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.
Ghost Bear: A loveable large lap dog
As handsome and cuddly as they come, Ghost Bear most certainly has earned his name as he is often described as a big ‘ole teddy bear. The 7-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix was originally transferred to the Arizona Humane Society from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control all the way back in June through AHS’ Project Reachout Program. This collaborative program helps bring in pets from shelters that are overwhelmed when AHS has space to adopt them out, giving them a second chance at finding their forever home.
And that is exactly what Ghost Bear did, as he was quickly adopted but unfortunately has found himself right back at the shelter due to unforeseen circumstances. Sadly, his adopter became ill and is no longer able to care for him and needed to surrender this cute pup back to AHS. Although it is a very sad situation, it is an important reminder that AHS is there for people who need help with their pets.
Ghost Bear’s favorite activity (besides snuggling with his favorite humans) is to go on a hike and get lots of sniffs in the great outdoors. Although he is a big and strong pup, this cutie pie thinks he is a lap dog and always tries to sneak in a kiss or two when you are not looking. Because of his strength and tendency to think he is much smaller than he is, Ghost Bear would do best in a home with children that are at least 10 years old and would do best as the only pet in the home, as well.
How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s adoption locations remain closed as the shelter continues to heal and rehabilitate pets coming in but its Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like Ghost Bear, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Calliopy: A cat with a mind of her own
If looks were everything, Calliopy would come out as the winner! This cute tortoiseshell, 2-year-old, was adopted as a kitten and had to be returned after her owner passed away. She is a petite kitty who looks more like a kitten, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t a lot of spunk.
Calliopy will need an owner who likes a bit of a challenge, as she has a mind of her own. She doesn’t like other cats and sometimes seems to not even like people. Possibly she is just mad at the world because she lost her home and loving owner. This little gal needs a second chance with a person who will be willing to give her the time she needs to make a huge adjustment in her life.
How to adopt: Take a look at Calliopy at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 9 a.m. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Other adoption locations are the Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Chicken: A chill cat
The only exception to calling a kitty a chicken is with this handsome 3-year-old orange tabby who may or may not live up to his fowl name. Chicken is a sweet boy who unfortunately found his way to the Arizona Humane Society when his previous owner had nowhere else to take him and turned to AHS for help. An important reminder of the shelter’s Pet Resource Center, which is dedicated to giving resources to pet owners in need of creative solutions for help with their furry family members.
Chicken was found to have a mild case of gingivitis while getting a check-up in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital and will need to have a care plan made with his future vet to ensure it does not progress and get worse. Other than that, this bird-named kitty is a healthy boy who does tend to be a bit shy at first and may do best in a home that has a social cat that will help him gain confidence and trust in others.
Described as a chill dude who loves to lounge around, Chicken would love to have a cat condo to call his own where he can climb up high and observe his future home sweet home. Speaking of a purr-fect home, this gentle kitty would love to have a family that is patient and allows him to go at his own pace while adjusting to his new life.
How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s adoption locations remain closed as the shelter continues to heal and rehabilitate pets coming in but its Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like Chicken, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Big Pawpa EVz8/11
Big Pawpa is a 6-year-old domestic long-haired tabby and white male cat a. Volunteers describe him as a “sweet soul” that would love to get to know you. He is a very sweet guy that loves to receive affection.
When Big Pawpa arrived at the shelter his beautiful, long coat was completely matted so he has been groomed for a fresh start. Know, however, his humans may need to assist him when it grows back out in brushing it to keep it gorgeous.
Big Pawpa has tested positive for FIV but is, otherwise, very healthy. He can go on to live a long, healthy, and happy life. Adoption consultants can elaborate on what this diagnosis means for Big Pawpa and the family that adopts him.
How to adopt: Big Pawpa is available at the adoption center and would love to meet you! Big Pawpa’s adoption fee is $150. At Friends for Life Animal Rescue, all animals are altered, vaccinated, microchipped, and dewormed, and cats are tested for FELV/FIV.
At this time, an appointment is not required to meet the animals (unless they reside in a foster home) but this is subject to change due to the current COVID-19 situation (masks are required). If you’re interested in Big Pawpa, please go to http://www.azfriends.org to fill out a consultation form then head to the adoption center at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert! If Big Pawpa is adopted by the time you get there, many others are looking for a home as well … dogs too! If you’d like more information about Big PawPaw you can e-mail [email protected]
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life