Bearington 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.

Bearington: Ready for bear hugs

Interested adopters can view available pets, like Bearington, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.

For any Star Wars fans, there is no need to look further than Bearington – an unofficial Ewok and Wookie mix who has stolen the hearts of everyone in galaxies both near and far. A true Jedi of adorable puppy cuteness, the 9-year-old dog is certainly on the light side of the force.

Bearington’s journey to the Arizona Humane Society truly has not been an easy one. The German Shepherd mix was rescued by AHS Emergency Animal Medical Technicians in June after he was found wandering the sweltering streets of Phoenix as an injured stray. Matted and limping, sweet Bear would sweetly give his paw even as he was receiving medical treatment in the shelter’s animal trauma hospital.

After receiving a dental to take out some of his chipped teeth, this senior boy was also found to have arthritis and hip dysplasia but gets around very well and is a huge fan of going on gentle strolls. Bearington is truly a loving pup who enjoys the simple things in life including a nice cool tile floor to take a tiger snooze on and getting belly rubs (like mentioned, he will softly paw at you when he feels like he has not received enough attention) . This adorable baby even received a star-filled visit from the Phoenix Rising recently and of course, showed them his “paw” skills!

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 brave-hearted Bearington, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. Additionally, all AHS pets have waived adoption fees now through July 31 thanks to the Bissell Pet Foundation!

— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Peanut: A black and white treasure

If you are interested in meeting Peanut, please call Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 10 am

Tuxedo cats have such interesting coats, almost like puzzles. Apparently, Shakespeare, Beethoven, and Bill Clinton thought so also, as they all were proud owners of them.

You can become one of those proud owners by adopting Peanut, a 7-year-old who was adopted as a kitten from Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue and whose owner recently passed away.

This very sweet, quiet lady cat loves to be brushed and also loves to get her catnaps in. An interesting feature is her short, crooked tail, possibly the result of an injury in her kittenhood.

Peanut seems to be a bit in awe of other cats so she may have been an only pet.

How to adopt: Peanut would love to have a visit from you at 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 from 10 am-3 pm on Tuesdays-Saturdays, also adoption days. Other adoptable kitties are at the shelter, 10807 N. 96th Avenue, Peoria, calls the same hours and days as above; Surprise Pet Smart, 13764 Bell Road; and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.

— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws

Daisy Dolittle: Ready to wiggle into your heart

Interested adopters can view available pets, like Daisy Dolittle, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.

One of almost 7,000 pets rescued by the Arizona Humane Society’s Emergency Animal Medical Technicians and Cruelty Investigators each year, Daisy Doolittle was most certainly thrilled to see them come to her rescue after being abandoned in an apartment. Unfortunately not a unique situation, Daisy’s story is a great reminder that abandoning pets is never the answer, as there are many resources for pets and owners in need.

Once at AHS, the 1-year-old Boxer was found to be quite healthy and just needed her spay surgery. Since being cleared for adoption, adorable Daisy has been adopted and unfortunately returned twice due to her people being unable to give her the lifestyle that she needs.

For anyone familiar with the breed, Daisy is always game for plenty of playtime and would love a lively home to help her get her wiggles out. Living an active lifestyle is at the top of Ms. Doolittle’s wish list right under finding a loving family who will allow her to show how big her heart truly is. As smart as she is gorgeous, keeping her mind mentally stimulated by learning new tricks and having puzzle toys would also be a wonderful way to help her stay healthy and happy.

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 the diva Daisy Doolittle, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. Additionally, all AHS pets have waived adoption fees now through July 31st thanks to the Bissell Pet Foundation!

— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Adorabelle: Ready to love you

If you're interested in Adorabelle, please go to azfriends.org to fill out a consultation form.

Adorabelle is two years old and adorable. She’s much cuter in person — her photos make her look so serious!

Adorabelle living in a foster home and will be available for adoption by appointment because she gets too stressed with all the activities at the adoption center. She is a mixed bully breed pup who is housetrained and enjoys other dogs. She has also lived with cats.

She knows basic commands and loves to play fetch. She is super gentle and eager to please. She really thrives in a set routine. She is very gentle and affectionate. She loves being near her foster humans and her dog.

How to adopt: Email Friends for Life Animal Rescue at [email protected] for more information or visit their adoption center in person at 952 Melody Ave. in Gilbert. Adorabelle’s adoption fee is $125. She is spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and licensed, and ready to find her home forever! For more information on Friends for Life or other cats and dogs visit them online at www.azfriends.org.

— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life

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