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.
Thin Mint and Brownie: A sweet duo with a special bond
Whether you have a sweet tooth or are looking for extra soft furry friends filled with sisterly love, the Arizona Humane Society has some perfectly irresistible cuties. Just in time for Girl Scout cookie season, Brownie and Thin Mint are a pair of adorable bonding guinea pigs looking to add a “forever home badge” to their list of accomplishments.
As with the hundreds of other pets that are rescued by AHS each year, these cute, one-year-old male American guinea pigs, along with a dozen other creatures, were transferred to AHS through its Project Reachout program. This rescue program allows AHS to bring in pets from overcrowded shelters when space permits or pets in need of medical care that the partner organization is unable to provide. Brownie and Thin Mint’s journey began in California when the San Diego Humane Society was bombarded with over 100 creatures and needed help placing them.
As you can imagine, these nice brothers are not only adorable, they are extremely friendly and outgoing. Naturally social creatures, guinea pigs enjoy the company of their own species as well as humans when properly socialized. And although they’re called sweets, these healthy guinea pigs prefer to live healthier lives filled with timothy hay and lots of greens and veggies for snacks!
How to adopt: Arizona Humane Society Matchmaking Virtual Adoptions by Appointment are available to place pets with their families forever. Interested adopters can view available pets, such as bonded duo Thin Mint and Brownie, and book 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 about staring into a stare with Masala, because she’ll come out a winner every time! This 2-year-old came to Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue when her owners had to move out of state and couldn’t take her. It must have been a sad day for everyone. This black beauty gets a lot of love and attention, but it’s not quite the same as being the center of attention. Masala doesn’t care about other cats (maybe it’s a green monster thing), but she loves the attention and being groomed to keep that strong black coat in top condition. She is also a very smart girl.
How to adopt: Check it out at 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 after 10 a.m.; adoptions take place Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other adoptable cats can be found at Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
—Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Bruno: Extroverted and clumsy
With a head tilt that’s as adorable as can be and the perfected art of puppy eyes, Bruno knows how to do whatever he wants. At just 10 months old, this cute German Shepherd mix has been through quite a bit in its short life.
Bruno has proven himself to be not only a cute pup, but also a survivor who has overcome obstacles. At just six months old, he was transferred to the Arizona Humane Society through its Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Project Reachout program when he was found to be extremely ill. After the test results came back, it was determined that he had the often deadly and highly contagious parvovirus.
Fortunately, AHS’ Parvo ICU is dedicated to saving hundreds of dogs every year, just like Bruno who contracts this virus and helped him recover after a few weeks of treatment. Fun-loving, outgoing and goofy, this handsome pooch is sure to be an energetic addition to any household. For those who like to hike and be active, Bruno would be perfect for keeping the whole family fit and on their toes every day. As with any young puppy, Bruno would also benefit from training to help him learn the basics and keep him mentally and physically stimulated.
How to adopt: Arizona Humane Society Matchmaking Virtual Adoptions by Appointment are available to place pets with their families forever. Interested adopters can view available animals, like the playful Bruno, and book an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
—Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society