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.

Carolina: A kitty with ‘puppy eyes’

Carolina is an adorably sweet girl who has recognized the importance of a few important traits from her canine counterparts, thus becoming an expert at giving “puppy eyes.” This diluted tortoiseshell is only two years old.

Mostly grey with a few hints of orange and white throughout her body, this beauty is a unique girl who loves string toys and sleeping under the bed or in tight, secluded areas. Friendly with most everyone she meets, Caroline is a little hesitant when it comes to interacting with young children and dogs but has lived with them before. Used to being indoors, this sweet girl would love having a cat condo to lounge around on and scratch at her heart’s content.

How to adopt: Carolina’s is available for adoption at the Arizona Humane Society’s Sunnyslope Campus at 9226 N. 13th Ave. in Phoenix. Her adoption fee includes her spay surgery, current vaccinations, a microchip and a free follow-up wellness exam with a VCA Animal Hospital. For more information, visit azhumane.org/adopt.

— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Cletus: A hound with a signature sound 

Cletus is a handsome boy with a smile that can wow the crowds. You would never know this Bluetick Coonhound is seven-years-old with the amount of liveliness and fun-loving spirit he conveys each day. He especially gets excited when he sees his friends — greeting them with his signature “awooooo!”

Adorable Cletus absolutely loves playing and would do great in a home that is familiar with hound breeds, as he loves a lot of attention and exercise. The cute pup is also no stranger to asking for what he wants. Cletus will even lean into your legs when he wants a good back scratch. Because of some history of being a little nervous, Cletus would do best in a home where he is the only pup and with kids who are a little older.

How to adopt: Cletus will be available on Sunday, July 21 at noon at the Arizona Humane Society’s Campus for Compassion, 1521 W. Dobbins Road 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, call 602-997-7585 and ask for animal number 595558.

— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Flora: A cat who loves TLC

Flora is a domestic, short-haired, female, Tricolor Siamese blend cat. She’s about 3 years old. Flora loves to sit beside her human so she can get as much TLC as she can. She enjoys being pet, receiving belly rubs, face rubs, and getting brushed. The look she gives back when receiving such love is priceless.

She is a mom, but her kids have grown, so Flora now needs a home to call her own.

How to adopt: Flora is available for adoption at Friends for Life’s adoption center at 952 W. Melody Ave. in Gilbert. Flora’s adoption fee is $95.00. At Friends for Life Animal Rescue, all animals are altered, vaccinated, microchipped, de-wormed, and cats are tested for FELV/FIV. For more information, call Friends for Life at 480-497-8296, email [email protected] or visit azfriends.org.

— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life???????

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