Meet Ivan, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

This big guy is ready to tackle the town with you on foot.

Ivan | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

This week’s adoptable running dog is a big guy who’s become quite the popular pup with the Monster Milers. He’s currently in foster care through ACCT (the city open-intake shelter), but would rather be hanging out with his head on your lap. You can learn more about Ivan below.

Name: Ivan

Age: 3 years

Sex: Male

Breed: Mixed breed (Ivan is of unknown provenance and the exact type of dog he is is anybody’s guess!)

Size: 70 pounds

Background: Ivan was found as a stray.

Running style: Ivan is a big dude who needs a small change in his luck! ACCT doesn’t know why he was on the street, but he’s become a popular running buddy since he got to the shelter and entered foster care! He can be choosy about his running routes, but he does just as well in “cross-country” on the grass as he does on neighborhood tours.

Why Ivan is awesome: Ivan is gentle and reserved with new people, content to watch other dogs from afar and reportedly successful with cats. He LOVES cheese and having his behind scratched and patted! Ivan walks gently on the leash and appears to be housebroken.

To learn more about adopting Ivan, please contact his Pen Pals, who are also Monster Milers volunteers, David or Megan Bernstein.


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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