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.
Wonder: A sweet boy in need of a loving, patient family
Interested adopters can view available pets, like Wonder, and schedule an appointment online at azhumane.org/adopt.
Adorable Wonder is an incredibly special pup who is hoping there is a special home out there for him! This sweet 3-year-old Samoyed has been in the care of the Arizona Humane Society for a little over a month since he was rescued by an AHS Emergency Animal Medical Technician as a stray. Once in AHS’ animal trauma hospital, it was confirmed Wonder is both blind and deaf, however, he is adjusting incredibly well thanks to AHS Behavior Team member, Bryana, working with him.
As you can imagine, navigating the world both deaf and blind can be confusing and scary but Wonder has quickly learned how to communicate and navigate via touch. For Wonder, he is able to walk well on a leash that is kept short so he can be in close contact with his handler. By reassuring him that you are there through touch as you walk, it helps him not run into things as well as know that he is going the right way. In addition to touch and smell, this sweet pup explores his surroundings by mouthing, where he gently puts his mouth on an object to understand what it is. Another tip for this cute boy is to wake him up through soft touch on his shoulder or by stomping on the ground close to him to alert him that you are there and not startle him.
Wonder truly has an incredible spirit and is the perfect example that special needs animals are just as capable as other pets given the right tools to succeed, coupled with patience and understanding. Described as a happy, loving and sweet boy, Wonder would benefit from meeting the whole family, including other dogs, to ensure a good fit with his needs. Wonder will also benefit from a gentle, patient and consistent family that allows him to adjust to his new life with lots of positive reinforcement and sensory training.
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