Friday, August 27, 2010

AZ Humane Society Waiving Fees this Weekend.

Just in case you have been "thinking" of getting a new family member...sometimes the time is just right!

Arizona Humane Society 

August 26, 2010

Nonprofit organization uses bold display of toy animals to demonstrate dire situation

(PHOENIX) – Today, staff and volunteers with the Arizona Humane Society set a bold display to demonstrate a dire situation currently taking place at the shelter: they are running out of room. As of August 25, the nonprofit organization has seen just under 35,000 animals come through its doors this year. Nearly 20,000 of those animals were cats and kittens alone – who despite desperate pleas, still are coming in at an average 150 per day.

The demonstration, which took place at Tempe Marketplace, included a display of toy animals lined up to represent just how many animals come through AHS’ doors every day. Volunteers and staff also held up signs relaying messages for the public to consider about pet overpopulation and the need, now more than ever, for compassion for animals such as, “toy animals don’t need spay and neutering. Real animals do.” The stuffed animals complement the AHS’ new ad campaign that centers around the concept of the difference of toy animals versus real animals.

“While it’s not new, the situation is extreme,” said Kimberly Searles, AHS’ communication manager. “We have more animals coming into the shelter than we are adopting. We simply are out of space.”

In an effort to help empty AHS’ kennels, the organization will waive adoption fees on all animals in lieu of a monetary donation this weekend. The adoption special will run Saturday and Sunday (August 28 and 29) and is valid at all AHS locations.

“Since 1957, the Arizona Humane Society has fostered the belief that every pet deserves a good life. Right now we desperately need our community to put their compassion in action and give these lovable pets a second chance at a good life,” said Searles.  

To take save a life this weekend, visit either AHS’ Sunnyslope Facility (9226 North 13th Avenue, Phoenix) or Campus for Compassion (1521 West Dobbins Road, Phoenix) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 28 - 29. Additional adoption locations include Petique at 24th Street and Camelback and inside Valley-area PetSmart stores. A two pet per household limit will be in effect for this adoption special. No rainchecks will be offered.  All adopters must meet certain requirements and undergo an adoption screening to ensure a good fit for the pets. For more information, please visit

About Arizona Humane Society
Founded in 1957, the Arizona Humane Society is the state’s largest nonprofit animal welfare and protection agency. The mission of AHS is to improve the lives of animals, alleviate their suffering, and elevate their status in society.

Kimberly Searles, Communication Manager
Kelsea Vescova, Director of Marketing and Development

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