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.
Big Momma: Bunny is looking for a home
With adorable big eyes, a sweet personality and a little nose that won’t give up, Big Momma is a beautiful girl who has overcome all odds. Having cared for more than 17,000 sick, injured, and abused pets in the past year alone, the goal of the work of the Arizona Humane Society is to give pets like this 3-year-old shorthair rabbit a second chance at a good life.
Big Momma is just one of 139 rabbits rescued from a shelter case in September (which grew to more than 170 after the birth of some rabbits) and just one of more than 8,100 suspected cruelty calls that AHS’s cruelty investigators make each year . An examination at the shelter’s emergency hospital determined that the soft girl was healthy enough to continue being cared for at a Foster Hero home.
Little buns like Big Momma and her kin are great examples of how a few unfixated pets can quickly become uncontrollable. AHS not only offers low-cost spay/neuter services to the community through its animal clinics, but also has a 100% spay/neuter policy on its adoptable pets, including rabbits. Even though Big Momma has been through so much, she continues to be a loving girl who accepts treatment and would love a patient home to help her live the best life she can.
How to adopt: All rabbits at AHS, including Big Momma, have 100% adoption fee waivers for the entire month of November! Interested adopters can meet this sweet girl at the Arizona Humane Society’s South Mountain location. Her adoption fee includes her sterilization surgery, a microchip, and 20% off AHS’ petique retail. Visit azhumane.org/adopt to choose one of three convenient adoption options based on your schedule, including curbside kittens and critters.
– Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Rylan: A perfect pet
Quick, come in! This 1-year-old boy will not survive long in the adoption market!
Unfortunately Rylan had to be returned to Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue as his owner was no longer able to take care of him. He is a handsome gray and black tabby cat who loves attention in the form of brushing, lifting, chin rubbing and gets along with other cats. All in all, he is a perfect pet!
How to adopt: Visit Rylan at 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
To see other adoptable cats, visit the shelter at 10807 N. 96th Avenue; Call and visit the 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
Muffin: Ready for new friends
Always in style, even without his headscarf, 2-year-old Muffin is such a cute sight. The lovable Miniature Poodle mix made his way to the Arizona Humane Society as a sick stray in October after being rescued by one of the shelter’s emergency vets.
With missing hair and irritated skin all over his body, including on his legs, under his stomach and around his ears, it was clear the tiny 12-pound pup was not doing well. A peek inside AHS Accident Hospital revealed that the adorable muffin was suffering from mange and also needed a dentist to fix some broken teeth.
After just a few weeks of treatment with medication and special baths, Muffin tested negative for his skin condition and is feeling much better without those pesky teeth. Although he’s doing better physically, this button-nosed baby can be a bit shy at first. With a little love and patience, the curly-haired pup will emerge from his shell and look forward to making new friends (at his own pace, of course).
How to adopt: Interested adopters can meet the mighty muffin 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.
– Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Filemon: Treat the lover
Filemon is named after a Latin comic book character. He is a 1 year old Schnauzer Yorkie mix and weighs about 19 pounds.
He was abandoned by his previous family when they could no longer take care of him. He did well around adults and children. He was with other dogs.
Filemon knows basic commands, understands Spanish, loves all treats, and really loves chewy treats. He was crate trained when he was younger, but they haven’t had to crate him lately. He walks well on a leash and loves walks!
Filemon lives with one of Friends for Life Animal Rescue’s wonderful foster homes. His foster family say he makes a perfect house guest – he sleeps on the bedroom floor at night, he’s completely house trained and he loves his toys!
How to adopt: He will be at the Friends for Life Adoption Center on Saturdays or until adoption. The adoption center is located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. If you are interested in meeting him, you can also contact Debbie@azfriends.org to set up a weekday appointment. Filemon is neutered, licensed, vaccinated and microchipped. His adoption fee is $325. To learn more about Friends for Life and other cats and dogs looking for homes, visit them online at www.azfriends.org.
– Jannelle Cosgriff, friends for life