Meet the Real Shelter Dogs of Pennsylvania … And They’re All Adoptable!

Meet the Real Shelter Dogs of Pennsylvania … And They’re All Adoptable!

“Penn’s woods” are apparently filled with dogs!

By Stacy Lenz

Ever since we told you about Yolanda Hadid’s sprawling estate filled with lavender, miniature horses and cows with bangs, we have not been able to stop thinking about the majesty of Pennsylvania. Are there other nearby(ish) farms that also strike our fancy? The answer is yes and brings us to Speranza Animal Rescue

Speranza Animal Rescue is a non-profit rescue, rehabilitation center and animal sanctuary located in Mechanicsburg, PA. They focus on rescuing dogs and any other animals in need, but with a special emphasis on bully breeds and helping the most abused and neglected. The dogs are then rehabilitated at the rescue. Because this is a no-kill rescue, the few dogs that aren’t suitable for adoption get to live out their days on the farm that doubles as an animal sanctuary that also has pigs, goats, cows and cats. (Note to self: if we ever branch out to Real Shelter Farm Animals, we must include Noodle the cow and Crabcake the farm cat.) 

And now meet your Real Shelter Dogs, complete with opening credits-worthy taglines! (Also, Yolanda, if you’re reading this, we think some of these dogs would make great additions to your farm!) 

“Money can’t buy you love, but it can buy lots of treats.” - Maddie

This beautiful girl is Madeline, or Maddie, for short. She is an approximately 4.5-year-old female pit bull mix. Maddie is looking for a home with no other pets or children under eight years of age. She loves to explore and be close to people. She prefers to have an entourage with her and can be a total diva.  She came to Speranza Animal Rescue in early 2015 badly injured and has come a long way since then. She does take daily medication to help with her anxiety and it really makes a difference for her. She will be a fantastic companion for the right, low-key family. 

“I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth, but I did have a tennis ball.” - Griffin

Griffin is an approximately 7.5-year-old male pit bull mix. He is friendly with submissive female dogs and children over 10 years old, but he is looking for a home without cats. Griffin is all personality and has an incredible story. He was found in Georgia in 2015 with no use of his hind end. It was thought that he might be paralyzed, but with some TLC he is now one of the strongest dogs at the rescue. He is a lowkey guy looking for a couch to call his own and a family to love.  

“I don’t try to be cute. I just am.” – Thelma

Thelma is the cutest pocket-pittie that you have ever seen!  She is 45 pounds of spunk and cuddles. Thelma is an approximately 5-year-old pit bull/terrier mix. Thelma was found as a stray but has spent three and a half years getting used to the good life with her foster family. Thelma loves to play with big dogs, but she does not do well with small animals. Thelma is very low maintenance and just wants to be around her people. She is smart and very eager to learn and please.   

“Good things come to those who wait and my ship is coming in.” – Hope

I’d like to introduce you to Hope, the dog who has been waiting for a home longer than any other dog at Speranza (more than four years). Hope is an approximately 7-year old female pit bull mix. She gets along with most other dogs but is looking for a home with no cats or small children. Hope is spunky, playful and looking for a quiet family to show her what it is like to live in a home.

“I may be called Lollipop but I’m actually a sweetheart.” - Lollipop

Lollipop is one of our special needs adoptables and she is also one of our cutest! Lolli has epilepsy, which is well managed with daily medication and she does need a family with experience and confidence handling dogs. Lolli is approximately three years old and is a French Bulldog mix. She is short, sweet and she is full of sass. Lolli does well with submissive dogs, but she does not like kitties. She loves cuddles, carrots and long naps. She is a pretty lowkey gal just looking for family to hang out with forever.

“This pup doesn't just look good, she looks the best.” - Frieda

Say hello to Frieda! This blonde bombshell is about 1.5-years-old and loves everyone! She is a big girl, probably a mastiff-mix of some sort and her tongue is usually sticking out of her mouth. She is very well behaved, smart and loves children.  Frieda does well with dogs, cats and other small animals. She is living with a foster family who raves about how well behaved this girl is. She does need an active family as she has a lot of energy, but she will make an amazing family member for someone. Could it be you? 

To learn more about the organization, please visit and if you want to give one of these fur-angles a forever home please email

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