ABC shelter needs assistance to cover surgery costs for rescue dog

Just before Christmas, the Animals Benefit Club of Arizona, Inc. (ABC), one of the oldest no-kill, nonprofit animal shelters in Phoenix, took in a sweet, white female pit bull mix that had been left abandoned in a parking lot, tied to a pole without food and water. “Faith” is in need of an extensive and expensive knee surgery to both her hind legs to ensure a better quality of life.

The initial surgery will cost $3,800. ABC started a donation campaign, and the efforts so far have raised more than $2,000 from members, friends and volunteers at ABC. Now ABC needs the community’s assistance.

For more information or to donate securely online, visit and click on “Faith.”

For more information on ABC and a complete list of animals up for adoption, visit


Walk ‘n Roll Dog Walk

Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc. will host its sixth annual Walk ‘n Roll Dog Walk & Silent Auction on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Tempe Towne Lake. The event features a 5K fun walk and wheelchair roll around the lake and also performances by Heat Wave Fly Ball Team and Blazin’ K9s Fly Ball Team, the Great Dane Drill Team, games for your dog all day and a live performance by After Dark.

Registration and check-in opens at 9 a.m., followed by the walk and silent auction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friendly dogs are welcome, but not required. The cost is $25 per person, free for kids under 12.

For details on the walk or to sign up, visit

Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide highly skilled assistance dogs to adults and children with disabilities, provide education and continuing support for working assistance dog teams and be a resource in the community for people with disabilities.

For more information, visit


Heart to Heart Pet-A-Rama set for Valentine’s Day

The Heart to Heart Pet-A-Rama will be Sunday, Feb. 14, at Steele Indian School Park at Third Street and Indian School Road. The fundraising 2-mile walk will feature specialty vendors, food and fun for everyone. Dogs are welcome. Proceeds will help raise money for the research and treatment of animal heart disease.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-register online at before Feb. 12. Access to the post-walk festivities is free to the public.

Call (602) 570-2755 or visit for more information.


PetWalk benefits Arizona’s homeless pets

The annual PetSmart Charities PetWalk presented by Purina Pro Plan will be held Sunday, Feb. 21, at Tempe Town Lake. The event, sponsored by KSAZ-TV Fox 10/My 45 and PetSmart, features 5K and one-mile walks plus contests and fun, pet-themed events.

Leashed and safely contained, friendly animals and their human companions are welcome to take part and raise funds for Phoenix-based, nonprofit PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal-welfare agencies in North America. Walkers can also raise funds for the participating animal agency of their choice. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities has funded more than $88 million in animal welfare grants and programs and, through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores in the United States and Canada, has helped nearly four million homeless pets find new families.

Walkers are asked to collect pledges on behalf of PetSmart Charities or the participating agency of their choice. A $25 advance online registration fee ($30 the day of the event) will fund programs that help pets find lifelong, loving homes. For registration information, visit


Woof, wine & dine to benefit dog therapy program at PCH

The third annual “Dine with Your Dog” charity event will take place Saturday, March 27, at a private residence in Phoenix and will include a gourmet human dinner with wine, gourmet canine dinner, pooch fashion show, dog activities, a raffle and more. Sniff ‘N’ Greet Begins at 4 p.m. Doggie attire is optional.

Tickets are $100 for one leashed dog and his or her well-behaved owner. Proceeds will benefit the Animal-Assisted Therapy Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 

Fetch more information at or call Julie Adams at (602) 944-9552.


The Great Pet Rescue Rally hits the road

Maddie’s Projects in Maricopa County has launched The Great Pet Rescue Rally (

As the single largest collaborative fundraising campaign of Maddie’s Projects in Maricopa County, the Great Pet Rescue Rally is a wholly online event that gives the public a fun way to support the 10 leading animal welfare agencies in Maricopa County ... all from the comfort of the participant’s home, office or other accessible hot spot. The Great Pet Rescue Rally allows participants to embark on a virtual drive through Arizona as they raise funds for the Maddie’s Projects animal shelter or rescue of their choice. The Great Pet Rescue Rally will be racing around Arizona until May 31.

Since 2002, Maddie’s Projects in Maricopa County has brought together animal welfare agencies in collaboration for one goal – to ensure a new and loving home for every healthy and treatable animal in its shelters by the year 2017. Maddie’s Projects has been made possible by a generous grant from Maddie’s Fund, the Pet Rescue Foundation.

For more information, contact Stephanie Bikel at (602) 273-6852, ext. 130 or or visit or


Five Star Publications helps homeless pets

Five Star Publications in Chandler is committed to helping abandoned Arizona pets find new homes. Joining forces with RESCUE, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization based in Maricopa County, Five Star has pledged 20 percent of its proceeds from book sales toward RESCUE’s life-saving mission – rescuing cats and dogs from euthanasia by matching them with loving, lifelong homes. When placing an order either by phone or online, customers must simply mention the promotion code “RESCUE.”

Although Five Star Publications is currently featuring its four-legged and scaly friends, all Five Star titles are eligible for the RESCUE promotion.

For more information, call (866) 471-0777 or visit the online bookstore at

More information about RESCUE is available at


Homeless animals have a new place to call home

Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary has opened its doors to homeless, neglected and abused animals from all over the Southwest. With hundreds of animals euthanized in Maricopa County shelters each week, Tranquility Trail rushed to the rescue to open its doors nearly a year early. The goal is exclusively to give sanctuary to those animals deemed disposable and to educate the people of Arizona on proper care of rabbits, dogs, horses and a myriad of other animals once considered unadoptable.

The current facility at 7701 E. Gray Road, Suite 105-106, Scottsdale, is temporary as a 2-acre parcel is being developed.

Tranquility Trail serves the community through programs of rescue, adoption, spay/neuter, humane education and community outreach for companion animals in Arizona.

For more information, call Kelly Ames at (480) 406-7301 or visit


Learn how to protect yourself from dog bites

Dogs bite for many reasons. Remember that they are animals and a bite is a form of communication. Dogs may bite out of fear or pain. A mother dog with very young pups might bite out of the maternal instinct to protect her babies. Dogs can also bite if they have been pestered too much – it’s their way of saying no.

There is no way to guarantee a dog won’t bite, but you can significantly reduce the risk. Spay or neuter your dog. It can reduce the desire to roam and fight. Properly train your dog. Take him to obedience training where positive reinforcement (rewards, not punishment) is used. Teach him how to walk on a leash. Socialize your dog so he is used to different experiences.

Teach your children how to interact safely with dogs. Most dogs don’t like hugs and kisses. Face-to-face contact is one of the most common causes of bites to the face. Encourage children to scratch the dog on the chest or side of neck. If a strange dog approaches, teach your child to stay still. This also works if the family dog gets too frisky and aggressive. As a parent, you need to supervise your children when they are interacting with dogs. Pet and touch dogs together. Spend family time together so the dog can get used to your younger children.

For more information on dog bite prevention or spaying and neutering, call (602) 506-PETS (7387) or visit


Yoga with your pet

Mesa-based Yoga4Dogs has launched a new DVD that partners people with their pets for an unforgettable yoga experience. The Yoga4Dogs DVD allows pet lovers to bond with their dogs while getting fit and staying in shape.

Featuring various poses for people with small or large dogs, Stevens shows viewers how to master doga (yoga for dogs) moves. The DVD offers exercises for pet owners and their dogs together, as well as workouts for pet owners only.

The DVD also comes with free doggy recipes and shows viewers how to give relaxing doggy massages.

To learn more, visit or call (480) 664-0037.


New shelter law allows for spay and neuter of more animals

Shelters are gearing up for the enforcement of a new law. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) is excited to announce that HB 2458 was signed into law by Gov. Brewer. The law went into effect Sept. 30, 2009. This is a great victory for MCACC and great news for all animal shelters throughout the state.

Basically, this new statute mandates that all animals entering any shelter be spayed or neutered and implanted with a microchip before being released to their owners unless any of the following occurs:

• The dog has a current dog license at the time the dog entered the pound.

• The dog or cat is already spayed or neutered.

• There is no veterinary facility capable of performing surgical sterilization within a 20 mile radius of the pound.

• A veterinarian determines that a medical contraindication for surgery exists that reasonably requires postponement of the surgery until the surgery can be performed in a safe and humane manner.

• If the animal is quarantined, that the bite occurred in the premises of the owner and the victim is a member of the same household.

• The owner pays a fifty dollar recovery fee, in addition to any fees or costs otherwise required pursuant to this article.

Although the law allows for the owner to pay the cost of altering the pet, MCACC has committed to absorb those costs as part of its free spay and neuter program. MCACC will be creating the necessary process reviews to be ready to enforce this law.

For more information, visit

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