Paws for Love at any Safeway Store

Local Partnership Advocates for Valley’s Homeless Pets

Margie - Thanksgiving 2012
Margie – Thanksgiving 2012
Margie - January 2013
Margie – January 2013

When Arizona Humane Society’s Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ arrived on Margie’s doorstep, the 1-year-old pit bull was dying of starvation and couldn’t even stand. She was rushed to AHS’ Second Chance Animal Hospital™ where she weighed in at just 27 pounds.


Knowing that Margie needed more than just food, AHS veterinarians purchased canine plasma and began giving Margie much-needed blood transfusions. The next days were critical as Margie began a very strict feeding schedule. Soon, Margie became stronger and more stable, and was ready to continue her recovery in a loving AHS foster home. Two months later, Margie is now a healthy 55 pounds and her once broken spirit has been transformed into a loving, playful companion grateful for her second chance.


In honor of Margie and those who have suffered at the hands of abuse, neglect and injury, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS), along with all 115 Arizona Safeway stores, are partnering for Paws for Love.


Paws for Love is a fundraising campaign that runs throughout February and provides Valley pet lovers and shoppers the opportunity to donate to pets like Margie and AHS’ lifesaving programs and services at any Arizona Safeway store. As a nonprofit organization that relies on the community’s support, a donation of just $5 will help provide a day’s worth of medicine for an animal in our trauma center whereas a donation of $300 helps cover the average cost to care for an animal until he or she is adopted.


As part of the special campaign, AHS and Safeway will host a free community event on Saturday, February 9 from 7 a.m. – noon at the Safeway located at 810 E. Glendale Ave. The event will celebrate the joy of pets and pay tribute to those who have triumphed over tragedy and are now ready for adoption. In addition to Margie, special adoptees include Murphy, a 2-year-old Cattle dog who AHS’ EAMTs™ rescued after being wrapped in a tarp and thrown in a dumpster, as well as Trike and Casanova, two Chihuauhuas who were rescued after being hit by a car. Adoptions are first-come, first-served. Please arrive early and be sure bring down your family and canine companions for a meet and greet. In the event that multiple approved adopters arrive at the same time, a drawing will be held to determine who will become the lucky forever family. Having gone through so much already, Margie needs to be the center of attention and an only child in her new home.


In addition to adoptions, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the heroic AHS EAMTs, get a sneak peek inside an EAMT ambulance, indulge in Arizona’s largest dog bone-shaped cake and take part in kid’s crafts for our shelter pets.


Paws for Love is the community’s chance to show that neglected animals aren’t really neglected, that homelessness doesn’t equate to heartlessness and that few things heal injuries quite as well as compassion. Together, we can all make a difference in the life of a homeless animal.