Southern Utah Adoptable Pets Guide – May 14, 2022 – The Independent | News Events Opinion More – The Independent |


Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is located five miles north of Kanab at 5001 Angel Canyon Road. All adoptable cats and dogs are spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations. If you have questions about a specific pet or the adoption process, please email If you’d like to apply to adopt one of these featured pets, click the link to their bio where you will find the adoption survey.
This handsome boy with his winning smile is ready to be adored! With his adorable squatty body, he can be a little clown or the sweetest cuddle buddy! Once Dorian loves you and knows you love him he will be your friend for life! He has a lot of personality and will be a joyful gentleman as long as you let him be himself! He is intelligent, loves training, and is very food motivated so would thrive in a home that can give his clever little mind activities and train regularly!
Ready to open your heart and home to a sweet, shy beagle? Mary Jane has enjoyed learning what it means to have a home with her foster family but would love a place to call her own. Though she may never be the dog that cuddles next to you on the couch or plays with dogs at the park, watching this shy little girl learn to trust and enjoy her environment provided by your love and the safety of routine will be so incredibly rewarding! Contact our outcomes and adoptions team to learn more and see if yours could be Mary Jane’s forever home!
Aspen is a happy guy who enjoys everything you enjoy, including walking, lounging, car rides, swimming, other dogs, and sometimes even cats! He knows all of the tricks, including sit, down, shake, and spin! Sometimes Aspen needs some time to warm up to people entering his space but once he does you will have a friend for life. Come make Aspen a part of your family today!
Life is a party for Jones! He is very active, loves to play, and gives the best hugs. He does need a butt bath most days due to some leaking, but tolerates it well and enjoys being wrapped in a towel after for a snuggle session. He has some really cool markings with his light cheeks and stripes on the back of his ears.
Karima is a striking Chocolate Siamese with a strong personality! When she is feeling happy and comfortable she welcomes pets around her head and will come to sit on a lap when the mood takes her. Karima is not fond of living with other cats and would love to meet her own special human to befriend. Could you give Karima a loving, single-cat home where her feisty personality is appreciated?
Cassy is a sweet, gentle soul seeking to become the center of your universe! She loves helping with household chores, being petted, and soaking up long lap time sessions. If you are looking for a new best friend, this precious little girl may just be the perfect fit for you!
RSQ is a non-profit animal rescue in St. George, Utah. Our mission is to be a voice for the voiceless, bettering the lives of animals in Utah’s rural communities. All the animals in our care are fully vetted including spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, and any medical care they may need before adoption. We are open for walk-in visitors on Thursdays, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information on RSQ and our adoptable animals, please contact RSQ at (800) 897-1136 or visit
Little Lemon isn’t sour at all! She is an adult Chihuahua that is friendly, playful, and affectionate yet gentle. Make arrangements to come and snuggle her and you will fall in love! She is ready to meet her new best friend(s).
Our new friend Ziggy has a chill personality and is looking for an active family. He is in foster getting all the one-on-one loves he so rightfully deserves. Ziggy is a young, Australian Shepherd and Border Collie mix that is friendly, affectionate, gentle, and playful, and he loves kisses. Fill out an app to meet Ziggy today!
Cleo is an adult, female Chihuahua mix. She is a friendly girl. Cleo is ready to have some fun! Make arrangements to come and play with her you will fall in love! She is ready to meet her new best friend(s) and have a fur-ever home! 
I have every reason to cry out, but I just prefer to purr. My name is Mr. Meowgy, and I am so lucky RSQ came along. My leg had been purposely fractured and I had been used as a target for paintballs. I have healed nicely and am out of the cast. Now all I need is a loving home. I know there are some kindhearted folks out there who will appreciate my love and love me. I can’t wait to meet that person(s). Please come in and meet me. I love head and cheek scratches. And I’m house-trained.
We’ve had little Shadow since she was a kitten. She grew up in a foster home and is now at our center. She’s well socialized with people and cats. Shadow has a loving disposition and would love to shadow you around in her fur-ever home.  She is house-trained and would be good in a home with other cats, dogs, children, or alone.
Even though my name is Chucky, I am really a good guy and a doll. My previous owner thought I had special powers and could talk. If I could talk, I’d say, “I’m looking for a loving home where I can play, get head scratches, and cuddle. I am the sweetest cat you’ll ever meet.”  And I’m house-trained. I hope that doesn’t scare you off and you’ll come to meet me! 
Providing Animals With Support (PAWS)
PAWS Adoption Center is now open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM-3 PM. Located at 1125 W. 1130 N. in St. George. All pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and current on vaccinations. Below are the pets currently available for adoption from the shelter. Adoption applications here. For more information contact PAWS at (435) 688-9748. We do require masks at our facility.
Killian is a 6-month-old Cattle Dog Mix. This guy is one sweet dog! He loves other dogs, playing, adventures and snuggles. He’s a darling kid who’s going to be a stunning adult. He’s ready for all adventures and looking for a loving home. Come in and meet this boy soon!
Mr. Pickles is a 2-year-old Dachshund. He likes other dogs and even cats. This guy is already crate-trained and housebroken. He would love to go home with you if you’re looking for a friend/companion. He likes walks and loves to play. Come on in and meet him before someone else snatches him up!
Tuesday is a 1-year-old dog that loves exercise; running, hiking, playing, and walks. She would make an excellent family dog. If you’re up for an adventure, so is she. She’s also a cuddler and lover, a great companion dog who likes to be with her humans as much as possible. Stop by the PAWS Adoption Center and meet this darling dog. 
This adorable cat with the adorable name of Tiger Lily is looking for love! She is ready to be cared for in a loving home where she can be provided with plenty of cuddles and playtime! She has such cute furry boots. She gets along with other cats but would do okay alone, too. To meet this lovely lady, stop by PAWS. 
YumYum is a beautiful 10-month-old Flame Point Siamese/Manx mix. He is a little shy but very sweet and loving once he gets to know you. He gets along with other cats at PAWS. This is one sweetheart you definitely should meet!
Hi, I am Sadie, a gorgeous 2-year-old Calico/Tabby mix. I am super sweet and love humans, and other cats, and I love a running faucet. I am not afraid of getting wet in order to get my water and I will be sure to always make you laugh with my cute antics. I’m waiting to meet you in the PAWS Cat Room. 
Please visit Mesquite Animal Shelter’s Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. Mesquite Animal Shelter Petfinder or Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information at Mesquite Animal Control. We are located at 795 Hardy Way in Mesquite, Nevada.  Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at (702) 346-5268Appointments will be made for you to visit an animal you are interested in adopting. All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter and receive 1-year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
Deebo is as friendly as it gets. He loves kissing and smelling and most of all his snorting is the best. He has the biggest smile ever, and just look at those eyes! He does well walking on a leash, knows sit and shake. He has lived indoors his young life. His adoption fee is $60.
Who can resist that precious face??  This pretty girl is Frida friendly and playful, and she can’t wait to find her forever home!  She is too strong for young children and would do best with older children and a family that has time to take her jogging or play a long game of fetch with her every day. With the right family, she is going to be a ton of fun to have around.  When she’s all tired out, she will enjoy playing games and snuggling up to her new family for some belly rubs and cozy cuddle time! Her adoption fee is $60.
April is a quiet, thoughtful girl who, once she gets to know you, will smooch and happily show you her tricks. She is looking for a caring and compassionate home that will help build her confidence and understand she is a bit shy when meeting new people. She was found as a stray. April is learning to play with toys and does well on a leash. April is a very nice dog. Her adoption fee is $60.
West is a sporty boy who can fetch, sit, drop, and comes when called – the perfect outgoing companion for an active family. West is also great with other dogs. Making sure he gets plenty of exercise and furthering his manners training will go a long way in helping him keep from making you dizzy from all of his energy.
West is a stunning example of a cattle dog and is just one big smiling face waiting to give you a lick hello. Life is all about finding someone to throw the ball and tug-of-war. He would love a new family who will be as loyal to him as he will be to them and give him all the love he deserves. His adoption fee is $60.
Senior cat lost his home when his owner moved into an assisted living facility in another state. He is very friendly and loves attention. Buster is very talkative and enjoys being petted and following you around. His adoption fee is $40.
Tigger’s owner could no longer keep her. She is very shy but is warming up to everyone’s attention. She loves to be petted and sit with you while you watch TV, read, or just love on her. Make arrangements to come in and meet her today! Her adoption fee is $40.
Because Animals Matter is dedicated to reducing animal abuse and neglect through education. It offers fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped animals for adoption through a network of foster homes and the Because Animals Matter Center, a transition facility. It also welcomes volunteers for a variety of activities and needs foster families for animals awaiting their forever homes. Please contact Because Animals Matter at (435) 773-5209 or visit for more information. If If you’re interested in any of our beautiful animals, submit a BAM Adoption Application and, if approved, we will contact you as soon as possible to arrange a meeting. If you don’t hear back within 7 days, please text us at (435) 773-5209.
Nick is a beautiful 61 pound neutered male Malamute mix with classic Keeshond markings. He is 7.5 years old, is non-aggressive, and is timid in his demeanor. He will bond closely with a single person but is friendly with all who live in the household. He is good with other dogs and cats and barks only when a new person is in the house or yard. His tail was removed two years ago because of a tumor but he’s fine now. He’s recently been groomed and had a dental so he’s good to go!
Nick likes routine. He walks well once he is familiar with the route. He likes to be both inside and outside, knows how to use a doggie door, and is house trained. If he is the only dog, you can free-feed him; he eats what he wants and leaves the rest for later. Nick likes to sleep in the bedroom on the floor. He doesn’t jump on furniture. He is mild-mannered when giving him a bath and is not afraid of the dryer. He is not very good in the car; if taking him to the vet or groomer he needs to be kenneled or have someone sit with him in the back seat, paying attention to him.
The best family for Nick is a retired couple or individual who likes to chill at home. Frequent travelers are not a good match for him.
Koko has a sweet personality and is pretty chill. She enjoys playing with other dogs at the dog park and going on morning and nightly walks (although her hound dog nose slows her down stopping to smell anything interesting). If she gets off her leash, she will run:  she is so happy to be free and smelling EVERYTHING! She loves tug-o-war and playing with her toys, especially the squeaky ones, and rarely chews up anything she isn’t supposed to even though she is still just a puppy.
Koko is pretty mellow during the day but if she doesn’t get energy out she will get hyper at night. She is crate trained but loves sneaking into bed with the kids. She can sit and shake and rings the bells or barks when she wants to go out. She is good with cats (until she wants to play and they don’t). She is good with people and loves little kids but will jump on them to play so she would do better with children eight years old and up. She LOVES a good head, neck, or shoulder massage but may be the only dog ever to not like having her back or rear scratched!
Koko would benefit from consistent training by someone who has experience with hounds. She is an inside dog and needs an adopter who won’t plan on keeping her outside. She can be very vocal at the dog park but rarely barks at home. She will dig holes in the yard if she gets bored and, if permitted to dig in the sand, will be in doggy heaven! And, in case she gets muddy, she is not bad at taking baths.
Barry is not a lap dog (unless he decides he wants to be). Instead, he is a grumpy boy who came to us with a broken pelvis which still causes him pain. In the year he’s been with us, Barry also suffered seizures and kidney stones. He’s on a special diet and medication for all of these things, but he’s still a grump. And we all still love him!
Since being in our care, the poor guy has had to deal with puppies and big dogs who don’t understand why he doesn’t want to roughhouse. He does get along with dogs who aren’t in his face and likes to fetch a ball as long as you don’t try to take it back from him (Barry’s rules).
Ornery as he is, Barry is kind of our mascot and we want the old guy to catch a break and live out the remainder of his life with someone he can find solace in.
Barry loves to rub his back on the floor and wiggle and loves to have belly rubs by a person of his choosing. He enjoys certain members of our team while others simply aren’t his cup of tea.
Still a baby herself at only 1-1/2 years old, sweet Lady has been the best mom ever since she came to BAM with seven two-day-old puppies. Her babies are weaned and going to new homes and now Lady is looking for her very own person to play with and spoil her rotten.
Lady is a gentle, smart, good-natured goofball who loves to play with people and other dogs (she does not, however, care for cats). She’s the perfect companion! Once she’s been spayed, the adoption will be final and this amazing girl will be yours forever.
Meet some of Lady’s wonderful puppies Tramp, Mochi, and Scooter. If you’re interested in any of the puppies, stop by that BAM Place Tuesday–Saturday between 9 am–5 pm, or submit a BAM Adoption Application and, if approved, we’ll contact you as soon as possible to arrange a meeting. If you don’t hear back within 7 days, please text us at (435) 773-5209.
Poppy is a complicated girl who is both sweet and sassy. She would prefer a quiet home without small children where she is the only dog or maybe has one other small dog friend. Poppy is housebroken using a doggy door and gets along with her foster’s small dogs but is a loner.
Poppy is approximately 7-8 years old. She was rescued from a life on the streets of Phoenix and is still cautious, exhibiting some defensive behaviors but really wants to trust and love! She asks for belly rubs and neck pets but these must be given on her terms.
Poppy can be picked up and held if needed but she is not yet a lap dog. She fears having a leash or harness put on her but loves her walks! Because Poppy is HIGHLY treat motivated, patient training will likely be successful. She will require an experienced adopter with a slow, steady training protocol, lots and lots of repetition, and lots and lots of treats to help her overcome her fear and aggressive behavior.
Roxy needs a playmate!  This girl is so affectionate, full of life, and smart, smart, smart!!! She wants nothing more than get outside and play ball, tug, you name it–she just wants to play!
Unfortunately, life changes didn’t allow pretty Roxy to stay with her family and she has to be re-homed. She’s a wonderful girl (did we mention that she’s smart?) who needs someone with an active lifestyle and time to help develop her mind. She would probably be a great agility dog, frisbee fetcher, and/or running/hiking partner. And once she’s worn you out, she’ll snuggle up to you on the couch for cuddles and cookies. (Exercise and cookies- you can’t lose!) And can you imagine gazing into those gorgeous eyes every day?

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