Many Pets And People Are United By Fate


“Some things just happen for a reason… it’s just fate.”

— Anonymous

We at Humane Society of Central Arizona want to start our weekly article with a quote that we hear quite frequently. The fact that adopters know that an animal was brought into their lives for a reason is amazing.

Animals bring unique experiences into our lives and they never cease to amaze us with their goofy antics and carefree attitudes. The mere fact that petting an animal can calm a human’s nerves is a phenomenal act. The simple fact is that animals improve life overall. I know that my dogs have changed my life in all the best ways and have brought me through turbulent times.

Some animals are relinquished to animal shelters due to the owner having no other options but to let them go, while other animals are simply left to fend for themselves without even making it to a shelter.

Drake was one of the less fortunate ones being that he was left to find a home himself. Drake is a large Rottweiler who was ironically found by a HSCAZ staff member while running in the middle of the street. When Drake was found, he had external injuries from being hit by a truck and was exhausted from running loose. He came into the facility in rough shape, but his soul stayed strong throughout his painful journey to healing. Now that you have a brief background on Drake it is time for me to share his current life situation.

Jai arrived at HSCAZ after he had been emailing back and forth with one of our representatives about coming to the shelter. He was quite interested in adopting a large, male Rottweiler and had driven all the way from Gilbert, Ariz. to meet Drake.

Jai knew that even if he believed that Drake was a perfect match, Drake would not be able to go home with him that day because a home visit would be required. After spending time with Drake, Jai knew that Drake was the dog for him and his family. Drake was great with Jai’s young daughter and was very excited by the fact that he may have found his new home.

The day after Jai and his family came to meet Drake, an HSCAZ representative drove down to Gilbert and performed a routine home visit — an HSCAZ requirement to ensure a safe and compassionate home prior to adopting out certain breeds. When the HSCAZ representative pulled up to Jai’s house she was greeted with open arms by Jai’s family and she knew that Drake had found his new home. Drake met Jai’s current Rottweiler, a Chihuahua mix and resident kitties and he was excited, to say the least, but he was on his best behavior. As the HSCAZ representative toured through the home while simultaneously asking questions, she knew that a home like Jai’s was just the right fit for Drake. There was even a swimming pool for Drake to relax in!

Drake has been in his new home for several months and he recently graduated from training camp. He now knows over two handfuls of commands. Drake spends his time either relaxing by the pool or trying to play with the household cats. Drake has a family now and his sad beginnings and injuries are things of the past. It’s magnificent that animals can so easily forgive people for their neglect, mistreatment and lack of loyalty. Drake was obviously ready for his new beginning!

Now it’s time to meet some of our other adoptable pets who are also waiting for and worthy of a second chance. To learn more about them, visit our shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; call us at (928) 474-5590; or go to




Hershey and Max are 7-month-old neutered male Rottweiler/mastiff mix brothers who were picked up as strays and brought to the shelter. It would be lovely if they could be adopted together, but it is not a requirement.




Slushy is a 1-year-old spayed female hound mix who came to the shelter as a stray.




Steel is a 5-year-old neutered male Rottweiler mix who was picked up as a stray.




Swiss is a 6-month-old neutered male American pit bull terrier mix who was found near the Swiss Village and brought in as a stray.




Allison is a 1-year-old spayed female lab/shepherd mix who was abandoned by her owner.


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