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Get to Know Zeal


Labrador Retriever Mix




8 Months




Adopter's Home

Zeal's Story

Meet the overly photogenic, Zeal!  Zeal is a doggy supermodel who can make anyone fall in love with him just by looking at them with his beautiful, golden eyes.  His striking brindle coat and adorable perky ears ensure that every photo taken of him is as perfect as can be!  Zeal arrived here at PAWS when he was just a young pup and it didn’t take long for him to find a home.  Sadly, his owners had to return him when they found out they would be moving out of state and could not take him with.  Zeal came back with a broken heart and was terrified to be back in the shelter.  With a little help from his doggy friends, he has begun to blossom into a witty and spunky boy who just loves playtime!  He will need to go to a home with an experienced owner who can be patient with him and allow him to build his confidence as he navigates through this big, scary world.  Zeal would also prefer a home without young children, and would love it if he could find a confident canine companion who can teach him the ropes!

Zeal is a super smart guy who already knows a few commands and is willing to learn even more with his new forever family!  He is playful and affectionate, and enjoys playing with stuffed animals.  Tennis balls would have to be number one on his list of favorite toys though!  Zeal is a natural at playing fetch and the game becomes even more fun for him when he has another dog to play with.  He does get a bit spooked when he hears loud noises such as thunder or fireworks, so he would love it if his new home had a safe and calm space he could go to during those times.  Although Zeal does have his quirks, he is a very special boy who is a total goofball when he becomes comfortable with his surroundings.  He is such a loving boy who is hoping he can find someone to show him lots of love in return.  Come and meet him at our Adoption Center today!  If his pictures weren’t enough to make you fall in love with this cutie, his personality is bound to win you over!

  • Squeak!  Squeak!  I love Squeaky chew toys! 
  • Cuddles!  I love a good lap to curl up on.
  • You + a tennis ball = my perfect day.
  • I love to play and wrestle with other doggy friends!
  • I'm a people person!
  • I get along very well with other dogs.


  • I would love to find a home with children 15+.
  • I need a little extra time to warm up to people I don't know.
  • Loud noises frighten me, so I prefer a quiet home.