12 Saves of Christmas

We love nothing more than sharing a great story during the holidays. Our 12 Saves of Christmas are a few of our favorites from this past year:

 

Zion Reunite
A beloved member of AHS’ Project Active Duty foster care program, Zion, a goofy and endearing pit bull, was reunited with his military mom after two years apart. He is now living the life in Hawaii with three human brothers and sisters!

Libby rescue
After days of hearing meows through rec center ceiling and walls, staff called on AHS’ EAMTs to track down the stuck kitty. Libby soon became known as the “best, most destructive and most rewarding rescue to date,” according to the EAMT who rescued her.

Pixie, a 1-year-old Chihuahua had to have both of her eyes removed after suffering head trauma. A lack of sight, however, hasn't slowed Pixie down in her new adopted home.
Pixie, a 1-year-old Chihuahua had to have both of her eyes removed after suffering head trauma. A lack of sight, however, hasn’t slowed Pixie down in her new adopted home.

    Rafiki was rescued by EAMTs as a stray after he’d been attacked by a dog. The 5-year-old German shepherd mix is now home for the holidays after being adopted.
Rafiki was rescued by EAMTs as a stray after he’d been attacked by a dog. The 5-year-old German shepherd mix is now home for the holidays after being adopted.

SBF
They arrive at the shelter for a variety of different reasons and in each we see something special. For Ronnie that was a desire to help others. He has since graduated from Soldier’s Best Friend and spends his days as a therapy dog for his pet parent who is coping with PTSD.

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Driving through the streets of desolate Yarnell Hill after one of the country’s deadliest wildfires, little Pele befriended AHS’ EAMTs and continued their rounds with them as they searched for, and checked in on, victim’s pets. She stole our hearts just as quickly as she jumped into our rescue vehicle and many happy tears were shed as she left the shelter for her new home in Phoenix.

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Jenny, a 4-month-old Russian blue kitty, was found in a dumpster with her mom and brought to AHS, where she was fostered, nursed back to health and then adopted.

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Our veterinarians removed a shrunken, bad eye that was bothering 9-year-old Niko. The little Pug may be one eye short now, but he isn’t short on love.

    Found extremely thin and malnourished by our EAMTS, 2-year-old Cairn terrier mix Bell is now healthy and happy in his new home.
Found extremely thin and malnourished by our EAMTS, 2-year-old Cairn terrier mix Bell is now healthy and happy in her new home.

Missing for three years, Fabio’s owner was elated when a call from AHS’ Alternative Placement team revealed that Fabio was safe, sound and ready to go back home.
Missing for three years, Mr Kitty’s owner was elated when a call from AHS’ Alternative Placement team revealed that Mr. Kitty was safe, sound and ready to go back home.

Jessica - rabbit
Rescued from a hoarding situation, Jessica was so fearful that she often lunged and bit at AHS staff who tried to pet her. One month later, AHS’ adoption’s team continues to work one-on-one with her to gain her trust and increase her confidence as she waits for her family to walk through the door.

Left to die at the top of an Arizona mountain with a gunshot wound, 50-pound Elijah was carried down the mountain by a Good Samaritan. AHS’ medical staff continues to monitor his medical care and treatment as he is fostered with his future family and those who helped save his life.
Left to die at the top of an Arizona mountain with a gunshot wound, 50-pound Elijah was carried down the mountain by a Good Samaritan. AHS’ medical staff continues to monitor his medical care and treatment as he is fostered with his future family and those who helped save his life.

 

It’s thanks to the support and advocacy of animal lovers like you that we’re able to save the lives of thousands of pets like Libby and Elijah, provide temporary care for lovable goofballs like Zion and reunite lost four-legged family members like Mr. Kitty with his owner. Help fill the holidays with love and give a second chance to homeless pets this holiday season, so we create more wonderful happy endings to celebrate throughout the new year.

 

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