Adopt Or Rescue Your Next Pet, Don’T Buy Or Breed


In last week’s article, I discussed the importance of spaying and neutering. We are all aware of the millions of animals euthanized each year due to pet overpopulation, and unfortunately there are not enough homes for the vast amount of animals in shelters across the country. So, I’ve found another way you can help reduce these euthanasia numbers…ADOPT OR RESCUE!

Too many times I’ve heard people say they just want to breed their dog one time because “she’s just so cute,” or because “he’s the best dog I’ve ever had.” Though that may be the case, there are still millions of animals looking to find their forever home.

You’d be surprised at the types of cats and dogs that make their way into shelters and rescues each year. So you want a purebred? Not a problem. There are purebreds that end up in shelters, including ours, as well as rescue groups who focus on primarily one breed.

If you’re thinking you won’t be able to find the exact dog you’re looking for, you may be surprised. I encourage you to check out your local humane society and rescue groups. Start there; you never know what you might find. Join the Humane Society of Central Arizona in saying, ADOPT OR RESCUE, don’t buy or breed. You could be saving a life.

One of my favorite poems of all time is Janine Allen’s, “I Rescued a Human Today.” I’ve included it in this week’s article for you to read in case you haven’t had the opportunity. Hopefully after reading this poem you will embrace the joys of adopting a shelter animal.

I rescued a Human Today

by Janine Allen

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering

apprehensively into the kennels.

I felt her need instantly and knew

I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too

exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little

accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a

difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me.

I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for

companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe.

I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do

everything I could to see that

radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

The following pets and many others are currently available for adoption at the HSCAZ animal shelter, located at 812 S. McLane Road, open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (928) 474-5590 or visit us online at




Salem is a 13-week-old kitten. Like most kittens, he is playful, outgoing and if you sit and watch him long enough, pretty comical. Salem is adventurous, curious and loves to explore. He gets along great with the other cats and is a brave young man who can be cuddly and lovable too.




Spike is a 1-year-old stud muffin. He was surrendered to HSCAZ on 1-12-12. He is a pretty easygoing guy, who enjoys daily walks and some playtime as well. Spike prefers an easygoing dog as a play buddy or companion. He knows some basic commands and is learning manners as well; he is eager to learn new things and is very smart.




Cruz is an 8-month-old hound mix. He is a little shy at first and in the kennel, but he really is a sweet, gentle boy. Cruz is looking to find a forever home with someone who will be patient and kind to him. He is still young, so he will need to be taught basic commands and manners. With a little TLC, Cruz will turn into a confident companion.




Moo is 9-month-old petite female. She was found as a stray near Tonto Basin. She is a sweet little girl who can be a little shy and reserved at times. Moo is a gentle girl who gets along with other dogs. She is looking for a forever home where she can feel safe and loved.




Fuzz is a 7-year-old mature adult. He came in as a stray, but we’re sure he used to belong to someone, being that he was previously neutered. Fuzz is an easygoing dog who likes to just kick back and take it easy. He is well mannered and behaves like a true gentleman.




Molly is an amazing 2-year-old Rottie. She is so sweet and fun-loving. She loves belly rubs and will gladly roll on her back for them. She is great with other dogs and loves people. Molly is truly a great dog, with a huge heart looking for a family to call her own.


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