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
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.
Now that this sweet boy has been given lots of love and medical care, as well as a fresh shave to get all the matted fur off of him, Manfred is hoping that there is a family out there that falls in love with his charm just like everyone at AHS has. Although he is a big boy weighing in at almost 90 pounds, this handsome fella is a very gentle pup who walks well on a leash, gets along with other pups and almost always has a wag in his tail. With a New Year’s resolution of finding his forever home to spend his Golden Years in, Manfred is sure to be the best of friends with whoever gives him the proper chance.
How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s adoption locations remain closed as the shelter continues to heal and rehabilitate pets coming in but its Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like Manfred, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Molly: A sweet, senior kitty
Molly is a 9-year-old senior kitty, dark gray with a white face and chest. Her front paws have been declawed, so she is a bit fussy about her type of bathroom facilities, preferring paper or non-clumping clay litter.
She is an easygoing, sweet kitty, who doesn’t mind being picked up and enjoys brushing and petting. Her favorite thing to do is just chill out on top of a cat perch. She will make a great pet for a fellow older adult who does not have any other cats, as Molly likes all of the attention.
How to adopt: Molly’s senior adoption fee is only $30. Visit Molly at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 9 a.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Other locations are the Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Brewster: A dog looking to fetch a family
In just two years of life, Brewster has already suffered quite a bit but has made great strides in learning how to trust again. The handsome 2-year-old Labrador retriever mix was originally seized by local police, with the help of Arizona Humane Society Cruelty Investigators, after it was reported his previous owner was allegedly mistreating the pup in early December.
Upon evaluation in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, Brewster was found to not only have a minor broken pelvis but also a few broken ribs, as well. While being treated for his wounds, this doggo very understandably was a little afraid and perhaps in pain and would not easily let people handle him. However, as time has gone by and AHS’ Behavior Team continues to work with him, a once standoffish and scared Brewster has turned into a wiggly, lap-climbing, face-licking pup who is surely glad to have found people who love and care for him.
Brewster is described as a sweet boy who can sometimes be shy at first but loves to run around and play fetch. Not only is he a good looking guy but he is also very smart too and already knows how to shake and sit. While he has done well with other pups while in the shelter, AHS recommends he meets all dogs that will be living in the home to ensure they are of similar energy levels, as well as be in a home with children that are at least six years of age or older.
How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s adoption locations remain closed as the shelter continues to heal and rehabilitate pets coming in but its Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like Brewster, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Ducky: A dog looking for a forever home
Ducky is a 5-year-old Chihuahua mix. He recently joined Friends for Life Animal Rescue, with six other canine siblings, when his owner passed away and none of the animals had a place to go.
Ducky was very overweight upon arrival, about 26 pounds. He has already lost 3 pounds! If weight loss is one of your New Year resolutions he can participate with you!
Currently, Ducky is residing in a foster home where his foster family is working diligently to help him lose a few more pounds to get him to an ideal weight.
Ducky can be a bit shy when he first meets new people, but he has the most endearing “worried” look on his face that he will melt your heart when you meet him. Ducky is living with other dogs in his foster home, but if his new family has any dogs a dog intro would be required to ensure he’d be a good match. His foster mom says he needs a tiny bit of time to warm up to people, and then you can almost see the hearts shooting out of his eyes when he looks at you! He’s a sweet boy who is thriving in his foster home and with time to adjust he’ll do the same with a forever family.
How to adopt: Ducky is neutered, licensed, microchipped, and vaccinated. His adoption fee is $325. An appointment is required because Ducky resides in a foster home. If you’re interested in Ducky, please go to https://www.azfriends.org to fill out a consultation form. If Ducky is adopted by the time you get there, there are many others looking for a home as well. Cats too! If you’d like more information about Ducky you can e-mail [email protected]
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life