Arizona is developing a ‘paw-sitive’ outlook on animal shelters. According to the ASPCA, more than 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year. To combat this, many shelters in the Valley are focusing on creating the next generation of animal advocates and keeping with the idea that people should focus on compassion.
Here are four shelters that encompass those ideals and where you can find your next ‘fur-ever’ friend.
Home ‘Fur’ Good
10220 N. 32nd St., Phoenix AZ 85028
Home ‘Fur’ Good offers not only adoption opportunities for prospective dog and cat owners, but also provides medical care such as dental clinics every Wednesday and vaccine clinics every Sunday with an appointment. This 501(c)3 is continually on the lookout for ways to increase the amount ofhelp it brings to animals and their owners. The center sells yearly calendars and the Home ‘Fur’ Good Cookbook for your hungry howler. It offers adoptions Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more: homefurgood.org.
Arizona Humane Society Campus for Compassion
1521 W. Dobbins Road, Phoenix AZ 85041
Arizona Humane Society has become one of the most recognizable shelters in the state, specifically earning the titles of the state’s largest animal welfare and protection agency, as well as the designated responder for animals in distress during natural disasters. At each of its locations and at the Campus for Compassion, there are both cats and dogs available for adoption as well as volunteer opportunities.
This shelter has been around since the 1970s and it continues to develop new events inviting the public to be part of their mission. On March 31, there will be a Compassion with Fashion event at the Marriott Camelback Inn, which will include a luncheon, meet and greet with adoptable pets and an animal fashion show.
For more: azhumane.org.
6423 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale AZ 85251
This shelter is on its way to becoming a home for animals. The 7,000 square-foot building offers a variety of dogs up for adoption as well as grooming, dog training and volunteer opportunities.
It is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Desert Tails is in the process of obtaining 501(c)3 non-profit status while in the midst of remodeling its space. On the 30th of this month, ReThinc Advertising will be holding its annual Rescue Rinse event benefitting Desert Tails. Folks can bring their pups for a bath and enjoy breakfast treats, a silent auction and photo booth for a donation. ReThinc is located at 44th St. and Indian School.
For more: deserttailsshelter.org.
Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA
25 N. 40th St., Phoenix AZ 85034
Founded in 1971, Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA has become Arizona’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter, with a continuing mission to create a world where there are no homeless dogs and cats. They retain a goal of reducing shelter population by offering affordable veterinary care and dog training to the public. They have adoption opportunities every Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is an upcoming “Vet”iquette class being held on March 5 and 11, which allows a behaviorist to help dogs feel prepared for the next visit to the vet and dissolve their sense of stress when going for a check-up. They are also offering a Spring Camp from March 2-9, which allows kids on spring break to bond with animals and learn about becoming an animal advocate.
For more: aawl.org.