Moose, Lynx 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.
Moose and Lynx: Sibling besties
With the mission to save the Valley’s most vulnerable pets, the Arizona Humane Society works with a number of incredible rescues and shelters throughout Arizona who are dedicated to saving as many homeless pets in need as possible. This is how adorable Moose and Lynx, a very special brother-sister duo looking for the perfect home together, came into the care of Newborn Kitten Rescue, an incredible rescue partner of AHS.
Originally brought to AHS’ Bottle Baby Intensive Care Unit as orphaned, underage strays, Moose, the gorgeous black and white shorthair kitty, and her brother Lynx, a handsome gray tabby, were in need of additional specialized care when AHS was overflowing with prenatal kittens in July of this year. Additionally, it was also found that Moose has Cerebellar Hypoplasia, a non-painful but lifelong neurological condition known as “wobbly cat syndrome.” This condition affects her fine motor skills, balance and coordination but does not affect her quality of life as she is a very playful, cuddly and independent kitten who just needs a little help ensuring she drinks enough water each day. Although she is still navigating how to live with this condition, Moose continues to get better each day and shows how amazing she is after learning how to eat and use the litter box on her own, as well.
One look at the bond these sweet 4-month-old siblings have and it is no wonder why they are in need of a family who is willing to give both of them the love and care they deserve. Although they are extremely bonded, these cute kitties have pretty unique personalities, as Lynx loves to show off his wild side by sitting on his hind legs like a meerkat, chirping like a bird and carrying toys in his mouth like a puppy. On the other hand, Moose loves to find a comfy spot on the couch where she can enjoy the latest binge-worthy show on Netflix or quietly ask to be held by her favorite person after a long day of playing with her brother. Although they can be pretty different at times, both kittens could not imagine a better way to end the day than by snuggling with their favorite feline sibling in their new forever home.
How to adopt: For more information on Moose’s special needs or to inquire about adopting Moose and Lynx, please contact their foster mom, Hope, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or to setup an appointment to meet these special kitties.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Lucky D: playful snuggle bug
Lucky D is enjoying the touch of autumn leaves decorating his cozy bed. This cute one year old tabby loves to snuggle under pillows and blankets, not because he is really shy but just because it becomes a bit of a game that way. Lucky D loves attention and warms up quickly to petting and brushing his beautiful striped coat. He is agreeable to being picked up as well.
How to adopt: He will love a visit from you at his current home, Sun Cities 4 Paws Rescue, 11129 Michigan Avenue, Youngtown. Adoptions are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; call 623-876-8778 or 623-773-2246 after 9 a.m. Other locations are the Surprise PetSmart, 13764 Bell Road, and Lake Pleasant Towne Center PetSmart, 25372 Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
— Beverly Bormann, Sun Cities 4 Paws
Murphy: A “hoppy” friend
One of more than 100 rabbits rescued by Arizona Humane Society Cruelty Investigators from a situation that was both unhealthy and unsafe in August of this year, Murphy is a handsome 1-year-old white shorthair rabbit who has been through quite a lot in his short life. Luckily, this cute bun was healthy when he was rescued but the lack of socialization has left him a little wary of people.
Although Murphy can be quite nervous, he still has a lot of curiosity and loves to explore his surroundings. When hopping around while getting some time out of his pen, sometimes he will even hop up onto your lap but prefers to not be picked up, as he is still getting used to human touch and petting.
For anyone who is familiar with rabbit care and their unique nature, you may know that bunnies are special pets who need specialized care. In Murphy’s case, he would greatly benefit from an experienced bunny owner who not only will let him go at his own pace but will also let him interact on his own terms with others. As AHS’ current longest resident, Murphy is hopeful for a forever family that will love him for the special personality that he has.
How to adopt: The Arizona Humane Society’s adoption locations remain closed as the shelter continues to heal and rehabilitate pets coming in but its Virtual Matchmaking Adoptions by appointment is available to place pets with their forever families. Interested adopters can view available pets, like Murphy, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
— Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society
Devito: Laid back tabby
Devito is a handsome 4-year-old neutered male tabby domestic short-haired cat. He is a friendly, trusting boy that will do well in a loving environment. Devito is very laid back and what he likes most is some belly rubs and to be pet. He is beyond adorable while he’s soaking up all the affection making “biscuits” the entire time. Devito is a complete sweetheart and it is easy to fall in love with him once you meet him. Devito tested positive for FIV but is, otherwise, very healthy. He can go on to live a long healthy and happy life. When you visit Friends for Life’s adoption center the adoption consultants can elaborate on what this diagnosis means for Devito and the family that adopts him.
How to adopt: His adoption fee is $150. Friends for Life’s adoption center is located at 952 W. Melody Avenue in Gilbert. Friends for Life is following COVID-19 guidelines. Please visit http://www.azfriends.org where you will see a pop-up appear with instructions regarding face masks, where to find the consultation forms, etc. prior to meeting Devito or any of the animals waiting for a home at Friends for Life. Because of COVID, their annual BARKtoberfest had to be canceled but please check out the other fundraising events coming up such as their Yard Sale November 5-7 and upcoming Golf Tournament!
— Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life