08/05/2010 at 01:23 PM EDT
For every pet living with a happy family, there is an animal in a shelter waiting to find a loving home. So today, we'd like you to meet Chappie
, a handsome German shepherd/Akita mix we met through Adopt-a-Pet.com
Chappie, 4, was rescued from animal control by staffers at the Heartland Animal Shelter
in Northbrook, Ill. "He has the most beautiful big brown eyes ... you can't help but fall in love with him," volunteer Lou Basten tells PEOPLEPets.com. "He is very mellow and easygoing." The "gentle" pup loves cuddling up in blankets and beds, and particularly enjoys tummy rubs. "Look out though," Basten says, "you are sure to get a lot of kisses while petting him!" Chappie is housetrained, neutered and up-to-date on his shots.
Heartland is a no-kill shelter dedicated to finding homeless pets forever homes, while educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering pets. Founded by veterinarian Dr. Herbert Preiser, the organization aims to rescue pets who may otherwise be euthanized in overcrowded city shelters.
The organization relies heavily on donations to continue rescue operations, so visit its website
to learn how you can help.
Adopt-a-Pet.com is a non-profit that helps shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups and pet adoption agencies advertise their homeless pets to adopters for free. We'll be featuring dogs and cats available for adoption through the service once monthly here on PEOPLEPets.com. Meet more adoptable animals on PEOPLEPets.com:Adopt Us! Mickey and Minnie Are One 'Big Ball of Fat Cat'Adopt Me! Cruelty Survivor Arthur Just Wants to Be Loved