Bestie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters

Every year, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Of those, about 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.

Each week, The Arizona Republic highlights a handful of the many pets up for adoption at Valley shelters. To check the status of a specific animal, please contact the shelter directly.

Bestie: A strong-willed tripod

Interested adopters can view available pets, like Bestie, and schedule an appointment online at

As with almost 6,000 pets rescued by the Arizona Humane Society last year alone, adorable Bestie was rescued as an injured stray thanks to one of AHS ‘Emergency Animal Medical Technicians. Operating 365 days a year, these pet paramedics go throughout the Valley to help pets in almost every situation imaginable from kittens stuck in storm drains to pups who somehow found themselves on a roof.

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