Dogs on Death Row get pardon from

The dogs sitting on death row at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s shelters are hoping for a last-minute pardon with The Phoenix and Mesa shelters have reversed their longstanding opposition to participation in the controversial Web site and will now begin listing their dogs on

Dr. Rodrigo Silva, director of Animal Control, made the key decision after a recent article attacked major city shelter managers for their refusal to participate in this free and proven life-saving tool.

The Web site works with shelters across the nation to find homes for shelter dogs facing euthanasia. Participating shelters can upload information and photos of the dogs and through marketing efforts, prospective adopters are encouraged to “don’t just adopt … save a life.”

October is “adopt a shelter dog month” at the Phoenix and Mesa shelters, and up to 50 percent off the adoption fee for the month. The adoption fee for dogs is a $50 donation that includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, dog license and an adoption starter kit.


Valley Dogs’ Bark & Wine Event Nov. 7

Valley Dogs is hosting Bark & Wine – a wine tasting and auction fundraising event Nov. 7 at Su Vino Winery in Scottsdale to ensure continued funding for the organization’s critical medical care, courtesy programs and philanthropic activities.

To purchase tickets, visit ($25 in advance, $30 at the door) to enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting and bottling, live music, food, silent auctions, raffles and fun. 

For inquiries, e-mail


Petutopia coming up

The third annual Petutopia fundraising event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale.

The event will include raffles, a pet fashion show, pet entertainment, pet adoptions and a live auction. Proceeds will benefit Lost Our Home Pet Foundation.

For information, visit


Dash for MASH

The inaugural Dash for MASH, a non-competitive 5K walk/run, will be take place 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 21, at Kiwanis Park, Ramada 8, 6111 S. All American Way, Tempe. Proceeds will benefit MASH (Maricopa Animal Safe Hospice - Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s No-Kill Animal Shelter).

The entry fee is $25, and all participants will receive a “Jail Tails” T-shirt. A raffle will also be held. If you can’t make it, do a “shadow walk” and still receive a T-shirt.

For more information or to sign up, contact Orla McCann at or (520) 440-6591.


Woofstock coming up Nov. 21

Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler, is the site for this year’s Woofstock event, set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.

Join the city of Chandler and its partners, the American Service Animal Society and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control for the “Great Chandler Dog Walk,” contests for critters, owner and pet contests, raffle prizes and other tail wagging treats.

Families are encouraged to bring their canines for a day of fun for the whole family. Admission is free.

For information, visit


MCACC offers services, pet adoptions

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control offers a variety of services to the community, including adoption programs to place dogs and cats in loving homes, pick up and shelter for lost and stray animals complete with bottomless water and food, spay and neuter surgery to prevent more unwanted animals, rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats, community outreach and education (including free rabies vaccination and spay/neuter clinics).

Even though MCACC is a county agency, it only receives 4 percent of its operating budget from the county. The rest comes from licensing and adoption fees, contracted field services and donations from the public. MCACC takes in over 55,000 dogs and cats a year! In order to care for these animals and fund the agency’s programs, they need your help.

For information, visit


In ruff economy, Pet Butler gives 'piles’ back to community

Ask Sandy Aaron of Pet Butler if business has been “ruff” lately and she’ll reply with an energetic laugh: “business stinks, but it’s picking up!” Pet Butler is the nation’s leading Pet Waste Cleanup and Removal Service. Aaron, one of three Pet Butler owner/operators (or entre-manures as they call themselves) in the Phoenix metropolitan area, continues to support local community and pet rescue events here in the valley. An integral part of Pet Butler’s business includes donating cleanup services and gift cards at community events, as well as financial donations to many pet rescue organizations. 

To learn more, visit or call 800-PET-BUTLER (800-738-2885).


Maricopa County area pets go online

Circle Mountain Rescue, New River and Arizona Golden Rescue and Little Rascals Rescue recently have joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on, the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet. The site currently has over 300,000 homeless pets listed, and it is updated continuously.

More than 12,500 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada, and other countries post their pets on the site. Pets can be viewed at A potential adopter enters search criteria for the kind of pet he or she wants, and a list is returned that ranks the pets in proximity to the ZIP code entered. Adoptions are handled by the animal placement group where the pet is housed, and each group has its own policies.


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 will go 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


Clearance sale to benefit ABC Shelter

Consumer product design company Max & Lucy ( will host a warehouse clearance sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11 at 116 W. McDowell Road (in the After Hours building and gallery) with 50 percent of the proceeds benefitting Animals Benefit Club (ABC), one of the oldest no-kill, nonprofit animal shelters in Phoenix.

Merchandise will be discounted up to 90 percent, with prices starting at 25 cents. Items for sale will include gift wrap, holiday decorations, home office collections, kitchen items, stationery products, pet toys, greeting cards, scrap-booking supplies, luxury bathrobes and much more.

ABC volunteers will be on site to assist shoppers at the event as well as inform the public about the needs of the shelter and adoptable pets.

ABC always accepts cash donations and is looking for individuals to participate in the New Monthly Donor Program. Donations of goods (blankets, food, laundry detergent, bleach, etc.) are also welcome. ABC invites everyone considering pet adoption to visit the ABC pet sanctuary.

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


Church plans gala pet blessing event

First Congregational United Church of Christ in Central Phoenix will host a gala courtyard blessing of all types of pets beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

The church will present participating pets and their human companions with a free Certificate of Blessing, to include a digital picture of them taken at the event.

Dogs, cats, birds and even turtles were previously blessed as part of the church’s open and affirming policy. The event features a brief program and free refreshments for two-legged and four-legged guests. A Family Affair Pet Grooming will provide free pet manicures, ear cleaning and massages. Lost Our Home will have rescued dogs looking for homes and families on site. Lost Our Home specializes in animals from foreclosed homes.

First Congregational United Church of Christ is at 1407 N. Second St. For more details, call (602) 258-6891.


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