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Scottsdale-based farm creates dog hotel for homeless pet owners

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PHOENIX – Homeless pet owners will soon have a new place to help them and their furry friends get off the street and back on their feet.

The city of Phoenix has partnered with Hunkapi Farms and Midwestern University to create a dog hotel.

The goal is to provide homeless pet owners with resources to help care for their animals while they seek services and shelter.

Expected to open its doors in April, “Almost Home Dog Hotel” is located within Hunkapi Farms near 96th Street and Cactus Road in Scottsdale.

The farm has renovated 16 horse stalls that will be able to house one to two dogs each. The stalls have doggy doors that lead to shaded dog runs for the animals to get plenty of exercise.

The idea comes after Phoenix City Councilwoman Laura Pastor had conversations with PHX C.A.R.E.S., a group that provides services for the homeless.

PHX C.A.R.E.S. has seen reoccurring issues with homeless pet owners, that being homeless pet owners are choosing to stay with their animal on the street rather than giving them up because most shelters do not allow animals.

Homeless pet owners will now have the option to seek services and shelter through Community Bridges with the peace of mind knowing their pet will be in a safe place.

Terra Schaad, executive director of Hunkapi Programs, said the facility will also be an adjunct treatment so the pet owners can come see their dog.

“They will receive pet therapy, equine therapy and all the recreational therapies we do here on the farm,” Schaad said.

Midwestern University will provide the farm medical needs for any of the dogs with support from their veterinary students.

To learn more about the program and volunteer opportunities, visit their website or call 480-393-0870.

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