Arizona Humane Society History


Since 1957, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) has fostered the belief that every pet deserves a good life. With a vision to end animal suffering, we rescue, heal, adopt and advocate for sick, injured and abused animals.

What once began as a small shelter established by a compassionate group of volunteers has since grown to become the state’s largest animal welfare and protection agency, as well as the state’s designated responder for animals in distress during natural disasters.

Throughout the years, a commitment to thinking differently about animal welfare has led to countless first-of-their-kind programs, services, education and communication techniques that have been emulated by organizations all over the world.

From our Emergency Animal Medical Technician™ program to our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ to our Kitten Nursery and Bottle Baby Kitten ICU, Parvo Puppy ICU and Waggin’ Wheels Mobile Adoption Vehicle, we have a vision to end animal suffering, homelessness and needless euthanasia.

As a modern open admissions shelter, the Arizona Humane Society sees cases daily that are beyond the scope of imagination – abuse, neglect, abandonment. Although we can not save them all, there is not a day that goes by where we don’t try. For those we can save, we are blessed with many miracles… and the joy of pets.