Meet Rinchen, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Say hello to the fluffiest fluffball you ever did see. 

This week’s adoptable running dog is a fluffy Lion-lookalike by the name of Rinchen. As I’m sure you can see, he’s adorable — and his foster parents, both distance runners, say he’s turning into quite the good running buddy. Learn more about him below.

Name: Rinchen (This is a Tibetan Dharma name meaning “treasure” or “precious, if you were wondering.)

Age: 4 years

Sex: Male

Size: 40 pounds

Breed/type: Chow Chow

Location: Foster care in Rhawnhurst, Northeast Philadelphia (for optimal Pennypack Park trail running!).

Background: Rinchen, formerly known as Tahj, was surrendered by his owner to our city’s open-intake shelter, ACCT Philly, because caring for him was too much responsibility for his family. Rin stayed in the shelter for about 10 days while local Chow Chow rescue advocate Melissa and his eventual foster mom Megan got to know him a bit and gain his trust. He was then taken into the rescue’s care and now does great in his foster home with his Bernese mountain dog foster brother!

Running style: Rin has a steady, methodical and focused running style. He has been running in short, frequent sessions with his foster parents while he finds his feet outside of the shelter. As a bonus, running helps Run improve his leash skills.

Why Richen is awesome: Rinchen is mildly interested in other dogs but they don’t distract him from his people and his mission, on sidewalks or on trails. He knows his way back to his foster home already and answers to his name with a big smile. He’d make a good running buddy for someone who is focused on their goals and in search of a friendly mini-lion face with a blue tongue to cheer them on!

To learn more about adopting Rinchen, please visit Big Hair Animal Rescue’s website. Feel free to contact Rinchen’s foster mom Megan and her husband DB directly here as well! 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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