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.
Buzz: A sweet, senior dog
There is plenty of buzz on whether or not this adorable pup is some sort of sheep/dog hybrid with his cute little ears and fluffy coat but either way he is as cute as they come! Sweet Buzz is a gentle 10-year-old poodle that was brought to the Arizona Humane Society in December of last year when he was found as an injured stray by a Good Samaritan.
Once evaluated, it was determined he would need a groom for his matted fur and surgery to remove a mass, as well as get rid of some of his rotten teeth in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital. With February being National Pet Dental Health Awareness Month AHS wants to remind pet owners that pet dental health is extremely important for our furry friend’s overall health and is one of the most common problems seen in both shelter pets and owned pets. AHS alone performs hundreds of dental procedures each year to help pets keep their pearly smiles bright and keep them as healthy as possible!
Now that Buzz is feeling much better, he is hoping to find a quiet home that he can get all the attention his little heart desires. Additionally, this sweet boy can be a little shy so AHS recommends he meets the whole family that is open to giving an adorable senior pet lots of love for the rest of his golden years.
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 Buzz, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Cornbread: A shy but sweet cat
No doubt named Cornbread because he shares the same color, this chubby-cheeked fellow was dropped off at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue. He has been recently neutered and it was found that he is positive for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and should be an only cat or a companion to another positive cat. He must be an indoor cat to keep him safe from exposure to diseases; there is no reason why this 5-year-old can’t live to a ripe old age. He’s still a bit shy, but despite that, he is very sweet and laid back.
How to adopt: Take a look at Cornbread at 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 adoption locations are Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue
Shinny Upatree: A great companion
Named after one of Santa’s elves, adorable Shinny Upatree is an 8-month-old male Egyptian spiny mouse that is just one of more than a dozen mice transferred to the Arizona Humane Society through its Project Reachout Program before Christmas of last year. AHS’ Project Reachout is a collaborative program that allows AHS to bring in pets from other shelters and rescues when they are overrun and has already brought in more than 200 pets this year alone.
Shinny is the very last cutie who is still looking for his forever home of the mice that were brought to AHS and hopes to find a loving family of his very own soon. Mice are great companions because, unlike many misconceptions about them, they are very clean creatures, great first pets and are fun-loving, friendly creatures. And although mice are great first pets, it is important to supervise children around them to ensure they are handling them properly, as mice like to jump sometimes and even a shortfall can hurt them.
It is also important to ensure they have a proper enclosure with plenty of entertainment like an exercise wheel, cardboard tubes to run through and paper or hardwood shavings (avoid cedar and pine shavings)! Mice also need to make sure they have fresh fruits and veggies in addition to their dietary pellets, things to chew on to keep their teeth healthy and that if you have multiple mice, make sure to keep the different sexes separated to ensure they do not multiply.
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 Shinny Upatree, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Bosephus and Sadie Mae: A bonded pair
Meet Bosephus and Sadie Mae! BoBo, as he is affectionately known, and Sadie are a bonded pair of Catahoula mixes. Adopt one, you get the pair! These true pals are about 65-70 pounds each and were recently returned due to BoBo not appreciating his humans being gone for long hours. Both are housetrained and did well with the kids in the home. They are move-in ready, and very sweet dogs who just need to find a new forever home together. Typical of their breed, they will sometimes do the “houndy howl,” so their ideal home is a single-family house. They both know that bonded pairs are harder to find homes for, and they’re really hoping their sweet photo will speak to you and you’ll come and meet them as they don’t want to be apart!
How to adopt: Both are spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and licensed. The adoption fee for the pair is $300. They are waiting to meet potential families at the Friends for Life adoption center located at 952 W. Melody Ave. in Gilbert.
An appointment is not required at this time to meet the animals (unless they reside in a foster home) but this is subject to change due to the current COVID situation (masks are required). If you’re interested in BoBo and Sadie Mae, please go to http://www.azfriends.org to fill out a consultation form then head to the adoption center. If they have been adopted by the time you get there, there are many others looking for a home as well. If you’d like more information about BoBo and Sadie Mae you can email [email protected], or call 480-497-8296.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life