Every year, about 6.5 million pets enter shelters nationwide, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Of these, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
Each week, The Arizona Republic highlights a handful of the many pets available for adoption at shelters across the valley. To check the status of a particular animal, please contact the shelter directly.
Callie: voted best hairstyle
Callie is a true testament to why the Arizona Humane Society continues to work to find new and innovative ways to save the lives of even more animals every day. The 4-year-old dilute tortoiseshell kitten was originally rescued by AHS as an underage and orphaned kitten all the way back in 2018 at just a few weeks old. After a few months of nurturing to bring her to adoption age and weight in AHS’ Bottle Baby Intensive Care Unit and a Foster Hero loving home, Callie was quickly adopted.
Sadly, this beautiful girl found her way back to AHS after her previous owners could no longer care for her and had to put her back in the shelter recently. However, if it weren’t for the specialized newborn kitten shelter area and foster program that originally saved her all those years ago, Callie wouldn’t be looking for a second chance. to a good life today.
Callie loves her long, lush hair brushed back and she’s a very sweet kitty who loves attention. One look at her and you understand why she is used to always getting what she wants, who can say no to such a lovely face?
How to adopt: Interested adopters can meet cute Callie at the Arizona Humane Society’s PetSmart Scottsdale location. Her adoption fees include her spaying surgery, ongoing vaccinations, microchipping, and a free follow-up exam with a VCA veterinary hospital. Visit azhumane.org/adopt to choose one of three convenient ways to adopt based on your schedule.
—Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Twizzler: looking your best
Twizzler is ready to party, sporting his green jewelry and personal tuxedo, when he hears of an upcoming celebration!
This beautiful 6 year old black and white kitty was living with a family until the dogs were introduced and it didn’t go so well. He was sent back to Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue to find another loving, more lasting home.
Despite his rejection, it hasn’t changed him from the sweet, loving boy he is. He is calm, loves being brushed and gets along well with other cats.
How to adopt: He’s ready to go, so visit him at 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, also on adoption days. Other adoptable cats can be found at the shelter, 10807 N. 96th Ave., Peoria, 623-773-2246, same hours and days, and Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Rd.
—Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Pinot: The perfect blend
Whether you prefer red or white, this pinot will suit everyone after a long day. After all, who wouldn’t want to go home with such an adorable, wrinkled face? An interesting mix of Labrador Retriever, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Basset Hound, this one-year-old pup is absolutely unique in every way.
Pinot surrendered to the Arizona Humane Society earlier this month after being rescued while straying injured by an AHS animal emergency medical technician. Found with ear injuries but otherwise healthy, vets at the trauma hospital cleaned his wounds and gave him antibiotics to ensure no secondary ailments arose.
With golden tones and hints of puppy charm, Pinot is a bit shy when first getting to know it. Everyone who has interacted with this lovely boy says he is kind and well-mannered, but can be a little nervous although he allows all manipulations, even during medical examinations. With dog space at AHS being extremely tight, adopting an animal like Pinot allows the shelter to continue to welcome even more sick, injured and abused animals, just like him, who need a second chance. for a good life!
How to adopt: Interested adopters can meet the little Pinot at the Arizona Humane Society’s South Mountain location. Her adoption fees include her spaying surgery, ongoing vaccinations, microchipping, and a free follow-up exam with a VCA veterinary hospital. Visit azhumane.org/adopt to choose one of three convenient ways to adopt based on your schedule.
—Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Purrogi: looking for a playmate
Purrogi is a beautiful domestic short-haired gray tabby cat, about 8 years old. She’s a nice little lady – sweet and loving. She enjoys the simple things in life like getting lap times and cat scratching. She likes to play with her toys if you tempt her with them.
She would like to have a house to spoil her.
How to adopt: Purrogi’s adoption fee is $175. Purrogi resides at the Friends for Life Animal Rescue Adoption Center located at 952 W. Melody Ave. to Gilbert. At Friends for Life, animals are modified, vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed. Cats are tested for FELV/FIV. For more information on Friends for Life Animal Rescue, Purrogi, or other cats or dogs looking for homes, visit azfriends.org, call 480-497-8296, or visit their adoption center.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life