Pet Profile single view | PAWS Chicago

Get to Know Orion


Terrier, American Staffordshire




5 Years




Foster Home

Home Alone

Click here to see the paws rating

Orion's Story

Can you believe that face?? Orion is a gentle giant waiting patiently for his perfect home. Despite his brawny exterior, this big fella likes to go slow when meeting new people and other dogs. When he becomes adjusted, he is very laid back and likes to sit and people watch with his favorite humans. He also loves to watch television and currently loves the food channel! If watching the food channel with your best best sounds like fun, then Orion may be the guy for you!

While he's named after one of the most famous constellations, Orion wants to be the only star in his family's universe! With a heart the size of his giant squishy head, Orion is waiting patiently for his new home.

Are you Orion's family? You might be, if you have a pet-free home and are willing to take your time to give this big fella a loving space to snuggle. Want to make sure you're the right fit for each other? Orion is eligible for our Foster-to-Adopt program! Fostering with the intent to adopt is a great way to see how an animal will fit into your home. While fostering, you'll receive medical and behavioral support for Orion along with PAWS-provided food. To get started, email

Meet Orion

Orion can’t wait to meet you!

If you’re interested in adopting this pet, please complete the following steps:

1. Start by taking our ComPETibility Quiz to make sure they’re a good fit for your home. Your ComPETibility Score will help you compare your home to each pet’s needs!

2. After completing your ComPETibility Quiz, you will be emailed a link to complete your Adoption Application.

3. After finishing the adoption application, complete the Adoption Inquiry Form! Once this form is submitted, our Adoption Team will take a look at your adoption inquiry and reach out within a few days.

Please note that while we can’t place holds on adoptable animals for your scheduled appointment, there are always plenty of homeless pets looking for a home! If you don’t meet the perfect pet, please feel free to complete a new Adoption Inquiry Form or visit our Adoption Center. Walk-ins are always welcome, but appointments are recommended for a more efficient visit!

Want another way to spend time with our adoptable (or soon-to-be-adoptable) pets? Consider fostering.

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 5,000 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!

First Time Fostering? Learn More

There are many animals that need us today. Each foster family allow us to save more homeless pets by opening their home to a pet or litter in need of love and care for a few weeks. When we are able to send a pet or litter to foster, it frees up space in our Medical Center to bring in more pets in need.

Last year, our foster families took in 1,921 pets. Some needed a peaceful place to recover from illness or injury. Puppies and kittens just needed a bit of time in a home environment with good socialization so they could grow big enough to have their spay/neuter surgery before adoption. Other pets needed a calm and relaxing break from the stress of shelter life. 

Consider joining them in lifesaving. Sign up to become a foster today.