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.
Nalani: A fan of lazy pointers
Nalani is a domestic, medium-haired Torti cat about two years old. She has the most gorgeous eyes! Nalani loves being pet and showing affection. She is easily entertained and enjoys her laser pointer and water fountain. Nalani asks that she be your one and only feline companion as she does not enjoy the company of other felines. Nalani is an easy-going, sweet cat looking for her forever home. She resides at the Friends for Life Animal Rescue adoption center located at 952 W. Melody Ave. in Gilbert.
How to adopt: Nalani’s adoption fee is $150. At Friends for Life, 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 but this is subject to change due to the current COVID situation (masks are required). If you are interested in Nalani, please go to http://www.azfriends.org, to fill out a consultation form then head to the adoption center. If Nalani is adopted by the time you get there, many others are looking for homes as well. If you’d like more information on Nalani you can email [email protected]
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life
Dexter: A social pup who loves meeting new people
Named after one of the most acclaimed television shows of this century, Dexter is never one to disappoint his audience with his vibrant smile and adorably mismatched ears. This cute 2-year-old German Shepherd mix was surrendered to the Arizona Humane Society a little over a month ago when his previous owners were not able to care for him any longer.
Because of his lively spirit, this sweet pup has spent a lot of time getting to know his two-legged friends while at AHS. Learning how to get his energy out with the shelter’s Behavior Team, it was found that Dexter prefers his human friends over furry ones and would do best as the only pup in the home. Additionally, he is extremely athletic and would benefit from going to a home with a yard that has a solid, tall fence.
Dexter is a very sweet pup who absolutely loves meeting new people, getting treats and going for walks or playtime in the yard. As smart as he is cute, this adorable boy also enjoys showing off how smart he is by playing with puzzle toys and learning new tricks with reward-based training.
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 Dexter, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Deanne: Sweet as can be
Three-year-old Deanne is a lucky girl. She was rescued from a feral colony and now will end up in a loving home to call her own. No more scrambling for food, water and love. It is not known how she came to be there, as her front paws have been declawed, no doubt by a former owner. She may just have gotten out of her home and got lost. She is beautiful, with brown, black and golden stripes. Sweet as can be, Deanne is friendly and likes to be brushed and picked up.
How to adopt: Deanne is awaiting a visit from some lucky person at 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 623-876-8778 after 9 a.m. or 623-773-2246 after 10 a.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
Luna: An affectionate gal who loves cuddles
Luna is hoping there is a kitty lover who falls in love with her beautiful yellow eyes and sweet purr-sonality so she can find the perfect forever home she deserves! This gorgeous 7-year-old domestic shorthair cat has been in the care of the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) since February when she was surrendered by her previous owner.
Once in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, x-rays revealed Luna has some inflammation of her airways meaning that she could have possible lung issues. This will need to be monitored and explored with her future vet for further diagnostics and possible ongoing care. Despite her possible medical condition, Luna is still the sweetest girl who gets along with everyone she meets, including other cats and dogs too!
Luna’s quality of life is still great and she has a lot of love to give, however, due to the potential need for ongoing medical care, AHS is hoping a special family out there will fall in love with this loving girl just like everyone else has and be willing to not only give her the love and care she deserves but also willing to take on her potential medical needs. As is evidenced by everyone’s adoration of this mini panther, Luna has shown to be a very affectionate girl who quickly warms up to everyone she meets and is always in the mood for cuddles and pets.
How to adopt: In order to help her find her forever home, Luna’s adoption fee is waived for the person or family dedicated to giving her the love and care she deserves during her golden years. Those interested in learning more about adopting Luna are encouraged to fill out an application at azhumane.org/adoptluna.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society