Shih Tzu Dog for adoption in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - DET. ELLIOT STABLER!
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City of Elderly Love


  • Breed: Shih Tzu
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male

But his friends call him Elliot for short. Elliot is a ~10 year old Shih Tzu who weighs around 12 lbs. and who was found as a stray in Philadelphia and brought to the animal control shelter. Elliot was not in good shape and needed back out of the shelter immediately or faced euthanasia which is where City of Elderly Love stepped in! Elliot's coat was so matted, we weren't sure what we were going to find under there - luckily, it was a super cute, lovable dude!

Fast forward just over a month and Elliot is basically a whole new dog. The first order of business was to shave months and months or unmanaged knotted and matted fur. Now that he's feeling so much lighter without it, Elliot has shown us his fun and spunky personality! He's currently living with both large and small dogs and cats - all of which he gets along with famously (he even gets pushed around by the cats, but he didn't want us to mention that he's a pushover). Elliot is also currently living with older children in his foster home and is sweet, social and appropriate with them. Elliot is overall a laid-back, chill dude who gets bursts of energy and will act like a puppy, running laps around the living room or sprinting to the kitchen in anticipation of dinner! Elliot is also housebroken and doesn't mind being left alone during work hours. In fact, he's not much of a barker at all. If he wants something, he'll let you know by doing an adorable little snort!

Elliot received much needed veterinary care as soon as he came to the rescue. Luckily, he was in much better health than he looked. He had some pesky, no-good, painful teeth extracted and those remaining were cleaned. He may not have many teeth left now, but he gets by just fine. He does have some age-related vision loss due to the formation of cataracts but it really only affects him in low-light and even then, he isn't bothered. Elliot appears to be mostly deaf, but can hear higher pitched sounds. His foster family has also taught him some hand signals to help communicate! He's adapted so well and is just so happy to be feeling better!

Elliot is available for adoption through City of Elderly Love. He is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He is also heartworm and lymes disease negative. Interested in meeting him? Visit to complete an online adoption questionnaire or email us at!

About City of Elderly Love

About Our Rescue Group...

Operating as an independent subsidiary of Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, City of Elderly Love is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue dedicated to saving and enriching the lives of adoptable senior pets in the Philadelphia area. Utilizing volunteer foster homes, City of Elderly Love aims to rescue these animals from potential euthanasia at area animal shelters as well as prevent older animals from entering the shelter-system in the first place, when possible. City of Elderly Love also provides palliative and hospice care when needed. Through creative marketing and community events, City of Elderly Love works to place its adoptable pets into loving adoptive homes.

Come Meet Our Pets...

City of Elderly Love showcases adoptable cats at two Philadelphia-area pet supply stores.

Pet Supplies Plus, 700 Nutt Rd. Phoenixville, PA 19460 & Dog Town, 421 Town Center, New Britain, PA 18901!

Our Adoption Process...

All City of Elderly Love pets are vaccinated, micro-chipped, and spayed or neutered [unless otherwise noted] before going to their adoptive homes. An adoption questionnaire and contract are required prior to finalizing an adoption. Adoption fees are reasonable, but vary depending on animal type.