#WagLocal and Help the Arizona Humane Society Saves Pets Within Our Community

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The Golden Retriever puppy was lying unconscious and bloody, nearly beaten to death with a metal rod.

At just 4 months old, he’s clinging to life – the victim of horrific abuse.

Thankfully, a neighbor heard his howls and cries for help and the Good Samaritan alerted police to his desperate situation. 

Law Enforcement rescued the puppy named Raine and brought him to the Arizona Humane Society (AHS), where he was transferred into the care of AHS’ Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ -- the largest shelter-based trauma facility for homeless animals in the Southwest. 

AHS’ skilled veterinarians and medical team determined that Raine had soft tissue swelling, bruising and lacerations, but thankfully, no significant skull damage. 

After spending several weeks recovering in the care of one of AHS’ compassionate foster hero homes, the once-lifeless pup, was ready for a permanent home. This time, with another hero – the brave Good Samaritan who helped rescue him and save his life.

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AHS’ mission is to rescue, heal, adopt and advocate for the sick, injured and abused animals in our community, while HSUS and other national agencies focus largely on advocacy.

Sadly, Raine’s story isn’t all that uncommon. Each year, the Arizona Humane Society takes in more than 16,000 pets, including the most vulnerable animals in the Valley – the sick, injured and abused, who are often turned away by other shelters.

This past year alone, more than 11,300 animals were treated in AHS’ trauma hospital, and AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technician™ pet paramedics responded to more than 12,300 animal rescues and cruelty investigations. 

Many of these animals require extensive treatment and care like Raine, and on average it costs $885 to care for each animal who enters AHS’ doors.

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What you may not realize, however, is that the Arizona Humane Society is a private organization and is not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) or any other local, state or national animal welfare organization. 

While AHS often works alongside other organizations, including HSUS, on specific issues, AHS is completely separate from the hundreds of other humane societies, SPCAs, and other animal welfare organizations. 

AHS’ mission is to rescue, heal, adopt and advocate for the sick, injured and abused animals in our community, while HSUS and other national agencies focus largely on advocacy.

AHS receives no funding from HSUS and relies primarily on donations that come directly from Valley animal lovers to care for and save the lives of local pets like Raine. When you make a gift to the Arizona Humane Society, you’re saving the lives of homeless pets here in our community.

Thanks to our community’s support, AHS has saved 60,000 additional lives over the past four years. 60K more pets are safe in loving homes today thanks to lifesaving programs like the trauma hospital team that saved Raine and rescue and cruelty investigation teams. AHS’ spay/neuter outreach and Pet Resource Center help struggling pet owners, while behavior rehabilitation and new medical programs like Mutternity Suites, Bottle Baby Kitten ICU, and Parvo Puppy ICU have redefined our community into a national model of what’s possible when saving lives becomes the top priority. 

You can help AHS save 60,000 more local pets by making a lifesaving gift today. #WagLocal and help AHS end animal suffering, homelessness and needless euthanasia in our community.

This post was written by the Arizona Humane Society staff. You can support other local nonprofits across the state.