My name is Pretty Girl!

Pit Bull Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Pretty Girl
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The Pennsylvania SPCA

Facts about Pretty Girl

  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier Mix
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 21691780
Pretty Girl and her sister-pup Jasmine were seized from an empty home by our HLE officers more than 2 years ago. It was not known how long these lovely girls had been alone in a house with no heat, no lights and no food but once they were brought to the shelter these girls quickly became healthy and very beautiful. Pretty Girl is a big pup at about 65-70 pounds with an unusual soft brindle coat and beautiful eyes. When she was first with us Pretty Girl was terrified of human contact which was understandable given her being abandoned alone with no one but her sister. She has made wonderful progress though – she is still very timid and does need time with each person she meets but once she knows you she comes around and just loves to be by your side. She has special volunteers who "buddy up" with her and held her become more confident and outgoing.
She’s really gentle on a leash even though she is so big and she walks very nicely right by your side. She LOVES a good run when the weather is cool enough. She adores winter and we have seen her spend lots of time chasing snow as it falls and dive-bombing into big drifts.
Her ideal home will probably be with adults only or possibly teens since her family will need to be very patient with her to help her be learn to be comfortable and trusting. We know she was very bonded to her sister Jasmine and she may be okay with another pup in the home but for new canines like everything "new" to Pretty Girl it would take time for her to be comfortable.
Its time Pretty Girl finds a forever home where she can be loved and can love her people and get to play a little and become a couch potato as she gets older. She’s still very athletic but at 7 years she also would like to just chill and watch TV too !

About The Pennsylvania SPCA

About Our Shelter...

In 1867, Colonel M. Richards Mucklé, a Philadelphia businessman, was disheartened by the violence he witnessed against animals. Horses pulling over-laden carts and streetcars were often beaten unmercifully or worked to death. Many, if not most of the city’s work horses were lame, sore and weak from carrying heavy cargo and passenger loads across cobbled streets during icy winters and sweltering summers.

Outraged at the abuse animals endured on a daily basis, and frustrated that the authorities were not enforcing the few anti-cruelty laws that existed at the time, Mucklé decided to follow in the footsteps of Henry Bergh, the father of the humane movement in the United States, and take action. On April 27, 1866, he inserted a notice in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin announcing his intention to form a government-sanctioned humane law-enforcement society like the one Henry Bergh had founded that very same month in New York City. After more than a year of campaigning, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was organized on June 21, 1867 and officially chartered on April 4, 1868. The Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) was officially the first humane society in the state and only the second in the country after Henry Bergh’s American SPCA (ASPCA – note: The PSPCA is not associated with the ASPCA).

Support began trickling in, led by early donations from S. Morris Waln, J.B. Lippincott, George H. Earle, William Porter and others. Their generosity made it possible for the new Society to launch an offensive against animal cruelty, specifically aimed at the city’s horse population. Reforms for the horses took place gradually. The Society brought about corrective actions such as the availability of watering troughs for work horses, frequent rest periods, curtailment of whips and blanketing in the winter.

Although these changes may seem simple, consideration of animals’ needs was not a universal trait in those days. Gradually, protective measures became part of the culture. More and more, people felt that treating horses properly was only common sense.

As the Society gained successes in helping horses it was able to further expand its attention to other areas. Working with the Pennsylvania railroad, the Society helped design a new and humane livestock car that made travel easier for cattle, sheep, swine and poultry. Securing the humane treatment of agricultural and pet animals became a natural part of the Pennsylvania SPCA and was enforceable under its legal jurisdiction.

The Pennsylvania SPCA's first motorized horse ambulance.

With the reduction of the use of horses in daily life, the society continued to shift its focus. Investigations and prosecutions of the abusers of dogs and cats curtailed the violence in the lives of these innocent animals. Shelters were erected to house, feed and care for homeless or unwanted animals. Over the years, the Society launched programs focusing on humane care such low-cost veterinary care for companion animals, adoption of homeless animals from shelters and spay & neuter to prevent unwanted births; programs that exist to this very day.

Humane issues concerning animals have continued to shift throughout the history of the organization. The demand for our work is as overwhelming today as it was when Colonel Mucklé founded the Society. We must constantly struggle to replace ignorance and callousness with knowledge and kindness. With your help, the Pennsylvania SPCA will continue to make a difference in our world through education, compassion and consideration.

Donate to Our Shelter...

Your support makes it possible for the Pennsylvania SPCA to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home thousands of abused, neglected and abandoned animals across the state of Pennsylvania every year. For more Informattion on Donating Please visit

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our Philadelphia Adoption Hours are: Monday - Friday, 1 P.M. until 8 P.M. and Saturday - Sunday, 12 P.M. until 6 P.M.

350 East Erie Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19134

Our Adoption Process...

How do I adopt a pet?

Come to the shelter and meet our wonderful pets! Our staff and volunteer counselors are available to help you find a perfect match for your lifestyle. In order to complete your adoption we require the following:

Photo Identification
Proof of Address
Adoption Application (available online or fill it out at the shelter)
How much does it cost? The Pennsylvania SPCA runs special adoption promotions with reduced pricing on select animals each and every day. The Pennsylvania SPCA regular adoption prices are:

Dogs and Cats
Kittens (under 6 months) — $75
Cats over 6 months – $50
Dogs over 6 months – $75 (some dogs quality for discounted training class enrollment, please inquire)

Good Samaritan Dogs – $300

What are Good Samaritans you ask? These are easier placed animals with a higher adoption fee, and this extra fee helps support the other animals in the shelter who take longer to find a permanent home or who are on hold for Humane Law Enforcement. Each animal in our care costs the shelter anywhere from $250-$350 just to provide basic needs. Good Samaritans are typically small dogs and pure breed animals.

Small Animals
Rabbits – $40
Guinea pigs – $10
Ferrets – $75
Parakeets – $10
Cockatiels – $35
Small parrots – $150
Large parrots – $300
Equine and Large/Exotic species
Prices vary and are at manager’s discretion.
We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, checks (with ID) and debit cards.

Thank you for considering adoption from the Pennsylvania SPCA as you looks to add a new member to your family!
Hours and location:
Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday- Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM