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.
Koda: A sweet senior girl
Interested adopters can view available pets, like Koda, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. (Photo: Arizona Humane Society)
One look at Koda and you can immediately tell what a gentle and kind soul she has. With a huge smile that radiates everywhere she goes, adorable ears that are always perked up and sweet eyes, this cute senior girl would love to find a quiet, loving space to spend her golden years.
At 12 years young, this cute American pit bull terrier mix was surrendered to the Arizona Humane Society when her previous owner could no longer afford to care for her. Once in AHS’ care, Koda was immediately put onto a feeding schedule to help get her to a more appropriate weight for her size, as it was also found that she has a mild form of hip dysplasia – a condition that is quite common in bigger breeds and older pups but is better managed when pets stay at a healthy weight. Koda also has a few masses on her curvy body that would be best kept an eye on with her future vet but are not currently a major concern to AHS veterinarians.
Koda is a gentle girl who wants to be able to do her own thing and go at her own pace and would do best in a home with no cats and no younger or rambunctious pups who get in her space. A great walker and lover of stuffed animals, this cute canine would greatly benefit from a patient home that is consistent with her routine and allows her to have an adjustment period while acclimating to her new family and surroundings.
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 Prada, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. Additionally, Prada’s adoption fee in honor of Adopt a Senior Pet Month.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
JayJay: Loveable and agreeable
JayJay is just a shy 1-year-old, solid black with those beautiful gold eyes most black cats feature. Rumor has it that this cute cat will follow you around wherever you go, is a real lap cat and is agreeable with just about everything. JayJay seems ready to adapt to a new home pretty easily, so why wait? Let’s get her settled in before the holidays, and all it takes is one visit from you and you will be convinced she is the girl for you.
How to adopt: She’s currently at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 9 a.m. Other options are at the Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Hubba Bubba: A shy, sweet pup
As with every happy, healthy and loving pet looking for their forever home at the Arizona Humane Society, there is a story behind how they ended up at the shelter that cares for the sick, injured and abused pets of the Valley. This is no different for adorable Hubba Bubba, whose incredible story of survival is one that is inspiring no matter if you’re a fan of the classic chewing gum or not.
Hubba Bubba is a two-year-old German shepherd mix who was found to be struggling for his life when he somehow fell into a canal in Phoenix. With just his head poking up and energy leaving his body quickly, he was in desperate need of help fast. Luckily, local police were able to safely get him out of the freezing waters prior to the arrival of an AHS Emergency Animal Medical Technician who quickly worked to get his body temperature up and transported him to the shelter’s hospital immediately.
Once in AHS’ care, it was found that this cute boy was hypothermic, had some minor wounds and was a bit lethargic but with some medical care he quickly recovered. However, this sweet pup is quite shy and has been working on trusting people more with AHS’ Behavior Team. Because of this, Hubba Bubba would do best in a home where his family is patient and allows him to go at his own pace and kids that are at least 10 years of age. With lots of love and consistency, this handsome survivor is sure to be a great companion for his future forever family.
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 Hubba Bubba, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Bluebell: Pretty great girl
Bluebell is a gorgeous domestic short-haired Torti cat about 4 years old. She was brought to Friends for Life Animal Rescue, along with her kittens, by a wonderful rescuer that happened to be in the right place at the right time. Bluebell loves to be loved and is a pretty great girl.
How to adopt: Bluebell is living at the Friends for Life adoption center located 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 Bluebell or any of the animals waiting for a home at Friends for Life.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life
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