The Chihuahua mix overcame a rough life on the Chicago streets

By People Staff
October 21, 2010 06:00 PM

For every pet living with a happy family, there is an animal in a shelter waiting to find a loving home. Today, in honor of Adopt-a-Dog Month, we’d like you to meet Pezaru, an 8-month-old Chihuahua mix ready for adoption in Chicago.

Pezaru came to PAWS Chicago earlier this month via Animal Care & Control, after he was found on the streets. “He only weighed 3 lbs. and was terrified as can be,” PAWS communications manager Sarah Ahlberg tells PEOPLEPets.com. The tiny pooch is sweet, but because of his scary start to life, he is nervous and often unsure of new people. “He is looking to find a patient adopter who understands his story and is willing to go slow with him,” Ahlberg says. Shelter staffers are looking to place Pezaru in an adults-only home, since he is anxious around children.

PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) is Chicago’s largest no-kill shelter, dedicated to ending the euthanization of homeless pets. Founded in 1997, the organization will place 3,000 pets in happy Midwest homes this year. The volunteer-run shelter – from which Oprah adopted her cocker spaniel Sadie last year – also operates a spay/neuter clinic and pet food bank. As with any animal rescue organization, PAWS is always in need of donations; visit the shelter’s Web site to learn how you can help.

The organization relies heavily on donations to continue rescue operations, so visit its website to learn how you can help.

Meet more adoptable animals on PEOPLEPets.com:
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