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Arizona Humane Society: Disaster Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Arizona Humane Society (AHS) used this gift to help underwrite a portion of the staffing expenses AHS incurred while deployed at the Telegraph and Mescal Fires in eastern Arizona from June 6-13.

While AHS was deployed to the Telegraph and Mescal Fires, our Disaster Response Team cared for 100 owned pets in the field, 86 of whom were reunited with their loving families and 14 of whom were surrendered to our shelter. During this natural disaster, AHS’s Disaster Response Team was deployed for a week – the longest deployment since the team’s inception. This grant helped our organization by underwriting a portion of the staffing expenses we incurred while 28 staff members were deployed.

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Bailey, a 4-year-old Queensland heeler/collie mix, and her seven newborn puppies were surrendered to AHS during our deployment to the Telegraph and Mescal Fires. Upon intake, Bailey and her puppies were quickly placed with one of our Foster Heroes. Unfortunately, Bailey displayed behavioral issues with her foster parent and returned to the shelter with her puppies.

From there, Bailey and her seven puppies stayed in AHS’ Mutternity Suite and spent time with our Behavior Team to ensure Bailey could find a forever home after weaning her puppies. During their time in the shelter, Bailey and all seven of her puppies showed no signs of behavioral issues and entered AHS’ adoption floor after being vaccinated and sterilized. Within a matter of days, Bailey and all seven puppies had found their forever homes!

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