Breana and other pets for adoption at Phoenix-area shelters
Each year, approximately 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 for adoption at Valley shelters. To check the status of a particular animal, please contact the shelter directly.
Bella Dozer: a charming female dog looking for a home
With an adorable tilt of her head and some of the cutest ears in town, Bella Dozer knows how to activate the spell. The absolute angel of a puppy found its way to the Arizona Humane Society in November, her family noticed they had become too overwhelmed with the number of pets in the house and needed a change .
With nowhere to go, this magnificent 7-year-old American pit bull terrier has found her way to refuge. Extremely friendly to everyone she met, AHS medical staff immediately understood that Bella needed a change in diet and exercise to help her reach a better weight. This curvaceous beauty has reached an incredible 93 pounds and is currently on a diet plan and been given plenty of time out of the kennel to show how she walks on a leash and moves her booty a bit more.
Bella has no problem making friends wherever she goes and is always so happy to meet new people. And while this sweetheart gets along with the other puppies, she does best with animals that are a bit quieter or when there aren’t too many trying to interact with her at the same time. Because of this, Bella Dozer will have to meet all the puppies in the house and would do best with other furry friends who match her laid back demeanor.
How to adopt: Arizona Humane Society Matchmaking Virtual Adoptions are available to place pets with their families forever. Interested adopters can view available animals, such as the beautiful Bella Dozer, and book an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. Plus, ALL pets have completely waived fees until December 20 thanks to the Bissell Pet Foundation!
– Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Breana: needs a loving home for the holidays and a good chin massage
This cute watered down tabby is Breana, one and a half years old and all set to celebrate the arrival of Santa Claus like a new home for the holidays. The person who adopted her felt that this loving girl needed more time with her, so for Breana’s sake she was sent back to Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue. Obviously, Breana is a true companion and wants to be close to her family at all times. She is very sweet and excellent in every way, which means she gets along with other cats, enjoys being groomed and picked up, and she especially enjoys having her chin rubbed.
How to adopt: Visit him at 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Adoptions take place Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. call 623-876-8778 at these times. Other adoption locations are Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
– Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 legs
Pippi: an independent woman
Pippi might not have the long stockings that a famous literary figure of the same name has, but she certainly has adorable socks all over her feet that only enhance this kitten’s cuteness. After four years with her previous owner, this unique Torbie found her way back to the Arizona Humane Society in September, as her family could no longer care for her.
As you may have already guessed, Pippi’s journey with AHS hasn’t started recently. In fact, her life was originally saved in 2017 when she was brought to the shelter as a bottle-fed orphaned minor kitten. After a few months of care in AHS Bottle Baby Intensive Care Unit and a Foster Hero Home, this gorgeous girl quickly found her forever home and is now looking to do the same again a few years later.
Although Pippi tolerates all manipulation, this independent female prefers to have a more relaxed home and a family that isn’t looking for a kitten that will want attention all the time. After a bit of adjustment, Pippi finally loves having a chin and cheek massage as well as a good back massage every now and then. And although she was once a demon for feather wands and mouse toys, this cute pie would much rather spend her time dozing in her kitten castle or bird watching out the window.
How to adopt: Arizona Humane Society Matchmaking Virtual Adoptions are available to place pets with their families forever. Interested adopters can view available animals, such as pretty Pippi, and book an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. Plus, ALL pets have completely waived fees until December 20 thanks to the Bissell Pet Foundation!
– Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Ayla: A former wanderer who needs a home full of big hearts
Ayla is a 2 year old, 12 pound Chihuahua who recently joined us from a county facility where she was roaming. Ayla will be better off in a house with children aged 8 and over as she is a bit sensitive to rough handling. She can be a bit shy when meeting new people, so she looks for a forever home filled with big hearts willing to give her all the time and love she needs to adjust to a new home.
How to adopt: Ayla lives with a foster family, so an appointment to meet her will need to be made by going to the Gilbert Adoption Center located at 952 W. Melody Ave. or by sending an email to [email protected] to make an appointment. Ayla is sterilized, microchipped, licensed and vaccinated. Her adoption fee is $ 325. For more information, please visit www.azfriends.org.
– Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life