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.
Trigger: A debonair doggy
A pup as unique as this cutie pie is deserving of a wonderful life after the unfortunately not so unique situation that led him to being rescued by the Arizona Humane Society. Trigger was one of three pups who were reported to be abandoned after their previous owner left and did not bring them with. A terrible situation that reminds all pet owners in need that resorting to abandonment is never the answer, as AHS has resources available and will work to ensure all pets are taken care of one way or another.
Luckily for 8-year-old Trigger and his fellow housemates, they are now on the road to their forever homes where they will be showered with lots of love and care. It may be hard to tell what this adorable Beagle mix is exactly but one thing for sure is that he is 100% cute and much happier now that he knows he is safe and cared for.
Trigger shows that the salt and pepper look never goes out of style and that even though he is a senior pet, he still has a lot of adventure and curiosity in his soul. A perfect gentleman on walks, this debonair doggy is sure to get some impressed onlookers any time he is out for a stroll or playing in the yard with his favorite people. Additionally, Trigger would love some puppy friends in the home but would benefit from a meet-and-greet to ensure it is the perfect match.
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 Trigger, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Connie Sue: A sweet kitty with an adorable face
This is a kitty whose personality matches her sweet, adorable face. Connie Sue is a 2-year-old tabby. She loves to have her person help her keep that beautiful coat in perfect condition, especially if it means a bit of cuddling time when done.
This very special kitty was left at the Sun Cities 4 Paws shelter; she had not been spayed, so she may have even been a mother at one time. Now, she has been tested, vaccinated, spayed and microchipped. Connie Sue gets along with other cats; dogs are an unknown factor.
How to adopt: Please pay her a visit 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 Pleasanat Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Mae Mae: All wiggles and tail wags
Mae Mae is so cute and she was given two first names to boot! This sweet 2-year-old American pit bull terrier mix is one of hundreds of pets who are given a second chance each year through the Arizona Humane Society’s Project Reachout Program. This lifesaving program gives sweet pets like her a change of scenery and another chance at finding their forever homes when other shelters are overrun and AHS has space to bring them in.
A transfer from AHS’ partners at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in February , Mae Mae is one of the shelter’s longest residents at the moment but knows there is a special family out there who will fall in love with her big brown eyes and beautiful freckles. Although she is usually all wiggles and tail wags, this cute pup does get a bit shy at first and would love a family who allows her to take the time to warm up.
Once Mae Mae is comfortable, she shows off just how gentle and sweet she is with all the people she meets. She also is a huge fan of going on hikes, getting pupaccinos and is very treat motivated when learning new tricks. Although she is not showing it off in this picture, all of Mae Mae’s friends say she has the sweetest, most beautiful smile! Because this cutie is a bit shy, she would benefit from a home that has children that are at least eight years old and being the only dog 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 Mae Mae, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Nanners: A handsome and friendly guy
Nanners is a handsome, domestic, short-haired cat about four years old. He is a friendly guy originally found living outside as a stray and is now safe and waiting for a forever family. Nanners adoption fee is $150. At Friends for Life, all animals are altered, vaccinated, microchipped, and dewormed, and cats are tested for FELV/FIV.
How to adopt: Nanners can be seen at the Friends for Life Animal Rescue’s adoption center located at 952 W. Melody Ave. in Gilbert.
At this time, an appointment is not required to meet the animals but this is subject to change due to the current COVID-19 situation (masks are required). If you’re interested in Nanners, please go to http://www.azfriends.org to fill out a consultation form then head to the adoption center. If Nanners is adopted by the time you get there, many others are looking for a home as well! If you’d like more information about Nanners you can email [email protected]
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life