Adopt Me! Sparrow Wants to Give You Paw

07/05/2013 at 09:00 AM EDT

Adopt Me! Sparrow Wants to Give You Paw
Sparrow the dog
Courtesy Lisa Patnaude Photography
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to extraordinary adoptable pets every week. Today, we'd like you to meet Sparrow, an 8-year-old pooch with amazing manners.

Sparrow has some serious self-control! The sweet American pit bull terrier can resist the urge to eat food off of your plate, should you ever leave it unattended. In addition to being polite, Sparrow knows a slew of commands, including sit, lay down, paw, roll-over and leave it – all of which he learned in his previous life.

Adopted when he was just a puppy, Sparrow was eventually joined by two other dogs, and his owner could no longer give him the exercise he so desperately needed. Two years ago, he was overweight and hairless when he was taken in by the Underdog ResQ of Framingham, Mass.; the organization helped him get diagnosed and treated for hypothyroidism.

Now a healthy weight, Sparrow, who has bounced from foster to foster, needs daily exercise and a permanent someone to cuddle with.

"He's a good boy, he's very lovable," says Lina Haimelin, president of the rescue. "He's very smart and very eager to please."

Watch this video to see Sparrow in action!

To read more about Sparrow, visit his profile page. Click here to meet last week's adoptable pet, Luke.

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.

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