Meet some of the luckiest running buddies in Philly! Some of these dogs are previous fosters of ours, while others are dogs that our volunteers ran at our partner shelters & they found their forever homes through our program or at our adoption events.
After two months in a foster home, Phoenix's foster mama decided that she was already home. It was made official in December 2015, just in time for the holidays. We're so happy for her!
John is probably our most famous Miler dog. 6ABC used him in a promo that aired for a week leading up the the 2015 Rescue Run 5K. Ever the social gentleman, John came to numerous adoption events with us and he always stole the show! In November 2015 he found his forever home. His adopter says, "I totally feel like he's the perfect fit and I feel like I've hit the jackpot!" Winner!
(Formerly Livvie). We met Livvie at our city's open-intake shelter in September 2015, and knew that she had the potential to be a great family pet. Thanks to fosters Amy and Jeff we were able to rescue her and bring her into our foster care program. Cristina and Casey met Livvie while she was on a walk one day with Amy, and the rest is history. We wish this new family all the best!
Lila was quiet & shy while at the shelter and for over a month she overlooked by potential adopters. She was running out of time when Kathryn and Joe stepped up to foster her. She had a spot of mange that cleared up quickly in the comfort of a home. Lila was adopted weeks later by Nick and Amanda. She has completely blossomed into a social butterfly and traveled to Canada within weeks of adoption! From a shy girl, to a world traveler - we couldn't be happier for her new life!
When we met Miranda at our City's intake shelter in the Summer of 2015, she badly needed a hero to save her. She was sick, stressed out and needed peace and quiet so her immune system could bounce back. Her foster family nursed her back to health and she was adopted a few weeks later by Cait and Phill. (She's pictured on a vacation to Maine in the Summer of 2015, just weeks after her adoption. Clearly, there is no more stress in her life!)
PR Pip was introduced to Emily and Bryce at PAWS. (Emily was a volunteer Miler runner at PAWS.) PR (short for Personal Record) Pip is probably one of the FASTEST Miler dogs we've ever encountered, but that's perfect for Emily and Bryce. Since adopting Pip, they have become a regular Miler foster family and are responsible for saving Miranda and Clara by opening their home and hearts. (Pip is a great foster brother too!)
We rescued Cy in January 2015 and he was placed into an awesome Miler foster home. A few weeks later, Cy met his forever partner at an "Adopt a Running Buddy" event we did at Road Runner Sports in Cherry Hill. One ear up, one ear down, one eye blue, one eye brown! This charmer is safe and sound!
Keeva was our first official rescue in September 2014. She was adopted into a running home and they can sometimes be seen sprinting down South Street in Philadelphia. When we rescued her, she was suffering from a very bad case of kennel cough, but a few weeks of rest and love was just what the vet ordered. She now lives the good life!
Clara found her forever home in April 2015, after being fostered by a Miler foster family. She is a shy girl, and she had trouble finding that special someone at the shelter. (The shelter is so overwhelming for dogs like Clara.) Her foster family was so patient with her and gave her gentle guidance so she could find her confidence. We found her the perfect family, and she has blossomed socially. We couldn't be happier. (She's known to frequent soccer practices with her "siblings.")
Shelby was a volunteer favorite at Street Tails. We decided to bring Shelby to the ODDyssey Half Marathon Expo in hopes of finding her a home. (We set up tables at local races to showcase adoptable dogs and talk to runners about rescue.) Jared, a racer, met Shelby at the expo and it was love at first sight. (He filled out an adoption application same-day.) Shelby now rests easy (when she's not running!)
(Previously named Clovis.) Pascal is now living the good life with a family of runners. He spends his days running the trails behind his forever home and helping his "Mom" train for races. Thanks going out to Pascal's foster, Leah, who saved his life when he needed a hero! He was adopted in Jan 2015.
Patrick was adopted by his foster family in November 2014. Erin and Tim fell in love with Patrick and decided to make it permanent. Erin has been a long-term Monster Miler volunteer and runs with our shelter buddies at PAWS. She's also a Rescue Run 5K committee member. (Patrick is in very good hands!)
Jax was a Miler favorite at PAWS when Miler founder, Carrie and her husband were looking for a second dog. They met lots of potential dogs, but their resident dog is really shy and they weren't having any luck. Jax wasn't doing well at the shelter, even with a daily run. (He's a sensitive pooch himself.) Carrie fell in love with his goofy personality, and the rest is history. He now goes on runs with his "sister" Lola and loves to go on hikes. (Pictured at Acadia National Park!)
One of 30,000
Each year in Philadelphia over 30,000 pets enter our shelter system. Rescues and shelters across the region work around the clock to rescue as many as possible. But it starts one home at a time. Do you want to save a life? Talk to us about fostering and the dog YOU save could end up on this page.
While Bravo was in foster care he was one popular dude. At the 2015 Philadelphia Flower show he won the heart of hundreds of new friends. But he ended up meeting his forever family at an "Adopt a Running" buddy event at Road Runner Sports in Cherry Hill. He now lives happily ever after, thanks to a Miler foster home and a loving adoptive family. Bravo!
We rescued Penny just before a major snowstorm hit Philly. She rode out the storm in comfort and now lives happily in New Jersey with her canine, feline and human siblings. When her foster family stepped up we knew we had to find a dog that was cat, dog, and kid-friendly. She met the challenge and lives in comfort now. Happy miles Penny!
Leslie was volunteering as a Miler at PAWS when she met Parker Posey in 2012. Do we need to elaborate? PP is crazy smart and Leslie has found all sorts of "dog puzzles" that Parker Posey manages to "solve" in no time. She's a wiz at agility classes too! On runs, she likes to take her time and stop and enjoy the world around her. But there is nothing wrong with that! We're so happy she found her forever buddy.
Sean meet Ellie as a volunteer Miler at our partner shelter, PAWS. It was pretty much love at first sight. (He called her his "fiance" from the get-go.) After a few runs with her, he made it official and adopted her from PAWS! We love it when our volunteers meet their match while volunteering! Happy miles to Sean and Ellie!
Dutch was a long-term resident at our partner shelter, PAWS. Miler volunteer Jaime ran with her a few times while she was at the shelter and took her home a few weeks later. Dutch has come a long way, and even served as The Monster Milers "tourch" in the WPR's 26x1 mile relay race in Fairmount Park. Jaime say that running continues to give Dutch an outlet for excess energy and she's a much calmer dog after a good workout. We heart DUTCH!