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.
Clyde: A pup looking for a little love, patience
Each year, the Arizona Humane Society assists law enforcement with more than 6,900 cases of suspected animal cruelty. With April being National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, AHS is shining a light on Clyde, a sweet 2-year-old Harrier mix, after being treated in AHS ‘Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital due to suspected abuse.
On March 10, AHS ‘Animal Cruelty Investigators responded to a call to assist Phoenix Police on a case involving suspected animal abuse. Upon arriving on stage, it was found that Clyde was in need of medical care and he was immediately transported to AHS ‘Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital where he was examined and treated medically. Exams showed that Clyde had several broken ribs, old fractures that have healed, several broken teeth, was underweight and treated for tenderness in his right hind leg. While he is still in need of putting on a few more pounds, Clyde has made a great recovery and is now hoping to find a perfect forever home full of love and care.
Clyde is an incredibly cute pup that is looking for a patient home that understands he will need some time to adjust and would benefit from positive reinforcement to help him learn the ropes. A huge lover of treats, this expressive boy loves to show off how well he can sit and will even give his paw for a shake. For anyone who suspects animal abuse or who is aware of a sick or injured homeless pet that requires assistance, they are encouraged to call AHS ‘Field Team at 602-997-7585 ext. 2073.
How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like cute Clyde, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
– Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Misty Meadows: A shy kitten
If this beautiful dark gray 5-year-old looks familiar, it’s because she was featured two weeks ago. She has had several visitors who were interested but she is a shy girl and felt safe and secure in her nook, so this is a second chance to find a patient owner, one who will give her time to get over the loss of her former owner at her own speed. Her Sun Cities 4 Paws caregivers guarantee that Misty Meadows is very sweet and affectionate, loves to be petted and brushed, and gets along well with other cats; she just likes to hide until she is sure it is safe to venture out of her cubbyhole. Please do come in and allow a little time to work with her; she does respond quickly.
How to adopt: She is at 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 after 10 am; adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10-3 pm Other locations are the shelter at 10807 N. 96th Avenue, Peoria; call 623-773-2246 after 10 am Tuesdays-Saturdays; PetSmart Surprise, 13764 Bell Road; and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
– Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
King: A young dog that loves to learn new tricks
Fit for any royal household, King is an incredibly handsome one-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix that came to the Arizona Humane Society in January as an owner surrender. Treated for some allergy issues, this Oreo pup was quickly adopted but unfortunately returned when his new family could not keep up with his zest for life.
Now that he is back with AHS, King has been working with the shelter’s Behavior Team to help keep him active both mentally and physically. Learning how to channel his energy in a positive way through enrichment activities such as “four on the floor” or giving a sit before going on walks has helped him on his path to learning. As with any young pup, this extremely smart boy loves learning knew tricks and is eager to please his human friends.
King is incredibly energetic and would love a family that helps him get his wiggles out by playing with him, going on long walks and giving him plenty of enrichment activities such as Kongs and puzzle feeders at home to keep his mind fresh. This majestic boy is not shy to tell you what is on his mind and will give cute little noises back to you while he’s talking – especially if treats are involved! Because of his love for all things active and his puppy mindset, King would do best in a home with older children that are at least 12 and would benefit from meeting the other pups in the family.
How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like keen King, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
– Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Baker: A cuddly cat
Baker is a domestic, short-haired, red tabby boy about five years old. Baker is a sweet boy who is looking for his forever home. He is a die-hard lover that captures your love with his round cheeks and his constant showering of affection. The moment you meet him, he greets you by bunting against your legs, as an encouragement to pet him. He loves nothing more than being a pet while he makes cookies and he loves to roll around and show you his belly in hopes he will get some belly rubs. He is a very laid-back guy that is just happy being loved.
How to adopt: Baker is currently living at the Friends for Life adoption center located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. His adoption fee is $ 175. Baker tested positive for IVF but is, otherwise, very healthy. He can go on to live a long, healthy, and happy life. The adoption consultants at Friends for Life can elaborate on what the diagnosis means for Baker and the family that adopts him. If you are interested in adopting Baker, please go to http://www.azfriends.org, fill out a consultation form, and head to the adoption center! If Baker is adopted by the time you get there, many others are looking for homes. If you’d like more information you can also e-mail FFLcats@azfriends.org, or call 480-497-8296.
– Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life