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.
Thomas: A relaxed and loving boy
At 10 years young, Thomas has certainly perfected the art of puppy eyes – or in his case, kitty eyes. This sweet senior boy has had quite the journey on the road to recovery, as he was surrendered to the Arizona Humane Society all the way back in November of last year when he had a leg injury that his previous owner was unable to care for.
Once in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, Thomas was treated for his injured leg but also came down with a bit of a kitty cold. Because of this, he spent a few weeks in an AHS Foster Hero home to recover and once back to 100% received a dental surgery to help keep him and his cute little mouth as healthy as possible.
Thomas has also made great strides since being with AHS, as initially he was extremely scared and unaware that others were there to help him. Since having some time in a foster home and with the help of his two-legged friends, this sweet boy has since become more relaxed and will happily accept pets when they are given to him. Those who know sweet Thomas say he is a very quiet but loving boy who will now reach out for more pets when you stop giving them and he would like more. As a senior kitty on the more calm side, this handsome feline would benefit from a quiet home that lets him go at his own pace.
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 Thomas, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Freddy: An easy-going cat
Considering all of the ups and downs Freddy has been through, he seems pretty content. Twice adopted and twice returned when his happy homes became less than happy, this 5-year-old orange tabby is friendly, enjoys being brushed (he thinks the brush is a plaything), and doesn’t object to being picked up.
He has a minor problem with recurring eye infections, so now he looks forward to a daily wiping with a special cloth that takes care of the issue. Freddy recently had a dental checkup and all is well. Let’s hope his next adoption will be into his special forever home.
How to adopt: Visit this sweet boy at 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; call 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 9 a.m. Other adoption locations are Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Champurrado: Loves to be the center of attention
As handsome as they come, Champurrado’s name sounds like it should be the headline for a remix of the Eagle’s classic song “Desperado.” However, no one needs to come to their senses if they are able to look at this smiley 3-year-old American pit bull terrier and realize how adorably cute he is!
Not much is known about sweet Champurrado’s history, as he came to the Arizona Humane Society earlier this year as an injured stray when a Good Samaritan alerted AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technicians about him. Once in AHS’ animal trauma hospital, this champ was treated for minor wounds and has quickly found himself on the adoption floor looking for his forever home.
According to those who know him, Champurrado may be a little dog trapped in a big dog’s body because despite his size, this big guy still thinks he is a lap dog. When he is not cuddling up next to his favorite human, this handsome boy can usually be found running and playing and would benefit from having a big backyard to play in and a family who can keep up with his active lifestyle. This smart pup also loves to be the center of attention so he will need to be the only pet in the 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 Champurrado, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Sarabi: A majestic lioness
Sarabi is a young momma cat that still has a lot of “kitten” left in her. Sarabi loves to play with wand toys and her eyes get big and wide when hunting her jingly ball toys, chasing them down to complete her hunt. Sarabi frequently joined in fun and games when she was with her babies. She loves being pet and brushed. Her chin and cheeks are her favorite petting spots. She isn’t too keen on snuggling in laps but she does love to follow her people around and rub on their shins. Sarabi got her name because she looks like a majestic lioness as she sits and poses pretty for the camera.
How to adopt: Sarabi’s adoption fee is $150. At Friends for Life Animal Rescue, 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 (unless they reside in a foster home) but this is subject to change due to the current COVID situation (masks are required). If you’re interested in Sarabi, please go to http://www.azfriends.org to fill out a consultation form then head to the adoption center at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. If Sarabi is adopted by the time you get there, many others are looking for a home as well. If you’d like more information about Sarabi you can e-mail [email protected]
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life