Adopt Me! Dog Ruthie Is a Southern Belle with Manners

02/24/2011 at 02:00 PM EST

Adopt Me! Dog Ruthie Is a Southern Belle with Manners
For every pet living with a happy family, there is an animal in a shelter waiting to find a loving home. Today we'd like you to meet Ruthie, a stray, loving pit bull pup we met through Adopt-a-Pet.com.

Two-year-old Ruthie was found roaming the streets by staffers at Austin Dog Rescue. She had nerve damage in her back – possibly from a car accident – but surprisingly, was otherwise happy. "She can still walk, run and play," Joyce Martin, executive director of Austin Dog Rescue, tells PEOPLEPets.com. "She adores her daily walks, is perfect on leash and extremely well behaved."

Because of her nerve damage, Ruthie does have some problems controlling her bladder and requires doggie diapers. But she "promises it's not that big of a deal and will love you even more for it," Martin says. The 45-lb. pooch has "nice greeting manners," loves dogs, kids and cats, and is hoping to have four-legged friends in her new home. "She is a very gentle, low energy girl," Martin says. Ruthie is vaccinated, spayed and microchipped.

Austin Dog Rescue began in Texas in 2007. The all-volunteer operation relies on foster families to care for homeless dogs rescued from smaller shelters throughout the central Texas area. The organization depends heavily on donations to continue its rescue operations, so visit its website to learn how you can help.

Adopt-a-Pet.com is a non-profit that lets shelters, humane societies, SPCAs, pet rescue groups and pet adoption agencies advertise their homeless pets to adopters for free.

Meet more adoptable animals on PEOPLEPets.com:
Adopt Me! Recovering from a Snowplow Accident, Dino is Ready for a Home
Adopt Me! Pickles is One Sweet Doggie

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