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.
Angelo: A very special dog
Angelo is a sweet 5-year-old, 10 pound Chihuahua that joined Friends for Life recently from the county as a stray. He is a special dog looking for a special home.
He has some hair loss due to a previous trauma – possibly from another animal, but he won’t tell anyone what happened. His skin should recover with good nutrition and time. He has a bone spur near his lumbar L7 and mild spinal arthritis. No surgery needed, but he may require pain management as he ages. For now, he is on Vetri-disk, which is a supplement to aid spinal conditions. Blood work for his dental all came back within normal ranges and his dental will be scheduled soon.
How to adopt: Angelo is neutered, licensed, vaccinated, and microchipped and will have a dental, and his adoption fee is only $195. No appointment is needed – just visit the adoption center, located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert, during hours of operation. You may visit http://www.azfriends.org before visiting to get started on your consultation form. If Angelo is adopted by the time you get there, many others are looking for homes as well.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life
Joey: An affectionate, middle-aged kitty
Joey, black and white and loving all over, is an 11-year-old cat who was surrendered by her family who could not take her to their new quarters. This is especially sad for a middle-aged kitty, but she is adapting well and is as friendly as ever. She welcomes every bit of attention she can get and couldn’t be more affectionate. Her white whiskers are especially outstanding, long and curving. Those who have been caring for her are more than fond of her, and they want her to find a great home.
How to adopt: Visit Joey at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 after 9 a.m. or 623-773-2246 after 10 a.m. Adoptions are Tuesday-Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More adoptions are at the Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Moose: A cat with a winning smile
Eight-year old Moose has been through quite a bit in the last few months… On April 15th, Moose was brought to the Arizona Humane Society after his owner sadly passed away, and his owner’s family could not continue to care for him.
Once in AHS’ care, he was examined by a veterinarian at our Second Chance Animal Trauma HospitalTM, where it was found that Moose would need a few teeth removed, to make sure his smile remained as healthy as possible. Moose then spent some time in an AHS Foster Hero home, where he could be closely monitored for any other health issues.
Now, this sweet boy is all geared up and ready to find his new forever home!
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 handsome Moose, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Calliope: A prancing pup
Calliope is a three-year-old English Pointer Mix, who was surrendered to the Arizona Humane Society back in May by her previous owners after they could no longer care for her.
This sweet girl being in good health was not the only surprise Calliope had in store for us, turns out she is affectionate, potty-trained and great on a leash! Calliope’s favorite past time is prancing around the play yard, and we think she would make a wonderful hiking partner. Her favorite toys include stuffed toys, anything that squeaks and tug toys.
Calliope must go to a home with no cats, small critters or children younger than 10-years-old. Calliope is good with dogs and does well at the dog park, though a slow introduction to new canine friends is always suggested!
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 Calliope, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society