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.
Arlo: An active boy who loves the outdoors
Arlo is a 1-year-old, 55-pound, Catahoula hound dog. He is quite the handsome boy! One look into his eyes and you’ll be mesmerized! Arlo is housetrained and will sleep on the foot of the bed — he’s no bed hog! He knows “sit” and is very easy to work with . Arlo loves to play fetch. He is an active boy so he’d enjoy hikes, long walks and probably even some jogging (if that’s what you’re into) when not too hot out. Arlo is fine when he meets other dogs, but once he gets going, his rough and rowdy play style can be too much for most dogs. He doesn’t listen when other dogs tell him they’re done playing. No dog parks for him! For this reason, he should be your only canine companion and he should continue to thrive in an environment where he is his people’s one and only canine love! Arlo has done great when out on walks and when meeting other dogs!
How to adopt: Arlo is living at Friends for Life’s adoption center in Gilbert and would love to meet you. Arlo’s adoption fee is $295. He is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and licensed — he’s move-in ready!
Appointments are not currently required at this time to meet the animals but this is subject to change due to the current COVID situation . If you are interested in Arlo, please go to http://www.azfriends.org to fill out a consultation form then head to the adoption center at 952 W. Melody Ave. in Gilbert. If Arlo has already been adopted by the time you get there, there are many others looking for homes as well…cats too! If you’d like more information about Arlo you can email [email protected], or call 480-497-8296.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life
Jenna: Goofy and outgoing
Jenna is a very unique and energetic soul. As anyone who is familiar with the breed knows, this 2-year-old Siberian Husky certainly has a lot of quirks and hyper energy that makes up her adorable self.
In mid-January, Jenna was found as a sick stray and transferred to AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital where she had ophthalmologic diagnostics done to determine what exactly was happening with her eyes. As it would turn out, Jenna was diagnosed with pannus, an autoimmune disease of the cornea caused by inflammation. This may lead to her becoming blind in the future but a vast majority of cases can be managed with topical medications and special sunglasses made for dogs.
Just as smart as she is beautiful, adorable Jenna would enjoy and benefit from puzzle toys, agility training and an active lifestyle that helps keep her mind and body engaged. Described as sweet and goofy, Jenna has an outgoing personality that is great for people who have an active lifestyle and a nice yard for her to get all her wiggles out. Because she gets so excited and has such a special personality, it is recommended she goes to a home with older children.
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 Jenna, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Frances: A kitty with expressive eyes
Two-year-old Frances was found as a stray and given a temporary home with a cat-loving couple. They grew to love her, but because they already had several cats they felt it would be best for her to have a chance to live in a home where she could get all the love and attention she craves. She has been spayed and has had all of her shots. This beautiful gray kitty with the big, expressive eyes is sweet and affectionate, likes to be brushed and picked up for cuddling, and is definitely a lap cat — not always the case with many felines. Let’s hope Frances can finally settle down once and for all in a lasting and loving home.
How to adopt: Frances can be seen at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue,11129 Michigan Ave., 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 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
Bella: A sweet girl with a lovely personality
Meaning beautiful in more languages than one, appropriately-named Bella is quite the beauty to behold. The gorgeous 3-year-old German Shepherd still has the most adorable ears and head tilt around, even though she has already been through so much in her few years.
In January of this year, Bella was brought to a local Emergency Animal Clinic by a Good Samaritan after she was witnessed being hit by a car. From there, Arizona Humane Society Emergency Animal Medical Technicians swiftly picked her up and transferred her to AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital where it was determined she was suffering from an extremely bad fracture. Because of this, the sweet pup was in need of an amputation and then spent a few weeks recovering in a Foster Hero home.
Bella can be quite shy at first but quickly warms up and will even give little head nudges on your hand when she wants more pets. Although not a lot is known about her past, all those who have come into contact with her have doted about what a soft and lovely personality this sweet girl has and that she would make a great companion. Due to her mysterious history, it is recommended she meet the whole family to ensure a perfect fit.
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 Bella, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society