Protect Your Pets From The Extreme, Summer Heat


The Humane Society of Central Arizona had a reason to celebrate last Saturday: Dixie was adopted! Thanks to last week’s article, three of our featured seniors were placed into loving, forever homes. It’s such a great feeling when people come in to adopt because they saw one of our adorable adoptables in the paper.

Each adoption is special and exciting. This year, we have had 219 adoptions! We have placed 60 animals with other rescues, returned 110 animals to their families and are hopeful to double these numbers before the year is over. You can always help increase these numbers by adopting from HSCAZ. We always have plenty of dogs and cats to choose from, and we are always willing to help you find your perfect match.

Now that summer is officially here, please remember some simple steps you can take to keep your pets safe and healthy.

Always make sure they have plenty of water and shelter or shade from the sun.

Never leave your pets in the car. Temperatures inside a vehicle can climb higher than temps outside; cracking a window is not a solution. Please leave your pets at home.

Remember to walk your dogs earlier in the day. The ground gets hot, fast and can burn their pads.

With the monsoon season upon us, keep in mind that dogs and cats can be easily frightened from the storms. Bring your dogs inside and give them a safe place to relax for the night.

We hope to increase our adoption numbers this weekend with our mobile adoption event at the Fountain Hills Petco. Their “Think Adoption First” program encourages people to adopt or rescue, rather than buy or breed. Meet some of our adoptables and wonderful volunteers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at 16835 E. Shea Blvd., Ste. 105.

Remember, you can come down and see us every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 812 S. McLane Road. Visit us on the web at, or call (928) 474-5590.




Captain is an 8-month-old Shepherd/Heeler mix. He was sadly surrendered by his owner because they didn’t have the time to care for him. He is a magnificent guy, with loads of personality and spunk. He is very intelligent and will respond well to basic training, which he will need. He has been neutered and is up to date on vaccinations. Captain will make a great addition to an active household; one that enjoys hikes, going to the river and being outdoors.




Becca is a gorgeous, 10-month-old spayed female. She, and her mom, Lenobia, were  surrendered because their previous owners couldn’t care for them anymore. Becca has beautiful green eyes that are captivating, and a cute pink nose that goes well with her eyes. She is very affectionate and is easygoing. She loves to nap in the window while soaking up the sun. She is up to date on her shots and has a clean bill of health. She gets along well with other cats and kids.




Wendy is a 1-year-old tabby and white, spayed female. When she first came in as a stray, she would hide in her kitty bed. But now she is confident and loves attention. She is social with other cats and kids, but may do best in a home without dogs. Wendy is a real lover. She likes to weave between your legs, purring and eager for attention. She is a mellow girl and will make a great addition to a loving family. She is current on shots and has passed her health tests.




Jewel is a gorgeous, 1-year-old tortie, with personality and grace. She was found as a stray and brought to the shelter to be placed for adoption. Jewel gets along with other cats and can be playful and outgoing. She also enjoys naps and quiet time, and will do great in any kind of home, as long as she gets the TLC she deserves. Jewel is a true gem; loving, beautiful and mature. She is spayed, current on vaccines and passed her health tests.




Nikki is a 2-1/2-year-old Rottweiler mix. She is a medium-sized girl, with a huge heart! She is great with children and dogs, and would love to find her forever home with a great family she can call her own. Nikki’s previous owner went off to college, so that’s how she ended up here at HSCAZ. Nikki is playful, energetic and will definitely need to be part of an outgoing family who will keep her active. This cuddle bug is super sweet and will steal your heart. She is spayed and current on all of her shots. Come down and meet her today.




Thumper is a 6-month-old Spaniel mix. He was found as a stray and brought in by Animal Control. He is a super sweet, intelligent pup who will do wonderful with further training. He can be a little shy, but he warms up quickly. Thumper loves to play in the yard with his other canine friends. He would do best I a home with older kids, and a canine companion he can play with. He loves to play in the water and really wants to learn how to play fetch. He is neutered and has received his vaccinations. He is learning how to walk on a leash and will need some help with potty training.


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