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.
Champion: A shy boy who loves hide-and-seek
Champion is a 1-year-old Chihuahua with quite an amazing story. In early January a volunteer of Friends for Life was out for a hike in the desert where she found this little one in a wash, with his leash caught on a branch. There’s no idea how long he was there, or how he got there. He was posted on many lost dog pages, but his people were never located. Therefore, he’s in the market for a forever family.
Champion is a cute little guy, weighing around 13 pounds. He’s going to need a very special and understanding home. At our adoption center, he is a shy guy. So, he will need someone willing to be his rescuer and who will allow him the time he needs to adjust to a new home.
He is living in a foster home where he has really come out of his shell. He will probably do best in a quiet home, as sudden or loud noises can sometimes startle him. He has a very fun side to him that his foster mom sees develop more each day! This little guy probably led a very sheltered life and his world got a whole lot bigger once he joined the rescue group. It will be a lot of fun to give him new experiences while also making him feel safe as he experiences new things!
He walks using a harness, and foster mom says if you leave your shoes around, he’ll make you go on a scavenger hunt to find where he hid them! He likes to play hide-and-seek with his toys. Champion’s foster mom will also hide his toys for him to find. He loves this game! He is very cuddly with his foster mom and he lights up when he sees her — that could be you! He sleeps all night in his crate. He asks to go outside when it’s time to potty.
How to adopt: If you are interested in meeting him, please email [email protected] Champion is neutered, licensed, vaccinated and microchipped and his adoption fee is $250. Friends for Life’s adoption center is located at 952 W. Melody Ave. in Gilbert. You can visit them online at http://www.azfriends.org or call 480-497-8296.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life
Bronx: Wiggly, energetic and always happy
For anyone from New York, they know that there is a lot of pride when it comes to which part of the city you are from. Bronx most definitely represents the borough he is named after and is certainly one of the cutest around to do so!
The sweet 2-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier made his way to the Arizona Humane Society in January of this year after spending some time at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control through AHS’ Project Reachout program. Thanks to a change in scenery and venue, Bronx was quickly adopted once at AHS, but unfortunately, it was not a great fit with the other pets in the home and he is again looking for the perfect forever home.
Wiggly, energetic and always very happy, Bronx always loves to get out and play any chance he gets. Very patient when it comes to putting on his harness and leash, this cute pup also loves to show off just how adorable he can be by carrying his toys while on the way to an AHS play yard! Very smart and always eager to interact with people, this bundle of energy may do well with some training to show off his brains and learn even more tricks than he already knows (and help him keep his mind mentally stimulated, as well). Although he does love people, Bronx may do best in a home with children who are at least eight and as the only pup in the home due to his energy levels.
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 Bronx, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Seven: An elderly cat who loves a cozy lap
Let’s hope everything is coming up roses for Seven, aka Sarah Rose, a 14-year-old tabby. She had been living with a foster parent who passed away recently, so now she is ready to move on to another loving foster family.
Seven is a candidate for the Sun City 4 Paws Seniors for Seniors foster program. Because of her age, her chances of getting adopted are slim, so she qualifies for a foster parent who will give her love, attention, kitty strokes and any medical care she might need. Her expenses will be covered by 4 Paws.
Her special food is also provided by 4 Paws. She has a diaphramatic hernia which she has always lived with and doesn’t affect her quality of life. Seven is on a special renal food, also provided by 4 Paws. A daily arthritis pill is sprinkled onto her canned food, also provided.
Seven is very loving, enjoys a cozy lap, responds to her name, and obviously is used to lots of love. It would be such a shame for this lovely kitty to not live in a real home for the rest of her days.
How to adopt: Visit her at 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown; 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 9 a.m.; adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Other 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
Nali and Jenny: Best Furiends Furever
This gorgeous duo is the perfect example, and perhaps even definition of BFFs aka Best Furiends Furever! Beautiful Nali, a 16-year-old domestic medium hair, and her bestie of 14 years, Jenny, the black medium-haired kitty, found their way to the Arizona Humane Society after more than a decade of living together when a member of the family became allergic and they were no longer able to care for them.
Now that they are back on the market for a new forever home, these two just could not bear living out their golden years without each other and will need to find a family willing to take them in as a pair. As one would expect with these sweet girls who are aging like fine wine, both Nali and Jenny underwent a little dental procedure to ensure their mouth is in tip-top shape, but other than that have been found to be in great health for their age.
This yin-and-yang pair most definitely has a lot of love to give each other, as they can be seen snuggling with one another every night. Jenny will even let Nali eat her leftover canned chicken when she does not finish it all. Both kitties are very friendly with people and have been known to start purring before their kennel door is even open when they know they have visitors who are there to give them lots of pets and attention. With Nali being the more vocal of the two, Jenny loves letting her sister do the talking for the both of them knowing she has her best interest in mind!
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 adorable Nali and Jenny, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. Because these two are best buddies, they will both be adopted out together for the price of one adoption fee.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society