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Get to Know Hank


Shepherd Mix




3 Years




Adopter's Home

Hank's Story

Meet Hank!  Hank is a gorgeous 2-year-old Shepherd mix who is looking for a human hero to save the day and make him theirs forever! His sleek black and tan coat and loving eyes put this boy above the rest. He just may be the most handsome hunk you ever meet!  Hank has had a tough time adjusting to life here at PAWS and will need a patient and understanding adopter who will accept him for who he is and help him explore this big world one paw at a time! He is very timid and afraid when entering new environments and meeting new people, so he would do best in a quiet and calm, adults-only home with an experienced owner.  As long as his new family is patient with him, Hank is sure to come out of his shell and reveal the amazing personality that is hidden underneath all that fear. 


Hank is currently enjoying living life with his wonderful foster family where he has truly grown into a wonderful and loving boy.  He has slowly become more and more comfortable with walking outside and is now starting to enjoy strutting his stuff through the neighborhood.  Crowds and bikes do still spook him a bit, but once they’ve passed he is back to walking tall!  With proper socialization, Hank has shown an eagerness to play with people and other dogs at times.  He even sometimes tries to play with the resident cat in the home!  During his time there, Hank has worked hard on his walking manners and has managed to master some basic commands.  Since he’s extremely food motivated it’s easy to capture his attention!  He even knows how to sit and stay and wait to be released before walking through an open doorway!  Hank is completely housebroken and crate trained and has no problem being left alone for a few hours at a time.  His foster parents are very happy to report that Hank is making tremendous improvements and he has transformed into a playful guy who enjoys playing fetch, chewing on soft squeaky toys, and playing tug of war with a nice rope toy!  He has become a wonderful cuddle buddy and is as sweet as can be towards his fosters now that he has formed a relationship of trust with them.  If you’re willing to open your heart and home to a precious gem like Hank, then come and meet him today!

  • I'll take as much exercise as I can get!
  • I'm a people person!
  • I'm a star pupil at obedience training.
  • Squeak!  Squeak!  I love Squeaky chew toys!
  • I love playing with Kong toys!


  • I'd love to find an adults-only home.
  • Loud noises frighten me, so I prefer a quiet home.
  • I need a little extra time to warm up to people I don't know.



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!