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.
Thin Mint and Brownie: A sweet duo with a special bond
Whether you have a sweet tooth or are looking for some extra sweet furry friends filled with brotherly love, the Arizona Humane Society has a couple of cuties that are perfectly irresistible. Just in time for Girl Scout cookie season, Brownie and Thin Mint are a bonded pair of adorable guinea pigs who are looking to add a “forever home badge” to their list of accomplishments.
As with hundreds of other pets that are saved by AHS each year, these cute 1-year-old male American guinea pigs, along with a couple dozen other critters, were transferred to AHS through its Project Reachout Program. This lifesaving program allows AHS to bring in pets from shelters that are overcrowded when space allows or pets that are in need of medical care that the partner organization is unable to provide. Brownie and Thin Mint’s journey started all the way in California when the San Diego Humane Society was bombarded with more than 100 critters and needed help placing them.
As one can imagine, these sweet brothers are not only adorable, they are extremely friendly and outgoing. Naturally social creatures, guinea pigs love having company from their own kind as well as humans when properly socialized. And while they are named after sweets, these healthy guineas prefer to live healthier lives filled with timothy hay and lots greens and veggies for snacks!
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 the bonded duo Thin Mint and Brownie, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Masala: A smart girl who can spice up your life
Don’t even think of getting into a staredown with Masala, as she would come out the winner every time! This 2-year-old girl came to Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue when her owners had to leave the state and were not able to take her along. It must have been a sad day for all. This black beauty is getting plenty of love and attention, but it’s just not quite the same as being the center of attention. Masala doesn’t care for other cats (maybe it’s a green monster thing) but she loves attention and being groomed to keep that solid black coat in tip-top condition. She’s also a very smart girl.
How to adopt: Check her out at 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 after 10 a.m.; adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Other adoptable cats are at the Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Bruno: Outgoing and goofy
With a head tilt that can is as adorable as they come and the perfected art of puppy eyes, Bruno sure knows how to get his way. At just 10 months old, this cute German Shepherd mix has been through quite a bit in his short life.
Bruno has proven himself to not only be a cute pup but a survivor that has overcome the odds. At just six months, he was transferred to the Arizona Humane Society through its Project Reachout Program from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control when he was found to be extremely sick. Once test results came back, it was determined he had the often deadly, highly contagious Parvovirus.
Thankfully, AHS’ Parvo ICU is dedicated to saving hundreds of dogs each year just like Bruno who contract this virus and helped him pull through after a few weeks of treatment. Fun-loving, outgoing and goofy, this handsome doggo is sure to be an energetic addition to any household. For those who love hiking and being active, Bruno would be perfect for keeping the whole family fit and on their toes each day. As with any young pup, Bruno would also benefit from some training to help him learn the basics and keep him mentally and physically stimulated.
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 amusing Bruno, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Adopt a pet: Masala and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters