? Visit to complete an online adoption questionnaire or email us at!

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If you have questions about MERLIN! please contact City of Elderly Love



Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Gray/Blue/Silver/Salt & Pepper
Hair Length
Shots up to date
Spayed / Neutered
Ok with kids
Ok with birds
Ok with dogs
Ok with cats
Ok with small animals
Contact Person

Shelter Description

Operating as an independent subsidiary of Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, City of Elderly Love is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue dedicated to saving and enriching the lives of adoptable senior pets in the Philadelphia area. Utilizing volunteer foster homes, City of Elderly Love aims to rescue these animals from potential euthanasia at area animal shelters as well as prevent older animals from entering the shelter-system in the first place, when possible. City of Elderly Love also provides palliative and hospice care when needed. Through creative marketing and community events, City of Elderly Love works to place its adoptable pets into loving adoptive homes.

Shelter Driving Directions

City of Elderly Love showcases adoptable cats at two Philadelphia-area pet supply stores:

-Pet Supplies Plus, 700 Nutt Rd. Phoenixville, PA 19460
-Dog Town, 406 Town Center, New Britain, PA 18901

Areas Served

City of Elderly Love is dedicated to saving Philly's senior pets.

Adoption Instructions

All City of Elderly Love pets are vaccinated, micro-chipped, and spayed or neutered [unless otherwise noted] before going to their adoptive homes. An adoption questionnaire and contract are required prior to finalizing an adoption. Adoption fees are reasonable, but vary depending on animal type.

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