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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
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.
Peanut, along with more than 60 other pets, is currently looking for a loving Foster Hero home while she recovers from a surgery on her hip. As a part of its foster program, AHS provides everything you need to care for the pet you take in for the duration of their treatment including medicine, food, toys, blankets and more. While this adorable pup will need foster for a couple months until she heals from her medical procedure, there are many different types of pets on the foster list that can fit any schedule and lifestyle. From orphaned bottle baby kittens to pups with a little cold and everything in-between, dozens of pets are hoping for a quiet, loving home to recover in.
How to foster: With more than 1,000 pets currently in AHS’ care both in shelter and in foster homes, fostering a pet allows AHS to continue save even more sick, injured and abused pets by freeing up much-needed kennel space. If interested in helping a foster pet like Peanut, visit azhumane.org/foster to sign-up and take the online orientation.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Krissy: A conversational cat
Two-year-old Krissy was “donated” to PetSmart and from there to her temporary home at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue. She is a beautiful tabby with equally beautiful big green eyes, is fully tested, spayed, microchipped, and has had all of her necessary shots. In other words, more than ready to go to a forever home.
Speaking of words, she loves to chatter away and is more than happy to tell you all about her former life. She loves to be held and brushed and is very generous with her kisses. If you love affection from your pets, this is the girl for you.
How to adopt: Visit Krissy at 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; call 623-876-8778, same days and hours. Other adoptions take place at the shelter, 10807 N. 96th Avenue, Peoria, Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; call 623-773-2246 after 10 a.m. Also visit the Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center Parkway, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Cheeto: Loves cat naps and couches
At almost 120 days combined of undergoing treatment in the Arizona Humane Society’s animal trauma hospital and looking for her forever home once she was feeling better, this 8-year-old orange tabby is hoping someone out there loves her as much as the chips she is named after.
Cheeto most certainly overcome quite a bit in her time with AHS. Found abandoned in a pet carrier, this unique kitty certainly deserves a home that appreciates and loves her like she deserves. While in the shelter’s care, there was originally no significant findings with her health except slightly elevated liver levels. However, contrary to anyone who eats too many Cheetos, this Cheeto struggled with keeping weight on her.
After a big of testing, observation and ensuring she continued to gain weight, this shy girl is finally at a place where she is staying consistent with her weight. Cheeto can be a little shy at first and gets along with other kitties but would benefit from a slow introduction to anyone in the family and a quiet space to call her own. A huge fan of cat naps, this lazy girl would love a nice comfortable couch she can lounge on whenever her cute little self desires.
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 cheesy Cheeto, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. Plus, all pets have 50% off their adoption fees now through Sunday, Oct. 31!
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Colonel Mustard: Looking for clues to find a new home
Colonel Mustard is a 1-year-old, 16-pound terrier blend who joined Friends for Life Animal Rescue recently by way of Maricopa MCACC as a stray. Unfortunately, beyond that his background is unknown. The family that found him said he did not enjoy the company of small children, so he’ll do best in a home with kids 10 and older.
Volunteers are in love with his natural “bed head” look! He is absolutely adorable! Who doesn’t love that wild terrier hair?
For the win: Colonel Mustard, in your living room, with a squeaky toy!
How to adopt: Colonel Mustard is living at Friends for Life’s adoption center, located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. He is neutered, licensed, vaccinated, and microchipped. His adoption fee is $375. If you are interested in meeting Colonel Mustard, please call 480-497-8296, e-mail [email protected], or visit online at http://www.azfriends.org. If Colonel Mustard is adopted by the time you inquire, there are many other dogs and cats too waiting for homes.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life