11/01/2012 at 01:00 PM EDT
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Meet Rizzo, a shepherd mix found at a public park earlier this year.
When Rizzo and one of her puppies were first discovered in August, the new mom was frightened and protective of her baby. But when she was taken in by the Alamo Heights Animal Care Services
in San Antonio, Tx., she realized she could trust people.
"She's not skittish anymore," says animal care representative Angie Marzec. "She's very friendly. She bonds with people very quickly."
Her puppy was adopted, but Rizzo, who is believed to be between 2 and 3 years old, is still waiting for her forever home. In the time that she's been at the shelter, a dog training service has expressed interest in training her for use with soldiers who suffer from PTSD.
"She just kind of looks into your eyes," says Marzec. "Hoping that you'll be person she will never have to leave."
The spayed and housetrained pup is just under 40 lbs. and is good with other dogs, cats and children. "She doesn't mind being tugged at," Marzec says.
Rizzo is the perfect pet for someone who is looking for a wingman, says Marzec. "I fostered her in my home for a little while and she would just follow me around the house."
If Rizzo sounds like the pal you've been searching for, call the shelter at (210) 822-0003. To read more about her, visit her Adopt-a-Pet.com profile page
Click here to meet last week's adoptable pet, Nadia.Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home it's important to consider your family circumstances and do your research on breeds.