Wilma and other pets for adoption from Phoenix-area shelters

Every year, about 6.5 million pets enter shelters nationwide, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Of these, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.

Each week, The Arizona Republic highlights a handful of the many pets available for adoption at shelters across the valley. To check the status of a particular animal, please contact the shelter directly.

Wilma: Wants to be the center of attention

Interested adopters can view available animals, like Wilma, and book an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.

For anyone who’s a Flintstones fan, you’ll love this modern kitty straight out of the classic Stone Age cartoon. Wilma is fun and sassy, ​​a 3-year-old short-haired brunette who came to the Arizona Humane Society in March after being abandoned in an apartment.

Unfortunately, AHS cruelty investigators and animal emergency medical technicians too often respond to situations like this. This is a stark reminder that no pet owner should resort to abandoning their pet, as AHS and other animal welfare organizations have resources to help both pets and pet owners.

Once taken into the shelter, she was treated for stomach issues but made a quick recovery and is now one of AHS’ longest resident kittens after being at the shelter for more than a month. Wilma is a very independent girl who likes to be the center of attention and is as sweet as can be, especially when it comes to scratching her neck. Although she loves the attention, this tiger-esque mommy prefers her four feet to stay on the floor because she’d rather not be picked up.

How to adopt: Arizona Humane Society Matchmaking Virtual Adoptions by Appointment are available to place pets with their families forever. Interested adopters can view available animals, like the wily Wilma, and book an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt. Plus, Wilma’s adoption fees are waived thanks to generous support.

—Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Goofy Starr: stuffed animal lover

If you're interested in Dingo Starr, head over to azfriends.org to fill out a consultation form.

Dingo Starr is a 4-year-old, 11-12 pound Chihuahua mix who is looking for a forever family. He came back recently when his adopter was left with medical needs and couldn’t keep up with this little guy.

He responds to Jackson, and he has done very well with children of different ages and has lived with another dog before and is very playful with other dogs.

Dingo Starr is crate and dog door trained, so he’s “ready to move in!”

Her favorite hobby is her love of stuffed toys. He loves sleeping in his dog bed at night. Goofy Starr is doing great with grooming and getting his “pawdicures”!

How to adopt: He resides at the Friends for Life Adoption Center located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert and is looking forward to finding his forever home. Dingo Starr is neutered, licensed, vaccinated and microchipped, and his adoption fee is $325. For more information about Dingo Starr, please contact Friends for Life at 480-497-8296, email [email protected], or visit http://www.azfriends.org.

— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life

Inari: Unique in her own way

Interested adopters can view available animals, like Inari, and book an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.

With all the breeds, shapes, sizes, and personalities that pets come in, they are each unique in their own way. Inari’s shiny white fur and charcoal black nose definitely give him a gorgeous contrast which is only accentuated by his amber eyes.

Inari found herself wandering the streets of Phoenix as an injured wanderer in early March with a laceration on her side and her body riddled with small abrasions. Likely the victim of a car accident, this one-year-old Alaskan Husky was rescued by AHS emergency medical technicians and transferred to the animal trauma hospital at the shelter.

After a few weeks of medical care, it was found that Inari may not have had a life where she learned “normal” dog behaviors, such as using a leash. Luckily, the amazing behavior team at AHS was committed to helping her through the process and helped her learn every day through positive reinforcement. Although she has made great strides, this intelligent and energetic pup would benefit from a home that is equally committed to learning and teaching herself as a family. Plus, Inari loves sweets and will do anything for chicken balls!

How to adopt: Arizona Humane Society Matchmaking Virtual Adoptions by Appointment are available to place pets with their families forever. Interested adopters can view available pets, like Imaginative Inari, and book an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.

—Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Safran: Friendly tabby cat

If you would like to meet Saffron, please call Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 10 a.m.

Orange tabbies don’t seem to need new homes very often, so there’s no doubt this green-eyed 5-year-old cutie will be snapped up.

Safran was recently brought to Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue when her owner passed away, and it’s obvious she had a loving home. She is a very sweet girl who loves lots of attention, likes to be picked up and appreciates a good brushing. She also gets along with other cats. It seems she passes all the best feline tests with flying colors!

How to adopt: Visit Safran at 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Adoption takes place Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call 623-876-8778 during these times. Other adoption sites are the shelter, 10807 N. 96th Avenue, Peoria, same days and times as Youngtown; Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road; and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.

—Beverly Bormann, Sun City 4 Paws

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