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

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.

Rustysouthern utah adoptable pets Rusty

Rusty is a wonderful, sweet bird full of personality! While she is very quiet for her species, she gets very animated at times and acts like she’s telling you a magnificent story! Her crest is a beautiful salmon color, and her body is a pale pink with a slight yellow under her wings and tail. Rusty doesn’t have the best eyesight, so avoid frightening her by making slow movements. Her toes are out-turned, impairing her ability to perch. You’ll see her walk and climb very cautiously, but given patience, she gets around just fine. When held, Rusty prefers to be close to your body as she feels unsteady otherwise. Her cage has been modified to accommodate her mild handicaps. Rusty loves to look out the window and have a constant temperature of 75 to 80F. She doesn’t like to be covered and needs about 12 hours of sleep. Rusty would do best with two cages: one for nighttime in a quiet place and one where she can keep an eye on her family during the day. She warms up slowly to new people but becomes quite personable when people let her take her time. Rusty would do best in a home without children as she was owned by a single older woman for all of her life until she became a BAM foster, and she doesn’t care for a lot of “bustle” or noise. She would do best with someone who is very experienced with cockatoos and very patient. Rusty has been well loved and has not even attempted to bite anyone in her foster home. She will make the right person a wonderful long-term companion. Rusty is already 30 years old and will probably live at least another 40 years or more. Please keep Rusty’s lifespan and the required commitment to her in mind when considering adoption. Rusty’s adoption fee is $1,000. To find out more about Rusty and to arrange a meeting, contact Saranda at (435) 467-9556.

Lincolnsouthern utah adoptable pets Lincoln1

Lincoln is a happy, engaged boy believed to be a Great Dane/pit bull blend weighing about 60 lbs. and approximately 2 years old. 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 and loves other dogs, but since he’s a bit rambunctious, he would do best with older children. 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 a large one since he doesn’t handle being alone well. To see Lincoln,, call Aggie at (435) 773-1667 at or Sue at (801) 554-3378. Lincoln’s adoption fee is $125.

Waltsouthern utah adoptable pets Walt

Walt is an older gentleman approximately 10–12 years old with a gentle soul. He is a shepherd mix who wants nothing more than to go on a walk with you and then lay down at your feet the rest of the day. Walt is house trained and well behaved. He s somewhat selective about his dog friends but loves his humans. Older children would be best for Walt. He would be a great pet for an older couple. Although he is crate trained, he prefers to live in close proximity with his humans. To meet Walt, call Aggie at (435) 773-1667 or Sue at (801) 554-3378. Applications can be found at Walt’s adoption fee is $100.

Petuniasouthern utah adoptable pets Petunia

Petunia was adopted, but a new baby in the house caused her to come back to us, and she is once again looking for her forever home. Petunia is very loving with humans and even somewhat protective but selective about her dog friends and would do best as an only dog. She is an energetic pup who loves her walks and hikes. She appears to be house-trained but will need supervision, at least at first, and may be a candidate for crate training if alone for long periods or if no yard or doggy door is available. Petunia needs a foster home without other animals. Petunia is good with people but can be aggressive with other dogs. To meet Petunia, call Aggie (435) 773-1667 at or Sue at (801) 554-3378. Her 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.

Hobosouthern utah adoptable pets Hobo

Hobo was found as a stray in the desert. Hobo is a very nice boy. He is approximately 1–2 years old. He knows how to sit but he will need all basic training. Hobo loves playing with toys and getting in the wadding pool. Hobo’s adoption fee is $60.




Evesouthern utah adoptable pets Eve

Eve’s owner could no longer keep her. She is a tiny little dog with a very expressive face and outgoing personality. She loves people and wants to be with you all the time. She needs basic training including learning to feel comfortable walking on a leash. Eve needs to have an exercise and diet routine. She would love another dog in the home to play with. Eve’s adoption fee is $60.


Gracesouthenr utah adoptable pets Grace

Grace was found as a stray. We know she did have a home, but her owner never came for her. She is very friendly and loves people. She will sit and give you her paw. She will need basic training. Grace’s adoption fee is $60.




Rosasouthern utah adoptable pets Rosa 1

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



Joeysouthern utah adoptable pets Joey

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

Uncle Samsouthern utah adoptable pets UncleSam

Uncle Sam is a 5-year-old easygoing Shih Tzu mix. He is great with other dogs and great with people, especially if you have a nice, warm lap for him to cuddle up in. He is fixed, vaccinated, and microchipped. He just had full dental work done, and he’s all ready to go to his forever home. If you have room in your heart and your home for this sweetheart, please contact PAWS. Uncle Sam’s adoption fee is $125.


Karlsouthern utah adoptable pets Karl

Karl is approximately 1–2 years old. Karl is a really great size, not too small and not too big. Karl is kind of shy at first with new people, but if you give him a little time to warm up, he will love you. Karl likes going on walks and hikes with the PAWS volunteers and the other PAWS dogs. Karl is looking for a patient, loving home that will love him and spoil him. Karl’s adoption fee is $125.


Jordysouthern utah adoptable pets Jordy

Jordy is a 3-year-old domestic longhair orange tabby. His owner moved out of state and couldn’t find a place to live that would allow cats. He has lived with other cats and gets along with them. Jordy is neutered, microchipped, and current on vaccinations. He is a beautiful boy who is ready to find his forever home. If you are interested in adopting him, please submit an application at Jordy’s adoption fee is $65.

Lucysouthern utah adoptable pets Lucy

Lucy is an 8-year-old dilute calico. She is a large girl and needs to lose a few pounds. Lucy’s owner was moving out of state and couldn’t find a place to live that would allow cats. Lucy was very angry at first, because she didn’t know what was happening to her life. She is a good girl who just wants to find a loving home. If you’re interested in adopting her, please visit and submit an application. Lucy’s adoption fee is $50.


Herasouthern utah adoptable pets Hera

Hera is approximately 3 years old and very sweet. She is a very clean cat and is litterbox trained, microchipped, and current on vaccinations. Hera gets along with other cats and is playful and loving. You need to meet this wonderful cat. If you’re interested in adopting her, please visit and submit an application. Hera’s adoption fee is $65.


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.

Arroyosouthern utah adoptable pets Arroyo

Arroyo was found badly injured in a community not far from the sanctuary. Since his rescue, his injuries have healed beautifully. Although he can be shy and fearful with strangers at first (especially with men), he warms up quickly with treats. Once he’s comfortable with you, he’s a very goofy dog who loves to cuddle and climb in your lap. Arroyo was born in 2014. When it comes to doggie friends, he prefers females. At the sanctuary, he is learning training cues like “sit,” “down,” “stay,” “touch” and “go to your place.” He’s also learning to walk on a loose leash, and he enjoys going for long walks so much that he would be an amazing hiker. Arroyo really loves to be with his people and will make someone a wonderful companion.

Petersouthern utah adoptable pets Peter

Peter is a big, goofy dog looking for a person or a family who’ll spend some quality time with him. He loves to do training and really enjoys doing activities where he can use his mind. Peter is perfect on a leash and loves walking with people. He also enjoys car rides and playing with toys. He’s been good with all the dogs he’s met at the sanctuary, and he likes to roll around and wrestle with them. Born in 2015, Peter is an active dog, but he doesn’t have to be doing something constantly. He’s a sunbather who really likes being outside and lounging around with people. Peter does have anxiety, especially when he is left alone. He can climb a six-foot fence and trees to escape a yard or enclosure. He lost his previous home because he kept escaping and wandering around the neighborhood. He’ll need to find a home where he can be kept safe and secure at all times.

Stetsonsouthern utah adoptable pets Stetson

Stetson was found as a stray with multiple gunshot wounds, and had surgery at Best Friends to help him heal. He has recovered well but still has damage to the inside of his mouth, including missing teeth. Despite what he went through, you couldn’t find a more loving dog. He is a sweet friend to every person he meets. Born in 2015, Stetson enjoys long hikes but also settles into a wonderful couch potato. He does not do well with other dogs and should be an only dog in a home. Stetson also needs to be kept safe and secure, as he will jump fences if left alone. He can be reactive on a leash occasionally, but he listens well and will shift his focus when asked. He’s doing lots of training at the sanctuary to improve his leash skills and to get ready for a loving new home.

Mayasouthern utah adotable pets Maya

Meet one of the legendary “rafter cats” at Best Friends! Cats like these make wonderful companions-from-afar. You can’t hold them or pet them — at least not yet. But they think and feel and love, just like the rest of us. And if you give them the chance, they can be a real part of your home. They just haven’t had any experience being pets. Maya came to Best Friends from a Nevada rescue group. Born in the spring of 2016, she’s in good health, and she gets along well with other cats. Shy cats like these have always been an important part of Best Friends’ culture. They have special spirits and deep personalities. And this beautiful cat would love to be a part of your life.

Crushsouthern utah adoptable pets Crush

Crush is a tiny bit shy at first, but he warms up very quickly, and he’ll purr while you pet him. He gets along well with other cats. Born in 2015, he came from a crowded Utah shelter. Crush is in good health. He has a winning personality. Crush is a handsome boy with a sweet demeanor. He deserves to have a forever home.