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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.

Butterscotch: Sugar sweet senior

Interested adopters can view available pets, like Butterscotch, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. (Photo: Arizona Humane Society)

For many of us, butterscotch candy brings fond memories of simpler times when a friend or loved one would offer us some sweets while visiting or perhaps the candies that have been recently fished out from the bottom of your gram’s purse. This is exactly the sweet feeling one gets when they get to know Butterscotch the 10-year-old domestic shorthair orange tabby who was surrendered to the Arizona Humane Society all the way back in August of this year.

Butterscotch was extremely nervous when he first entered the shelter, was unsure of his surroundings and was having trouble eating when first in AHS’ care. After Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital staff took a deeper look at him medically, it was determined he needed some dental work. After getting a few rotten teeth out, Butterscotch felt much better physically but was still extremely wary of people – that is when Behavior Team members started working with him daily.

Originally pretty frightened of people, Butterscotch has learned to warm up with some patience and allowing him to be in control of interactions. When he starts to feel comfortable, this handsome boy shows just how sweet he can be with some purrs and head butts. Sometimes, he will even seek more affection from you when you stop giving him pets! Although Butterscotch has improved significantly while in AHS’ care, he would do best in a calm, quiet home with children that are at least 10 years of age or older. Additionally, it would benefit this handsome senior to have a slow introduction with any other kitties in the home.

How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s adoption locations remain closed as the shelter continues to heal and rehabilitate pets coming in but its Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like Butterscotch, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.

— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Silvia: Hide-and-seek kitty 

If you are interested in meeting Silvia, please call Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 10 a.m. (Photo: Sun Cities 4 Paws)

Snug as a bug on a rug, 1-year-old Silvia couldn’t get much cozier. Sometimes, though, due to her shyness, she prefers to be hiding out under rather than on top, thus making herself invisible to man….she thinks! This sweet, beautiful girl with a dark gray coat loves head and even belly rubs and is also up for a gentle brushing.  

Like many cats, she is a bit unsure about being picked up, but will never become aggressive and does tolerate it. Silvia would love an owner who will give her plenty of time to adjust to a new situation.

How to adopt: Visit her at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 10 a.m. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  

 — Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws

Mini Cooper: Small stature, big personality

Mini Cooper is an absolutely adorable 4-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier and Bassett Hound mix that was transferred to the Arizona Humane Society through its Project Reachout Program from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. In an effort to increase collaboration and help other shelters when they are overcrowded, AHS consistently works with MCACC and other shelters to pull healthy, adoptable pets when there is space for them. This is exactly what led to this cute boy finding himself in the care of AHS about a month ago, where he has been patiently waiting for his future two-legged family ever since.

Healthy and as sweet as can be, this unique pup has shown quite a bit of stress in the shelter environment and would greatly benefit from finding his forever home soon with someone who appreciates his little stature (he is only 35 pounds!) and big personality! Mini Cooper is an active pup who absolutely loves to play fetch, is extremely active and smart – he even gets along with other doggies who match his playstyle and energy levels but would benefit from meeting them first.

How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s adoption locations remain closed as the shelter continues to heal and rehabilitate pets coming in but its Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like Mini Cooper, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.

— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Satin: The special one 

Friends For Life requires an appointment be made for anyone interested in meeting Sinead. Please go to its website at azfriends.org. (Photo: Friends For Life Animal Rescue)

Satin is a female, black and white kitty, about 1-1/2-years-old.  Satin is a beautiful girl learning what it is like to no longer be in “mom” mode. She arrived at the adoption center with three kittens and she’s done an excellent job raising them. Now she’s ready to be the special one, doted upon, play, relax and love without the schedule of her kittens. She has a lot of love to give and waiting for families to come to meet her.

How to adopt: Satin is living at the Friends for Life adoption center at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. Her adoption fee is $150. At Friends for Life Animal Rescue, all animals are altered, vaccinated, microchipped, and dewormed, and cats are tested for FELV/FIV. 

Friends for Life is following COVID-19 guidelines. Please visit http://www.azfriends.org where you will see a pop-up appear with instructions regarding face masks, where to find the consultation forms, etc. prior to meeting Satin or any of the animals waiting for a home at Friends for Life. Also, because of COVID our annual BARKtoberfest had to be cancelled but please check out the other fundraising events coming up in October and November such as Lure Course, Yard Sale, Golf Tournament!

— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life 

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