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Get to Know Rita


Labrador Boxer Mix




3 Years




Adopter's Home

Rita's Story

Say hello to our resident cutie pie, Rita!  Rita is a snow bunny at heart and absolutely loves to play in all the white fluffy stuff!  She could probably romp around in the snow all day long if given the chance.  Rita has a stunning black and white coat and adorable ears that are just too cute for words, you’ll fall in love with her from the very start!  She came to PAWS from one of our transfer partners in Tennessee.  This southern belle is still adjusting to life in Chicago and is a bit apprehensive when going for walks on busy streets.  She would love to find a patient adopter who can help her to get used to all the hustle and bustle of the city and will be patient with her as she becomes comfortable at her own pace!  Rita would enjoy walking in low traffic areas first before venturing out onto busier streets.  Once she begins to gain some confidence, Rita is bound to walk happily by your side!

Rita is searching for an adults-only home with an experienced owner.  She is not a fan of other dogs and enjoys being in the spotlight at the center of everyone’s love and affection, so she would do best as the only pet in the home.  Rita is such a people-oriented girl and would love to find a buddy who will love her until the end of time.  She also has a passion for play, especially when it involves tennis balls!  Those are her favorite!  Give her one and she’ll play for hours and hours on end, or play fetch with her for a while and she’ll surely be your very best friend!  Did we mention Rita’s a great cuddler too?  She absolutely loves to be nestled right in the crook of your arm and would be a great companion to watch movies with on those frigid winter nights!  She also adores taking a nice snooze and sleeps like a brick!  It’ll be tough getting out of bed in the morning with adorable Rita sleeping peacefully right by your side.  This sweet pooch has a lot of love to give and hopes that her adoption day is right around the corner!  Think you could be the lucky recipient of all her doggy kisses and affection?  Then come and meet her today!

  • I'll take as much exercise as I can get!
  • Did someone say 'treat'?  I'll take them all.
  • You + a tennis ball = my perfect day.
  • I'm a people person!
  • Cuddles!  I love a good lap to curl up on.


  • I would love to find an adults-only home.
  • I prefer to be the only pet in the 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!