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.
Gemma: A momma cat
Gemma is a petite momma cat, about 1-year-old, that made her way to Friends for Life Animal Rescue expecting her kittens to arrive soon. It did take some time for Gemma to warm up to her foster family but once she did she wanted to be close and be pet all the time. Give Gemma a little neck massage and her motor purrs. Gemma loves attention and is a playful girl. Toys with feathers are her favorite toy! Gemma’s adoption fee is $175.
How to adopt: Gemma currently resides at Friends for Life’s adoption center at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. All animals are altered, vaccinated, microchipped, and dewormed, and cats are tested for FELV/FIV.
If you are interested in adopting Gemma, please go to http://www.azfriends.org, fill out a consultation form, and head to the adoption center. If Gemma is adopted by the time you get there, many others are looking for homes as well. If you’d like more information on Gemma you can e-mail [email protected]
— Jannelle Cosgrif, Friends For Life
Fuzzy Peach: A shy bunny
If you love a nice fruit during the hot summer months, then Fuzzy Peach is your guy especially since July is Adopt a Shelter Rabbit Month! Fuzzy Peach is one of about a dozen rabbits that were rescued from hoard-like conditions by Arizona Humane Society Cruelty Investigators in May.
Once in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, this one-year-old shorthair bunny was evaluated by the shelter’s veterinarians to ensure he was in good health and was neutered (all dogs, cats and rabbits are spayed/neutered at AHS before going up for adoption). Additionally, AHS Behavior Team members also have worked with him as he can be a bit shy from under socialization at his previous home.
Fuzzy Peach would benefit from a family that is calm and settled with older children or a family that has previous bunny experience.
How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like sweet Fuzzy Peach, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson
Puddles: A water-loving Lab
Puddles is an adorable one-year-old Labrador retriever mix who was brought to the Arizona Humane Society in May.
Puddles is still very much a puppy and has a lot of energy. Because of this, AHS’ Behavior Team has worked with him to keep him mentally and physically stimulated by teaching him lots of tricks like to sit before walks, impulse control since he loves treats and lots of doggy playdates to get his energy out.
Puddles is appropriately named, as he loves to play in the water and would love a big yard to play in the sprinklers. He would also benefit from an active family who is dedicated to helping train him and give him lots of ways to stay mentally stimulated with puzzle toys. Puddles loves dogs that are his same energy level but would do best with kids who are older and a cat free home.
How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like adorable Puddles, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson
PetSmart is again having their National Adoption Weekends, but this first one will last for a whole week! Mark your calendars! July 19 through July 25, Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue will have kittens galore at both of our PetSmart adoption locations, in Surprise (13764 W Bell Rd) and at Lake Pleasant Towne Center (25372 N Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria). PetSmart Charities will donate $35 to 4 Paws for each lucky kitten who finds a new home.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws