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.
Moonlight Glitter: A social butterfly
Moonlight Glitter is a domestic, short-haired, tabby cat about two years old. She is a petite girl that loves to be around her human friends. Offer her a “wand toy” and she’ll be yours forever! Moonlight Glitter’s adoption fee is $150. She resides at the Friends for Life Animal Rescue adoption center located at 952 W. Melody Ave. in Gilbert. All animals are altered, vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed at Friends for Life, and cats are tested for FELV/FIV.
How to adopt: 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 also may be required). If you are interested in Moonlight Glitter, please go to azfriends.org, to fill out a consultation form then head to the adoption center. If Moonlight Glitter is adopted by the time you get there, many others are looking for homes as well! If you’d like more information on Moonlight Glitter you can email [email protected]
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life
Foxy Lady: Sweet and outgoing
One look at this gorgeous girl and you can tell she is very appropriately named due to her stunning good looks. Foxy Lady is a 2-year-old domestic medium hair tabby that was brought to the Arizona Humane Society earlier this month when a Good Samaritan noticed she was not feeling too well while wandering the neighborhood.
As a community cat at the time, this foxy girl did not have anywhere else to go, but thankfully was able to be evaluated in AHS’ animal trauma hospital for a suspected kitty cold. Although she was not sick, Foxy Lady did spend some time with the shelter’s Behavior Team so she could adjust to her new surroundings. Once comfortable, this cute kitty has shown to be very sweet and outgoing but would do best in a home with kids who are at least eight years old and understand how to treat pets.
Foxy Lady is a great example of just one of more than 11,000 pets saved by the Arizona Humane Society each year. Once fending for food on the streets, this sweet girl is now looking to “make biscuits” in the laps of her favorite humans while getting as many pets as her heart desires.
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 Foxy Lady, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Julia: A beauty with a unique coat
Wow! What an unusual and stunning coat Julia has; rather than the usual garden variety tabby mix of gray, white and black stripes, her coat is mostly black with tan highlights. She is two years old and was rescued by a person who already had a houseful, so Julia was brought to Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue for safekeeping. Julia likes people, kids and dogs, but isn’t overly fond of other cats, which could change if she gets to know them. She loves to play with things that dangle and is very affectionate. She’ll make a wonderful and loving pet.
How to adopt: Call on her 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 locations are the Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
Miss Henrick: A sweet, wiggly girl
Last year, the Arizona Humane Society Cruelty Investigators responded to more than 6,000 cases of suspected animal abuse ranging from abandonment to no medical treatment and everything in between. Luckily for thousands of animals in the Valley, like Miss Henrick, these dedicated individuals are passionate about saving the lives of pets who have nowhere else to go.
Miss Henrick is a 5-year-old German shepherd who was rescued by AHS in April of this year after it was found that she was abandoned due to her previous owner moving out and leaving her behind. A great reminder that there are many resources for pet owners in need of help, including through the Arizona Humane Society, and that abandoning your pet should never be an option.
Luckily for this beautiful girl, she was in great health and simply needed to be spayed once it was her time to make her way to the adoption floor. While in AHS’ care, Miss Henrick has shown to be a very gentle, loving and sweet girl who is easily walked and wiggly around her two-legged friends. Although she is very kind and affectionate, this cute pup has shown that other dogs give her a great deal of stress and apprehension. Because of this, Miss Henrick would do best in a home where she is the only pup to ensure she has a relaxing atmosphere with her new family.
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 cute Miss Henrick, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society