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.
Panda: A laid-back kitty cat
Panda is a handsome, domestic short-haired, black and white, male cat approximately 2 years old. He is a laid-back guy that likes to spend his time hanging out with his people and his cat buddy Bamboo. They both found their way to the adoption center together but they do not have to be adopted together (though everyone would love it if they were adopted together).
Panda has unique markings and seems to know he is special. He enjoys being pet, having a good conversation, and doesn’t mind binge-watching television with a special person.
HOW TO ADOPT: Panda is available for adoption at 952 W. Melody Ave. in Gilbert. Panda’s adoption fee is $95.00. At Friends for Life, all animals are altered, vaccinated, microchipped, de-wormed, and cats are tested for FELV/FIV. For more information, call 480-497-8296, email FFLcats@azfriends.org or visit azfriends.org.
—Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life
Manny: A spunky, three-legged doggo
Found by a Good Samaritan with a severely broken leg, Manny was in desperate need of help when he was brought to the Arizona Humane Society. Once evaluated by AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ staff, it was determined that the break was unfortunately too bad and had to amputate his leg.
Now that this adorable rat terrier mix has received the treatment he needed and is quickly adjusting to life with one less leg, the young pup is ready for his forever home. With lots of spunk, plenty of kisses and a big attitude all wrapped up into one adorably small 1-year-old doggy, Manny knows his personality will shine in any home – he just has to find his first.
HOW TO ADOPT: Manny is available for adoption at the Arizona Humane Society’s Sunnyslope Campus at 9226 N. 13th Avenue in Phoenix. His adoption fee includes his neuter surgery, current vaccinations, a microchip and a free follow-up wellness exam with a VCA Animal Hospital. For more information, visit azhumane.org/adopt to see if Manny is the little guy for you.
—Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Karina: Dainty and altogether lady-like
Karina is showing the world that her heart is in the right place. She is a beautiful brown Maine Coon-tabby mix, 1½ years old and a recent mother of four equally beautiful babies. She was found as a stray and now Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue has five new residents, just like that!
Karina is sweet and friendly, a bit shy with other cats but likes them and enjoys sharing her living quarters with them. She is dainty and petite, altogether lady-like. If you favor small cats, this is the girl for you.
HOW TO ADOPT: Karina is available for adoption at 10807 N. 96th Ave. in Peoria. For more information, call 623-773-2246 after 10 a.m.
—Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Moe: Perfect example of ‘man’s best friend’
Energetic, smart and of course, playful, Moe is about everything you would expect in a beautiful Labrador retriever mix and then some. Optimistic and excited about life, this 5-year-old looks at each new day as the awesome gift that it is. Found wandering the streets of Phoenix as a stray in early October, who knows what this handsome boy’s fate could have been if an Emergency Animal Medical Technician™ at the Arizona Humane Society hadn’t rescued him.
Moe is a great example of “man’s best friend,” as he is extremely friendly and loves to hang out with all people. Playful and very energetic, it does not take long for him to show off his excellent retriever skills. When a good game of fetch starts, you can bet that Moe’s tail starts a’waggin’! Of the many fun events Moe likes to partake in, playing in water might be one of his favorites — especially when it comes to playing with hoses and sprinklers.
With so much energy and love to give, Moe would probably do best in a home that also has a love for exercising, going on long walks or hikes. The gorgeous black lab mix would also do best if he can meet all members of the family to ensure that they can keep up with his playful, happy-go-lucky self, as well.
HOW TO ADOPT: Moe is available for adoption Sunday, Nov. 4 at noon at the Arizona Humane Society’s Campus for Compassion at 1521 W. Dobbins Road in Phoenix. His adoption fee includes his neuter surgery, current vaccinations, microchips and a free follow-up wellness exam with a VCA Animal Hospital. For more information, call 602-997-7585 and ask for animal number 589104.