The 10-month-old Chihuahua mix is ready to make someone really happy

It’s Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and we’ll be introducing you to extraordinary canines who need homes throughout October. Today, meet Ricky, a 10-month-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix from the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

This adorable pup is the unofficial chairman of the center’s welcome committee. A staff favorite, Ricky sits in the laps of every volunteer and visitor, and befriends every new canine roommate with affection or a tail wag.

Happy, playful and cuddly are some of the best ways to describe Ricky – so why hasn’t he found his forever yet? Nobody knows.

“This is one of those question marks we see from time to time,” says adoption services manager Adele Murillo. “Every now and again we’ll get a wonderful dog who doesn’t whine or bark for attention but just kind of waits his turn. It’s almost as though his sweet personality gets him overlooked. He’s really a love and he’s going to make someone a very happy adopter.”

If you think Ricky is the companion you’ve been looking for, contact the Helen Woodward Animal Center at 858-756-4117, ext. 1. Visit their website to learn more about him.

Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Reggie.

Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home, it’s important to consider your family circumstances and do your research.