Oso and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week

The Republic

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.

Galvanina: A green-eyed beauty 

If you are interested in meeting Galvanina, please call Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 9 a.m.

Quite the picture of elegance, lying in the lap of luxury…Galvanina is three years old, a beautiful dark gray kitty with lovely greenish eyes and a pretty pink tongue!  She is very fond of people and enjoys getting kitty pets and tender brushing. Her recent adoptive people returned her after a short time as she did not seem to like the other cat or the kids in the family; possibly Galvanina would be better off in a quiet home where she is the center of attention.  

How to adopt: Call on her at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 after 9 a.m.; adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9-3 p.m. Other adoption locations are the shelter, 10807 N. 96th Ave., Peoria, call 623-773-2246 after 10 a.m., adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays 10-3 p.m.; Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road; and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria. 

— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws

Oso: A smart and energetic pup 

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

Meaning “bear” in Spanish, one look at Oso and it is hard to resist wanting to cuddle his adorable, fluffy self. With some of the cutest ears around, this happy boy is a2-year-old black Labrador Retriever shepherd mix who was recently surrendered to the Arizona Humane Society due to his previous family not having the ability to care for him any longer.

Once in the shelter’s care, Oso was found to be quite healthy but is a very smart and energetic puppy. Because of this, AHS Behavior Team members have been working with him to help get all his wiggles out and allow him to not only be physically stimulated but also mentally engaged, as well. This is just as important for our pets as getting exercise is, as it helps keep their brains healthy and allows them to combat boredom.

Oso is a big boy at just over 92 pounds and is always very excited when he sees his human friends. Due to his bouncy spirit, this cutie pie will need to meet any children in the home and may need to be in a home with older kids. Additionally, he may benefit from positive reinforcement training to help him continue learning more tricks and behaviors that help him be a well-rounded and happy doggo.

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 lovable Oso, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.

— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Bingo and Bluey: A loving and playful pair of brothers 

If you're interested in Bingo and Bluey, please go to azfriends.org to fill out a consultation form and then head to the adoption center at 952 W. Melody Ave. in Gilbert.

Bluey and his brother Bingo joined us recently from a county facility, where they were surrendered. They were shy and scared at the adoption center but doing great in their foster home. They are about 6 months old and about 8-9 pounds each. They seem to be bonded so finding one home for both would be ideal for them. In their current foster home, they are learning the ropes from the foster family's Mastiff! They love to play and wrestle together. Bingo especially loves to play, chase toys, and is very curious. He also loves to give kisses. Bluey is very sweet, loves to play, and will follow you around or curl up next to you (under a blanket!). The boys sleep in their kennel at night, and the foster mom is working on potty training (and they are doing well and learning!). Their adoption fee has also been adjusted to help them find their forever home (two amazing dogs for one adoption fee!). 

How to adopt: Both boys are neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and licensed, and the adoption fee for both is $395 (typically that is the adoption fee for one dog their age).  They do reside in a foster home but an appointment can be arranged to meet at Friends for Life's adoption center located at 952 W. Melody Ave. in Gilbert. Friends for Life can be reached at 480-497-8296, email FFLdogs@azfriends.org, or visit them online at azfriends.org. If they are adopted by the time you inquire there are many other dogs and cats too waiting for homes.

Come out to BARKtoberfest on October 16th and you can meet many of the animals face-to-face and have fun while doing it!

— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life

Nakota and Ozzy: A pair of besties looking for pets and attention

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

Who doesn’t love a set of smiley senior pups? Especially ones who are as good of friends as Nakota and Ozzie! Nakota is a 12-year-old Chihuahua mix while her terrier mix brother is a few years younger at 8 years old. As best buddies, these two are looking for a forever home together and even have a two-for-one adoption fee to help with this.

Surrendered to the Arizona Humane Society all the way back in August of this year, these doggos were a part of a Large Scale Intake case where there were too many pets in the home and reached out to AHS for help. This is unfortunately a situation AHS’ Field Team sees quite a bit with pet owners who have good intentions but good in over their heads, especially when pets are not spayed or neutered.

Nakota and Ozzie were both treated in AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital with a few different medical procedures including a dental to keep their teeth healthy and strong. Now that they are both feeling better, these puppers are looking for a home together where they can get lots of attention and pets. And while they do like other four-legged friends, they would benefit from having a slow introduction to ensure a good fit.

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 absolutely adorable Nakota and Ozzie, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.

— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society