Simba and other pets for adoption from Phoenix-area shelters

Every year, about 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 available for adoption at shelters across the valley. To check the status of a particular animal, please contact the shelter directly.

Simba: A handsome but shy puppy

Interested foster families can view available animals, like Simba, and book an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.

Every summer, shelters across the valley are overwhelmed with homeless animals due to kitten season, triple-digit temperatures, and the ongoing fallout (job loss, housing instability, etc.) from the COVID pandemic. -19. As the organization in the Valley that cares for the most vulnerable pets – sick, injured and abused homeless animals – the Arizona Humane Society currently cares for 700 pets in Foster Hero homes with over 100 other pets that still need to be placed in foster care. AHS also cares for 553 pets at its shelter, bringing the total number of pets to 1,253.

The adorable Simba is one of those animals that needs an adoptive hero. The handsome but shy Chihuahua turned himself in to the Arizona Humane Society after his former owner had too many pets at home to properly care for. With nowhere to go, Simba and more than a dozen others were handed over to AHS earlier this month. Due to the lack of socialization in his life, this little guy can be very shy at times but allows himself all manipulations and will need a patient home that lets him go at his own pace.

Simba is awaiting dental surgery to remove some of his baby teeth from his mouth which has decided to hold on and will need a loving foster family for about a month. Fostering is a great way to help animals have a nice, quiet space to recover and allows AHS to bring in even more animals in need, saving even more lives!

How to promote: Hosting for AHS is completely free, and the shelter provides everything you need, from medical care to food, toys and more. With a wide range of pets needing a temporary stay ranging from a few days to a few months, there are pets to suit all schedules and lifestyles. If you would like to become a foster hero for Simba or one of the amazing pets in need, visit azhumane.org/foster to apply and take the orientation online!

—Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Dear: Looking for a Loving Home

If you would like to meet Cher, please call Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 10 a.m.

Who wouldn’t want to have this beauty as a permanent resident?

Cher is a one-year-old mixed race Siamese with stunning blue eyes, rescued from a cat colony where she existed and where she had given birth to kittens. She hasn’t had an easy life so far, but things will only get better and better once she finds a loving home.

Due to her previous life, with no individual attention, she is naturally shy but far from hostile. She will just need time to gradually adapt to a whole new way of life. Cher gets along well with other cats.

How to adopt: Please visit Cher at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, also on adoption days. There are additional adoption locations at 10807 N. 96th Avenue, Peoria; same hours for calls and adoptions; Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road; and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.

—Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws

Cheddar: A mischievous kitten

Interested foster families can view available pets, such as Cheddar, and book an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.

From day-old orphan kittens to fluffy bunnies with babies to dogs with broken limbs, the Arizona Humane Society has more than 100 pets currently in need of an adoptive hero while they’re on the path. of adoption. With over 1,250 pets in its shelter and already in foster homes, AHS is in desperate need of temporary foster homes in order to free up much-needed kennel space and continue to care for the most vulnerable animals. of the valley.

Cheddar is just an adorable baby looking for temporary respite from the shelter while he recovers from a cat cold. Brought to AHS in early May by a Good Samaritan, the adorable 6-week-old orange tabby cat was found ill and stray in desperate need of help. For Cheddar, he will only need a few weeks of treatment and old enough for his neuter surgery before he finds his way to the adoption floor and forever home.

As a Foster Hero, you get the first right to adopt a pet (foster fails are our favorites!) or find an adopter through friends or family in part of the AHS Home to Home program! Plus, Foster Heroes can continue their normal lifestyle when they adopt a pet and just need a separate space and lots of love to give. AHS will cover the rest!

How to promote: Hosting for AHS is completely free, and the shelter provides everything you need, from medical care to food, toys and more. With a wide range of pets needing a temporary stay ranging from a few days to a few months, there are pets to suit all schedules and lifestyles. If you’d like to become a Cheddar Foster Hero or one of the Amazing Pets in Need, visit azhumane.org/foster to apply and take the orientation online!

—Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Audrey: A beautiful diva

If you are interested in Audrey, go to azfriends.org to fill out a consultation form.

Audrey is a beautiful brown tabby cat with short hair of about 13 years old. She is a sweet girl who recently lost her human companion. Audrey would like a home that welcomes older cats where she could live out her retirement years with love and comfort. She still has a bit of a “diva” in her so don’t let her age fool you!

How to adopt: Audrey currently resides at the Friends for Life Adoption Center, located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. Her adoption fee is $125. At Friends for Life, animals are modified, vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed. Cats are also tested for FELV/FIV. If Audrey is adopted by the time you get there, many more are looking for homes. If you would like more information, you can also email [email protected], call 480-497-8296, or visit Friends for Life online at http://www.azfriends.org.

— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life

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