adopt a pet

Consider adopting a pet and saving a life

by Shea Homes Arizona on November 7, 2013

Take a look at these valley shelters where you can adopt

Many pets across the nation don’t have a home, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, each year approximately 5 to 7 million companion animals enter into shelters nationwide.  Because of this, shelters all over the nation are looking for families who will take good care of a pet in need.

In many homes, pets are an integral part of the family.  Children often look forward to the illustrious day that Mom and Dad will allow them to get their first pet.  If you are looking for a new furry family member, we hope you will consider these great shelters located throughout the Valley of the Sun when shopping around.

The Arizona Humane Society

The AZ Humane Society was founded in 1957 with the goal of promoting the ethical treatment of animals and providing a safe haven for stray pets.  Today it offers a variety of services including pet adoption, low cost vaccinations, and discounted spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats.

When adopting from the AZ Humane Society, families are provided an adoption counselor to guide them through the process.  The counselors also help each family find a pet that fit in well at home, and families have the opportunity to spend time “one-on-one” with their potential pet.

To find an AZ Humane Society in your area, go to this website:  http://www.azhumane.org/artman2/publish/aboutus/hourslocations.shtml

HALO Rescue

HALO (Helping Animals Live On) is a private, 501(c)(3), non-profit organization founded in 1994 by two women out of their homes in Phoenix, AZ. HALO provides temporary shelter to abandoned cats and dogs until they can be adopted into a permanent home.

HALO is a no-kill shelter that does not accept animals from the public. Their strategy serves the animals in greatest need: animals that are placed on the euthanasia lists at “open admission” shelters in Maricopa County. They provide a refuge for animals who might otherwise be destroyed at other Valley shelters for reasons such as a treatable injury, illness or those who are too scared or too young to go up for adoption at their time of arrival.

HALO wants to educate you on the adoption process and the responsibility it takes to care for an animal. For more information on HALO and their shelters, go to their website: http://halorescue.org/adoptions.aspx

 Arizona Animal Welfare League

The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA) was founded in 1971 by a group of concerned animal lovers and is the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona.

AAWL & SPCA rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes more than 5,000 dogs and cats that are abandoned or that have been surrendered by their owners. They do this primarily by rescuing them from other shelters in Maricopa County where they are likely to be euthanized due to the lack of time and resources to care for them. All pets offered for adoption have been spayed or neutered; micro-chipped and are current on all vaccinations. AAWL and SPCA strive to be the community’s leading source for pet adoptions, veterinary services, volunteer opportunities, humane education and expertise in animal welfare.

For more information on AAWL & SPCA and their efforts, go to their website: https://aawl.org/

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