CHICAGO — A shelter puppy who was named by a Block Club reader has been adopted.
Newsy, a 3-month-old shepherd mix, was taken in by no-kill animal shelter PAWS Chicago in late June. Block Club Chicago’s readers submitted names for the pooch, and PAWS picked Newsy from the submissions.
Newsy was diagnosed with hookworm, roundworm and a minor upper respiratory infection upon getting to the shelter, but PAWS provided him with care and he was ready for adoption on Friday.
It didn’t take long for Newsy to find the right home: He was adopted on Saturday. The pup now lives in suburban Evanston with Wendy Kadon, who changed the pooch’s name to Leo because he has a tuft of hair at the end of his tail like a lion.
“We liked the idea of him being this little, mini lion,” Kadon said.
Kadon and her significant other found out about Leo by going to PAWS Chicago’s website. They weren’t sure he’d still be up for adoption when they went Saturday morning, though, because “he’s so adorable.”
“It’s hard not to fall in love with him,” Kadon said. “He seems like a happy, curious puppy, which is what he wanted.”
The pup has already proven to be a “snugglebug” who likes to lay across Kadon’s lap. She and her partner are trying to teach him good manners and house train him.
“He’s playful and he’s still learning, but we’re making progress every day,” Kadon said.
If you missed your shot to adopt Leo (aka Newsy), you can still help at PAWS: The shelter is at capacity and is “urgently” looking for foster families and people to adopt cats and dogs. PAWS is even hosting an adoption even this weekend where it will waive adoption fees for people who adopt the cats and dogs who have been at the shelter the longest.