Pets & Animal

Manfred and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters

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.

Manfred: A dog looking for a homerun family 

Interested adopters can view available pets, like Manfred, and schedule an appointment online at

For any baseball fans reading about this adorable pup, you may think this sweet boy is possibly named after the current Major League Baseball Commissioner, Rob Manfred. However, it does not take an MLB fan to be an admirer of this adorable Manfred, a 10-year-old Alaskan Malamute with the cutest ears in the National League West division and beyond!

Manfred was found as a stray by a Good Samaritan who observed him getting hit by a car in early December and immediately took him to a local emergency animal clinic. The clinic then alerted the Arizona Humane Society to this sweet pup and an Emergency Animal Medical Technician picked him up and transferred him to the shelter’s Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital . Although he was limping at first, he luckily did not have any major damage to his limbs but it was found that he had a mass on his tail that needed to be removed, resulting in a portion of his tail to be amputated.