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.
Tulsi: A sweet lap cat
Tulsi is patiently awaiting a forever home and can now be featured; with a hold on black cats at shelters during October, this endearing 2 ½ year old is eager to move on. She has been a mama to five babies and had been rescued as a stray. Her caregivers can’t say enough about how sweet she is and is truly a lap cat. Although she does have some sort of allergy, it is well under control with her special food. Tulsi is not at all fond of other cats. It would be a happy day for her to find a real home in which to spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all the other days to follow.
How to adopt: See her at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10-3 p.m.; phone 623-876-8778 after 10 a.m. Other locations for adoptions are Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center Parkway PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Clifford: Curious, loves to explore and see new things
Not to be confused with a certain famous, fictional character, Clifford aka “Cliffy” sure isn’t to be soon confused with the Big Red Dog he shares his namesake with. However, this absolutely adorable nine-year-old Dachshund mix is sure to still turn heads with his unique personality and even more unique good looks.
As handsome as Clifford is, he wants everyone to know that he is not just good looks. This cute doggo is also potty trained and walks well on a leash as he is very curious about exploring and seeing new things. As you might be able to tell by his kind face, Clifford loves to curl up next to his favorite people and always enjoys binge-watching the latest and greatest shows with his family.
Unfortunately for this pup, he made his way to the Arizona Humane Society after his previous owner passed away and no one was able to care for him any longer. Luckily, his family was a part of AHS’ Legacy Circle, which allows for Continued Care for their pets after their passing. This means adorable Clifford will be in an AHS Foster Hero home until he finds his next forever home. As with most Dachshund breeds, Cliffy has some alopecia on his body (hair loss) but this does not need any ongoing medical care – it is just yet another characteristic that makes this little pup unique.
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 cute little Clifford, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. Additionally, all senior pets six years and older have waived adoption fees for the whole month of November, in honor of Adopt a Senior Pet Month!
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Smartie: A gentle and hopeful little guy
Smartie is a darling little 4-year-old Chihuahua. He was found as a stray. The finder located his human but the family had lost their home and was unable to care for him properly. They made the heartbreaking decision not to reclaim him. Friends for Life Animal Rescue promised this adorable, little guy they'd find him a loving forever home. Smartie is a sweet, gentle, hopeful little guy and he's hoping you're the one for him! Smartie is a bit reserved at the adoption center, but he still manages a smile and, as you see in his photo, it is a very sweet smile. Smartie is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and licensed. His adoption fee is $295.
How to adopt: Smartie is living at Friends for Life's adoption center, located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. He is neutered, licensed, vaccinated, and microchipped. If you are interested in meeting Smartie, please call 480-497-8296, email FFLdogs@azfriends.org, or visit online at http://www.azfriends.org for hours of operation and come on by! If Smartie is adopted by the time you inquire, there are many other dogs and cats too waiting for homes.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life
Momo: A luxurious kitty who loves his human friends
With gorgeous auburn eyes and a coat that is silky soft, Momo is a good-looking kitty with just as beautiful of a personality. The cute nine-year-old long hair kitty was surrendered to the Arizona Humane Society after his previous owner unfortunately passed away and no one was able to care for him.
While given care at AHS, this handsome boy was given a dental procedure to help keep his teeth and mouth as healthy as possible. It is important to keep updated on a pet’s oral health as it can help prevent many other problems such as gingivitis, gum disease and even heart disease. This is why AHS animal trauma hospital veterinarians perform hundreds of dental procedures each year prior to a pet being available for adoption. A healthy pet is a happy pet!
Momo is an incredibly sweet boy that is described as a perfect gentleman who loves to be pampered and will definitely let his people know when it’s time for some pets with his adorable purrs and meows. The luxurious kitty absolutely loves his human friends and would much rather lounge on the couch with his family all day if given the opportunity. He also likes to be spoiled with a good brushing to help keep his fur silky and matt-free.
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 marvelous Momo, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. Additionally, all senior pets six years and older have waived adoption fees for the whole month of November, in honor of Adopt a Senior Pet Month!
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Adopt a pet: Tulsi and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters