Meet Melody, This Week’s (Three-Legged!) Adoptable Running Dog

She's a (speedy) keeper!

Photo courtesy PAWS

Photo courtesy PAWS

I am sucker for every animal (just ask my boyfriend and he will grumpily show you all the strays I’ve brought home), but this week’s adoptable running dog, Melody, is really getting me. She’s a three-legged pup who lost her leg (possibly after being hit by a car), but she gets around just fine — better than fine actually! She’s a super-fast runner, and an impeccable snuggler. Someone go scoop her up before I do!

Name: Melody

Age: 4 to 6 years

Breed: Pit bull/terrier mix

Size: 45 pounds

Background: Melody was a stray back in 2012 and rescued by PAWS. She went to live in a veterans’ group home and was then adopted by one of the residents moving up. She was recently returned to PAWS through no fault of her own.

Running style: Melody is a natural athlete and she’s FAST! She recently ran a 7:45-mile pace with one of the Miler volunteers for about three miles. What’s even more impressive? She did it on three legs! She’s clearly a capable runner and she can probably work her way up to longer distances.


Photo courtesy PAWS

Why Melody is awesome: Melody may have been hit by a car back before she was rescued and by the time she got to PAWS, it was too late to save her leg. But having three legs definitely doesn’t hold her back: She runs and plays like any other dog. Volunteers have said she’s one of the sweetest dogs they’ve encountered. She absolutely loves to get her belly rubbed and is a champion snuggler. Melody is also super smart and listens well.

You can find out more about Melody (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. Her animal ID is A17886860. And 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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