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(L-R) Sarah, 9, and Emma Everling, 7, pet Bogie at the Arizona Animal Welfare League PetMatch adoption center in Chandler Fashion Square Mall on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
Norah (front) and Mojo watch for visitors at the Arizona Animal Welfare League PetMatch adoption center in Chandler Fashion Square Mall on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
Chandler resident Yarlin Venegas looks at Mojo at the Arizona Animal Welfare League PetMatch adoption center in Chandler Fashion Square Mall on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
Alicia Chayrez pets Norah at the Arizona Animal Welfare League PetMatch adoption center in Chandler Fashion Square Mall on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
Sarah Everling, 9, looks at the dogs at the Arizona Animal Welfare League PetMatch adoption center in Chandler Fashion Square Mall on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
The Arizona Animal Welfare League PetMatch adoption center in Chandler Fashion Square Mall on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
The embattled director of the Department of Economic Security said Tuesday that his agency has been telling the governor, lawmakers and everyone else for years that some complaints of child abuse were not being investigated.
As you survey the political landscape, what do you see? Support for capitalism and liberty or an intransigent proclivity for control and political power? Intellectual pragmatism or crony capitalism? The truth of history or the lies of an imaginary future? The support of economic growth or the oppressive regulations of socialism?
Gus is a 5-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who will seek out attention and loves getting pet. He would like to find a home with a nice lap to sit on all day. When people at the shelter see him they call his name and he gets so wiggly and happy and he jumps into their arms and gives them kisses.
Mike McClellan asks why we are so shocked that 6,500 reports of child abuse were not investigated (“Why won’t our government think of the children?” AFN, Dec. 6). I am not surprised. I came to Arizona over 20 years ago as a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker. I had been a part of a unit in California in which all of the workers had master’s degrees in social work or family therapy. Most of our cases were families who had come to the attention of the agency but were not severe enough to involve the Juvenile Court. Families voluntarily accepted prevention services. Not surprisingly, we had the lowest per capita foster care placement in the country. Even when our cases were in court, the system — from the judge to the attorneys representing the parents — held as a central principle the best interests of the children.
This 7-month-old kitten is sure to steal your heart. Crystal was named for her gorgeous crystal blue eyes. She is a Calico Point Siamese cat with a great personality. This sweet cat is very affectionate and loves human attention. She loves to play with toys and enjoys lap time with her human companions. She enjoys the company of dogs as well as other cats.
I can’t imagine being a Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworker. But I can imagine why most of those men and women went into those jobs: an idealistic view that their work could make a difference in children’s lives, maybe save some kids from horrible fates, maybe find ways to change a dysfunctional family into a loving one.
Hundreds of parents, foster parents, current and former Child Protective Services (CPS) employees and child advocates showed up Tuesday night when the public had a chance to offer constructive ideas to five members of the CPS Oversight Committee.
Looking for a little buddy to hang out with, go on walks, go to the Farmer’s Market, or just sit around and read the Ahwatukee Foothills News? Well, Chris is your guy! He is about the best little dog a person could want. He gets along well with other dogs, doesn’t mind little kids hanging all over him, and would possibly be OK with a feline sibling or two. Chris is a 5-year-old male Jack Russell Terrier mix who came to the Arizona Animal Welfare League because his owner fell on hard times and was unable to keep him any longer, not because of any other reason other than he no longer had a house to live in and wanted a better life for Chris than living on the streets. Chris is an absolute staff favorite and currently resides in the dog adoption manager’s office because she cannot bear to put him in a kennel because he’s just that perfect.
With the rush of the holidays safety may take a backseat to the festivities, but local organizations are warning people to be aware this holiday season.
Bring your friends and your shopping list for a unique Gift Mart featuring one-of-a-kind holiday gifts while celebrating the magic of the season. Holiday purchases benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA and help another homeless pet be home for the holidays from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at The Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. in Phoenix.. Tickets are $40 per person, $70 for two if registered by Nov. 29. Tickets includes entrance, appetizers and one signature cocktail.
Advocates for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (English translation: amnesty) like to point out that immigrants in the past have flocked to America and made important contributions to our nation. That’s true, but the America of 1913 was different from 2013 in ways that greatly affect the probability that immigrants will become contributing citizens.
The current struggle of wills regarding universal health care (Obamacare) and the debt ceiling has polarized our nation into those who believe in fiscal responsibility versus those who believe in unlimited spending. Conservatives vs. Socialists. Democrat and Republican appellations haven’t been used because there are conservatives and socialists in each party.
In honor of Adopt A Senior Pet Month, Weasly is a sweet, laid-back, 7-year-old Chihuahua looking for a nice comfy bed or warm lap to spend his days in. He likes affection and attention from his people friends and loves to give everybody kisses. He coexist with other dogs, so please bring in any dogs already at home to ensure a good match. He leaves cats alone and should do well with older children (elementary-aged and up).
This lovely girl (also known as “Angel”) is a yellow Lab mix, about 6 months old. Currently, she weighs in at 25 pounds full of love, but she’ll continue to grow into a large-sized dog.
Bubbles, a 2-year-old Terrier, American Staffordshire/Bulldog, loves just about everything (except cats). It is hard to keep her from wiggling and wagging her tail for more than five minutes.
Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA’s Walk to Save Animals is a family friendly annual event with a 2K and 5K walk, games, raffles, prizes, food, entertainment, adoptions and you get to bring your dog from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Tempe Town Lake.
The parking lot of ReThinc Advertising will once again be transformed into the agency’s Fourth Annual Rescue Rinse on Oct. 26. This year’s beneficiary will be Phoenix’s Woof, Wiggles n Wags, where pets brought into the rescue are evaluated, seen by a vet and placed into a safe and loving foster home.
Dogs and cars came together Friday night for a good cause as the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving opened its doors to the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL).
My wife and I have lived in the Lakewood community in Ahwatukee for 18 1/2 years. When we moved here in 1995 we still had an 8-year-old daughter living with us. She entered third grade at Kyrene de los Lagos, completing fourth and fifth grades there. She went through sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Akimel and graduated from Desert Vista in 2004.