New Rob & Melani Walton Papago Park Campus

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The Campaign to Transform Animal Welfare

In 2013, we knew we had to dramatically accelerate our efforts to save more animals. We introduced new, lifesaving programs. We became more innovative in our animal intake processes. We even fought for pets in the courtroom. And through it all, we began to reimagine the very notion of animal welfare.

The result is the most rapid transformation ever achieved by an animal welfare agency: a dramatic 83% decrease in euthanasia and a 61% reduction in intake.

But There Is More Work to Do

Despite this progress, there are still thousands of homeless and abused pets who need our help. It has become clear that we are not limited by our determination, but by our facilities. To meet the needs of the pets in our state, our 64-year-old Sunnyslope facility needs to be replaced.

Building a Better Future for Arizona Pets

It has long been our vision to create a state-of-the-art facility to meet the needs of our rapidly growing community. And on November 4, 2021, we took our biggest step yet to making this vision a reality: we broke ground on our new campus. This new location near Papago Park (at the juncture of the 202 and 143 freeways) will allow us to offer comprehensive rescue, medical and behavioral care for pets at a level not yet seen in the United States. And we’d love to give you a peek at the great things to come.

The Impact of the Papago Park Campus

Our new Rob & Melani Walton Papago Park Campus will create a stronger system of care for homeless pets throughout the state while combating overpopulation and keeping more pets in homes.

  • 25% more homeless animals receiving trauma and medical treatment

  • 22% increase in response to calls reporting abuse, cruelty and neglect

  • 109% more spay/neuter surgeries, completely filling the need that population growth creates over the next five years

  • 40% more underserved pets receiving affordable veterinary care

  • 24% more animals adopted into caring homes

  • 30% more animals transferred into Arizona Humane Society from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control and other shelters around the state.

Experience the New Campus

Imagine a community where no animal suffers on the streets. Where animal homelessness and abuse are combated with leading-edge strategy and technology, hand-in-hand with concerned citizens and animal advocates.

Imagine a safe haven where severely injured and abused animals receive state-of-the-art medical and behavior rehabilitation interventions scarcely thinkable today.

Our vision is to create a comprehensive network of services for Arizona’s most vulnerable pets. The Papago Park Campus will serve as a regional hub and provide acute medical and trauma care, behavior rehabilitation, rescue and cruelty investigations, adoption resources and education programs.

Watch Our Construction Progress

Want to watch our Papago Park Campus come to life? Follow along with our cool video updates that showcase the construction progress of this new lifesaving campus.

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The new campus will include:
  • Watts Family Medical Complex
  • Lazin Animal Foundation Trauma Hospital
  • BISSELL Pet Foundation Spay & Neuter Unit
  • Susan & Mark Mulzet Parvo ICU
  • Veterinarian Student Teaching Program and integrated tech for real-time surgery viewing 
  • Doris Norton Kitten Nursery Unit with Bottle Baby ICU
  • The Withycombe Family Mutternity Suites
  • Meowternity Suites
  • Convenient EAMT™ ambulance zone and dedicated triage area
  • Flexible kennel space with maximum natural light to support circadian rhythms
  • Ann Siner Foster Wing
  • Kallie & Rohit Tripathi Animal Assistance Wing
  • Outdoor Pappas Play Yard for dogs
  • “Catios” for outdoor enrichments
  • Adoptions with calming “meet and greet” spaces
  • Retail store with gear-fitting areas for dogs
  • Paw-cademy Classrooms and community spaces
  • Suzanne Pearl Family Serenity Garden—a quiet, safe space for saying goodbye
  • Jamie L. Middleton Lobby to warmly welcome adopters, children and more
  • Cece Claudio Feline Critical Care Center
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A Network of Campuses

The Papago Park Campus greatly expands our capacity to serve Arizona pets. Meanwhile, the Nina Mason Pulliam South Mountain Campus will become a safe haven for pets in our care who need the most time, intensive recovery and rehabilitation from situations like hoarding, disaster relief, and cruelty cases. And while the Sunnyslope Campus will be sunsetting the majority of its services, we will continue to operate its Marge Wright Veterinary Clinic to provide affordable pet care to the Sunnyslope community.

Fulfilling the Vision

The cost of acquiring the land was $4.5 million. Building the new facility will be another $41.5 million. This is no everyday undertaking.

With the leadership of staff and the Board of Directors, AHS has committed an investment of $17 million in capital reserves over the next five years to fulfill the two-campus solution. The remaining $28 million will come from our friends and supporters who believe in this project.

To date, over $26 million dollars for our new Papago Park Campus has been raised from a very special group of donors. Additionally, we have partnered with a generous general contracting firm with expertise in medical and hospital construction who has committed to building the facility at cost and assisting us with securing at cost or in-kind materials from sub-contractors.

These leadership gifts have laid the foundation for a state-of-the-art animal hospital and adoption center unlike anything the Southwest has ever seen. While we have made great progress, we still require the support of our most loyal donors to make this vision a reality.

There are many exciting opportunities to invest in the Arizona Humane Society’s comprehensive system of care. Join us to transform our community and save the lives of so many pets in need.

For available naming opportunities, please contact Nancy Mitchell, our Senior Manager, Major & Campaign Gifts, at 602.323.8834 or via email.

Guided by Expert Leadership

The Arizona Humane Society is honored to have the most passionate, committed and successful animal welfare advocates in the community leading this initiative.

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