Animal Trauma Hospital™
A Second Chance at Life
Our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ was established in 1996 and is the largest shelter-based trauma center for homeless animals in the Southwest. Many of the animals rescued by our EAMTs™ come directly to this hospital. Our trauma hospital is dedicated to providing veterinary care for homeless animals who have nowhere else to turn—nearly 11,000 pets every year.
Our skilled vets provide lifesaving procedures such as fracture repairs, trauma surgery, amputations, malnourishment treatment and more. This is all made possible by our generous donors, who have helped us attain state-of-the-art medical equipment, including digital X-ray machines, in-house diagnostic equipment, orthopedic instruments and dental equipment. With their help, this facility and its lifesaving programs give hurting pets a second chance at a healthy, happy life.
Saving the Lives of the Most Vulnerable
At our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™, we’re able to care for pets who are routinely euthanized in other shelters. This is all made possible by our donor-funded, lifesaving programs:
- Bottle Baby ICU & Kitten Nursery
Our Bottle Baby ICU cares for orphaned kittens and puppies who are too young to survive on their own. Our incredible volunteers hand-feed them until they’re eating on their own. And when a kitten moves to the Kitten Nursery, they’ll continue to receive loving care and vital socialization until they’re old enough to find their forever home.
Both of these facilities are overflowing during the summer months—or as we call it, “kitten season!” Between staffing, medical care, vaccinations, toys, litter, food and other supplies, it costs more than $500,000 a year to operate the Bottle Baby ICU and Kitten Nursery. Last year, we were able to care for more than 2,000 kittens thanks to our community’s support.
- Mutternity Suites
Although the Valley has come a long way in spay and neuter surgeries, the reality is that we take in hundreds of pregnant pets and their babies every year.
First opened in 2017, our Mutternity Suites provide a quiet, contained place for mothers to give birth with medical supervision. Our goal is to then move these little families into Foster Hero homes, where they can receive more individualized attention until the babies are weaned and they’re all ready to find their forever homes.
- Parvo ICU
Canine parvovirus, or parvo, is a highly contagious and often fatal disease found in puppies and unvaccinated adult dogs. It’s long been considered untreatable, and because it can spread quickly from kennel to kennel, shelters throughout the country often must make the difficult decision to euthanize dogs who test positive for the virus.
But at the Arizona Humane Society, we’re changing that. Although there is no medical cure for parvo, many dogs are able to recover when they receive supportive care for their symptoms. With our trauma hospital’s isolation ward, we’re able to care for parvo-positive dogs without risk to the healthy ones. Since its opening, the Parvo ICU has treated more than 1,700 dogs and puppies.
- Spay & Neuter Services
One of the most important ways we can ensure pets have loving homes is to decrease the number of unwanted pet pregnancies. We spay or neuter every homeless pet who comes through our doors, and we offer affordable spay & neuter surgeries to pet owners through our veterinary clinics.
The numbers say it all—since 2013, our intake has decreased by 61%, meaning there are far fewer unwanted pets on the streets!
Looking Toward the Future
Right now, our trauma hospital is located at our Sunnyslope Campus. Our team of more than 30 veterinary professionals are saving lives every day. In fact, a full two-thirds of the animals who come into our shelter receive lifesaving care at the Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™.
But the fact is, our facilities are bursting at the seams. Which is why we’re so excited to share that construction on our new Papago Park Campus has begun. This new facility located near the juncture of the 202 and 143 freeways will be a regional hub for comprehensive services, allowing us to save thousands more lives in our new Lazin Animal Foundation Trauma Hospital. It will also feature our behavior rehabilitation, rescue and cruelty investigations, adoption resources and education programs.
These Pets Need You
Every day, we see pets from heart-wrenching circumstances come through our doors. But every dollar helps give these precious animals a second chance at a happy life. Will you provide food, medical treatment and love for a pet in need?