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 5 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.

Billy Jack

southern utah adoptable pets BillyJackBilly Jack has lots of potential and can’t wait for that special person or family to discover him and all he has to offer. Born in 2014, he’s just now realizing how much he loves to learn and what he’s capable of doing. He’s already mastered some basic training cues and is learning “wait.” He’s also been doing agility at the sanctuary. Billy Jack is initially shy and fearful with strangers, but once he warms up he is very friendly. Because he is quick and can get through gates and doors easily, he is considered a flight risk and needs to be watched carefully. At the sanctuary, he’s done well with other dogs and even passed a cat test. All he needs now is for someone to see how wonderful he truly is and to bring him home.


southern utah adoptable pets wigglesworthWigglesworth is a wrinkly, wiggly delight. Whenever he sees people, his entire body (from wrinkled nose to tail) wiggles with excitement. Wigglesworth was born in 2015 and came to Best Friends from a shelter in New Mexico. He takes prescription eardrops long term. Because he is picky with other dogs, his caregivers at the Sanctuary are still working on determining the best type of dog for him to socialize with. But he has no problem showing people his silly, goofy side. This unique-looking love bug is sure to bring a big smile to your face and more laughter to your life.


southern utah weekend events PrestonPreston is a sweet, happy-go-lucky fella who loves to be around people and his many doggie friends. He enjoys going for walks, sunbathing outside, or taking a good afternoon nap on a comfy bed. Born in 2007, he is currently working on losing some weight and is doing very well. He is also working and making progress on his demand barking, which usually happens when there is a lot of activity or a lot of people nearby. If you’re looking for a cheerful walking partner with an infectious smile, Preston is your guy. He came to Best Friends from a shelter in New Mexico and is ready for his forever home. He is treat motivated and crate trained and gets along well with other dogs. He likes to be around people, so in addition to being a great walking partner, he’ll make a great couch companion.


Brigadier southern utah adoptable pets Brigadieris a little shy at first, but he warms up quickly and enjoys people’s company. He’s indifferent to other cats, unless they invade his space. Born around 2007, he came from a hoarding situation. He has Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, but he can still live a long and happy life. He can even live with cats who don’t have the virus, since it’s only spread through deep bite wounds, and Brigadier never does more than swat other cats out of his space. If you took him home, he would warm up quickly and show you all his sweetness.


southern utah adoptable pets BumblebeeBumblebee will meow and approach you. She’ll purr, and maybe even eventually get in your lap. She’s nervous and uncomfortable around other cats. She likes to climb up high and observe. Born in 2010, she came from a Utah rescue group and is in good health. Bumblebee’s dream home would be with a loving, patient person, no other cats, and places to climb. You will not want to miss the opportunity of coming in to meet Bumblebee and seeing what a loving addition to your home she will be.

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 BeautyBeauty is approximately 10 years old. She is a poodle mix. Beauty came to PAWS with what they thought was a very large tumor. She has had surgery. The mass was not a mammary tumor. It was a hernia, so that has been repaired. She lost almost all of her teeth but she is so loving and sweet. She is now recovering in a very quiet and loving foster home and will be ready for her fur-ever home in a few weeks.



southern utah adoptable pets WillisMeet Willis. He’s approximately 5 years old and is a male pit/boxer mix. He loves to play fetch with ropes or tennis balls and he especially likes bones! His personality is amazing! He is very mellow and laid back. He likes sleeping in in the mornings and going to bed early at night. Willis has never gotten to live in a house in his entire life, so we are looking for an exceptionally good forever home for him, one that will spoil him rotten and love him forever! If you have room in your heart and your home for this sweetheart, please contact PAWS!


southern utah adoptable pets SophiaSophia is approximately 2 years old and is a domestic shorthair tabby. She came to PAWS in December 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. Please visit PAWS and meet this girl!





southern utah adoptable pets PoseyPosey is approximately 3 years old and is a rare female domestic shorthair orange tabby. Most orange tabby cats are male. She was adopted as a kitten from PAWS. Through no fault of her own, she was returned to PAWS after 2 years. She is a very sweet girl but is of course sad right now. If you are looking for an addition to your family, visit PAWS and meet her. She is litterbox trained and is a very clean cat.



southern utah adoptable pets FrankFrank is approximately 2 to 4 years old and is a domestic shorthair black cat with beautiful gold eyes. He came from a hoarding situation and would really like to find a great home. Frank is very sweet and loves to receive attention. He is litterbox trained and is a very clean cat. Please come in to meet him soon! Frank is the PAWS pet of the week.



Because Animals Matter

Whenever possible, Because Animals Matter offers animals for adoption through a network of foster homes as it works without a traditional facility. Please contact Because Animals Matter at (435) 773-5209 or visit for more information, to volunteer, or to become a foster.


southern utah adoptable pets abbyAbby is a sweet Lab/shepherd mix. She is approximately 2 years old. She is loving but timid and will require a patient owner as she is afraid of sudden movements. She wants nothing more that to be your companion for walks, car rides, and hiking. However, she will run, and her owner will need to work on building her confidence. She has not been child tested, but she is quite interested in watching the kids out the window and Because Animals Matter believes she would be fine with children, especially for older children as she may knock over smaller children with her zest for life. Abby is spayed, current on her vaccinations, and microchipped.


southern utah adoptable pets KachinaKachina is a terrier/great Pyrenees mix who was abandoned in the desert with her four puppies. She was a great momma, but now her pups are all adopted, and she is looking forward to a home of her own. She is very loving and sweet, approximately 2 years old, smart, very obedient, and knows basic commands. She is good with children of all ages, house trained, and playful. She is picky with dog friends and would have to be introduced carefully to any new dog friend before placement. She loves her dog bed and would be well behaved in a household. Although she is crate trained, she prefers to be a member of the family and wants to be as close to her humans as possible. And, like many other breeds, she has a cute little black tongue and belly. Kachina will reward you with love and cuteness and cuddles. Letting you rub her belly is just one of the nice things she’ll do for you. She wlks well on a leash too.

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.


southern utah adoptable pets guide RedRed is one happy dog. He smiles. Red is approximately 4 years old and has spent most of his time in the yard. He is overweight and will benefit from a change in his diet and a regular exercise routine. He loves to play with toys and can’t make up his mind which one is his favorite. Red knows “sit” and “shake.” He will need some training on his manners. What a wonderful opportunity you can have with Red for a diet and exercise training partner.  It’s a win-win, you both get into shape.

 Honey Bear

southern utah adoptable pets honey bearHoney Bear came to shelter with two other cats when their owner passed away. She is a flame-point Siamese and approximately 8 years old. She is very friendly and a calm little cat. She loves to be brushed and enjoys watching what is happening outside the windows. She is comfortable with cats. Honey Bear recently had surgery to remove 3 bladder stones. She is in the home of one of the volunteers recuperating so please call the shelter to make arrangements to meet her now or she will be coming back to the shelter next week. She will need a special diet for the rest of her life to help with bladder stones.


southern utah adoptable pets GordoGordo came to shelter with three other dogs when his owner could no longer care for them. He is house trained and has used a doggie door. He is current on vaccinations and is microchipped. Gordo loves people and being with you. He is doing great on a leash. He will make you a great companion.