Fiona 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.
Fiona: Looking for cuddles
Little Miss Fiona has no problem jetting off to the destination she has set for herself in her mind. Although she has just three legs now, the absolutely adorable 5-year-old Cairn Terrier mix might be faster than most other pups who have all four limbs. Regardless, the sweetheart has not let life get her down despite the hurdles thrown her way.
Fiona made her way to a local emergency animal clinic in March after she was found with a hurt leg. Suspected to have been hit by a car, an Arizona Humane Society Emergency Animal Medical Technician transported her to the shelter’s trauma hospital where she was given medication and had X-rays performed. Unfortunately, the fracture was too severe to fix surgically, resulting in Fiona needing an amputation.
After additional treatment at AHS, Fiona spent time in a loving Foster Hero home to continue her recovery. The tiny but mighty lady has proven to be extremely loving and sociable though she can be a bit skittish of quick movements. A delight riding in the car and a bit excited while on a leash, Fiona is the perfect lap puppy who wants to be close and cuddled with her humans.
How to adopt: Interested adopters can meet flourishing Fiona at the Arizona Humane Society’s PetSmart Scottsdale location. Her adoption fee includes her spay surgery, current vaccinations, a microchip and a free follow-up wellness exam with a VCA Animal Hospital. Visit azhumane.org/adopt to choose one of three convenient ways to adopt based on your schedule.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Jadette: Watching, waiting for a family
Jadette is a 1-year-old long-haired tabby, who was found as a stray. After arriving at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, Jadette gave birth to a litter of kittens. She is still a kitten herself, but she came through with flying colors.
Jadette is very shy and will need an owner who is willing to be patient and earn her trust. Nothing is known of what she has gone thru to get here. She is most comfortable relaxing in high places where she can feel secure and watch everything going on down below. She will allow some volunteers to pick her up and pet her, so she’ll get there in her own time.
She gets along with other cats and is learning to play with kitty toys when she feels secure.
How to adopt: Visit her at 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., also adoption days. Other adoption sites are at 10807 N. 96th Ave., Peoria. Call 623-773-2246, same days and hours, and the Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Rd.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Butter Roll: Hopping right into your heart
What better way to spend the holiday weekend than with some great food and a puppy who thinks he is a bunny? Although he wasn’t too impressed with his getup, Butter Roll certainly makes anyone who sees him melt like butter!
The 11-week-old American Pit Bull Terrier was brought to the Arizona Humane Society in March after his owner was arrested for non-animal cruelty-related charges and he had nowhere else to go. Once in the care of AHS, the absolutely adorable baby was treated for some minor wounds and also spent some time gaining weight.
As one can imagine, Butter Roll is the dreamiest little man there is — whether he has a costume or not. Those who know the little guy say he is a total love bug and the biggest cuddle monster there is. With lots of love, patience and guidance, Butter Roll is sure to grow into the amazing doggo he was born to be.
How to adopt: Interested adopters can meet with buttery Butter Roll at the Arizona Humane Society’s PetSmart Scottsdale location. His adoption fee includes his neuter surgery, current vaccinations, a microchip and a free follow-up wellness exam with a VCA Animal Hospital. Visit azhumane.org/adopt to choose one of three convenient ways to adopt based on your schedule.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Beetlejuice: A very polite, quiet dog
Beetlejuice is a nice 6-year-old boy. He came back to Friends for Life Animal Rescue recently when he was found a stray and his owner’s information was outdated.
This little 10-pound boy is residing in a foster home and thriving. His foster family says that Beetle is a perfect guest. He is house-trained and he knows the dog door or if you say “outside” he goes right to the door. He is a very polite and very quiet dog. Not only that, but he is a smart guy and will look to his humans for direction. He follows commands that are given to him.
Beetle sleeps through the night in his bed on the floor. He would also prefer to sleep with humans if given the chance! The foster family lets him have full reign of the house, and he is well-behaved when they are gone. He gets along well with the other dogs in the home. Beetle had all but 5 teeth removed at his dental two weeks ago, so he only has his canines. He needs to be on a soft food-only diet, per the veterinarian.
If children are in the home those that are 16+ years old are best as younger children make him nervous.
How to adopt: Beetlejuice is neutered, microchipped, licensed, and current on vaccinations, and his adoption fee is $95. Email us at FFLdogs@azfriends.org to meet him! Friends for Life Animal Rescue is located at 952 W. Melody Ave. in Gilbert. Visit their website at azfriends.org, or call 480-497-8296 for more information.
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life