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.
Hazel: A dog as sweet as candy
Hazel is an adorable four-year-old American pit bull terrier that was rescued by an Arizona Humane Society Emergency Animal Medical Technician as an injured stray in early September. Once in AHS’ animal trauma hospital, it was found that she had a swollen eye and some mild wounds, which were treated and removed over the course of a few weeks of medical treatment including surgery to remove the mass.
While she was receiving medical care, it was also found that Hazel has some ongoing health needs such as allergies and a condition that may require eye drops indefinitely but we recommend following up with her future veterinarian to decide the best course of action. Anyone who knows her immediately sees that this girl is an incredibly sweet-tempered and mild-mannered pup.
The whole package, Hazel is not only cute as a button but is also potty trained, walks well on a leash and loves to go on walks where she can get all the smells! Everyone who knows her describes Hazel as a big ‘ole love bug who gives lots of kisses and is a huge fan of being a couch potato any chance she gets. This sweetheart also did great with other dogs and kids in her Foster Hero home but a slow introduction is always best.
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 adorable Hazel, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Suzy Q: A former lap cat who wants to be spoiled
Not only is Suzy Q a beautiful dilute calico at age 13, but she also has lots of positive things going for her when finding a new home. Her owner had to go into assisted living and was unable to keep her. Suzy Q loves attention, especially in the form of petting and brushing, and most likely had been a lap cat. She is front declawed and has had a recent dental check. She may be a bit spoiled as she had been an only cat, but she sure loves her people. Being a senior, her adoption fee is only $30. Do take a look at her at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown.
How to adopt: Call 623-876-8778 after 9 a.m.; adoption days are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Other adoptable cats are at the shelter at 10807 N. 96th Ave., Peoria; call 623-773-2246 after 10 a.m.; adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road; and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Cury: A precious pittie
Curled up in a warm blanket, with a delicious curry and an adorable Cury by your side sounds like a great way to spend a fall night! Cury is a darling 2-year-old American Pit Bull terrier who was surrendered to the Arizona Humane Society when she became ill and her previous owners, unfortunately, could not treat her.
Given medical treatment in the shelter’s Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, this girl was also found to be deaf but continues to show that special needs pets are just as capable as others! Pets that are deaf or hard of hearing communicate well with visual cues such as hand gestures as well as physical touch. For example, if a deaf pet is sleeping it is important to let them know you’re there without surprising them which can be done by stomping the ground so they can feel the vibrations.
Cury absolutely loves to romp around in the water, is an expert walker and even shows off how well she can sit! Those who know this sweetie pie say she sounds like a little piglet and the best way to her heart is giving her booty scratches. Although she gets along with everyone, because of her hearing impediment, it is best she meets the whole family to ensure a good fit.
How to adopt: All AHS Adoption locations are temporarily closed, but AHS’ Virtual Adoption Matchmaking Program by appointment is available to place pets, like cute Cury, with their forever families! For more information, visit azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Humphrey: A perfect gentleman, with a tuxedo to match
Humphrey is a domestic, short-haired male tuxedo cat. He was found as a declawed, stray cat. His microchip shed light on some of his history. The 7-year-old had lived with one owner until they passed away then he found himself in rescue. Humphry was adopted then found as a stray again where he then joined Friends for Life Animal Rescue.
Humphrey is a “Hemmingway cat” which means he is a polydactyl! This means he has many toes! Humphrey is a complete gentleman and enjoys being with people and getting plenty of love. He is currently residing at Friends for Life’s adoption center at 952 W. Melody Ave. in Gilbert. His adoption fee is $175. At Friends for Life, animals are altered, vaccinated, microchipped, and dewormed, and cats are tested for FELV/FIV.
How to adopt: If you are interested in adopting Humphrey, please go to http://www.azfriends.org, fill out a consultation form, and head to the adoption center. If Humphrey is adopted by the time you get there, many others are looking for homes as well—dogs too! If you’d like more information on Humphrey you can also email [email protected] or call 480-497-8296. You can also visit the shelter this Saturday to play at BARKtoberfest! There will be many cats and dogs looking for homes at this event.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life