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Adopt DARLA!

Female English Bulldog



This adorable smoosh-face belongs to Darla! Darla is a 7 year old English Bulldog with a sad history but a bright future! She was rescued from a puppy mil, along with a number of other dogs by Philly's Humane Law Enforcement team. Darla spent about a week in the shelter before joining us at City of Elderly Love so we could get her a full veterinary workup and help her begin the hunt for a family!

Since coming to the rescue, we've really gotten know Darla's hilarious, charming and sometimes stubborn Bulldog-ish personality! Because she's lived in a kennel-type atmosphere for the majority of her life, Darla needed a little time to adjust to living in a comfy home. She first lacked confidence and wasn't sure of herself. She has since settled and is happy to go with the flow, romp around the house with her canine foster siblings, or shake a rope toy like its her job! Darla is currently living with both dogs and cats. She prefers to spend her time with other low-key dogs and is happy to share her space with other pups as long as they don't try to push her around much. Darla mostly ignores cats and will back off if a feline friends tells her she's being too intrusive. What Darla absolutely LOVES though, is spending her time with her human friends! She will wedge herself in the smallest spots just to be close to you. Once she knows you'd like to be her friend, she'll be all over you! She adores all attention from her friends - cheek smooshes, hugs, boosts up in the car, scrubs during bath time, you name it! Darla is currently living with older children and gets along with them great! This super wrinkly girl will keep you laughing every day!

Due to her history and her breed, Darla has some medical considerations to keep in mind. Not only does she have scar tissue due to multiple c-sections, it was found that she has arthritis, elbow dysplasia, and the ligaments in her scapula tend to slip while walking. She is currently on pain meds and anti-inflammatories which are making her feel better than ever. She has also been treated for ear and skin infections. Darla's future family should be sure to keep up on her vet care and may need to provide her with physical therapy as she ages to keep her strong and feeling great, not uncommon for aging English Bulldogs. Nothing seems to slow this determined girl down! She has survived so much and is well worth the effort!

Darla is available for adoption through City of Elderly Love. She is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. She also recently had a professional dental cleaning done by our vet! Interested in adopting her? Visit to complete an online adoption questionnaire or email us at!

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



Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Brindle - With White
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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