Shelter Bracing For Another Winter












You can feel it in the air, summer is coming to an end. For many reasons, this is a blessing. It brings to an end the swarms of flies and bees, as well as the struggle to keep our animals in a cool and shady spot.

For now, we are all enjoying the opportunity to open windows and doors and enjoy the fabulous fall breeze. But here at HSCAZ, those of us who have made it through a winter in this facility before know that this lovely reprieve is just the calm before the storm.

Winter hits hard here in this worn-out little facility. The electricity that is available is not enough to run enough electric heaters to keep it warm in most places. We do have a couple of stationary gas heaters and a couple of portables that operate off of little propane tanks that were donated last year to help us dry out the dog kennels after they are cleaned. And they help a lot. But the fact remains that there is a long list of needs here that precede winter. Here are a few items that help us help the animals comfortable.

Kuranda beds — these are sturdy, cot-type beds that keep the dogs and their blankets up off the cold, concrete floors. If you would like to donate a bed, you can find all of the information needed to order them on our website, We have found that these are the only type of beds that hold up to the daily abuse that is handed out in the kennels. We do already have some beds that just need parts to be repaired because, yes, even the mighty Kuranda can only take so much roughin’ up.

There is always a need for blankets — we prefer blankets that are small enough to be washed and dried in our little machines. Pillows also are hard for us to use because of our little machines. Everything we use has to be washable. We can’t use electric blankets because of the wires in them.

We also need a few more doggie igloos for the outside kennels. Right now we are using the plastic kennels, but they are not insulated and cannot keep the moisture out. These are just not enough shelter to keep an animal warm during the winter.

But mostly what we need is a new facility. If you would like to participate in making this dream a reality, please call us at (928) 474-5590 and we will direct you to our capital campaign coordinator. She can tell you all you need to know to be part of making this dream a reality.

For more information or to meet any of our beautiful animals, come see us at 812 S. McLane Road.

Don’t forget the $100,000 Shelter Challenge! Vote for us at www.TheAnimal — just follow the directions and type in Humane Society Central Arizona. Vote every day and tell your friends and family to vote, too. Vote from every computer you use! We promise you, if we win, we’ll put that $100,000 to good work!


Jethro is a 1-year-old Aussie/Beagle mix. He was abandoned by his owners, and has been left with a broken heart. He does well with other dogs and is great with children. He will require a decent-sized yard with a tall, secure fence. He was previously neutered, and is current on his shots. Jethro is looking to be able to trust and love again. He is very loyal and affectionate. He is housebroken and leash trained. He is an amazing guy, who has been through a lot. He deserves a safe, stable home, where he can be loved and give love in return.


Cawti is a wonderfully outgoing, very energetic and intelligent big dog. Born Oct. 11, 2006 in Queen Creek, she was sired by Bushito, out of Laney, both purebred Japanese Akitas. She is not papered. She is spayed, micro-chipped, current on vaccinations, and weighs around 95 lbs. She needs a lot of activity to wear her out and keep her from boredom. She particularly loves to swim. She enjoys chasing a laser light or flashlight, ball or other chase toy — and sometimes even brings it back! She loves to have a bone or rawhide to chew on, keeping her busy, and she adores fruit like cantaloupe, apples, oranges, strawberries, etc. She is also very playful and loves toys, and might choose a favorite, which, unlike the rest, will be well loved but not destroyed. Cawti is a talker, and finds ways to express what she is feeling with a range of vocalizations other than barking, which she rarely does. She wears her heart on her sleeve —when she is sad, anxious, or bored she allows her tail to droop, which is not the norm for Akitas. She is very loving and eager to meet everyone. She would be best suited to a home with older kids who know how to properly respect her space, or no children at all. She can get along with cats depending on their temperament. She will chase if the cat runs, or get “excited” if the cat spits and hisses and scratches. She is, after all, a dog! She does not get along well with most other dogs. She really needs to be in a home where she is not alone often or for long periods. Cawti would really thrive in a home where someone invests a little time into further training her, gives her a lot of exercise, activity, and loving attention, and will be patient with her to overcome the anxiety that will come with moving to a different family.


Mocha is a 2-year-old Catahoula mix. She was originally adopted from here, when she was still a puppy. Her previous owners adopted her for their kids. Things went well for a while, but then the kids paid less attention to her, leaving the parents to step in and care for her. Mocha is a gentle girl, with a fun side. She is easygoing at heart, but likes to play. She knows basic commands, is housebroken and leash trained. She rides well in cars and LOVES kids. She is spayed and up to date on shots. She was turned over with her best friend, Caramel. Though they don't have to go together, wouldn’t it be nice?


Caramel is a 1-year-old Terrier/Lab mix. She was turned over to us, along with her best friend, Mocha. She was also adopted from here as a puppy. Just like Mocha’s story, things were going good until the kids lost interest, and stopped playing and caring for their dogs. Caramel was previously spayed and is current on her vaccinations. She gets along good with other dogs and children. She enjoys playing, and likes to show off her wild side from time to time. She would love to be able to go home with Mocha, but truly she just wants to find her forever home.


Korbin is a 2-year-old domestic longhair. He has been neutered and has passed his swab test and blood test. Korbin is a sweet man, with an easygoing soul. He gets along with dogs, cats and children. He will make the perfect addition to any family, and will make someone very happy. This handsome guy is ready to find his forever home, and a lap he can lie in for the rest of his life.


Casanova is a 4-month-old lover man. He was brought in as a stray, but he really belonged to the people who brought him in. He has passed his health tests here and is current on shots and neutered. Casanova will be your dancing partner, and will love you unconditionally forever. He gets along with other cats and is OK with dogs.


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