Southern Utah Adoptable Pets Guide – The Independent

Southern Utah Adoptable Pets Guide

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The Independent’s, Southern Utah Adoptable Pets Guide features adoptable pets from various animal shelters throughout southern Utah. Get a new pet today!

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.


Cambrie is a happy-go-lucky pup that can’t wait to shower you with doggie kisses. She is on the smaller pitty size, and her snorts make her sound just like the little pot belly big she resembles. Cambrie loves having both human and other dog friends and is always up for a wrestle and a run around with her dog pals. Cambrie has also discovered her love of napping on the couch. This girl is ready to be your adventure buddy during the day, and your movie-watching partner at night.


Are you looking for a friend who wants to go adventuring? Look no further! Larry is a goofy boy who is energetic and curious about the world. He loves being around people and will happily lean in for a good pet. On his walks, he’s sniffing out every new smell, and he’s likely to look back up at you with a dusting of sand around his nose and a happy hound smile as if to say, “Do you see what I found? Here at the sanctuary, he’s gotten along with his run mates and seems eager to make new friends. He’s still learning some basic manners, but he’s very smart and picks up on new things quickly. Larry would love to charm you with his sweet personality and be your new best friend.


Frankie sure does garner a lot of attention when he goes out and about because of his beautiful blue eyes and merle coat! He’s quite the looker. He’s a very special kid who’s looking for an experienced dog owner who can work with his unique set of needs. Frankie is fully deaf and partially blind. So instead of communicating with him verbally we may give a thumbs up or a gentle pat to let him know he did a good job. Frankie can sometimes get frustrated or overly excited and we’re working on teaching him how to appropriately handle those situations. An adult-only home that can continue this work with him will be ideal! Frankie enjoys going on walks with other dogs and he likes to play with dogs who match his play style. However, he does need to be the only dog in the home since he’s not a fan of sharing his toys or couch space with another dog. Frankie loves going on adventures, especially if there’s water involved. But he can also be a couch potato who enjoys a good cuddle. Mostly Frankie just needs a family that can offer him patience and consistency to help him be his best self!


Highway is a very social boy and loves to talk. He can often be heard “squeaking” as he walks around greeting people, hoping they can offer him a few treats!

Highway is slightly visually impaired, but he is able to get around just fine and does not need any special accommodations. He can get startled easily if he doesn’t see a hand reaching out to pet him, but he is quick to adjust.

Highway is trying to lose a pound or two, but that doesn’t stop him from socializing in the hopes of getting a snack. He is quite the charming little guy and is always interested in hanging out to see what exciting adventures might be happening. If you are searching for a buddy who is always willing to have a great conversation, Highway may just be your perfect match!


Diego is the kind of cat that will be waiting at the door for you to arrive, and hoping that you have food! Diego will gladly sit in your lap, or follow you outside and show off climbing around outside on tree branches. His luscious coat is begging for you to pet him and he would love if you came to visit with a wand toy or some treats.

Can Diego become a part of your family?


Cabot is the perfect gentleman. He has the softest fur, the sweetest meow, and great manners with people and other cats. This gentle boy loves to be petted and would be the perfect addition to your home. Make arrangements to come in and meet Cabot today he will be waiting for you!

RSQ Dogs+ is Southern Utah’s newest nonprofit animal rescue group. It is an all-volunteer group dedicated to saving the lives of animals in underserved, rural areas of Washington County. All of the animals in their care are fully vetted including spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, and any medical care they may need. For more information, please contact RSQ Dogs+ at (800) 897-1136 or or visit Note: With respect to the unprecedented situation around COVID-19, any interested adopters can complete an online application and will be contacted by the team.


Ollie is a year old lab mix. He is a sweetheart who loves to play ball and cuddle. He has recently lost two people who he was very bonded with, which has been hard for him. Ollie is happiest when he is with people, but loves other dogs and cats too. Ollie has been evaluated by a trainer who said he’s very lovable and trainable. He is potty trained, and knows some basic commands. Ollie loves to meet new people and dogs. He’s a great walker and will need an active home, if bored, Ollie starts chewing. He seems to have mild separation anxiety, however with the recent losses in his life and new environment changes, he may just be anxious. His forever home will need to be willing to work with him and allow him time to adjust! He does not do well when crated or left alone for long periods. He craves to be with people and active.


Ember is a one-year-old Border Collie mix. This breed has a high energy level and needs an active home. She will become a loyal companion with patience and training. Ember is good with people and other dogs. Make arrangements to come in and meet Ember today!


Flint is a 4 to 6-month-old hound mix (coon hound and foxhound mix). He is a very smart, playful, loving, and sweet dog. He’s a good walker and likes toys. He would be good in a home with other dogs or alone. Make put in an application and make arrangements to meet Flint today!


This sweet young cat arrived in the back of a truck in a crate in 100+ temperatures after an hour ride. Journey was just looking for food and love. He now has it but would much rather be in a home where he will never have to take another journey.

Will you welcome him into your home with open arms? He will be faithfully your cat. Journey is house-trained and would be good in a home with other cats or alone.

Mozzarella “Mozzi”

Mozzarella “Mozzi” is a beautiful playful kitten. She is part of an adorable litter – sister Parmesan “Parmi”” and brothers Smoky Gouda and Cheddar Bob. Mozzi is bonded with her sister Parmi and we recommend adopting two bonded pairs at this age. These two always cuddle together when sleeping. She and her sister are both house-trained.

Parmesan “Parmi”

Parmesan “Parmi” is a beautiful playful kitten. She is part of an adorable litter – sister Mozzarella “Mozzi” and brothers Smoky Gouda and Cheddar Bob. Parmi is bonded with her sister Mozzi and we recommend adopting two bonded pairs at this age. These two always cuddle together when sleeping. She and her sister are both house-trained.

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.


Aria is a typical Lab mix. She is 10 months old and is very energetic, friendly, and playful. She gets along with other dogs and loves children. She will make a great family pet and companion. Come in and meet her at PAWS Adoption Center. To take your new fur baby home, submit an adoption application here.


Abe is a Shepherd/Retriever mix puppy. He is a little shy at first and just needs a family to call his own. He is approximately 2 months old. Are you ready to open your home up to Abe? Come in and meet him today at PAWS Adoption Center and submit an adoption application here.


Abby is a Shepherd/Retriever mix puppy and is about 2 months old. She is very playful and sweet. She has had her first set of shots and will be fully vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, and altered. Come in and meet her at PAWS Adoption Center. Submit an adoption application here.


Raelene is one hot tamale. This sweet girl is playful, adventurous, and social. She loves humans, is good with other cats, and will make a great family cat. She’s almost 2 years old and looking for a fun-loving family. She is vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed, and spayed. Submit an adoption application here.


Looking to bring a character into your home? Well, meet Louie. He’s a stunning big guy that loves to dance, adores his humans, is playful and adventurous. He is 2 years old, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed, and neutered. This boy will take a few days to adjust to his new surroundings but once he does he will be all in and win his family over. Submit an adoption application here to meet this handsome cat.


Christine is a 2-year-old DSH Brown Tabby. This sweetheart is one loving, social girl. She loves human affection, is a calm cat who gets along with everyone. She loves treats, cuddles and and is a great purr machine. She is vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed, and spayed. You can stop by and meet Christina and you are guaranteed she’ll be the first one to greet you!

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) 346-5268. Appointments will be made for you to visit an animal you are interested in adopting. All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1-year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.


Yoda is one of the best GSD we have had in the shelter. He was abandoned. Yoda loves to go for walks, knows basic commands, and will play ball forever. He loves to sit beside you and just have human contact.  He is a calm dog but needs plenty of exercise so not a good apartment dog or one left alone for long periods of time. His adoption fee is $60.


Samantha has beautiful coloration and bright blue eyes. She is a young lady approximately 1-2 years old. Samantha can be a little shy at first, but don’t let that fool you, she is getting a little braver every day. She would do best in a home with a mostly female presence as she prefers the female contact. She loves to play with toys and is learning to fetch. 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.


Have you ever seen such beautiful blue eyes? Two-year-old Autumn has to be one of the most social girls we’ve ever had at BAM! She loves everyone, especially kids, romps with the other dogs, even the puppies, tears up her stuffed toys (oops — be sure to supervise), walks well on or off a leash, and then climbs into your lap for a belly rub. And she will melt your heart with those gorgeous Catahoula eyes!

Autumn was brought to us for killing chickens when someone let them into her yard. That isn’t too surprising since Catahoulas are bred to work, hunt and guard, yet still, be good with children. Her mom said she was perfect in every way, other than the birds, and possibly rabbits.

Autumn is up to date on her vaccinations, microchipped, spayed, crate trained, housebroken, and smart! She knows come, sit, out, wait, and crate. We at BAM all just love her!


Baby is a super sweet girl! She’s eight to ten years old and loves attention, lots of pets, and belly rubs, and just wants to be near her person. She especially likes men!

Although usually good with other dogs, she can be snippy with them sometimes if they get too close and may do best without siblings–she’s used to not having to share her people. She is starting to play with toys, or at least tear their stuffing out and, when the mood strikes her, she also enjoys a ball or bone. She’s a funny little munchkin.

Baby is house trained and likes to sleep close at night, sometimes under the covers. She looks forward to going on walks and loves visiting with neighbors. Baby would be a great addition for someone who is home a lot or at least able to take her with them when they go out. She’s been bounced around too much and it takes a bit for her personality to blossom but she has lots of love to give and would do anything for her very own forever home!


Olive and Zenith, Sunshine’s sisters have found their homes. Only Sunshine is still looking … What an oversight!

Sunshine is a beautiful, loving girl with piercing eyes who loves getting belly rubs and giving puppy kisses. She’s a beautiful rough coat chi mix, approximately 1-2 years old and about 20 lbs. She has the most gorgeous light eyes. She is timid but warms up quickly. She is extremely affectionate and wants to be a lap dog. She is still learning the many rules of being an inside dog but is starting to understand and she’s already housebroken and knows the doggy door.


Mikko” (pronounced Mick O), Hebrew for God, is a lovely gentleman who enjoys short walks and hanging out with other dogs, especially little ones. He’s an absolute lover boy and bonds quickly with everyone

Mikko will be having a mass removed from his leg soon and will be available for adoption once it’s done. He’s neutered, microchipped, housebroken, up-to-date on his vaccinations, and ready to move to his new forever home.


If ever there was someone in need of love, it’s our Maycie! This girl will be your best friend and closest companion. She loves people, is an excellent snuggle bug, and will probably crawl in your lap and give kisses the first time you meet her. She’s around a year old, smart, housebroken, knows basic commands, gets along with other dogs, and is as sweet as she can be!