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.
Cameow: A very special kitty
As cute and unique as this kitty is, she most definitely deserves a cameo in any big screen movie production or binge-worthy TV series. Perhaps that is why sweet Cameow got her name, thanks to being such a distinctive cat who is sure to gain fans with a simple meow and purr to those who meet her. Although she can be shy at first, this striped little sweetheart is friendly once she gets familiar with her two-legged friends and surroundings.
Cameow is a very special kitty, not only in looks but also simply because the 4-year-old orange tabby is also a female, which is quite rare! On average, about 80% of all orange tabbies are male, which makes this already unique girl even that much more of a rarity.
This adorable girl found her way to the Arizona Humane Society recently after her previous owner became ill and was no longer able to properly care for her. Upon examination in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, it was found that her right eye never fully developed correctly (most likely a birth or congenital defect) and her left eye has a condition called Persistent Pupillary Membrane, which is often non-painful and does not affect her vision in this eye. Of course, it is important to work with her future vet to ensure no changes happen in that eye and if they do, to treat it properly to help keep her as happy and healthy as possible.
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 Cameow, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Nigeria: A loving mama cat
A whole family saved! A good day for Nigeria and her babies, as she and her litter were trapped and brought to Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, where her food, water, shelter, and love would be provided, not to mention the best health care.
This 15-month-old mama was scared to death and cared only about protecting her little ones, but now that she knows she is in good hands she has become a loving girl, enjoying brushing and petting. She’s not quite ready to enjoy being picked up, but the prediction is that she will soon become a lap cat.
How to adopt: Visit her at 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 9 a.m. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 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
Elle: This dog is all ears
Adorable little Elle is a sweet 5-year-old shorthair Chihuahua who has ears that are almost bigger than her adorable, tiny head. This beautiful girl was surrendered to the Arizona Humane Society, along with three other pups, after her owner, unfortunately, passed away and the next of kin were not able to take them in.
Elle’s story, although very sad, is one that unfortunately happens quite often. As we all know, if there is one guarantee in life, it is that it is unexpected so we should plan for the unexpected to happen. This includes making a plan for our pets in case they outlive us, whether it be having those hard conversations with loved ones and close friends or looking into AHS’ Legacy Circle, which enrolls your pets into its Continuing Care program.
While this cute girl has been with AHS, it was found that she had a few bad teeth that needed to be cared for. Because of this, Elle received a dental in the shelter’s Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital and will need to be on a soft-food only diet for a little bit while her extraction sites heal. Not a lot is known about Elle’s history but AHS recommends the whole family meet her to ensure a great fit and to let her go at her own pace while she acclimates to her 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 Elle, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Rollo: A laid back cat
Rollo is a 4-year-old domestic short-haired grey tabby cat. He is a sweet boy taken in by a good samaritan and now ready to find his forever home. He is laid back and very friendly. Rollo loves to roll around and get belly rubs.
Rollo has tested positive for FIV but is, otherwise, healthy. Rollo can go on to live a long, healthy and happy life. The adoption consultants at Friends for Life can elaborate on what this diagnosis means for Rollo and the family that adopts him. Rollo would love for you to come by and meet him!
How to adopt: Rollo’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 situation (masks are required). If you’re interested in Rollo, 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 Rollo is adopted by the time you get there, many others are looking for a home as well. If you’d like more information about Rollo you can e-mail [email protected]
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life