Shih Tzu Dog for adoption in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - DET. ELLIOT STABLER!
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I found a new home!
Plenty of my friends are looking
for one too. Find a pet to adopt.


I am already neutered, housetrained, purebred, up to date with shots, good with kids, good with dogs, and good with cats.


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!


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

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

DET. ELLIOT STABLER!, a Philadelphia Shih Tzu dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Shih Tzu for sale in Philadelphia, or seeking a Shih Tzu dog from a breeder in Philadelphia.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Philadelphia already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Philadelphia breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Shih Tzu breeders who help with Shih Tzu rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Philadelphia paves the way for another one to be saved.