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Status: Available


Shih Tzu / Mixed (medium coat)
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**Twister is special needs because of her age and medical needs. Please only apply if you are able to care for a senior hospice pet.**

Twister is an independent girl who is ready to settle in and spend the rest of her life in the lap of luxury. She's fairly social and tolerates other dogs as long as they aren't pushy with her. Because she is older, we do not recommend she live with children under the age of 8. She could also live with cats, she completely pays them no mind if they do the same. Twister is considered a hospice case due to a severe heart condition, for which she will need regular trips to the vet and medication for the rest of her life. While she may not have very long to live, we are determined to find her a home that can offer her palliative care and comfort for however long she has left. Please contact PAWS staff for more information on Twister's medical condition!

from Twister's foster parent while she was in foster care:

"Twister is a little older gal with a bit of southern charm in her.  She is just sweet as can be and lovable. She enjoys her baths and loves when you brush her curly locks of hair. She just melts your heart.  Twister is a quiet gal and just wants to be in a warm loving quiet home.  She is not big on toys, she is very good with other small dogs.  She really enjoys her daily walks on her leash and her favorite time is lunch and dinner and a rewarding soft chew treat, which would also be her midnight snack.  She sleeps straight through the night and is just a love bug.  Kisses and belly rubs always makes her day. Twister is our little Southern Belle."

Name: Twister

Location: Grays Ferry Clinic (All of dogs meets are made by appointment only for approved PAWS adopters- please call ahead!)

Breed: Terrier mix (Visual breed identification in dogs is unreliable so for most of the dogs we are only guessing at predominant breed or breed mix. We get to know each dog as an individual and will do our best to describe each of our dogs based on personality, not by breed label)

Age: 10+ years old

Weight: 14 pounds

Reason for surrender to shelter: Twister was found as a stray

If you are interested in meeting Twister, please email for an application.  If you have questions, please email the above address or contact our adoption staff member at 215-298-9680, ext. 16.

Animal ID#A22675587 

(Updated 8/14/17)


PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue organization. PAWS pulls at-risk animals from the City of Philadelphia's animal control shelter and adopts them out from several locations: our Old City adoption center (2nd and Arch Streets), our Northeast Adoption Center (1810 Grant Avenue); our Wellness Clinic at 2900 Grays Ferry Avenue; our adoption locations at the South Philly and Cottman Avenue PetSmart stores; and, our network of foster homes.

PAWS is dedicated to saving the lives of Philadelphia's homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals and is working to make Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home.

When you adopt a pet from PAWS you truly save a life!

Please reference this animal's ID NUMBER when inquiring about this pet. Both PAWS Adoption Centers are open Monday-Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. PAWS' Wellness Clinic is open Monday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but appointments are required for adoptions.

Adoption fees include age-appropriate vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and microchipping. No animals may be adopted without being spayed or neutered. Adoption fees are as follows: $150 for large adult dogs (older than 1 year); $250 for small dogs (under 25 lbs) and all puppies (under 1 year); $50 for adult cats (over 6 months of age), and $100 for kittens (under 6 months of age). When you adopt a pair of kittens together, the total adoption fee is $150.

Please visit our web site,, for our full calendar of adoption events throughout the region, and for more information on adopting, fostering, volunteering, or donating.

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