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.
Koda: A cuddly Chihuahua-mix
If you’re looking for a sweet companion, look no further! Koda is a 3-year-old Chihuahua mix who is looking for a home to call her own and a loyal human friend she can curl up next to.
Koda may be a little but she’s already overcome some big obstacles. She was first brought to the Arizona Humane Society in December after she was hit by a car. A Good Samaritan rushed Koda to the Arizona Humane Society to get the care she needed.
Once in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, the medical team went right to work.They discovered she hadn’t broken any bones but had suffered wounds to her legs and paws. Upon further inspection, the veterinarians also discovered Koda had tapeworms and was in need of dental care as well. After her wounds and mouth were cleaned and she was treated for tapeworms, Koda was well on the road to recovery.
While AHS’ medical team worked to help her recover from the physical injuries, the behavior team worked to help Koda adjust to her new surroundings. At first, Koda was fearful and shied away from new people she didn’t know. But slowly the staff was able to coax her out of her shell. Now, Koda is looking for a family of her own. She would do best in a quiet home without any small children. She needs a patient family who will allow her time to get comfortable before her personality fully blossoms.
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, like Koda, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Michelle Parks, Arizona Humane Society
Jupitor: An elegant, dog-friendly lady
The picture of elegance! Jupitor is a 6-year-old black kitty with highlights of white on her chest and toes. Her coat is like stroking satin, and she enjoys having it lightly brushed. Unfortunately, her owner passed away and she is now hoping to find a new forever home.
She should be an only cat, but gets along well with dogs, the bigger the better…her last canine housemate was her sleeping companion. Jupitor likes to be petted, but is still a little shy as this is a new phase in her life. She loves to burrow under pillowcases, but call her name and out she pops!
How to adopt: Visit her at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; call 623-876-8778 after 9 a.m. Other adoptable cats are at 10807 N. 96th Avenue, Peoria, Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m-3 p.m.; call 623-773-2246. Also check at the Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Cajun: A southern gentleman
Meet the cool cat with a little southern spice; It’s Cajun!
Cajun is a 6-year-old orange tabby who first came to the Arizona Humane Society as an injured stray. A caring animal lover saw him limping across their front yard earlier this month and brought him to AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital. It was clear that Cajun needed immediate medical care. One of his paws was swollen to twice its normal size and he had a deep puncture wound that was still bleeding.
The veterinary staff was able to clean his wound and get him walking normally. Now that Cajun is feeling better, he is looking for a home. Although he can be nervous when meeting new people, Cajun is a sweet cat. Once he gets to know you, he will gladly rub up against you, enjoy cuddle time and lots of chin scratches. Cajun would love to find a cat-savvy family that will allow him some time to come out of his shell.
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, like Cajun and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Michelle Parks, Arizona Humane Society
Skyler: A well-trained German Shepherd
Skylar is a 4-year-old, female, German Shepherd weighing about 50 pounds. She was found as a stray now waiting to find her forever home. Skylar is leash trained and loves to go for walks. She understands the sit and stay command. She is playful and loves her toys. Skylar appreciates a good belly rub at the end of the day (or whenever for that matter). Volunteers say she is affectionate, smart, friendly, and engaging. Sometimes Skylar can be a bit much for some dogs but she’s always willing to try to be friends with them.
How to adopt: Skylar currently resides at Friends for Life Animal Rescue’s adoption center located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. Skylar is spayed, licensed, microchipped, and vaccinated. Her adoption fee is $325.00. If you are interested in meeting Skylar contact Friends for Life by calling 480-497-8296, e-mailing [email protected], or visit them online at http://www.azfriends.org, and get started with the consultation form and find hours of operation.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life