Meet Helen, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

helen lead2You may remember this week’s adoptable running dog, Helen. We featured this cute pup back in November. And yep: She’s STILL at Street Tails, eight months later. (Insert all the tear emojis here.) This gal, who happens to be deaf, is all about running, hiking and road-tripping. So if you are an adventurer who needs a escape mate, you can learn more about her below.

Name: Helen

Age: 2 1/2 years

Breed: American Bulldog Mix

Size: 60 pounds

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Background: Helen came to Street Tails as a puppy. She was adopted but returned when her adopters could no longer care for her. Since her return, she has become Street Tail’s longest-term resident, though it’s through no fault of her own.

Running style: Helen is the most joyful running partner you could imagine. She runs with an adorable trot and can handle up to three to four miles with her Monster Miler friends. She could potentially work up to a little bit more mileage and would love to get in better shape with a human running partner. Not a runner? No worries; as you can see from her pictures, she also enjoys hiking and road trips!

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Why Helen could be the right dog for you: Looking for a dog with personality in spades? If so, Helen may be the dog for you. Helen is super sassy and spunky and will keep you entertained for hours with her antics. Don’t be alarmed by the side-eye you receive upon meeting her, that’s just Helen’s way of making sure you’re cool enough to be her friend (we told you she had sass). Helen relies on sight and smell since she’s deaf, so after lots of sniffing and eyeballing, be prepared for some serious butt wiggling. Helen is the queen bee at the rescue, and has her human friend’s wrapped around her paw. While she’s a volunteer favorite and goes on lots of adventures, what she really would love (and needs most) is a home and family to call her own.

If you’re interested in adopting Helen, you can find her at Street Tails Animal Rescue in Northern Liberties. You can fill out an adoption application here, or contact them by phone (267-761-9434) or email. 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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