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

Rugersouthern utah adoptable pets Ruger

Ruger is a 2-year-old coonhound mix. He is a large adult male that is good with other dogs.



Coppersouthern utah adoptable pets Copper

Copper is a 6-year-old designer “Jack-A-Bee.” Copper loves to run and play but does not do well with other dogs. He would do best in a home with no other animals. Copper recently had to have a part of his ear amputated but he is still as cute as ever. He is waiting for his forever home.



Taylasouthern utah adoptable pets Tayla

Tayla is a one-year-old sheepdog mix. She is a medium-sized female dog that just loves to be held. She is good with other dogs and children. This gorgeous girl may just be the one.




Elliesouthern utah adoptable pets Ellie

Ellie is a fun-loving adult cattle dog mix. She loves people and is good with kids and most other dogs. She can be a little moody from time to time, so her ideal situation would be to be an “only dog” with lots of love and attention. Ellie is an adult female Australian cattle dog and medium in size. She is good in a home with children.


Ruby and Rosie

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Ruby and Rosie are two pitty mix babies looking for dedicated and patient fur-ever homes. They are currently in a foster home but will be ready to go to their new families in a week.

Oliversouthern utah adoptable pets Oliver

Oliver is a sweet adult boy. He is gorgeous, calm, gentle, and very affectionate. Oliver would be good in a home with other cats and/or children. You will love this guy.




Coopersouthern utah adoptable pets Cooper

Cooper is a very sweet, young (1-year-old) male cat looking for his forever family. He was part of a bonded pair (with Princess), but Princess was pregnant and now has seven darling kittens. Cooper can be adopted alone. If you are looking to adopt two cats and can wait about six more weeks for the second one, we would love to reunite these two lovebirds. Cooper is good in a home with other cats and children. Cooper 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.



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.



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Wilma is a 1 1/2-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.




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.

Jacesouthern utah adoptable pets Jace

Jace is extremely cute, eager to please, and a fast learner. He just went through and passed the CLASS (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 in his previous home including guarding of food, toys, and people. 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 playdates 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.

Kojaksouthern utah adoptable pets Kojak

Kojak is a genuinely nice dog to have around. He is friendly and engaging and loves getting attention from his caregivers. He has done well with all the dogs he’s met at the sanctuary and would likely be equally happy either in a home with other dogs or being the only dog. He walks beautifully on his leash and is learning training cues such as “sit,” “go to your place,” and “wait” (for a food bowl). Kojak sometimes has handling issues and may get grumpy if strangers try to go too fast; he just needs new people to go a little bit slowly with him. Born in 2013, he came to Best Friends from a rescue organization in Texas that was closing its doors, and he would love to discover the joys of his very own home.

Lazarussouthern utah adoptable pets Lazarus

Looking for a sweet boy who loves adventures? Lazarus can be shy and fearful around new people at first. But once he gets past his hesitancy, he forms strong bonds and is very sweet and loving. Born in 2012, Lazarus is a high-energy dog who can be a bit anxious in certain situations. He was hit by a car and takes some medication for occasional soreness. Lazarus would do well in an active home where there is structured training and no cats. He can be a little picky with his doggy friends but has lived with two females at the sanctuary. If you can provide this loving boy with the structure and guidance he needs, Lazarus would love to meet you. (Sanctuary visit required.)

Joplinsouthern utah adoptable pets Joplin

Joplin is a drop-dead-gorgeous cat with spunk! She can play all day with energy to spare. She needs a lot of exercise, so laser lights and wand toys are great for her. She likes human interaction, but she can get overstimulated from petting. She’s not really interested in being friends with other cats, but she gets along okay. Joplin was born in 2013 and came from a Utah animal shelter. If you have the energy to keep up with her, she’d love to come home with you.

Knoxsouthern utah adoptable pets Knox

Knox enjoys being close to people and will climb up to be at your level so he can look into your eyes with his beautiful baby blues! He absolutely loves being petted and closes his eyes and rolls his head around while you rub him. An inquisitive cat, he also enjoys treats, basking in the sun, and taking cat naps. This sweet guy tests positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Cats with FIV can live long, healthy lives, and it’s very hard for other cats to catch unless they get into serious fights involving bites. Born in 2003, Knox is otherwise healthy and gets along with some other cats, but not all. He loves dogs! This friendly cat does have one bad habit: He marks his territory by spraying. We think he can be worked with, though, and the trainers at Best Friends would be happy to help! Do you have the heart for a fellow like this? He’s so sociable and warm and needs you so badly. As part of Best Friends single pets adoption special, Knox qualifies for free adoption and a free flight to his new home! Single pets do best as the only pet in the home.

Laetitiasouthern utah adoptable pets Laetitia

Laetitia loves everyone, and she loves them even more if they have food or a wand toy! She goes crazy for attention. When it comes to other cats, she likes to be the boss. Born in 2007, she came from a hoarding situation. She’s had mouth issues which cause her to drool. Since she’s been at the sanctuary, she has gone on a sleepover where she was very curious to explore her new environment. Laetitia is a spunky older girl who’d love a home where she can be the center of attention.

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.

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.



southern utah adoptable pets Gandy

Gandy came to shelter with another cat, Zader, when their owner moved and could not take them with her. He 4 years old. He is a nice big cat but is quite shy. He is easily handled and is learning that all the new smells, noises, and his location are someplace safe and that he is loved. He likes being petted. He is on a special urinary diet. His 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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Baley, a German Shepherd in a Chihuahua body, ended up at a local shelter after his owner died, and there was no one to take care of him. He is a happy little guy who just wants a lap to sit on, a warm bed, some walks and car rides, and of course food and water. BAM does know that he shared a kennel space with another dog and is good with them, but they don’t know about cats or children. Toddlers probably shouldn’t be in the picture since he was in an adult-only home before, but older, respectful children would probably be fine. Baley is ready to go to a new family immediately. His adoption fee is $125. To meet Baley or find out more about him, contact Aggie (435) 773-1667 or Sue at (801) 554-3378.


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Chico is approximately 3 years old and came to BAM with his buddy Pepe. He is very loving with his people and is just waiting for the right family so he can share his love and cute personality. His adoption fee is $125. To meet Chico, contact Ryan at (435) 680-6666.


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Pepe is approximately 3 years old and came to BAM with his buddy Chico. He is very loving with his people and is just waiting for the right family so he can share his love and cute personality. His adoption fee is $125. To meet Pepe, contact Ryan at (435) 680-6666.


southern utah adoptable pets Jerry1

Jerry came to BAM when his owner moved and couldn’t take him. Jerry is a small, darling 2 year old. He is a sweet, shy little dog who is still little unsure about the world and is happiest in your lap or in your arms. He is vocal about letting you know that he would rather be with you than in a kennel. Even though he is still cautious with new situations and people, he is blossoming into a playful, social creature at the dog park. He likes his treats but needs the reassurance that only a loving owner can give. Although he gets along with other dogs and cats and loves kids, he is not confident yet, so new owners need to ensure he is not overwhelmed upon first meeting. To welcome Jerry into your family, contact Aggie (435) 773-1667 or Sue at (801) 554-3378. Jerry’s adoption fee is $125.