Rocky and more pets at Phoenix-area shelters

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, each year, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide. About 3.3 million of them are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.

Each week, The Arizona Republic highlights a handful of pets up for adoption at Valley shelters. To check the status of a specific animal, please contact the shelter directly.

Rocky: A pet for holiday festivities

While the Arizona Humane Society struggles with capacity issues, especially for large dogs, the shelter hopes to inspire people to become foster heroes for pets in need! Fostering is a great way to help homeless pets without permanently adding them to your family, while allowing the shelter to continue to bring in more pets from nowhere else.

Pets like the beloved Rocky, who was surrendered to AHS in November because his previous family unfortunately couldn’t afford the treatment needed to ensure the leg’s recovery. The 4-year-old German Shepherd mix underwent surgery to repair his broken leg and has been looking for a foster home for about a month while his leg heals. Throughout this time frame, Rocky will need a few splint changes and medications to ensure infection does not occur.

Although not much is known about this sweet dog, Rocky can also benefit from a patient home that lets him come out of his shell and encourages him through positive reinforcement. Another benefit of promoting AHS is that it is completely free as the organization provides food, medical care, toys and more – all you need to do is provide a loving environment!

How to raise: It’s easy to become an AHS foster hero with cases that fit every family and lifestyle. By bringing in a foster pet, you allow AHS to continue to care for our community’s sick, injured and abused pets by opening kennel space in much-needed space. For more information on becoming a Foster Hero, visit To take orientation and apply online.

– Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Jaskir and Geralt: Ready for Home

Treat yourself to the best Christmas gift ever, a living one. These two very close brothers can be your gift.

Jaskir and Geralt are 2 years old and were found by their rescuer, apparently abandoned, to fend for themselves. Geralt is a lap cat and one who lets you know when he wants something, mostly attention. He is an excellent singer. Jaskir is more independent but not in the least shy or rude.

Both are fine with being picked up and love to be brushed.

How to adopt: Visit them at Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Ave., Youngtown. Call 623-876-8778 Tuesday-Saturday 10am-3pm Other adoptable cats are at the shelter at 10807 N. 96th Ave., Peoria. 623-773-2246, same days and hours, and call Surprise Pet Smart, 13764 Bell Road.

– Beverly Borman, Sun Cities 4 Paz

Double Noodle Soup: Roaming in your heart.

The number of calls for service and abuse investigations for the Arizona Humane Society’s Emergency Animal Medical Technicians and Cruelty Investigators has increased 22 percent this fiscal year, with the number of animals in need continuing to grow. From no water/shelter to medical maltreatment, AHS assists local law enforcement with a wide array of cases involving pets with nowhere else to go.

One such pet rescued from a cruel situation is Double Noodle Soup, a 4-year-old Australian Shepherd who was rescued after being abandoned in a backyard. After his owner was kicked out of the house, the adorable dog was found chained up. With no one to care for her, a neighbor turned to AHS for help.

Upon examination at AHS’s trauma hospital, Noodle was found to be relatively healthy with some matting of his fur and required neutering. Although he is very social, the smiley dago can be a little nervous at times but is warm and friendly with pets. As an active boy, he’ll do great in a home that gives him plenty of opportunities to play and get him moving once he’s settled.

How to adopt: Those interested can find the delicious Double Noodle Soup at AHS’s South Hill location. Her adoption fee includes her neuter surgery, current vaccinations, a microchip, and a follow-up health exam with VCA Animal Hospital. For more information, visit

– Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Alexa: A Keddlebug

Alexa is a 4-year-old, 14-pound Chihuahua mix who works the camera with her “Wee Hey Me.” She recently joined Friends for Life Animal Rescue through the Yuma Humane Society.

Alexa can be shy at first, but once she warms up, she’s a hug bug who’s generous with kisses! She enjoys being held and petted and is very curious about humans.

Alexa isn’t entirely sure if she likes dog treats, but she is a huge fan of Vienna Sausages! She loved meeting other dogs during her behavior evaluation, and she’d love to meet you!

How to adopt: Alexa resides at Friends for Life’s adoption center at 952 W. Melody Lane in Gilbert. Alexa is spayed, microchipped, licensed, and current on vaccinations. Her adoption fee is $325. For more information about Alexa, the other dogs, or cats, contact Friends for Life at 480-497-8296, or visit them online.

– Janelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life

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