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

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.

Rocky #2

southern utah adoptable pets Rocky-2Rocky #2 is a 2-year-old male Lab mix. He was adopted from PAWS as a puppy. His owner returned him because he no longer has time for Rocky. As you can imagine, this is very confusing for a dog. He is very sweet, friendly, and energetic. Rocky would love to find an active family who will take him hiking and swimming.




southern utah adoptable pets SushiSushi is a 5-year-old Manchester terrier mix. She gets along with other dogs and is very friendly. Sushi came from a Vegas shelter. She is playful and does well on hikes. You need to meet this great girl, so get on into the PAWS adoption center today.





southern utah adoptable pets ThomasThomas is a 5-year-old domestic longhair orange tabby. He is such a sweet boy and starts purring the minute you walk toward him. Thomas has been shaved to remove matted fur. He is litterbox trained and current on his vaccinations. You need to meet him to appreciate all he has to offer. Thomas has been neutered.



Missy and Mae

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Missy and Mae are a bonded pair of female cats. Missy is a 2-year-old domestic shorthair calico. Mae is orange and white and approximately 2 years old. Their owner died, and the family couldn’t keep them. They are both declawed on their front paws. They are happy, sweet, and playful. Both are very clean, litterbox-trained cats. Please come in to meet them soon! Missy and Mae are spayed, current on vaccinations, and microchipped. Cats are like potato chips: You can’t have just one, so consider adopting both of these loving girls!

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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Meet Joe, a deaf English pointer who is about a year old. He was rescued from a breeder who wanted to put him down or take him to the pound as he is of no use as a breeder or hunting dog due to his deafness. He is a good boy and is learning how to be an inside dog. His foster family is continuing to socialize him. He loves to run and play. Daily walks help tame his energy, but he would make an excellent running companion. He is great with kids and other dogs. He is curious about cats but won’t chase them. He is soft with his mouth when taking treats or if you are retrieving an item from him. He has learned to sit and will train easily as he is highly food motivated. He is coming out of his shell and shows a natural curiosity. He is house-trained and is very comfortable in a crate. The challenges with Joe are obviously that he cannot hear you so he cannot respond to voice commands. He cannot be taken out without a leash. If you have patience, he is a very smart dog who will make a wonderful companion. His caretaker says she loves him and would keep him if her husband would go for it.


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Lizzie 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 when she was 3 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.


southern utah adoptable pets WaltWalt is an older gentleman, approximately 11 years old, with a gentle soul. He is a shepard mix and would like nothing better 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 and seems to be good with all dogs. Older children would be best for him. He would be a great pet for an older couple. He is well behaved in a house, and although he is crate trained, he prefers to live in close proximity with his humans. To meet him, call Aggie at (435) 773-1667 or Sue at (801) 554-3378. Walt is at a St. George satellite facility, and arrangements need to be made to meet him. Applications can be found at  Walt’s adoption fee is $100.


southern utah adoptable pets Bonnie2Bonnie is a sweet, loving little dog who bonds quickly and is eager to please. She is approximately 2 years old, weighs about 15 pounds, and is house trained. She is even tempered, loves her humans (especially children), and is great with other dogs both large and small. She has not been cat tested. Bonnie is very playful, loves her walks, and does well at doggie daycare and the dog park but also settles nicely and is content to lay near her human or on his or her lap. She is not crate trained and currently sleeps in her doggie bed with her two foster siblings. She has no guarding issues and shares food and toys easily. As is typical of most white dogs, Bonnie has mild allergies that manifest as a small, irritated spot on the end of her nose with some minor hair loss. Current treatment includes natural licorice drops, which will reduce inflammation.  She is also on a grain-free diet, which she eats without protest.

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.


southern utah adoptable pets MalibuSweet, loving Malibu enjoys walks and being outdoors but is also great at relaxing inside. She’s excellent with people and always happy to meet new friends. She enjoys playing with toys and food puzzles. Malibu was born in 2013. She is house trained and has great indoor manners, though she’ll do best in a home without cats. Although Malibu lived with another dog at a shelter before coming to Best Friends, she is reactive to other dogs and currently lives alone at the sanctuary. Dogtown caregivers are working with her on this issue, and it’s possible that with continued training she may be able to have a doggie friend again.


southern utah adoptable pets PostrePostre has the sweetest soul. You can see it in his eyes. He also has an adorably squishy face. He’s easygoing and doesn’t complain about anything. Born in 2014, Postre is still learning lots of new things. He loves being praised and tries his hardest to do what he’s asked, even when he gets distracted. While he can be highly excitable on a leash, his caregivers are working with him on it. Postre’s a little picky with his doggie friends and prefers females. He’d be happy in a home with the right doggie friend or as your only furry friend.


southern utah adoptable pets BanditBandit is people-oriented and seeks out attention. She likes receiving attention and sitting on your lap. She’s very friendly and talkative. She loves being with people so much that she’ll jump on your back and rub her head against yours. She prefers people to cats and likes to have her own space. Born in 2006, she originally came to Best Friends because she lived in a home that had too many cats. Bandit is looking to steal your heart. She’d love to have a home where you can give her all the attention she deserves.


southern utah adoptable pets PreciousPrecious is very affectionate with people. She will pull your hand to her face to ask for pets. She’s calm with other cats and blends in easily. Born in 2007, she came from a hoarding situation. This precious, beautiful girl has no health or behavior problems, and she would blend into any home.




southern utah adoptable pets GlennGlenn is very sociable with people. Even if he’s never met you before, he’ll come up and squeak to be petted and played with. He can be moody with other cats, sometimes being snuggly and other times aggressive. Glenn was born in 2014 and was pulled from a Utah animal shelter. We think he would do well in a home where he was an only cat or there were only one or two quiet cats.


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 SonicSonic is a Lab/hound blend and was found as a stray. He can be very shy but loves people and attention. Sonic craves attention and loves being with you. He needs training on learning to walk on leash and how to heel. He does not know how to play with toys and needs lots of room to run and will probably be best as the only dog. Come in today and meet Sonic. The adoption fee for Sonic is $60. This fee includes neutering and a one-year rabies shot. Mesquite residents only receive one-year city pet licenses.


southern utah adoptable pets WillowWillow is a fox hound blend. She was found as a stray. She is a nice young lady but will need some training. Willow does well on a leash and she will fetch and bring back a ball. She loves people and wants to be with them and receive attention. Willow will need a lot of room to run. Come in today and meet Willow. The adoption fee for Willow is $60. This fee includes spaying and a one-year rabies shot. Mesquite residents only receive one-year city pet licenses.


southern utah adoptable pets OakleyOakley is a heeler blend and was found as a stray. He can be very shy but loves people and receiving attention. Oakley is doing well with his leash training but does not show interest in toys. He will need to be the only dog in the home. He will need all basic training. Oakley has very pretty coloration and golden eyes. Come in today and meet Oakley. The adoption fee for Oakley is $60. This fee includes neutering and a one-year rabies shot. Mesquite residents only receive one-year city pet licenses.