As 2011 comes to an end, I believe my premonition about how this year would be came true. 2011 was a successful year for the Humane Society of Central Arizona.
This year we welcomed Kat Knauff as our new Animal Services Manager. Kat has proven to be a huge asset to HSCAZ. This year she helped place 175 animals into rescue; versus last year’s number of 40. Kat also helped set up and successfully complete the first mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic to take place in the last 2-1/2 years. I think it’s safe to say we are glad to welcome Kat aboard.
Aside from Kat, we are blessed with a devoted and compassionate staff. Janet, Sarah, Angie, Jessica, Paul, Shenia, Krissy, Becca, Chris and Ralene have all shown hard work, dedication and love. It has been my pleasure to work closely with all of them. I can’t even begin to name all of the wonderful volunteers we have who help make a difference each day. They show up rain or shine and are angels in disguise. This year, Betty Raveling was named Volunteer of the Year at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. We also have amazing donors who help make so much possible. We truly appreciate your generosity. HSCAZ’s board members have helped make so much happen for us this year. They keep us guided and progressing; we couldn’t do it without them.
Last, but certainly not least, is the animals. Without them, none of us would be here. What a great feeling it is, knowing that so many people can come together for such an important purpose. Our lives have all changed because of them and we love them truly, madly, deeply.
HSCAZ has had an eventful year. Some of the events that took place in 2011 were the Sweet Adelines Concert; the Reds, Whites, Bronzes and Bluegrass fund-raiser; Pins for Paws; and gift wrapping at our Thrift Store. We received a generous grant from Petsmart which allowed us to help the public spay and neuter their pets. We also participated in Petco’s “Think Adoption First” program by holding mobile adoptions at their Fountain Hills location. But the most exciting news of the year is the new building. Work has begun and is moving at a steady pace. The frame is up and we are getting closer every day.
This year, we adopted out a total of 390 animals, returned 240 animals back to their owners and helped out 30 animals with our Humanitarian Hold program. Our total intakes this year were 1,216, down last year from 1,456.
Though working and volunteering at HSCAZ can sometimes be stressful, it’s the good things that happen like adoptions and return to owner that make it all worthwhile. We know we’re here for the right reason and I honestly couldn’t see myself anywhere else. I would like to extend my gratitude to all of you that have helped make a difference and who continue to support HSCAZ with all we do. Thank you and have a Happy New Year.
Too long at the shelter
Bella, Buckeye, Joey, Kaysee, Lala and Abby have all been here for several months. It is certainly time they find their loving, forever home. To meet them or any of the other adoptable pets, visit the shelter at 812 S. McLane Road, open daily (excluding holidays) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; give us a call at (928) 474-5590 or online visit humanesocietycentralaz.org.