Our New Rob & Melani Walton Papago Park Campus

The Dawn of a New Era

Introducing our revolutionary Rob & Melani Walton Papago Park Campus, established in February 2024. Seven years in the making, every brick that comprises this state-of-the-art complex was laid with compassionate intent.

Papago Park Campus (5501 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85008) is the anchor of our multiple-campus System of Care joined by our South Mountain Campus, Sunnyslope Campus’ veterinary clinic, as well as our mobile veterinary unit and PetSmart adoption center. Each of these enables us to more comprehensively transform animal welfare in the Valley and beyond. From its innovatively designed medical facilities to its very own Echo Coffee Shop, this new campus will greatly expand our capacity to serve Arizona pets and people.

Four Key Tenets

The Papago Park Campus is designed around four critical tenets that help save lives.

  • Animal Health & Welfare
  • Papago Park Campus is an animal hospital first and foremost. Our job is to save the lives of sick, injured, abandoned and abused homeless pets, rehabilitate them, and then find them new homes. Here’s how:

    • Created a revolutionary Lazin Animal Foundation Trauma Hospital unlike any other in the Southwest complete with a trauma triage unit
    • Expanded our dedicated ICUs including the Susan & Mark Mulzet Parvo ICU, Withycombe Family Mutternity Suites and Doris Norton Kitten Nursery Unit
    • Broadened innovative behavioral support and training
    • Equipped kennels with separate ventilation systems to prevent spread of contagious illnesses
    • Installed open-air catios so our feline friends can spend time in the fresh outdoors
    • Built sensory gardens full of aromatic herbs like Rosemary to stimulate animal senses
    • Hand-poured kennel floors to get just the right slope for easier upkeep
    • Designed areas with thoughtful acoustics to minimize noise pollution
    • Reduced number of kennels in each pod to prevent pet overstimulation
    • Selected paint colors to be easy on a pet’s eyes
    • Put in adjustable lighting systems to mimic circadian rhythms and help with healing
  • Staff Health & Welfare
  • In 2023, 22,000 animals entered our doors. That was a 20% increase from just one year earlier, and we couldn’t have cared for any of them without our dedicated staff. We designed our Papago Park Campus to help our team members thrive with:

    • Plenty of big windows to let in natural light
    • Numerous flex office spaces for team members visiting from sister campuses
    • In-house Echo Coffee Shop to provide staff (and visitors) with a readily available pick-me-up
    • Artwork and designs by artist Ula Nero lining the walls to brighten everyone’s day
    • Numerous patios and outdoor workstations with fresh air
    • Solar panels and backup generators to keep us cool and running during hot Arizona summers
    • Endless gathering areas fashioned to enrich lives by leveraging the animal-human bond
  • Transparency
  • Our Papago Park Campus acts as one big window into the work that we do at AHS each day. Our mission mentions serving both pets and people in our community and we strive to provide visitors an intimate experience with our operations to show that animal welfare organizations can be a place for hope. Here’s how:

    • When we say windows, we mean it. Dozens of windows make up this campus, many of which offer a direct line of sight into our hospital and ICU operations
    • A spay/neuter viewing area allows aspiring veterinary students to observe the hundreds of alteration surgeries our staff accomplishes each week
    • Our Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ enter through the same front doors you do
    • Our expanded Education and Outreach Department, with our Animal Teachers visible in engaging enclosures along the walls of our Jamie L. Middleton Welcome Lobby, allows us to reach hundreds of thousands of the Valley’s animal lovers and advocates while also promoting our youth programs such as camps and workshops
    • Our open-air play yards allow visitors to see our Behavior Team at work, enriching the lives of pets and teaching them essential skills
  • Sustainability & Durability
  • We want our Papago Park Campus to last as a pillar of hope for homeless animals in the Southwest. Our pioneering Sunnyslope location operated for 67 years, all without the revolutionary technology that is powering Papago Park, so we expect to be around for decades to come. Here’s how:

    • 75% of our electricity is being produced by 1,055 generously-donated solar panels to cut down on cost and energy waste
    • Thoughtful design and installation of kennel floors makes it easier for staff to clean and maintain while preventing the spread of disease
    • Low-water landscaping to combat excess water usage
    • Saloon-type doors in each kennel for energy efficiency
    • Overall, this campus will eventually allow us to treat 25% more animals, place 24% more pets in forever homes and provide 40% more pets with affordable veterinary care for many years to come
Three Arizona Humane Society employees standing outside building with three dogs
Arizona Humane Society Papago Park Campus Lobby

Papago Park Campus By the Numbers

  • 72,000

    square feet on just under 5 acres

  • $46 million

    state-of-the-art medical campus

  • 90%

    of pet spaces designed with natural light

  • 10,500

    spay/neuter surgeries each year

  • 20,000

    pets expected to enter our doors this year

  • 610 kennels

    5 fresh-air catios, 13 play yards

A Greater Glimpse Into Papago Park Campus’ Impact
  • 2×2: two buildings, two-stories high, oriented to maximize daylight without heat gain
  • 217 Dog Kennels
  • 358 Cat Kennels
  • 35 Critter Kennels
  • 84 rosemary plants in  sensory dog gardens to provide olfactory enrichment
  • 31 Parvo ICU kennels to treat more than 300 dogs and puppies each year
  • 1 chemo staging suite
  • 4 out of 5 animals who enter our doors will be treated in our Lazin Animal Foundation Trauma Hospital
  • 11 ambulances to transport sick and injured pets and a dedicated emergency room entrance
  • 16 Animal Teachers who all come from rescue or cruelty situations who teach children how to show compassion to animals

Make a Difference

You can help save the lives of our community’s most vulnerable animals by adopting, volunteering or fostering.