What Can An Adopted Dog Bring To Your Life?


October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month®. What can an adopted dog bring to your life?

There are as many responses to that question as there are dogs in this world! That’s why — during American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month® celebration in October — we’re encouraging people to adopt a shelter dog and experience the joy of finding their own answers.

Are you looking for:

• an exercise buddy?

• a best friend for your other dog?

• a dog you can train for competitions, or to become a therapy dog?

• a constant companion for your family?

• a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work?

• an easygoing guy or gal for your laid-back lifestyle?

An adopted dog can be all these things — and so much more!

The Humane Society of Central Arizona is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality — all waiting for a loving home.

Find out what a shelter or rescue dog can bring to your life this October during Adopt-A-Dog Month!

During Adopt a Dog Month, all dog adoption fees are just $25. We have a special discount fee for our senior animals and our Lonely Hearts Club members of just $15. Adult cats are $50 and kittens are $70.

I wanted to take some time to sit down with a few of our volunteers and staff members who have adopted from the Humane Society of Central Arizona and ask them how they felt they benefited from adopting a shelter dog. Many of the responses I got were that they were able to spend quality time with the animals so they were able to decide who fit in with their life perfectly, or who would be the best match to help them on the journey they were going through at that time in their life. I was told that the animal they adopted helped them through hard times, protected them when needed and was always there for them when it seemed like no one else was.

A dog is really the best friend you could ever have. They will never judge you or talk back to you. They don’t ask questions, they are just there for you to kiss away your tears, or cuddle with you when you feel all alone. The companionship of a dog is a beautiful thing and I encourage you all to think about adding a new member to your family.

Jessica Ruttle is our newest Animal Care staff member. She started about 2 months ago and fit right in. Her compassion and love for animals was apparent to us long before she ever became an employee.

When Jessica was in the third grade, she and her family came down to the shelter and adopted a 2-year-old white Shepherd /Akita mix named Gus. When talking to her about Gus, she compared him to “Marley and Me.” Gus was a troublemaker, but he sure stole everyone’s heart.

As he matured, he turned into the perfect gentleman and was Jessica’s best friend and right-hand man. He was there for her when she felt she had no one and really helped her through the tough times. Gus brought her many years of joy and happiness and he will always have a special place in her heart.

When I asked Jessica what made her want to come work here, she replied “I felt I owed the shelter something, because they gave me Gus.”

This is just one of the many examples of how a shelter dog can be an amazing part of your life. These dogs are sometimes judged on why they are here, but the truth of the matter is they are the most loyal, loving dogs anyone could ever ask for. Please come down to the shelter, 812 S. McLane Road, to meet our amazing dogs or visit us online at www.humanesocietycentral az.org.




Nicky is a 3-year-old Heeler. He is a well mannered guy who needs a fair amount of activity every day. He is housebroken and will bark once to let you know he needs to go out. He is very loyal and does well around kids and other dogs. Nicky is smart guy and will catch on quickly when it comes to further training. He would love a companion who goes for hikes in the forest or frequents the dog park.


Bella and Maggie


Bella and Maggie are 20-month-old Boxer/Lab mixes. They are sisters and have been together since birth. Their previous owner took great care of them so they are current on all their shots and have been spayed. They have gone through basic dog training classes and passed with flying colors. The girls love to play fetch and are housebroken and crate trained. They get along with other dogs just fine and we’d really like for them to go together.


Jessie and Dixie


Dixie is a 10-year-old Jack Russell. A woman found her running on the side of the road in Mesa and brought her to Payson hoping her mother would want a dog. However, Dixie and the mother’s cat did not get along, so she was brought here. Dixie would do best as an only child and would love to be spoiled. She is housebroken and leash trained and even talks to you when she wants something. Dixie is the perfect lap dog and would like to know if you have room in your life and your lap for her?




Radar is a handsome 2-year-old Pit mix who was brought in by the police department in May. He was actually adopted from us as a puppy and came in with ID tags on. We tried numerous times to reach his owner and were never able to reach her. So now our studly boy is available for adoption. He is already neutered and is current on his shots. He appears to be good with kids and other dogs, but we always recommend a meet and greet with the entire family, including your dogs, prior to adoption. Radar will also require a home visit before he can be adopted, just to make sure he is going to a loving, forever home.




Sassy is a 1-year-old Pit mix. She was abandoned by her owners after they moved out and left her there. Luckily a kind neighbor saw her and brought her to us. Sassy acts as though she was abused in the past, so she will require a home study and a calm household where she can feel safe and loved. She appears to do well with most dogs, but a meet and greet is required as well. Sassy truly is a sweetheart just looking for a place to fit in and someone to love.


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