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.
Taser Roo: A beautiful bunny
Although she has a pretty electrifying name, the only thing shocking about Taser Roo is how adorable and soft she is! Found by a Good Samaritan after she was abandoned in a park, this sweet 2-year-old Lionhead rabbit was brought to the Arizona Humane Society in December.
Taser Roo’s story is a great reminder that unlike her wild cousins, domesticated bunnies are not equipped to live in the wild on their own and rely on humans to help them survive. Luckily, this cute bun was found in pretty healthy condition but spent some time in an AHS Foster Hero home prior to finding her way on the adoption floor.
While in her loving foster’s home, it was found that little Taser Roo is as sweet and friendly as can be, as she loves getting pets from her favorite human friends. This smart girl is also litter box trained and loves to hop around the house, stretching her cute bunny legs. Because of her gorgeous locks, it is important to help Taser groom her long fur by giving it a little brush every now and then. And, with all pets, those who are interested in giving this unique beauty a forever home should understand and research everything that goes into proper bunny care including what enclosure is best, dietary needs and proper handling.
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 Taser Roo, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Calliopy: A cat with a mind of her own
If looks were everything, Calliopy would come out as the winner! This cute tortoiseshell, 2-year-old, was adopted as a kitten and had to be returned after her owner passed away. She is a petite kitty who looks more like a kitten, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t a lot of spunk.
Calliopy will need an owner who likes a bit of a challenge, as she has a mind of her own. She doesn’t like other cats and sometimes seems to not even like people. Possibly she is just mad at the world because she lost her home and loving owner. This little gal needs a second chance with a person who will be willing to give her the time she needs to make a huge adjustment in her life.
How to adopt: Take a look at Calliopy at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 9 a.m. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays from 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
Arwen: A puppy looking for a family and dog friends PHXz7
Named after the mythical and beautiful Elvish being in Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” fantasy novels, Arwen is an adorable 10-month-old longhair Chihuahua mix who is as unique as the character she is named after. This cute pup was brought to the Arizona Humane Society after she was abandoned at a house when her previous family moved and did not take her. An unfortunate and unnecessary action, as AHS has dedicated staff to give resources and tips to pet owners in need of help through its Pet Resource Center.
Although very healthy, Arwen is understandably very nervous and can be quite shy at times. However, thanks to AHS’ Behavior Team, she is slowly but surely learning to come out of her shell and be a true dog. When first brought to AHS a couple of weeks ago, this frilly eared pup would run away from people but now she accepts pets and even gets comfortable enough to give a little kiss when she is picked up.
Not much is known about this sweet girl’s past but it is assumed that she did not get a lot of socialization or experience “dog things” like walking on a leash and will need a family that is patient with her and dedicated to giving her the training she needs to help boost her confidence. Additionally, because Arwen loves being around other pups, she may do best in a home with another social dog as that may also help boost her self-esteem and bring out the outgoing side of her!
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 Arwen, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Ginger: A very social dog
Ginger is a 3-year-old Cattledog blend who found herself in need of a new family when she was surrendered to a local shelter because her family had too many dogs. She weighs about 36 pounds and she’s gorgeous!
Ginger has met a few other dogs while in the care of Friends for Life and was fine with them, but as always we want all family members to meet her to help ensure a good match for all.
Ginger is a social little girl and loves to meet people!
How to adopt: Ginger is living at the Friends for Life Animal Rescue adoption center at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert and is eagerly awaiting your arrival. Ginger is spayed, microchipped, and vaccinated. Her adoption fee is $295.
An appointment is not required at this time to meet the animals (unless they reside in a foster home) but this is subject to change due to the current COVID-19 situation. Masks are required. If you’re interested in Ginger, please go to http://www.azfriends.org to fill out a consultation form then head to the adoption center. If Ginger is adopted by the time you get there, there are many others looking for a home as well…cats too! If you’d like more information about Ginger you can e-mail [email protected]
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life