According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, about 6.5 million pets enter homes each year across the country. Of these, about 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.

Every week, Republic of Arizona highlights a handful of many pets waiting for adoption in Valley shelters. To check the status of a specific animal, please contact the shelter directly.

Jean Valjean: A valiant kitty

A valiant character who is never "Les Miserables", the handsome Jean Valjean remained full of hope and love although he was given many reasons not to do so. Found last December as a wandering wounded by a Good Samaritan, the six-year-old black domestic shorthair had a back injury and opaque eyes.

When he was examined more closely by Arizona Humane Society's Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, John was alert and silent, but remained friendly with everyone because he knew they were there to help them . Injuries to his leg could be sutured by AHS veterinarians and it was found that the elegant cat cat had corneal scars, giving him a gray look, but still allowing him to see at that time.

Like any protagonist, Jean Valjean is a courageous and resilient soul who not only helped to succeed, but also sees the best of everyone. This black cat is full of love and likes to meet new people. He could also be a star in any musical, because he has a beautiful purr and is an excellent dancer when he walks between people looking for his favorite hobby – attract attention, of course.

HOW TO ADOPT: Jean Valjean will be available on Sunday, Jan. 13 at noon at the Sunnyslope Campus of the Arizona Humane Society, 1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix. Her adoption expenses include her neutral surgery, her current vaccinations, a microchip and a free health monitoring exam with a VCA veterinary hospital for animals. For more information, call 602-997-7585 and ask for animal number 595632.

-Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

Joker: Also known as Jake

Joker (aka Jake) was adopted by Friends for Life a few years ago and finds himself again in the need to find a home "forever". Joker is about 8 years old, weighs about 20 pounds and is a real heart.

He prefers to breed dogs of his size or smaller and would like a house without kittens. Joker is trained at home and doggy-door. He rides well in the car and loves walks. He enjoys spending time with his humans and is loving and affectionate.

HOW TO ADOPT: The Joker adoption fee is $ 175. He is sterilized, up to date on vaccination, has a license from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and has a microchip. Joker lives at the adoption center of Friends for Life Animal Rescue at 952 W. Melody Ave. to Gilbert. If you would like to adopt Joker, please contact Friends for Life at 480-497-8296, FFLdogs@azfriends.org, or visit azfriends.org.

-Jannelle Cosgriff, Friends for Life

Olive: An adorable wandering puppy

Barely three years old, little Olive still has a lot to learn in this big world. The unique curly hair dachshund was found dirty, dehydrated and limping, with a painful and painful open sore inside the front leg.

Frightened and suffering during her initial treatment at the Arizona Humane Society Animal Trauma Hospital, Olive slowly but surely learns to trust others. As with most stray animals, her background is unknown, but AHS 'team of animal behavior experts worked with her and discovered that she quickly learns to trust good treats and kind animals.

HOW TO ADOPT: Olive is available for adoption at the Sunnyslope Campus of the Arizona Humane Society, 9226 N. 13th Avenue, Phoenix. Her adoption expenses include her surgery, her current vaccines, a microchip, and a free health monitoring exam with a VCA pet hospital. For more information, visit azhumane.org/adopt to see if this olive is for you.

-Kelsey Dickerson, Arizona Humane Society

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