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Adopt Rita

Female Senior Dachshund

If you have questions about Rita please contact

PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society

About Rita

Rita is technically a senior lady in years, but in energy levels she still just a young pup! She's got lots of love to give once she warms up and gets used to you! She's looking for a calm, relaxed home where she can spend her golden years. She'll be excited to see you when you get home, and equally as excited to eat. She's a bit of a velcro dog, and will follow you around the home soliciting belly rubs and pets. You can look forward to a little jig every time you offer her a treat! She likes to cuddle up on humans' lap and put on her best puppy-dog eyes- this pup is a real soul-searcher. She's also working to perfect her housebreaking skills, and will need a strict potty break routine to set her up for success in her new home. She doesn't mind doing her business outside, but quickly wants to hustle back in where things are more familiar (and climate controlled!).

Rita can be nervous around, and reactive to, new faces, but a calm demeanor and a few treats will put an end to that. She's chatty and may do better in a home that doesn't mind a little noise and isn't too busy or overstimulating for her. Rita was recently spayed through Penn Vet Mammary Study-- she had a benign mammary mass removed, and Penn is offering free follow-up vet care for her owners to ensure Rita stays healthy, and to further their studies in how to treat and prevent mammary issues from negatively affecting other dogs! Rita's doing great post-op and should only need the same routine senior vet care that all older dogs could use. She would really like to be your only pet.

Name: Rita

Location: Foster Care (All our dog meets are by appointment for approved adopters only.)

Breed: Dachshund/Chihuahua mix (Visual breed identification in dogs is unreliable so for most of the dogs we are only guessing at predominant breed or breed mix. We get to know each dog as an individual and will do our best to describe each of our dogs based on personality, not by breed label)

Age: 6-10+ years

Weight: about 10 pounds

Reason for surrender to shelter: found as stray

If you are interested in meeting Rita, please email for an application.  If you have questions, please email the above address or contact our adoption staff at 215-298-9680, ext. 16.

Animal ID#A37710047

(Updated 5/7/18)

PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue organization. PAWS pulls at-risk animals from the City of Philadelphia's animal control shelter and adopts them out from several locations: our Old City adoption center (2nd and Arch Streets), our Northeast Adoption Center (1810 Grant Avenue); our Wellness Clinic at 2900 Grays Ferry Avenue; our adoption locations at the South Philly and Cottman Avenue PetSmart stores; and, our network of foster homes.

PAWS is dedicated to saving the lives of Philadelphia's homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals and is working to make Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home.

When you adopt a pet from PAWS you truly save a life!

Please reference this animal's ID NUMBER when inquiring about this pet. Both PAWS Adoption Centers are open Monday-Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. PAWS' Wellness Clinic is open Monday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but appointments are required for adoptions.

Adoption fees include age-appropriate vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and microchipping. No animals may be adopted without being spayed or neutered. Adoption fees are as follows, plus tax: $150 for large adult dogs (older than 1 year); $250 for small dogs (under 25 lbs) and all puppies (under 1 year); $60 for adult cats (over 6 months of age), and $100 for kittens (under 6 months of age). When you adopt a pair of kittens together, the total adoption fee is $150.

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Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut - 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
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