State gives $1.27M to Arizona Humane Society to protect vulnerable pets
PHOENIX — The Arizona Humane Society will receive $1.27 million from the state to protect pets when their owners face instability and during natural disasters.
Gov. Doug Ducey announced the funding during a tour of the nonprofit orginization’s Sunnyslope Campus near 7th and Dunlap avenues in Phoenix on Tuesday.
“The Arizona Humane Society has helped get many animals into safe, loving homes,” Ducey said in a press release.
“Last year when many Arizona communities and families experienced devastation from wildfires and flooding, the Humane Society acted quickly to protect pets and provide shelter. I’m grateful to the team at the Humane Society for their hard work and dedication to supporting our communities and protecting pets.”
A majority of the funding, $700,000, is for the Project Away from Home program that connects pet owners with temporary foster care opportunities for their pets if they face housing instability, financial crises, domestic violence situations or emergency hospitalization, according to the release.
A chunk of the money is also going to fund a mobile pop-up shelter and kenneling system for natural disasters, as well as an additional rescue truck that has an animal holding and air-conditioned box.
A portion of the money is also going toward educational programming that allows 2,000 at-risk and special needs kids to participate in hands-on activities with animals and learn about future career opportunities while spending time with their peers.