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.

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Louie is one of those shy dogs who’s really not so shy after all. He’ll walk anywhere with you but prefers not to be loved on too much. Cookies are an acceptable display of affection. Louie loves other dogs and gets all other dogs to love him, too; they just can’t help it. He also passed his cat test at the sanctuary. Louie is polite and well behaved. He enjoys spending time in one of the Dogtown kitchens and doesn’t even beg or jump on the counters. Although he is shy and fearful with people, Louie will happily approach them for a quick sniff and to see if they have any treats. However, if that person goes to pet him, he politely declines the affection and walks away to sniff elsewhere. Louie was born in 2015 and is currently starting treatment for heartworm disease. He also has anaplasmosis, a tick-borne disease. Besides his medical treatments, the biggest things Louie is working on at the sanctuary are walking nicely on a leash and becoming more comfortable getting in and out of vehicles. As Louie gets more confident and comfortable with the world, he’s sure to let even more of his loving gentle personality shine through.

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No one’s happier to have company than Frido. He loves attention and is eager to be with people, especially when they brush his beautiful coat or take him for rides on the golf cart. He’s also great with other dogs and gets along well with cats. Born in 2008, he is sweet, gentle, and mellow. He’s a wonderful listener and easy to walk on a leash. Frido has already lost a lot of weight and is currently working on dropping, even more pounds to get down to a healthy weight. He gets insulin and takes medication for diabetes, Cushing’s disease, and pain in his leg. Despite his medical needs, Frido is a very happy boy. He’d do great in a quiet, loving home where he can spend hours hanging out with his special person on the couch.

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Addison is a fun-loving little dog who wants to be where the action and the people are. Dogtown caregivers say she’s a live wire who loves to stay busy, especially with her iFetch ball launcher. Born in 2015, Addison came to the Sanctuary from a poodle rescue in California. She was having difficulty finding a home because a spinal injury left her unable to wag her tail as much as she’d like and also unable to control where and when she goes to the bathroom. Her incontinence has been quite manageable at the sanctuary. A prescription diet helps prevent stomach upset. Bladder expressing a couple times a day helps to control any leaking. Bathing her hind end daily keeps her clean and comfortable. During the night, a confined sleeping area with multiple beds helps her stay dry. In spite of her injury, Addison is a very active and fit little dog who loves to play with other dogs at the sanctuary. She is currently working on waiting at doors because she has a tendency to dash through them and run. Addison would love the chance to experience life in a home with a stable routine that is full of love and celebration.

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Peter is a loving, affectionate, and playful boy. He does well with other energetic, playful cats, but he can be a bit much for shy cats. Born in 2014, Peter has feline leukemia virus. He would need to be an only cat or live with other cats who also have the virus. He is a very smart boy who enjoys going for rides in a stroller and walks on a harness and leash. We are working on clicker training. Peter needs a home where he can get lots of attention and stimulation.

southern utah adoptable pets VinaVina

Vina is a very outgoing and friendly girl. She will come up to greet you and let you pick her up and cuddle her. She might be timid when first meeting other cats, but she makes friends quickly. Born in 2013, Vina came to us in a litter of kittens born to a stray. She had bladder stones and had surgery to remove them. We currently have her on a special diet to avoid recurrence. She may not need to stay on the special diet if she goes to a home where she drinks plenty of water and her condition is closely monitored. But she is on eyedrops long-term for a potential ocular disease. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience in dealing with feline medical issues, Vina is super easy to treat because she’s so sweet. She will be a lovely companion, a real snuggler and lap cat. If you sit and pet her, she will purr and roll around as if nothing else matters in life.

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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Felicity is a big sweetheart. She is approximately 1 year old. She is an energetic and happy German shepherd (mix?) pup. Felicity weighs about 60 lbs. and hasn’t met a human, dog, or ball she doesn’t like. She still has that puppy energy and needs an active family with a yard to call home. She is smart and loves to please but is still learning her manners, so she needs guidance and consistent reinforcement of the rules. She walks well on a leash but would make a loving companion for a walker, runner, or hiker. Her special skills include fetch, morning snuggles, and loving everyone who walks through the door. To meet Felicity, call Danielle at (435) 862-7553. Felicity’s adoption fee is $125.

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Jimmy is a sweet dog with a lot of personality. He is approximately 1 year old and weighs 12–14 pounds. He is playful with other dogs but timid when meeting new people and takes some time to warm up. He may have been abused because he cowers when corrected or unsure. Because he is unaltered, he demonstrates behaviors typical of unaltered male dogs but will be neutered at the end of May. To meet Jimmy, call Phyllis at (435) 705-9227. Jimmy’s adoption fee is $150.

southern utah adoptable pets MaggieMaggie

Maggie is a cutie. She likes to play but also knows how to relax and soak up the sun. She is in a foster home with other dogs with whom she shares a loving relationship. She came to Because Animals Matter from a shelter at three months old and had a bad case of mange, but it has been treated. However, mange can recur in dogs, so her new family will have to keep an eye on her. However, it is easily treatable and not contagious to you or other pets in the family. To see her, call her foster parent, Lisa, at (435) 313-6422. Her adoption fee is $150.


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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 and 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. He is neutered and ready to meet his forever family. To meet Roger, call Aggie at (435) 773-1667 or Sue at (801) 554-3378. His adoption fee is $125.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter is located at 795 Hardy Way and is open for adoptions from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays. 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.

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Willow was found as a stray. She is a very friendly, playful dog, and she loves people. She went on a sleepover and was loved by everyone and the other dogs in the home until it was playtime or feeding time. She does not share toys with other dogs, although she does with people. She has some food-sharing issues. She will eat out of the same bowl as another dog, but with two bowls, she becomes protective of her bowl. She would do best as the only dog in the home. The adoption fee for Willow is $60.

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Rosie’s owner could no longer keep her. She is shy, but once she gets to know you she is very sweet and loving. Rosie likes playing with toys or just sitting beside you while you pet her and tell her how wonderful she is. She is such a nice little dog. Rosie would probably do better in an adult home. The adoption fee for Rosie is $60.



southern utah adoptable pet RosaRosa

Rosa’s owner could no longer keep her. She a young cat less than a year old. Rosa is very friendly, and she loves people. She will come when called. Her owner had Rosa trained to a harness so she could be on the patio when she was outside. Rosa has beautiful coloration and unusual facial markings with striking blue eyes. The adoption fee for Rosa is $40.


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Joey’s owner could no longer keep him. Joey is less than a year old. He is very friendly and loves people. Joey will come when called. His owner had him trained to a harness so he could be on patio when she was outside. Joey has a shiny black coat with a white spot on his front leg and huge golden eyes. He is quite stunning. The adoption fee for Joey is $40.


Southern Utah Adoptable Pets: 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.

southern utah adoptable pets VinnieVinnie

Vinnie is a 10-year-old Chihuahua mix. He doesn’t seem to bark a lot. Vinnie gets along with all the dogs at PAWS, and he is not a shy dog. He will walk up to you and just wants to be loved and receive attention. He has a very nice disposition and low to medium energy. This little guy would be a great addition to any home.



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Fiona is a 2-year-old female Chihuahua. She is a sweet but timid girl. Once she gets to know you, she is very friendly and loving. Fiona came to PAWS from a shelter in Vegas in April. She gets along with older children and dogs. If you’re looking for an addition to your family, consider this cute little girl.



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Dottie is 4 1/2 years old. She is a gray-and-white domestic shorthair. She is very friendly and outgoing. Dottie will lick you when she first meets you. She is litterbox trained and gets along with other cats. Dottie is pretty mellow but also playful. She has been at PAWS since October 2016. We don’t know why she is still here, because she is such a sweet girl! We’re sure that if you meet her, you will agree.


southern utah adoptable pets LydiaLydia

Lydia is a 10-month-old tabby/calico mix. She came to PAWS from a shelter in September  2016. Lydia is shy at first and will need a patient person to give her confidence. She has been in a home with other cats and dogs but is now at our adoption center. Lydia is litterbox trained and is very sweet. Come in and meet her soon.



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Sophia is a 2-year-old domestic shorthair tabby. She came to PAWS in December 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 is litterbox trained and very clean. Sophia also gets along with other cats. Please come in and meet this girl!