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


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. Please contact RSQ DOGS+ for more information at (800) 897-1136 or or visit

Carasouthern utah adoptable pets Cara

Cara is a 3-year-old Chihuahua. She weighs approximately 8 pounds and would love to be someone’s constant companion. Cara loves to be held and she does well with other small dogs and cats.







Tillysouthern utah adoptable pets Tilly

Tilly was dirty and matted and in desperate need of a groom. Now she looks like a mini Lion. This has been a big week for little 12-year-old Tilly. She also had dental surgery and ended up having all but 3 of her teeth removed. But now she is feeling like a million bucks and ready to find her Fur-ever home! Her foster mom says she is a sweet, lovable girl that is also good with other dogs. Tilly loves to receive attention. She is just a sweetheart.

Mavericksouthern utah adoptable pets Maverick

Maverick is a big boy around 2 years old. He is looking for a very dog-savvy, active home. Pit bull experience is preferred. Get in and fall in love with Maverick.




Mittenssouthern utah adoptable pets Mittens

This beautiful girl is Mittens. She is only a year old and already had kittens. But she is all ready to find her new forever home. She likes other cats and is sweet, mellow, and friendly. Mittens is currently at the PetSmart location on River Road in St. George.



Honeysouthern utah adoptable pets Honey

Honey is the newest addition to RSQ DOGS+. She was thrown out of a car in Apple Valley, but fortunately a nice lady started feeding her and gained her trust. She is a sweet cat and deserves to have a home where she will be loved and protected. Honey is currently at the PetSmart location on River Road in St. George.



Tillysouthern utah adoptable pets Tilly

Tilly is a very sweet girl but just a little temperamental. Who can blame the poor girl, though, as she was abandoned by her owner to a high-kill shelter? She is now safe with RSQ DOGS+, but she really needs a loving home where she can feel loved. She would prefer a home with no dogs. Tilly is currently at the PetSmart location on River Road in St. George.



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.

Mulansouthern utah adoptable pets Mulan

Mulan has an adorably squishy face, a wiggly body, a love for fun and frolicking, and a desire to cuddle as much as possible. This sweet and smart girl loves people and toys. Born in 2015, she is very active and loves to learn. Mulan came to Best Friends from a local animal control department. At the sanctuary, she is very reactive toward other dogs. While she may be able to live with another dog, she needs help with her reactivity, and she is working on this in Dogtown. She is also working on basic training. Mulan would do best in an active home with a person or family who is willing to keep teaching her things.

Nuecesouthern utah adoptable pets Nuece

In the company of people, Nuece is happy and sweet. He absolutely loves everybody he meets. He also enjoys his cushy bed and lying in the warm sun. Born in 2007, he takes some prescription medication for arthritic elbows and his thyroid. He is picky with his doggie friends and prefers females. He is working on crate training at the sanctuary. If you are looking for a mature gentleman who will adore you, Nuece could be the one.

Olliesouthern utah adoptable pets Ollie

Ollie is shy with strangers, but once you’re his friend he’ll show you only the deepest dedication. He overcomes his worries quickly, so all he needs is a little time to become someone’s best bud. Ollie was born in 2013, and he loves the great outdoors. He walks perfectly on a leash, enjoys having some space to roam around in, and would make a fantastic running partner. Ollie has come a long way since he came to the sanctuary, and he can’t wait to find a home where he can continue to overcome his anxieties and increase his confidence. He’d also prefer to be someone’s one and only, though he may be able to live with the right dog. If you’re ready to turn this shy boy into your very best friend, Ollie would love to meet you. Ollie is part of the Single Pets program! That means that he is eligible for a free flight home. He also has a generous sponsor who will cover his adoption fee. Single pets do best as the only dog or cat in the home.

Mousiesouthern utah adoptable pets Mousie

Mousie knows how to breathe new life into a place! He sure did it when he moved into his new digs at Best Friends. Things had been a little, well, routine before he moved in. Even though he was born in 2010, he infused everyone with kitten energy. He knows how to get other cats involved in games. Whether goofing around with other feline friends or people, he positively radiates good vibes. He’ll go right up to anyone — old friend or new — and rub around them, soaking in your affection like rays of sunshine. Mousie’s happiness is even more touching when you realize how much rejection he has known. As easy as it is for Mousie to grow attached to people, he’s had a hard time finding a forever home because he has Manx Syndrome. So he’s incontinent and needs to be expressed. But if you can focus more on how loving he is toward everyone he meets, you’ll see what a great addition he would be to your family. Is there someone out there who can see past the incontinence and love him for who he really is? Mousie has a generous sponsor who will pay his adoption costs.

Nenetsouthern utah adoptable pets Nenet

It’s easy to see why Nenet was named after an Egyptian goddess. She has silky black fur with a white diamond on her chest and white tummy. Nenet is a sweet girl who welcomes affection from people and gets along great with other cats. Despite a broken leg that wasn’t treated in time, she walks, runs and leaps without discomfort. In fact, she loves to go for walks on a harness and leash. She is on medication, though, and gets eye drops every other day. Born in 2009, she came to the sanctuary from an Idaho rescue group that ran out of resources. Nenet likes to play and enjoys petting and sunbathing. Most of all, she loves attention and hopes to find a home with somebody who will give her lots and lots of affection. If this little black beauty would make your home happier, Nenet can’t wait to be your new best friend!

Opheliasouthern utah adoptable pets Ophelia

Ophelia is a shy but curious girl. She is playful with other cats, but still leery of people. We estimate she was born in 2013; she was abandoned. She watches people but doesn’t want them to come close. She is, however, very treat motivated, so she’ll risk interaction with you if you have treats for her. In fact, she’ll come running if you shake the treat container. Ophelia is a gorgeous young girl. We think she’d do well in a home where a well-socialized young cat could show her the ropes. Ophelia is a Caturtle, also known as a shy cat who comes out of their shell in a home. Caturtles are free to adopt and can fly to their new homes for free anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

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.

Phantomsouthern utah adoptable pets Phantom

Phantom was found as a stray. He has beautiful coloration and different colored eyes. He is very gentle and loving. He is learning to play with toys and does well on a leash. He is people oriented and wants to be with you. His adoption fee is $60.



Quetasouthern utah adoptable pets Queta

Queta came to the shelter as a stray. She is approximately 8 months old. She is a great puppy, super friendly and playful. She is full of puppy energy. She knows sit, fetch, return and does well on leash. Her adoption fee is $60.




southern utah adoptable pets Benny Bear

Benny Bear

Benny Bear came to shelter when his owner could no longer care for him and he was given away to someone that also could not keep him. He is a very friendly high-energy boy. He loves toys and will play for hours. He likes to go for walks. He will need an active family. He did live inside a home. His adoption fee is $60.


Tammysouthern utah adoptable pets Tammy

Tammy came to the shelter as a stray. She has a brightly colored calico coat. She is very friendly. She is not used to being cuddled or held for long periods but likes to be petted and brushed. She is learning to play with toys. She gives kisses! Her adoption fee is $40.



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.


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Chuck is a happy, loving boy who wants to be with his human all the time be it walking, on your lap, or sleeping. He is constantly tracking your location because he just wants to be near you. Chuck is approximately 4 years old and was surrendered when his human became sick and unable to care for him. He’s a great little walker and curious about his surroundings. Chuck seems to play well with other dogs close to his size but can be aggressive with larger dogs. A potential adopter who owns other dogs should arrange a meeting between Chuck and their dog to determine compatibility. Chuck should be in an adult-only home. He does not have the patience to deal with children. Chuck would do best with an owner experienced with opinionated dogs. To welcome Chuck into your family, contact Aggie (435) 773-1667 or Sue at (801) 554-3378. Chuck’s adoption fee is $125.


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JJ was returned to BAM foster care after being adopted in 2015 when his dad found himself homeless and had no way to care for JJ. Happily, their microchip information guided them back to BAM! JJ is a sweet, slightly chubby Chihuahua whose age is unknown but is believed to be around 13 years old. He is a sweet little dog who is friendly and relaxed. He’s ok with big and small dogs but not very active. He adores being held or carried,  anything to be near you. He came in with his brother, Toby, and would be happy to be adopted with Toby or by himself. Because of his size and age, a home with toddlers will not be considered. To welcome JJ into your family, contact Phyllis at (435) 705-9227. JJ’s adoption fee is $100. However, he is eligible for our Seniors Helping Seniors Program which means, if you are 65 or older and adopt JJ, his adoption fee will be paid by a private benefactor.


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Umchi is an approximately 8 to 10-year-old neutered Old English sheepdog mix. He is a large breed dog weighing in at 75 lbs. (his ideal weight). Sadly, I do not know and have failed to find in research the meaning/origin of his name. Umchi is a wonderful, mellow guy who loves the outdoors. He is used to going on daily 40–60 minute walks though so would make a great hiking buddy. I would stress caution when allowing him off the leash for when he is interested in something he trots full speed ahead, be prepared to sprint after him. He is great with other dogs. Umchi is housetrained; in fact, he will let you know when he needs to go outside. He does have a bit of arthritis in the hips and spine but has good mobility which you’ll know if you have to sprint after him on a hike. Occasionally he will be slow to rise and he will sometimes require a boost when getting in and out of the car. He does have environmental allergies that are present year-round. He was given a monthly Cytopoint/allergy injection which he has responded well to. Overall, Umchi is an independent guy; he will love you when you are there but may be in another room as he does like having his own space at times. He does adore affection but he is more likely to lie around the house and wait for you to come to him. He does not have a mean bone in his body. If you are interested in adopting this sweet oaf, please go to and complete an application to adopt and submit it to us. His adoption fee is $100 but Umchi is also eligible for our Seniors Helping Seniors Program. You won’t regret adding this guy to your family!


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Freddy was released by his owner when her illness made it impossible for her to care for him any longer. He’s about 5 years old, maybe a Chihuahua/Doxie blend or pug/Doxie blend. He’s a very sweet little boy who is house-trained and likes everyone but needs his own family. Older, respectful children should be a good fit for Freddy. He gets along with other dogs but got attacked by a big dog once and so would rather the home have dogs his size. To meet Freddy and find out more about him, contact Phyllis at (435) 705-9227. His adoption fee is $125.

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.


Frankie is a fun-loving, very playful, smart, and sweet hound. Frankie is good with children and other dogs. His adoption fee is $125.





Tobysouthern utah adoptable pets TobyDog

Toby is a 1-year-old King Charles Cavalier Spaniel mix. He is a pint-size lovable dog who is well mannered, walks well on a leash, and loves to receive attention and play. His adoption fee is $125.



Wilmasouthern utah adoptable pets Wilma3

Wilma is a 1.5-year-old tabby who is playful, will play dress up if you want her to, loves toys and games, and is very social. Give her a lap and she will cuddle up on it. She is easygoing and gets along with other cats. Wilma also likes to run on PAWS’ cat wheel. She is amazing! Stop in and meet Wilma at PAWS. Her adoption fee is $65.



Irissouthern utah adoptable pets Iris4

This sweetheart loves humans, does fine with other cats, and is beautiful. She’s easygoing and really just looking for a human friend to cuddle up with and love. She’ll jump right into your arms and just be cradled. She’s 10 months old. She was a young mama who had the cutest litter of kittens, and she’s was one sweet, nurturing mother. Her adoption fee is $65.


Muffinsouthern utah adoptable pets Muffin2

Muffin is 10 years old, and he is beautiful, soft, and social. He gets along with other cats and has lived with a dog. Muffin was rescued from a hoarding situation. His adoption fee is $50.



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