Meet the Real Shelter Dogs of Pennsylvania … and Then Go Adopt One!

Meet the Real Shelter Dogs of Pennsylvania … and Then Go Adopt One!

Pupsylvania is more like it, amirite?

By Stacy Lenz

As native Pennsylvanians, we’re going to let you in on a little secret; there is no greater local urban legend in these parts than the myth that we are getting our own Real Housewives franchise. For years we’ve watched The Real Housewives of New York and The Real Housewives of New Jersey get their shot in the spotlight, as whispers of The Real Housewives of the Main Line overtook our neglected corner of the tri-state area. While we can confirm it’s all just local lore, equal to the theory that Ben Franklin could have been a serial killer, we still hold out hope that one day we could be blessed with footage of statement necklace-clad women throwing white wine (and maybe a battery or two, we know who we are here) while at least one person is wearing a rubber dog mask (go birds). While we still hold out hope for a V formation of women in cocktail dresses holding golden cheesesteaks, until then we have the next best thing to tide us over — The Real Shelter Dogs of Pennsylvania hailing from the Pennsylvania SPCA.

The Pennsylvania SPCA is a non-profit whose mission is to protect animals, prevent cruelty and to improve the health and quality of life throughout Pennsylvania. Started in 1867 to end Philadelphia’s abuse of working horses, the organization has expanded to their Humane Law Enforcement and litigation division, in-house Shelter Hospital, low-cost veterinary services, behavior and enrichment program, humane education, and of course, rescuing animals from cruelty and neglect, rehabilitating them and placing them with new, loving families which brings us to today’s adoptable pooches.

And now without further ado, meet your Real Shelter Dogs, complete with opening-credits worthy taglines.

“My luck is on the rebound and I hold center court.” - Lucky

Lucky is a 10-year-old male retriever/spaniel mix who was rescued by the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team as a victim of cruelty and neglect. When he was rescued, he weighed in at just 19 pounds, and was in bad shape. Thw medical team worked with him to get him back to a healthy weight and happy, and now this senior pup is simply looking for his forever family. His favorite things are running through leaves, getting pets and chicken nuggets. He loves friends but would prefer to be the only dog in your life, preferably in a home without children. His perfect forever home would be with an experienced dog owner with no children below 15. If you want to meet him please contact his buddy Megan

“Somebody call UPS because I am the whole darn package.” - Moby

Meet Moby, an eight-year-old Border Collie who came into the shelter after his owner passed away. He is a quirky pup, who would do best in an adult-only, dog-experienced household. Because he is so smart, Moby needs a family that is able to provide him both mental and physical stimulation. Moby has formed bonded relationships with members of the staff including our Behavior Coordinator Hailey Marcus. Those interested in more information can reach her here:  

“I used to have a hard knock life and now I’m looking for my Daddy Warbucks.” - Annie

Annie is a beautiful female Plott Hound mix who is a little over one year old. She is the perfect size and has a very soft black/brindle coat that makes her stand out. Of course she has a lot of energy being the young pup that she is but also loves obedience work and is very smart. Sadly Annie came to us with numerous medical issues in her hind legs. Annie has recently undergone reconstructive surgery on her hip and will need a quiet place to recuperate. Once she has healed from this surgery, the PSPCA will be providing her with a surgery on her other leg. Please come and check her out at the shelter. You won't be disappointed. Please contact if you are interested in adopting Annie!

“I’m just a hop, Skip and a jump away from my forever home.” - Skip

Skip is a seven-year-old Rottweiler/shepherd mix rescued by the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team. Skip walks nicely on his leash and is a pretty chill guy. That said, he has plenty of energy for a good time with his friends. One of the greatest things about Skip is that he’s a ‘leaner’. One of his favorite things is to lean on his human friends while he basks in all of their pets and rubs and love. You can meet Skip at the shelter anytime but he also has a very special volunteer buddy who spends extra time with him so if you want more information or want to set up a time to come meet him with her and get to play with Skip contact her — she will be happy to hear from you and will answer right away:

“Life getting you down? I say grin and Bear it.” - Bear

Bear is a 10-year-old, pittie mix who is 50 pounds of sassy senior love. She’s looking for her happily-ever-after with a person/people who will love her unconditionally and is approved to go to a home with children 10 and up. Saved by Humane Law Enforcement from a previous owner who mistreated her, Bear received medical treatment and was nursed back to health and shown a lot of love. Bear needs to eat special food and be on medication for some allergies possibly for the rest of her life, but that doesn't stop her from being a happy girl. Some of her hobbies include snuggling, walks, chewing her bone, snuggling, enjoying a Kong, snuggling and more walks. On the sofa, on the floor, in bed ... she can snuggle anywhere. She knows some commands, is leash-trained and is housebroken. She’s very happy meeting new people too and greets them with a few sniffs, tail wags and a butt wiggle (extra fast if she think they are holding a treat!). If you are interested in adopting her you can email for more information.

“I’m just like my namesake diner- quick, easy and a grand slam.” - Denny

Denny is a three-year-old pittie/Chinese Shar-Pei mix who came to the PSPCA in bad shape. He weighed only only 40 pounds upon arrival and was skin and bones. He has gained back his weight, and is now nearly 60 pounds and a playful puppy who needs to a family who will be dedicated to working with him and bringing him to training classes to learn some manners. He is a member of the PSPCA’s dog playgroup and has a medium energy play, adjusting to play styles of other pups too to overcome his fears so they do not become worse over time. We see a great deal of potential in this pup and want to see him succeed in a home! Please contact if you are interested in adopting Denny!

Please email the provided email addresses if you are interested in adopting any of these sweet doggos or visit for more information or to adopt any of their other furry friends!

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