Every year, about 6.5 million pets enter shelters nationwide, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Of these, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
Each week, The Arizona Republic highlights a handful of the many pets available for adoption at shelters across the valley. To check the status of a particular animal, please contact the shelter directly.
Leina: Dog Prospect
With her adorable puppy eyes and little floppy ears, Leina is a pretty girl who is sure to have many admirers. At just one and a half years old, this American Bulldog Terrier mix is still learning to handle the ropes, but he’s as smart as he is cute.
Leina was turned over to the Arizona Humane Society in April of this year because her previous owner had too many pets to properly care for. This is much more common among pet owners who don’t neuter all of their pets and who have accidental litters that can quickly spiral out of control. a meaningful reminder of the importance of fixing your pets. It should also be noted that AHS also provides low-cost sterilization resources to those in need.
Although this adorable pup can be a little cautious with new people and surroundings at first, Leina really enjoys interacting with her human friends. It is particularly easy to rub on the belly and will melt like butter after receiving them from you! Leina is restless and energetic, but will calm down fairly quickly when given the chance. If you need a pup that will play or take long walks with you and then take the time to take a tiger nap, this cute pie is for you.
How to adopt: Arizona Humane Society Matchmaking Virtual Adoptions by Appointment are available to place pets with their families forever. Interested adopters can view available animals, like Leina, and book an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. Plus, Leina’s adoption fee is waived thanks to her being a top prospect in the Arizona Cardinals Draft Hound!
—Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Moustachio: A sophisticated cat
Moustachio is a 7-year-old, neutered, black and white, long-haired male. He is an adorable and affectionate feline friend. He likes to rub his belly and take selfies to show off that nice “hiding place” of course!
How to adopt: Moustachio currently lives at the Friends for Life Animal Rescue Adoption Center located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. Her adoption fee is $175. At Friends for Life, animals are modified, vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed. Cats are also tested for FELV/FIV. If Moustachio is adopted by the time you get there, many more are looking for homes. If you want more information, you can also email [email protected] or call 480-497-8296.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life
Caesar: the cuddle bug
Perhaps one of the most cuddly, affectionate and downright sweet people in the world, Cesar is a pure angel to be around. The 3-year-old medium-haired orange tabby really doesn’t know a stranger and will let you know how much love he must be giving within seconds of meeting someone new.
Cesar is yet another furry family member who unfortunately found his way to the Arizona Humane Society after his previous owner moved away and couldn’t bring this adorable boy with them. With nowhere to go after trying to get him home, the gorgeous striped kitty came to AHS in early April this year. While in AHS custody, Cesar was a little stressed in his kennel after changing his life so abruptly, but he was much more relaxed and himself while living in a ‘co-worker’s’ office. .
Always the first to greet you with a purr and a leg rub, it’s almost impossible not to notice Caesar upon entering his domain. With an insatiable desire to get and give affection, he will even follow your hand wherever you put it so he can head-butt him and may even crawl into your lap for more cuddles and cuddles. . When he’s not following you around like a puppy, Cesar loves to relax on warm blankets and enjoys watching birds through the window.
How to adopt: Arizona Humane Society Matchmaking Virtual Adoptions by Appointment are available to place pets with their families forever. Interested adopters can view available animals, like Cesar the Hug, and book an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
—Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Rusty Nails: Finding a Feline Friend
Rusty Nails, in this case a one-year-old orange tabby and not a drink favorite, arrived at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue with his five siblings when he was five months old.
They couldn’t get enough socialization as they matured and all are very shy and wary of humans. What Rusty loves and trusts are other cats, so he needs to go to a home that has other animals or be adopted with another feline friend. Rusty loves playing with cat toys and is full of energy.
He knows when wet food is about to be served and loves it and his treats. He likes to talk, but only with an inner voice. It would be best to avoid a home with young children, but again, other cats or animals are a requirement. n time, Rusty will know that you are his special someone, it just takes a little time and patience.
How to adopt: He is at 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Adoption takes place Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call 623-876-8778. Other adoption locations are the shelter at 10807 96th Avenue, Peoria; 623-773-2246; same days and times; Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road; and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart; 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
—Beverly Bormann, Sun City 4 Paws