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.
Linda: A pup with a new winning smile
With a smirk that can charm anyone who meets her, Linda is certainly a unique beauty who hopes to find someone that appreciates all she has to offer. This 7-year-old Chihuahua mix was transferred to the Arizona Humane Society from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in April of this year through its New Hope program.
Upon examination by AHS Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital veterinarians, it was determined that Linda had a broken jaw and was in need of surgery. After her procedure, she headed to a Foster Hero home to continue healing with weekly muzzle bandage changes, medication and, of course, plenty of love.
Now that she is all healed, Linda has a permanent grin to greet everyone she meets that is as cute as they come. Although this little pup enjoys a nice lazy day on the couch, she also loves to go on walks and is proud to show off how well she does on them. Described as being laidback and sweet, Linda does well with people but would prefer to have all the love and attention to herself as the only pup in her future forever home.
How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets at AHS’ PetSmart Scottsdale location, like sweet Linda, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Rosiette: A six-toed calico kitty
For you calico cat lovers, here’s a beauty for you. Rosiette is a polydactyl, sporting six toes. These cats have been known to be called Hemingway cats and were thought to bring good luck to sailors and maybe to you as well! She is eight years old and on the petite side. Rosiette is more than ready to go, having received all of her shots and tests, a recent dental, and also microchipping. She is sweet and loves to get love strokes. Sometimes she can be a bit aloof, but being a calico, that is not unusual.
How to adopt: Rosiette would love to have you visit her at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 after 9 a.m.; adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Other locations are the shelter at 10807 N. 96th Avenue, Peoria; call 623-773-2246 after 10 a.m.; Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road; and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
—?Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Rock Lee: A playful but shy pup
At four years old, Rock Lee has already been through quite a bit. Thanks to an anonymous tip from a Good Samaritan, Arizona Humane Society Cruelty Investigators learned about a pet who was living in direct sunlight with no shade or water – an unfortunate and avoidable situation that can quickly lead to overheating and even death for pets if not taken care of.
Upon arrival, AHS investigators were able to intake the American Pit Bull Terrier mix into its care due to no medical treatment and dangerous conditions. It was also found that Rock Lee was covered in ticks and once in the shelter’s animal trauma hospital, he was discovered to have Tick Fever – a condition caused by ticks that will need to be kept an eye on by his future veterinarian to ensure it does not progress.
Rock Lee is a sweet pup who can be nervous at times due to lack of socialization at his previous household. However, he has made great strides in learning how to trust people and has enjoyed interactions with AHS Behavior Team members each day to keep learning and growing into the doggo he was meant to be. Friendly, loving and playful, Rock Lee would do best meeting all the other pups in the home to ensure it is a good fit with his sometimes shy personality.
How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets at AHS’ PetSmart Scottsdale location, like handsome Rock Lee, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society