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

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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.

Pepper: A smart hound dog

Interested in adopting Pepper? Please visit azhumane.org/adopt.

At 11 years old, Pepper is sure to spice your life up in the best way possible! And after more than 140 days with the Arizona Humane Society, this handsome pup is truly in need of a forever family he can live out his golden years.

Originally surrendered to AHS all the way in September of last year, this adorable Catahoula hound dog mix is one of the shelter’s longest residents and cannot wait to shower his people with lots of love and kisses. With more than 120 pets currently looking for their forever homes and more than 700 others receiving treatment in AHS’ trauma hospital and Foster Hero homes, many large breed dogs like Pepper have been waiting an extended amount of time for their people.

Pepper was given a dental and treated for a mass as well as arthritis while with AHS, which is common for older pets. Not only is this brindle boy handsome, he is also extremely smart as he knows to sit, down, stay, come and is potty trained. Although he is older, Pepper loves to play fetch and loves to sing — his favorite songs are by Elvis, he is a hound dog, after all!

A lover of people and always seeking attention, Pepper would do best as an only dog in the home due to wanting all of his people’s love to himself.

How to adopt: Interested adopters can meet pretty boy Pepper at the Arizona Humane Society’s South Mountain location. His WAIVED 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

MewMew: Ready for cuddles

If you're interested in adopting MewMew, please call Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue at 623-876-8778 after 10 a.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.

Not many white cats come our way, so MewMew is a bit of a rarity. She also has just a few black touches in her silky coat.

This 1-year-old mama cat came to Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, having been found with her two babies as a stray. Her foster person said that she was a great mom and loved to play with her kittens.

MewMew is affectionate and doesn’t mind being picked up. She is very calm and not prone to running around wildly as most her age do.

Because she is quite shy at first, she would do best with a person who will be patient until she feels fully safe in new surroundings.

How to adopt: Visit her at 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Adoptions are on the same days and hours. Also visit the shelter at 10807 N. 96th Avenue, Peoria, same hours and days; Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road; and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.

— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws

Theodore: A perky-eared dog

Interested in adopting Theodore? Please visit azhumane.org/adopt.

Last year alone, Arizona Humane Society Emergency Animal Medical Technicians, or pet paramedics, responded to almost 12,300 rescues and investigations. Many of which included sick, injured and abused pets with nowhere else to turn. Pets like Theodore, a 4-year-old Chihuahua mix rescued by an AHS EAMT earlier this month.

Found limping and knuckling his front left leg in central Phoenix, it is suspected that Theodore may have been hit by a car causing his injuries. Upon further inspection, the 20-pound pup also had pale gums and would not eat wet food when presented and was transferred to AHS’ trauma hospital for treatment. Luckily, Theodore did not suffer from any serious wounds like broken bones or internal damage but did have some superficial wounds that were treated with antibiotics and pain medication.

Now that he is back to his adorably perky-eared self, Theodore would love a family that understands his shy nature. Although he is slowly coming out of his shell, the handsome pup can be a bit timid with new people and will need a family that is patient and helps him grow confidence with positive reinforcement. A great way to do this is by offering high value treats such as hot dog pieces and allowing him to go at his own pace.

How to adopt: Interested adopters can meet tranquil Theodore at the Arizona Humane Society’s South Mountain 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

Chloe: Looking for a fun home

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

Chloe is a domestic, short-haired tabby female cat about 11 months old. Chloe arrived at the Friends for Life adoption center extremely pregnant. A week later she gave birth to five beautiful kittens.

The kittens are getting ready to move out and Chloe is ready to have her time in the spotlight.

Chloe has been an amazing mom and is a very gentle girl. She loves to cuddle and has a great purr.

Chloe is learning all about the fun toys bring her and she really loves people and just wants to be with them.

How to adopt: Chloe's adoption fee is $175. At Friends for Life Animal Rescue, animals are altered, vaccinated, microchipped, and dewormed. Cats are tested for FELV/FIV. For more information on Friends for Life Animal Rescue, Chloe, or other cats or dogs looking for homes, visit azfriends.org, call 480-497-8296, or visit their adoption center located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert.

— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life

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