Each year, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters across the country, 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.
Peanut: a tiny puppy with a big smile
With possibly one of the most adorable faces to ever exist, Peanut truly is the cutest peanut! This 3 year old American Pit Bull Terrier mix is also just as petite as her namesake at just under 40 pounds of pure cuteness!
Although she almost never fails to have her signature big smile, this little pup was definitely in dire straits and very scared when she was found. Rescued by an Arizona Humane Society emergency animal medical technician in September from a carcass with two other dogs, the three were fortunately able to get out of this dangerous situation fairly quickly. Understandably nervous and unable to walk on a leash at first, Peanut has always been described as extremely sweet to everyone she meets.
Peanut, along with over 60 other pets, is currently looking for a loving Foster Hero home while recovering from hip surgery. As part of your foster care program, AHS provides everything you need to care for the pet you receive during your treatment, including medications, food, toys, blankets and more. While this adorable pup will need foster care for a couple of months until he recovers from his medical procedure, there are many different types of pets on the foster list that can fit any schedule and lifestyle. From bottle-fed orphaned kittens to puppies with a bit of a cold and everything in between, dozens of pets are waiting for a calm and loving home to recover.
How to encourage: With more than 1,000 pets currently in AHS care in both shelters and foster homes, fostering a pet allows AHS to continue saving even more sick, injured and abused pets by freeing up much-needed kennel space. If you’re interested in helping a foster pet like Peanut, visit azhumane.org/foster to register and take the online orientation.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Krissy: a conversational cat
Two-year-old Krissy was “donated” to PetSmart and from there to her temporary home at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue. She is a beautiful tabby cat with equally beautiful big green eyes, she is fully vetted, spayed, microchipped and has received all necessary vaccinations. In other words, she’s more than ready to go to a forever home.
Speaking of words, he loves to chat and is more than happy to tell you all about his former life. She loves to be held and brushed and she is very generous with her kisses. If you love the affection of your pets, this is your girl.
How to adopt: Visit Krissy at 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Adoptions are Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm; call 623-876-8778, same days and times. Other adoptions are held at the shelter, 10807 N. 96th Avenue, Peoria, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm; call 623-773-2246 after 10 am Also visit Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center Parkway, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
—Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Cheeto: He loves cat naps and couches.
After nearly 120 combined days of undergoing treatment at the Arizona Humane Society’s animal trauma hospital and searching for her forever home once she’s feeling better, this 8-year-old orange tabby hopes someone will love her as much as the others. fries that is. has the name of.
Cheeto certainly overcame quite a bit in his time with AHS. Found abandoned in a pet carrier, this one-of-a-kind kitty certainly deserves a home that appreciates and loves her the way she deserves. While she was in the shelter’s care, there were originally no significant findings on her health, except for slightly elevated liver levels. However, unlike anyone who eats too many Cheetos, this Cheeto had trouble keeping the weight off her.
After lots of testing, observation, and making sure she kept gaining weight, this shy girl is finally in a place where she stays consistent with her weight. Cheeto can be a bit shy at first and gets on well with other kitties, but she would benefit from a slow introduction to any member of the family and a quiet space to call her her own. A huge fan of cat naps, this lazy girl would love a nice, comfy couch that she can lounge on whenever her cute little me desires.
How to adopt: Arizona Humane Society virtual matchmaking adoptions by appointment are available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like the cutesy Cheeto, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. Plus, all pets are 50% off their adoption fees now through Sunday, October 31!
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Colonel Mustard: Looking for clues to find a new home
Colonel Mustard is a 1-year-old, 16-pound terrier mix who recently joined Friends for Life Animal Rescue through the Maricopa MCACC as a mutt. Unfortunately, beyond that, his background is unknown. The family who found him said he did not enjoy the company of young children, so he would do better in a home with children 10 and older.
Volunteers are in love with its natural “bedhead” look! He is absolutely adorable! Who doesn’t love that wild terrier hair?
To win: Colonel Mustard, in your living room, with a squeaky toy!
How to adopt: Colonel Mustard lives at the Friends for Life adoption center, located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. He is neutered, licensed, vaccinated and microchipped. His adoption fee is $375. If you are interested in meeting Colonel Mustard, please call 480-497-8296, email FFLdogs@azfriends.org or visit the website http://www.azfriends.org. If Colonel Mustard is adopted at the time of your inquiry, there are plenty of other dogs and cats waiting for homes as well.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life