Peanut and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters

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.

Peanut: A tiny pup with a huge smile

Interested foster families can view available pets, like Peanut, and schedule an appointment online at

With possibly one of the most adorable faces ever to exist, Peanut truly is the cutest little peanut! This 3-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix is also about as small as her namesake at just under 40 pounds of pure cuteness!

Although she is almost never without her huge signature smile, this little pup was definitely in dire straits and very scared when she was found. Rescued by an Arizona Humane Society Emergency Animal Medical Technician in September from a canal with two other dogs, all three of them were luckily able to be taken out of this dangerous situation pretty quickly. Understandably nervous and unable to walk on a leash at first, Peanut has always been described as being extremely sweet to everyone she meets.