Arizona Humane Society History


Since 1957, the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) has fostered the belief that every pet deserves a good life. Our mission is to save the most vulnerable animals and enrich the lives of pets and people.

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.

Our lifesaving programs, including our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™, Mutternity Suites, Kitten Nursery, Bottle Baby Kitten ICU and Parvo Puppy ICU save the lives of pets routinely euthanized in shelters. And our comprehensive medical, behavioral rehabilitation, surrender intervention and spay/neuter initiatives have helped us save an additional 115,000 lives over the last seven years and become a safety net for the Valley’s most vulnerable pets.

As a modern open admissions shelter, the Arizona Humane Society sees cases daily that are beyond the scope of imagination – abuse, neglect, abandonment. Our Ethical No-Kill Philosophy ensures we never euthanize a pet for space or length of time. And 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.