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.
Honey Bee: A friendly and loving kitty
Honey Bee’s past may be filled with lots of heartbreak and sorrow, but at the Arizona Humane Society, anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting her is excited about what the future has in store for this adorable 3-year-old Domestic Shorthair kitty. A one-time stray who was found limping on her front paws, Honey Bee was discovered to have pellet wounds on those same legs.
In need of serious treatment in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, it was there that veterinarians noticed she had also suffered a potential BB shot to her eye as well. Just one of almost 11,000 pets who are treated in the shelter’s animal trauma hospital each year, this sweet girl is the epitome of the sick, injured and abused pets who are saved by AHS thanks to the support of the community.
But as incredibly sad and disheartening as this type of abuse was and is, Honey Bee somehow remained incredibly friendly and loving throughout her entire journey. She is not shy about seeking attention and loves spending quality time with human companions.
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 adorable Honey Bee, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Kahlan: A beauty queen
All dressed up and nowhere to go — unless maybe to your home? Kahlan, which means strong leader and beauty, is a 1-year-old dark grey kitty who was left at the Sun Cities 4 Paws Peoria shelter. Kahlan has had a litter of kittens but there is no more information on her background.
Friendly and sweet, she is very mellow for her age. She does love to settle down in a nice, warm lap. Kahlan gets along with other cats, but whether she thinks dogs are her friends is not known.
How to adopt: Give this green-eyed beauty a look at 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 after 9 a.m. or 623-773-2246 after 10 a.m. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 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
Ellie: Looking for a loving caretaker
If you are looking for a sweet gal who appreciates nothing more than good company, please look no further. This 6-year-old Cairn Terrier mix named Ellie does not take long to grow attached to caretakers, and will even make the cutest sounds to get your attention if she feels you are not spending enough quality time together.
This cute pup found her way to the Arizona Humane Society earlier this year when she became ill and her owner unfortunately was unable to care for her. Once in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, this sweet girl was given a dental surgery to help some ailing teeth as well as found to have some urinary issues that can be taken care of with a specialized diet.
Ellie loves evening strolls almost as much as she loves shredded chicken, and no matter what it is you are doing, it is pretty much a guarantee that Ellie will be interested in doing the same. As you can guess, this little diva loves all of the attention to herself and would do best as the only pup in her future 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 adorable Ellie, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Nermal: An avid cuddler
Nermal is a very handsome 2-year-old cat and was found as a stray that no one claimed. Nermal can’t wait to be part of someone’s family! He can be a bit timid at first but once he figures out you love him he settles in just fine. He is just as cute as his namesake in real life. He likes to play, look adorable and cuddle.
How to adopt: Nermal resides at the Friends for Life Animal Rescue adoption center located at 952 W. Melody Ave. in Gilbert. At Friends for Life, all animals are altered, vaccinated, microchipped, and dewormed, and cats are tested for FELV/FIV. His adoption fee is $150.
At this time an appointment is not required to meet the animals but this is subject to change due to the current COVID situation. If you are interested in Nermal, please go to azfriends.org, to fill out a consultation form then head to the adoption center. If Nermal is adopted by the time you get there, many others are looking for homes as well. If you’d like more information on Nermal you can email [email protected]
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life