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.
Gladys: A puppy at heart
Gladys is a 7-year-old Chihuahua seeking a happy ending to her rags-to-riches story. Left abandoned in a yard, Gladys came into the care of AHS in good health but needed a little bit of time to heal from a few wounds she had acquired. Everybody at AHS loves to give love to this little nugget, but she appears to do best around those who have the patience to go as slow as possible with her as she gets acclimated to them. She just needs a family that is willing to be gentle as she adjusts to the exciting next chapter of her life.
Although some overlook senior pets from time-to-time, there are several benefits of adopting one. These include a greater likelihood of them already being well mannered, potty training is often a thing of the past, and their behavior is typically more established so you have a better idea of what you can expect from them. Although, that’s not to say you can’t sometimes teach an old dog new tricks. And these pets still offer the same emotional and physical health benefits as younger pets.
Best of all, they’ve had years of experience, and with experience comes wisdom. Older pets sometimes seem more capable of sensing whatever their family needs to bring them a smile, which is a particularly great attribute to possess around the holiday season.
How to adopt: Gladys will be available on Sunday, Nov. 10 at noon at the Arizona Humane Society’s Campus for Compassion, 1521 W. Dobbins Road in Phoenix. In celebration of National Senior Pet Month, the Arizona Humane Society is waiving adoption fees for dogs and cats 6 years and older at all locations. Her waived 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, call 602-997-7585 and ask for animal number 620275.
— Brad Faye, Arizona Humane Society
Chewbacca: A regal and handsome cat
Chewbacca is a very handsome domestic long-haired coon-blend boy at about 8 years old. He was found as a stray and no owner ever came forward to take him home. Now he is looking for a new home. Chewbacca is regal and handsome. He enjoys being pet and brushed. He likes to play with the wand toy but also knows how to get his downtime in.
How to adopt: Chewbacca is living at Friends for Life’s adoption center at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. His adoption fee is $125. 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 480-497-8296, email [email protected], or visit azfriends.org.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life
Bandit: A dog ready to steal your heart
Bandit is a cute 9-year-old rat terrier who came into the care of the Arizona Humane Society after his previous owner was no longer able to give him the proper attention he deserved. He was understandably very nervous upon his intake but appears to be growing more and more comfortable with our staff and volunteers by the day. We still believe Bandit would benefit most from being with a slightly older family who understood the importance of being gentle and patient as he adjusts to his new surroundings.
How to adopt: Bandit is available at the Arizona Humane Society’s Sunnyslope Campus off of 13th Avenue and Hatcher Road in Phoenix. In celebration of National Senior Pet Month, the Arizona Humane Society is waiving Bandit’s adoption fee. His waived 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.
— Brad Faye, Arizona Humane Society
King Simba: A majestic Tabby
This 5-year-old fluffy orange tabby with the beautiful golden eyes carries his name with pride: King Simba. He has a majestic look about him, but a humble personality to go with it. He gets along well with his subjects, his fellow felines, and is loving to humankind as well.
When his owners had to part with him due to a landlord’s new strict rule about no cats, he and his buddy had to be given up. Simba loves to be brushed and especially loves to get lots of attention. His owners say he has been taught to not sleep on furniture and beds, he loves his cat tree and even responds to “no” and “lie down” spoken in a firm tone. What’s not to love? As they said, “He will be missed.”
How to adopt: King Simba is available at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 10807 N. 96th Avenue in Peoria. Call 623-773-2246 after 10 a.m. Adoptions are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
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