Meet Tessa, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

She rocks a tutu like a pro.

Tessa leadThis week’s adoptable running, Tessa, loves to run — and to dramatically collapse onto the sidewalk when she’s done. Hey, we’ve all been there, right? Learn more about her below.

Name: Tessa

Age: 2 to 4 years

Breed: Pit Bull mix

Size:  40 pounds

Background: Tessa was found as a stray.

Running style: Tessa thinks running is a great way to meet people, and we think she’d love to join any of the local running clubs. The hot weather can be tiring for human and dog runners, so she’s been taking it slow and easy this week. As you can see, she loves to sprawl across a shady sidewalk when she gets too warm.

Why Tessa is awesome: Tessa has a great big head and a great big smile to match her great big heart, plus she has good leash manners and is very gentle. And she also has a great sense of style (see: photo below). She could live with children or another dog but probably not with cats.

You can find out more about Tessa (and other adoptable animals) here. If you are interested in adopting her, you can email PAWS at, call them at 215-298-9680, ext. 16 or fill out an application here. Tessa’s animal ID is A29307502And for more awww-worthy photos, check out our previous adoptable running dogs here.


We work with The Monster Milers each and every week to profile local running dogs waiting to be adopted. The Monster Milers are a group of runners who help shelter dogs burn off  energy and get much-needed exercise by taking them on runs around the city, and they also just launched their first-of-it’s-kind Adopt a Running Buddy foster program. If you’re not in the market for a pup right now, but would still love to help out homeless dogs, you can always become a Monster Miler volunteer or foster parent. Find out more about how to get started with those processes here

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