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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Our mission is to improve the lives of animals, alleviate their suffering, and elevate their status in society. We safeguard, rescue, shelter, heal, adopt and advocate for animals in need, while inspiring community action and compassion on their behalf.

Target demographics: Homeless, injured, abused, and unwanted animals

Geographic areas served: Arizona

Programs: AHS' programs include shelter services and adoptions, low-cost spay-neuter services, and the Second Chance Animal Hospital, where animals receive life-saving veterinary care before being placed up for adoption. As the state-designated companion animal disaster response organization for Arizona, we provide emergency services to companion animals in natural disasters. On a local basis, we also provide animal paramedic services, rescue animals from cruelty or neglect, and lobby for more stringent animal welfare laws. We also offer temporary housing for the animals of domestic violence victims, military personnel and individuals facing a short-term personal crisis.

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

AHS has many fantastic programs and they work hard at finding homes for all the homeless pets! I have donated money and supplies plus our Boy Scout troop at the time volunteered and made cat scratching posts and donated all four to AHS. It's nice that you can see your donations at work during shelter visits! They are number one in my eyes for all they do to service the community and beyond!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

New Experiences: At AHS I've experienced many new things. I always wanted to dress up as a mascot and got to wear the dog costume at a variety of events, be on tv and even get on the field at Bank One Ballpark! I love the fashion show every year as well as the telethon. From speaking to kids in schools to dressing up as Santa Claus and taking pictures with people's pets which I never thought I'd do! Going to happy hours at posh venues and showing puppies at a variety of storefronts and organizations, just to name a few.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for the Arizona Humane Society for several months now. Even though they only ask 4 hours per month, I volunteer at least 12 hours per month. The staff is very kind and the work they do is extremely important. I never realized how many DIFFERENT things the AZ Humane Society does for the whole community, not just the animals. They have thrift stores that sell not only animal products cheaper than the name brand stores, but clothing and appliances for humans as well. They have a public clinic that spays, neuters and vaccinates pets from low income families. The have a pet hospital for severely abused and/or neglected animals. They have a large foster system in place. I am having a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience working with them.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I donate money to Arizona Humane Society, but I also donate my time as a volunteer. The Arizona Humane Society is an excellent place to volunteer. You'll receive an 8 hour in person training and then they get you scheduled for "on the job training". You're well prepared for being a volunteer by the time you do it.

I have been volunteering to socialize with cats in the Cat Isolation ward since August 2015. What a wonderful experience - the cats are getting people time which helps them heal more quickly, but I'm also getting cats on my lap time. There is nothing more tranquil than a half-asleep cat purring on your lap and kneading your legs.

Not only have the animal experiences been great, but the people at the Arizona Humane Society are wonderful. They always thank me for my volunteer time and are happy to answer questions and get to know me.

I can't recommend this high enough for the experience I've had so far.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love being a foster parent for the Arizona Humane Society. Everyone there is very concerned about the animals in their care. They are very dedicated to improving the lives of the animals they deal with, as well as helping members of the general community, either with "free" spay/neuter days, EMT support, and reasonably priced clinics. I have been fostering for over three years, and have noticed the push from the AHS to do more for their community and animals. They are also very supportive of me, as a volunteer foster parent, and offer many suggestions about animals I have. They are all very friendly and supportive. I recently had to have one of my own cats euthanized, and they were very supportive in that situation also. I am proud to be associated with this organization.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering a little over a year. I wasn't sure what to expect but I have really come to admire the work that the Arizona Humane Society does. They are constantly thinking of new and inventive ways to help more animals. As a volunteer, they have lots of options to get involved so we can feel comfortable in whatever role we choose. I primarily volunteer at one of their shelter/boutique locations. I think that it says a lot about the organization that we have repeat visitors who come in week after week to see the newest animals or check in with their favorites. I get lots of questions from people asking about a particular shelter animal; one they are genuinely concerned about. I think that people take a genuine interest in the animals and I think that has a lot to do with the open environment and the way the AHS represents itself.

2 Brenda96

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are so many caring people working and volunteering for this organization. The animals are always well cared for and they have a great social media team in place to really get the word out and increase adoptions, thereby increasing the number of animal lives saved!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I both volunteer with AHS and have adopted from them. Very professional and really put the animals first.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have watched the local Pets on Parade for many years. As a result of this I have been drawn to commit to volunteer for a number of years. Finally in Feb of 2015 I committed to serve as a volunteer. I love my volunteer job and the other volunteers and staff members are all so loving, kind and caring. I am still a working member of society and at times it can be a scramble for me but I love being a volunteer at Arizona Humane Society so much and to see all of the critters that we help to find new loving forever homes.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a practicing attorney so my free time is not ample. It took me quite a while to decide on a non-profit to volunteer with. I decided on AHS after researching their many community outreach programs (benefitting animals) and observing how active the Board is. Having volunteered for six months now, I couldn't be more impressed with how well-organized and committed this organization is. I'm so impressed, I even solicited my wife to begin volunteering. We love AHS!