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Get to Know Catalonia






6 Years




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Catalonia's Story

Meet Catalonia!  Catalonia is a beautiful 4-year-old Retriever mix with a gorgeous red-golden coat and striking eyes that are completely irresistible! She is an incredibly smart and active girl who craves physical activity such as going for long walks, a mile-long job, or even playing with toys.  Her favorite toys in the world are stuffed squeaky toys!  She can't get enough of them!  Catalonia even has her very own collection in her room here at PAWS to prove it.  She also adores being the co-pilot when riding in the car and would love to go on tons of road trips in the future with her new family!  Although Catalonia enjoys being active, she is an expert cuddler and makes a great couch potato as well!  Sit on the couch with her and she'll surely snuggle up right next to you and roll over just begging for belly rubs.  She'll return the favor by giving you lots and lots of wet kisses right on your cheek!  As if we haven't already proven that Catalonia is the smartest and sweetest dog you will ever meet, she also is a natural in training class and has learned so much during her time here with our trainers.  Being highly treat motivated definitely helps her in this area, and she'll do just about anything for a stinky stick of Pupperoni! 

Originally adopted in 2015, Catalonia was unfortunately returned to PAWS Chicago last October after her owner could no longer care for her. Since being back, we have learned quite a few things about this sweet pup!  Catalonia is not a big fan of other dogs, so she would love to be in a home where she has all the spotlight on her.  She will surely thrive in an adults-only home with an experienced adopter who is willing to give her all the love and affection she deserves! This sweetheart recently spent some time in an amazing foster home, where her foster parents reported that she is a huge people pleaser who LOVES chewing every kind of hard toy such as Nylabones, antlers, and Kongs!  She does extremely well in a crate when left alone, doesn’t go on the furniture, waits for her food in place, and has basic obedience down pat!  Catalonia also is incredibly affectionate and just wants to snuggle with her best human friends any chance she can.  She also has the perfect looks to match her amazing personality and is a wonderful doggy model.  Catalonia would love the opportunity to show her future adopter what a wonderful companion she can be!  If you’re looking to add a charming and lively addition to your life, consider Catalonia!  Your heart will melt as soon as you lay eyes on her!



  • Going for a car ride? Take me along!
  • I love playing with Kong toys.
  • Squeak! Squeak! I love Squeaky chew toys!
  • I’ll take as much exercise as I can get!
  • Did someone say ‘treat’? I’ll take them all
  • I’m a people person! 
  • I’m a star pupil at obedience training.
  • You + a tennis ball = my perfect day.


  • I prefer to be the only pet in the home.
  • I prefer quiet environments that aren’t crowded.
  • I’d love to find an adults-only home.

Why Adopt?

Adoption is one of the best ways to save a life. Only a few thousand more adoptions each year in Chicago, a city of millions of people, and we will be a No Kill community! You can make a real difference.

At PAWS Chicago, we keep working to grow our operations to save more homeless pets. It's how we've gone from saving a few dozen to 6,000 pets a year. But it is our adopters who make the real magic happen by bringing these loving pets home. Adopt a pet and spread the word!