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

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

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.

Scoutsouthern utah adoptable pets Scout

Scout came to Best Friends in 2016 when his adoring family could not care for him anymore. Born in 2012, this sweet boy grew accustomed to the constant and unconditional love of a family but has excellent manners and will not demand to always be the center of attention. Scout loves lots of piggy things: belly rubs, grazing, mud baths, and rooting around in the sand. Scout is kind and quite a gentle giant and would be an amazing addition to a home where you promise to take care of him for the rest of his life.

Lilosouthern utah adoptable pets Lilo

Lilo is an amazingly friendly female chinchilla born sometime before 2006 (they think she is at least 11 years old). She is looking for a home where people have a lot of time to spend with her, as she loves chin scratches and even some belly rubs. She may be getting up there in years, and she wants to make sure her next home is her perfect forever home, so she is asking people to come meet her and make sure everyone gets along great! She likes to hop, jump, and hang out in a cooler home. Her fur is super thick, and temperatures over 80 degrees are too hot for her. If you are interested in Lilo, please fill out the Small and Furry adoption survey!

Apollosouthern utah adoptable pets Apollo

Apollo has a very interesting story. He was found by hikers in mustang territory as a newborn foal who had been abandoned by his mother. He was a very confident, friendly youngster who was adopted by a nice person who inadvertently encouraged him to be even more confident with people to the point of him being too dominant and even dangerous. She then sent him to a 4-H youth group who did their best with him but weren’t able to solve his issues and brought him to Best Friends. We have put a lot of time and effort into helping him become a well-adjusted, natural horse, and he has come leaps and bounds from where he was. He’s so smart, playful, and pretty, and everyone who meets him is attracted to him. He isn’t a very big horse, about 13hh, but is very sound and healthy. He will always need a very savvy person who is committed to his continued success, but to the right home, he will be a really great partner.

Jacesouthern utah adoptable pets Jace

Jace is extremely cute, eager to please, and a fast learner. He just went through and passed the Canine Life and Social Skills training program. Jace also does nose work, a fun search and scenting sport. In a previous home, Jace demonstrated aggression toward other dogs, including getting into fights at doggie daycare. He will need to be the only dog in a home. Jace also demonstrated guarding behaviors — including guarding of food, toys, and people — in his previous home. Although Jace has not demonstrated these behaviors at the sanctuary, Dogtown caregivers and trainers have been working hard with him to assure they will not be an issue in the future. He has been practicing “parallel” walks, where he walks at a safe distance away from (but parallel to) other dogs, and he has had play dates with carefully selected canine companions. Jace has also been practicing meeting lots of people. He was born in 2014 and takes prescription medication to help with his liver. Although Jace will need a dog-savvy person who understands his previous behavior, he has proven to be a dream student in Dogtown and will no doubt have continued success in the right home.

Mingsouthern utah adoptable pets Ming

Ming has the cutest little voice — like a music box! And when you get to know this beautiful little cat, you might just get to hear it. Of course, it takes some time to bond with her. For a while, she’ll play the “check you out, run away, check out you again, run away again” game. But once she’s done with that and she’s learned that you love her, her eyes will light up every time she sees you. She’ll purr for you, she’ll thank you for a treat, and she’ll ask you to pet her. But most of all, she’ll just make you feel like you’ve become her world. Poor Ming was found as a stray with all kinds of ailments. She has feline leukemia and asthma. She’s going to need a very giving person to come love her and take her under their wing. She gets along fine with other feline leukemia cats (some more than others, of course). She’s also very comfortable around dogs. And she’s just hoping and praying that there’s someone out there who can love her, challenges and all.

Providing Animals With Support (PAWS)

PAWS Adoption Center is located at 1125 W 1130 N in St. George. Please submit an application at Call (435) 688-9748 or email All pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and current on vaccinations. Below are the pets currently available for adoption from the shelter.

Odinsouthern utah adoptable pets Odin1

Odin is a great puppy with lots of energy. He is so sweet! He is about 11 months old and would make a great family pet! Odin loves playing and wrestling with his BFF, Dexter. He could use some training to learn better manners, not that he’s doing anything really bad. He does jump up on people. He is a lot of fun and loves hiking and playing in water. Come into PAWS and meet this fun loving boy! His adoption fee is $125.

Minniesouthern utah adoptable pets MinnieDog

Minnie is a 7-year-old female, possibly a heeler mix. She gets along with dogs, but no cats please. Minnie is a very friendly girl and will probably love to hike or go on walks with her humans. She recently had a fatty tumor removed from her armpit, so she is still healing before she can be more active. Come into PAWS and meet Minnie and the rest of the crew. Her adoption fee is $125.


Honeybeesouthern utah adoptable pets Honeybee

Honeybee is approximately 4 years old. Are you looking for a sweet dog — a well-trained companion who sits, shakes hands, does low five, high five, and can catch a treat from across the yard? One who sits when you ask her to before entering or exiting a door, a cuddler who loves to spoon in bed with you? A girl who is potty trained and knows how to use a doggy a door? How about a walking companion who walks well on a lead? A dog who is happy to lounge on the sofa and snack on treats with you while you watch your favorite movie? Well, she’s waiting to meet you. Honeybee needs her human and a forever home. She’s a terrific dog and needs to be the only animal in the house, at least to start. Come meet this beauty. She comes with a great package of training sessions (to enhance her already terrific behaviors). Her adoption fee is $125.

Sophiasouthern utah adoptable pets Sophia2

Sophia is 2 years old and is a DSH tabby. She came to PAWS in December of 2016 and was pregnant. She was a great mom, but she is ready to find her family now. Sophia is very sweet but is a little shy. She really deserves a real home. Shelter life is not the life any animal should live for more than a couple of months. Please consider adopting this sweet, beautiful girl. She is litterbox trained and is a very clean cat. Sophia also gets along with other cats. Please come in and meet her! Her adoption fee is $65.

Lillysouthern utah adoptable pets Lilly1

Lilly is an 8-year-old DLH black cat and she is beautiful. Her owner turned her in to a kill shelter and PAWS rescued her. She is a very mellow cat and gets along with the other cats at PAWS. Lilly would make a great companion. Her adoption fee is $65.



Rainbowsouthern utah adoptable pets Rainbow

Rainbow is a lovely 4-year-old calico. She came to PAWS after her owner passed away. She is a beautiful girl who would love to find someone to love her for the rest of her life. Rainbow gets along with other cats. In fact, she has a sister here at PAWS named Freddi if you’re looking to adopt two cats. They do not have to be adopted together, though. Come in and meet her and judge for yourself! Her adoption fee is $65.


The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter is located at 795 Hardy Way and is open for adoptions Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Please call (702) 346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk, or visit Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at (702) 346-5268. Adoption fees include spaying or neutering and a one-year rabies shot. Mesquite residents only receive one-year city pet licenses.

Winniesouthern utah adoptable pets Winnie (2)

Winnie’s owner moved and left her in the apartment with a roommate who did not have time for the cat. She is a sweet kitty with a great personality. She has a beautiful orange mustache that gives her a quite striking face. She loves people, is easily handled, and likes being brushed. Winnie’s adoption fee is $40.



Mistysouthern utah adoptable pets Misty

Misty’s owner moved and could not take her. She is a beautiful gray tortoiseshell lady. Misty is 7 years young. She is friendly and loves people. Misty is used to being with other cats. She loves to be cuddled and receive attention. Misty’s adoption fee is $40.



Gingersouthern utah adopttable pets Ginger

This senior lady came to shelter when owner of 7 years moved and could not have her in new home. Ginger is a nice cat. She is a bit confused about changes in her living arrangements but loves people. She should be the only cat in the home. She loves to be brushed and to petted and will follow you around for attention.



Ashessouthern utah adoptable pets Ashes

Ashes came to the shelter with two other cats when her owner moved and could not take them with her. Ashes is a very nice cat, and she gets along with well with other cats. She is a beautiful tortoiseshell cat. She is very shy but easily handled and loving.




Because Animals Matter

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.

Hunksouthern utah adoptable pets Hunk1

Hunk is a gorgeous, lovely boy believed to be a pointer/pittie blend approximately 2 years old and weighing in at about 60 lbs. BAM is taking applications on him because he’s receiving some medical treatment for the next month or so for heartworm. Following his treatment, he will be well and ready to go to his new family. He’s a favorite of everyone who meets him. Hunk is good with other dogs. He is bit rambunctious so may not be good for toddlers but should do fine with older children. To see Hunk call Aggie (435) 773-1667 or Sue at (801) 554-3378. His adoption fee is $125.

Lincolnsouthern utah adoptable pets Lincolnc

Lincoln is a happy, engaging boy believed to be a Great Dane/pittie blend about 2 years old and weighing about 60 lbs. Lincoln was adopted as a puppy and enjoyed a wonderful life with his buddy, Tonka. However, when Tonka unexpectedly and rapidly died of cancer, Lincoln was lonely, and his mom was not ready to adopt a friend for Lincoln, so now Lincoln is available for his new forever home! He’s great with people but since he’s a bit rambunctious, he would do best with older children, and he loves other dogs. He is very playful and food motivated to continue his training (although he already knows how to sit) and enjoys his walks. He would do best in a home with another dog, preferably large, since he doesn’t handle being alone well. To see Lincoln, call Aggie (435) 773-1667 or Sue at (801) 554-3378. His adoption fee is $125.

Nikita and Porkysouthern utah adoptable pets Nikita and Porky

Nikita (the pittie) was scheduled to die July 21 in Fruit Heights. Fortunately, BAM was able to come to the rescue! She and her buddy, Porky, arrived at The BAM Center in late July and are a bonded pair who need to be adopted together. Both dogs are approximately 6 years old. Nikita is a smaller pit weighing about 35 pounds; Porky is a solid little terrier at about 20 pounds. Nikita has some medical issues for which she is currently being treated, but both dogs are happy, loving animals. Nikita always has a ball, toy or bone in her mouth, and her tail is constantly going at warp speed. Porky is a sweet little boy who loves being in your lap, knows his basic commands, and is a great walker. Their previous owner said they are both house-trained and good with other dogs and children. Not good with cats. To meet Nikita and Porky, call Aggie (435) 773-1667 or Sue at (801) 554-3378. Their adoption fee is a special $200 for both of these sweethearts.

Rogersouthern utah adoptable pets Roger

Roger is a wonderfully sweet and happy dog. He was picked up as a stray and is estimated to be between 2 and 4 years of age. He is quite excited when he first meets you but settles after a short time and is a good walker. He is learning his manners and already sits nicely for a treat. He will learn quickly as he is food motivated and wants to please. He plays well with other dogs and is energetic as is typical of his age. To meet Roger, call Aggie (435) 773-1667 or Sue at (801) 554-3378. His adoption fee is $125.