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Arizona Humane Society turns 55 on Wednesday

It’s a celebratory day for the Arizona Humane Society as the organization marked 55 years in business on Wednesday.

The Arizona Humane Society was formed in 1957. In the past 55 years, it has become Arizona’s largest animal welfare and protection agency and one of the largest animal shelters in the nation.

Some notable moments in AHS’ history include the launching of a weekly television show, “Pets on parade,” in 1958. That program is still televised today. In 1994, AHS launched it’s foster care program, which now boasts over 1,800 volunteers including 600 foster parents.

In 2004, AHS won the National Shelter of the Year Award.