According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, about 6.5 million pets enter animal shelters each year nationwide. Of these, about 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
Each week, The Arizona Republic features a handful of the many pets put up for adoption at Valley shelters. To check the status of a specific animal, please contact the shelter directly.
Abbot: A dashing dog
Always elegant in his naturally chic tuxedo, Abbot is sure to turn heads wherever he goes. Even when he was found badly matted as a stray in early September, his cuteness still shone through.
Rescued by a veterinarian from the Arizona Humane Society in early September, it was clear that this 10-year-old Shih Tzu had miraculously managed to seemingly survive on the streets for quite a while. A true testament to Abbot’s spirit and drive.
Sweet Abbot received the best care during his treatment at AHS Trauma Hospital and his recovery at a Foster Hero home. Although he’s adjusted quite well, the pretty baby has been found to be blind, has undergone dental work and been treated for a puppy cold, but has proven to be a great patient and friend throughout.
Adorable and adaptable, Abbot does very well even with a lack of eyesight, but care should be taken when introducing him to a new home until he has become familiar with his new surroundings. Allowing him to hear your voice when you approach him and before petting him will help you avoid startling him and ensure he is not left alone on high surfaces or near bodies of water such as pools or bathtubs .
How to adopt: Abbot and all AHS pets 7 months and older have waived adoption fees through Sunday, October 30th! Interested adopters can meet the adorable Abbot at the Arizona Humane Society’s PetSmart Scottsdale site. His adoption fee includes his neutering, up-to-date vaccinations, a microchip, and a free wellness follow-up at a VCA veterinary hospital. Visit azhumane.org/adopt to choose one of three convenient adoption options based on your schedule—by appointment, walk-in, or curbside (cats and critters only)!
– Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Mackerel: Looking for attention
Mackerel couldn’t have found a better way to camouflage himself, but he doesn’t really try to hide. He is a friendly 4 year old tabby who is hoping for a brand new loving home.
Originally adopted as a kitten by Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, he was brought back due to his owner’s relocation who couldn’t take him with them. He is a sweet boy who enjoys being petted and brushed and enjoys the cat’s usual attention.
Being an only cat, he doesn’t care about other cats and should therefore be the only cat pet.
How to Adopt: Meet Mackeral at 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., including adoption days.
Other locations are the Animal Shelter, 10807 N. 96th Avenue, Peoria, same hours and days; Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road; and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Shiloh Dressing up for attention
According to Shiloh, getting dressed up is always a great time! While it’s the season for cute costumes and spooky treats, 2-year-old Parson Russell Terrier loves to dress up as a miniature Dalmatian when he’s not wearing his adorable headgear.
Brought to the Arizona Humane Society when his owner unfortunately had too many pets to take care of at home, this adorable pup has been known to be a bit shy at times. Although Shiloh can be a little nervous, he is friendly, bright and willing to interact with medical staff.
Shiloh has lived with both smaller and larger dogs and gets along well with them, although a slow introduction is always recommended. According to his previous family, the 22-pound pup has never been around children and gets a little startled by loud noises and fast movements, so he may do best in a home with older children or in a quieter environment.
How to adopt: Shiloh and all AHS pets 7 months and older have waived adoption fees through Sunday, October 30th! Interested adopters can meet sweet Shiloh at the Arizona Humane Society’s PetSmart Scottsdale site. His adoption fee includes his neutering, up-to-date vaccinations, a microchip, and a free wellness follow-up at a VCA veterinary hospital. Visit azhumane.org/adopt to choose one of three convenient adoption options based on your schedule—by appointment, walk-in, or curbside (cats and critters only)!
– Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Bunco: Ready for a family
Bunco is an adorable, domestic, medium haired boy of about three years old. He is a real cutie and would love to have a family forever.
Bunco tested positive for FIV but is otherwise very healthy. He can live a long, healthy and happy life.
Friends for Life adoption counselors can explain what this diagnosis means for Bunco and the family who adopts him.
How to adopt: His adoption fee is $150. Bunco currently resides at the Friends for Life Animal Rescue adoption center at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. No appointment is required, just drop by during opening hours! At Friends for Life, animals are modified, vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed. Cats are also tested for FELV/FIV. For more information about Friends for Life Animal Rescue, Bunco, or any other cat or dog needing a home, visit www.azfriends.org or call 480-497-8296. You can also join Friends for Life for their annual BARKtoberfest street festival at their adoption center on October 29 from 8:30am to 1:30pm.
– Jannelle Cosgriff, friends for life