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
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.
The 6-year-old shorthair Chihuahua was found not bearing weight on his left hind limb, bruising and swelling of the hind area and multiple wounds throughout his body. The sweet pup was rushed to the shelter’s Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital where x-rays revealed that his hind leg was severely fractured. After surgery to remove his broken limb and a dental to extract a few teeth, Bestie is feeling much better and navigating life extremely well on three paws!
After a few weeks of wound care and ensuring his wounds were healing well, Bestie is now looking for his forever home where he can truly be someone’s “bestie” and live up to his name. Although not much is known about this radar-eared pup, it most certainly is true that he is resilient, strong-willed and loving.
How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like breathtaking Bestie, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
– Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Rosco: A very smart cat
This handsome boy is Rosco. With those big beautiful eyes and a couple of beauty spots on his nose, he will make a fine addition to a loving home. He has recently dropped a few pounds and now tips the scales at 13 pounds, a perfect size.
Due to allergies in his current home, he had to be given up. His owners had him declared, so he would definitely be an indoor cat. Rosco likes to be brushed and will tolerate being picked up, although, like so many cats, he is not overly fond of it. He gets along well with other cats. He also comes when his name is called, so he answers to either Rosco or Simon – a very smart cat indeed!
How to adopt: Rosco would love to see you at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 am-3pm Call 623-876-8778, same hours. Also visit the shelter, 10807 N. 96th Avenue, Peoria, same days and hours; call 623-773-2246; Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road; and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
– Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Shiny: Happy and wiggly
Shiny is an absolutely adorable 2-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix that was rescued by Arizona Humane Society Cruelty Investigators in November after he was found abandoned in a hotel room by his owner. Once evaluated in the shelter’s Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, it was found that this sweet pup had Distemper, an extremely contagious and highly deadly disease similar to Parvo. An important reminder that vaccines are incredibly lifesaving and help not only your pet stay safe but other pets in the community, as well.
After a lengthy treatment and lots of love and supportive care thanks to AHS medical, behavior and animal care staff during his seven-plus month stay, Shiny is more than ready to finally be in the forever home that he deserves. The wiggly doggo loves all of his human friends and has never seen a toy he doesn’t immediately love. He especially loves Kong toys that are filled with lots of tasty treats!
As smart as he is adorable, Shiny knows some tricks already but always relishes in finding new things to learn with his favorite people and would love to meet everyone in his future home to ensure a perfect match, including pups and kids.
How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like sweet Shiny, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
– Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Garvey: A loveable friend
Garvey is a domestic medium-haired brown tabby cat about three years old. His looks convey a serious expression but he is actually a very playful guy! He loves to run to greet humans as they come through the door and enjoys having all of your attention. He thinks people are the best thing in the world!
Garvey has worked his way into all the volunteer’s hearts and if given the chance he’ll do the same with yours! In addition to his human friends, he has made several feline friends as well.
How to adopt: Garvey is currently living at Friends for Life Animal Rescue’s adoption center located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. His adoption fee is $ 175.
At Friends for Life Animal Rescue, animals are altered, vaccinated, microchipped, and dewormed. Cats are also tested for FELV / FIV. If you are interested in adopting Garvey, please go to azfriends.org, fill out a consultation form, and head to the adoption center. If Garvey is adopted by the time you get there, many others are looking for homes. If you’d like more information you can also e-mail FFLcats@azfriends.org, or call 480-497-8296.
– Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life