As the state’s designated responder for animals in distress during natural disasters and emergencies, AHS is called to set up temporary shelters where needed while our EAMTsTM apply their FEMA and Wild Land Fire Fighter training to save lives.

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AHS Deployed to Backbone Fire

June 19, 2021 – As the state’s designated responder for animals in distress during natural disasters, AHS has been deployed to the Backbone Fire, Northwest of Payson, AZ to assist the Humane Society of Central Arizona. AHS has initially deployed a team of six staff members, including a veterinarian and Emergency Animal Medical Technician™, as well as an EAMT ambulance, AKC Disaster Trailer and transport vehicle full of supplies to help shelter and provide medical treatment to any animal evacuees in need.

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Past Deployment

  • 2021
    Telegraph Fire
  • 2020
    Ocotillo Fire
  • 2019
    Woodbury Fire
  • 2017
    Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016
    Cedar Fire
  • 2013
    Yarnell Hill
  • 2011
    Wallow Fire
    Momument Fire
  • 2005
    Hurricane Katrina
  • 2002
    Holbrook/Rodeo Fire


AKC Pet Disaster Relief Unit

AKC Disaster Relief TrailerIn 2015, AHS received a Pet Disaster Relief Unit from AKC Reunite through their Canine Support and Relief Fund. This two-axel trailer containing materials to set up an emergency shelter for pets and service animals will be critical in our emergency relief efforts.

We are so grateful for the Scottsdale Dog Fanciers Association, Superstition Kennel Club and all of the local AKC clubs who selected AHS to receive this gift and worked to raise some of the funding. A group of 11 Arizona animal rescue groups worked to raise funds, which were then matched by AKC Reunite.

BISSELL Pet Foundation National Shelter Alliance

In 2021, AHS was named the Arizona state representative of BISSELL Pet Foundation and Code 3 Associates’ National Shelter Alliance. The Alliance is a national network of shelters who come together to prepare communities for disaster by providing other shelters throughout their state with consistent access to crisis management and stabilization.