In Loving memory of Jake

Kennel 165
Belgium Tervuren / mix
Male, Cream / Brown
Age: 1 yr. 6 mo.

Died June 13, 2003

8-12 million companion animals are killed each year in America because they have no homes.
 
90% of the millions of cats killed on our roads each year are unsterilized.    
80% of dogs hit by vehicles each year are un-neutered males.
 
15 dogs and 45 cats are born for every person that is born.  
1 in 9 cats and dogs born in the US will find a home--the rest will be destroyed or abandoned because nobody wants them.
 
One female cat and one male cat and their offspring can result in 420,000 kittens in 7 years.  
One female dog and one male dog and their offspring can produce 4,372 puppies in 7 years.


Six Common Excuses for Not Spaying or Neutering Pets

1.       My pet will get fat and lazy

Neutering or spaying may diminish your pet's overall activity level, natural tendency to wander, and hormonal balances, which may influence appetite. Pets that become fat and lazy after being altered usually are overfed and do not get enough exercise. 


2.       We want another pet just like Rover and Fluffy.

Breeding two purebred animals rarely results in offspring that are exactly like either of the parents. With mixed breeds, it is virtually impossible to have offspring that are exactly like one of the parents.
 

3.       My pet's personality will change.

Any change will be for the better. After being altered, your pet will be less aggressive toward other dogs or cats, have a better personality, and will be less likely to wander. Spraying (urine marking), which is often done by dogs and cats to mark their territory, diminishes or ceases after pets are altered.
 

4.       We can sell puppies or kittens and make money.

Even well-known breeders are fortunate if they break even on raising purebred litters. The cost of raising such a litter -- which includes stud fees, feeding a quality food, vaccinations and other health care costs -- consumes most of the "profit." Well-known breeders raise breeds that they like. These breeders also try to improve the standard of the breeds they raise.
 

5.       My children should witness our pet giving birth.

Pets often have their litters in the middle of the night or in a place of their own choosing. Because pets need privacy when giving birth, any unnecessary intrusion can cause the mother to become seriously upset. These intrusions can result in an unwillingness to care for the offspring or in injury to the owners or to the pet.
 

6.       I am concerned about my pet undergoing anesthesia.

Placing a pet under anesthesia is a very common concern of owners. Although there is always a slight risk involved, the anesthetics currently used by veterinarians are very safe. Many veterinarians use equipment that monitors heart and respiratory rates during surgery to ensure that their patients are doing well under anesthesia. Thus, the medical benefits of having your pet spayed or neutered far outweigh the slight risk involved with undergoing anesthesia. Consult your veterinarian if your are concerned about this aspect of the procedure.



Visit Maricopa County Animal Care And Control to see how you can help


I see little souls wearing fur,
souls who bark and souls who purr....
Born unwanted and unloved,
I see all this and more from above....
I watch them suffer, I see them cry,
I see them lost, I watch them die....
I see unwanted thousands born....
and when they die...nobody mourns....

These are castaways who will never see love or security....

A few short months they starve and roam,
Or caged in shelters--nobody takes home....
We cry, we feel, we love....
Our presence now only known from God above....
My pain and suffering came to an end,
so don't cry for me, my person, my friend....
The living ones need you now....
Please stop their abuse somehow.

PLEASE MAKE ROOM FOR AN ABUSED OR RESCUED DOG OR CAT
IN YOUR HOME AND IN YOUR HEART

In My Kitchen

In my Kitchen
There lies a bowl
Made of the finest marble
It's for a dog, ya know

Not one that's here
Or lived here before
But for the dog out there
I may never know

It's left in the kitchen
To remind us all
That somewhere there is a dog
Whose belly's not full

It lays here waiting
Just in case
That dog comes here
For love and grace

So people ask
Why keep this bowl?
The answers easy
The story I told

There is a dog
That needs this bowl
He lays in my heart
My body and soul

He fights each day
Just to survive
And the bowl
Will lay waiting
Til the end of time

Sara Haddon

This page was created for awareness.
It's something every person should know, not just those of us involved in rescue and shelter work.  Too many animals are being euthanized across our nation, and it's just not right.  If 80% of all breeders would just stop breeding, America would still have all the animals we love so much and none would be euthanized......  It's just that simple.

The images on the top of this page are credited to an amazing PSA
put out by In Defence Of Animals.  To view this POWERFUL PSA please visit their web site.
Then contact you local TV stations about getting it aired.
It's the most powerful, meaningful and educational 30 seconds you'll ever spend while watching TV.

To this page I would also like to add some heartfelt poetry written by everyday people
who have been touched in one way or another by a homeless animal.  Please read..
Arizona Statistics


During 2002, nearly 28,000 dogs and cats were euthanized in Maricopa County alone because no one wanted them.  That equates to 78 pets killed every day of the year here in the Valley of the Sun.  Nationwide, the figure reaches 8 million.

The summer of 2003 appears to be a record breaking year for shelters and volunteer rescue groups who aid as many dogs and cats (and other companion animals) as their resources permit.  These dedicated pet lovers are left to deal with the "dirty work" that is the result of the general public's lack of responsible pet ownership behaviors.  It is an emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausting task.

This summer, owners have already turned into Maricopa County Animal Care & Control 3304 dogs and cats during June and July; additionally, there were 7638 strays brought in during the same two months.  Of the stray animals, 46% of them were lucky enough to be returned to their owners because of identification tags, license tags, microchip ids, or physical identification by the owner visiting the shelter in search of a missing pet.

Spay and neuter your pet.  The cute puppies and kittens from last year are now the dogs and cats abandoned this year for countless reasons; many will be euthanized because they aren't wanted anymore.

Do NOT breed and/or buy your pets while homeless animals die..ADOPT

Make a lifetime commitment to your pet.  Recognize it will take time, energy and money.

Identify your pets  with permanent microchips, name/phone# ID tags, licenses.
In Loving Memory of the 8-12 million
Dogs and Cats euthanized each year
in the United States of America
Millions of dogs and cats are in
our nation's shelters ...
... waiting to be put to death.
Abandoned and homeless ...
... Their only crime was that
nobody loved them.
Please don't buy your next
dog or cat ...
Adopt, and save a life.
In Loving Memory of Kennel 228

Shepherd - Husky mix .. 2 years old
Female, Black & Tan
Owner Turn In ..
Chewed up the sprinkler system, digs too much

Died August 16, 2003
Arizona Statistics


During 2002, nearly 28,000 dogs and cats were euthanized in Maricopa County alone because no one wanted them.  That equates to 78 pets killed every day of the year here in the Valley of the Sun.  Nationwide, the figure reaches 8 million.

The summer of 2003 appears to be a record breaking year for shelters and volunteer rescue groups who aid as many dogs and cats (and other companion animals) as their resources permit.  These dedicated pet lovers are left to deal with the "dirty work" that is the result of the general public's lack of responsible pet ownership behaviors.  It is an emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausting task.

This summer, owners have already turned into Maricopa County Animal Care & Control 3304 dogs and cats during June and July; additionally, there were 7638 strays brought in during the same two months.  Of the stray animals, 46% of them were lucky enough to be returned to their owners because of identification tags, license tags, microchip ids, or physical identification by the owner visiting the shelter in search of a missing pet.

Spay and neuter your pet.  The cute puppies and kittens from last year are now the dogs and cats abandoned this year for countless reasons; many will be euthanized because they aren't wanted anymore.

Do NOT breed and/or buy your pets while homeless animals die..ADOPT

Make a lifetime commitment to your pet.  Recognize it will take time, energy and money.

Identify your pets  with permanent microchips, name/phone# ID tags, licenses.
In Loving Memory Of

Kennel 001  1 year old  F  Black & Brown Aust Shep/Queensland
Kennel 001  1 year old  M   Black & Brown Aust Shep/Queensland

Owner turn in: because they got too big

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Kennel 051     1 year old  M  BLACK / WHITE  BORDER COLLIE/MIX

Kennel 067     5 year old   M   WHITE / WHITE  LHASA APSO

Kennel 079     8 year old   F   BLACK  COCKER SPAN
Kennel 079     10 year old   F   BLACK  COCKER SPAN

Kennel 083     1 year old  F   BLACK / BUFF  FLAT COAT RETR/MIX

Kennel 094     1 year old  M   BROWN / WHITE LABRADOR RETR/MIX

Kennel 114     1 year old   M    BLACK / BROWN  DOBERMAN PINSCH/MIX

Kennel 122     1 year old   M    BLACK / TAN  GERM SHEPHERD MIX

Kennel 128     1 year old  M    BLACK / BLACK  PIT BULL AMER/MIX

Kennel 174     2 year old   M    BLACK / BROWN   ROTTWEILER/MIX

Kennel 184     1 year old   F   BLACK / TAN  GERM SHEPHERD

Kennel 226     9 year old   M   BROWN / BROWN  LABRADOR RETR / MIX

Kennel 229     1 year old   F   BLACK / WHITE LABRADOR RETR MIX

Kennel 250     2 year old   F     BRN TABBY / AMER SH
Kennel 250     3 year old   F     BRN TABBY / TORTIE  AMER SH

Kennel 257     3 month old   M     BL BICOLOR / BL BICOLOR      AMER SH
Kennel 257     3 month old   F    BLUE TABBY / WHITE  AMER SH

Kennel 260     3 year old   F   CALICO / CALICO  AMER SH

Kennel 265     1 year old   F    BRN TABBY / BRN TABBY AMER SH

Kennel 269     2 month old   M     BL BICOLOR / AMER SH
Kennel 269     2 month old   M     BLACK / AMER SH

Kennel 274     1 year old   M     BRN TABBY / WHITE   AMER SH

Kennel 278     2 year old  F     BRN TABBY / AMER SH

Kennel 324     2 month old   F    TORTIE / TORTIE   AMER SH

Kennel 328     7 year old   F   BLACK /  BLACK   DOMESTIC LH

Kennel 349     1 year old   M     TAN / TAN   COCKER SPAN

Kennel 351     2 year old   M     TAN / TAN   BRIARD/MIX


DIED OCTOBER 2002
This page was created for awareness.
It's something every person should know, not just those of us involved in rescue and shelter work.  Too many animals are being euthanized across our nation, and it's just not right.  If 80% of all breeders would just stop breeding, America would still have all the animals we love so much and none would be euthanized......  It's just that simple.

The images on the top of this page are credited to an amazing PSA
put out by In Defence Of Animals.  To view this POWERFUL PSA please visit their web site.
Then contact you local TV stations about getting it aired.
It's the most powerful, meaningful and educational 30 seconds you'll ever spend while watching TV.

To this page I would also like to add some heartfelt poetry written by everyday people
who have been touched in one way or another by a homeless animal.  Please read..
In Loving Memory Of

A Dog
Owner turn in:
Owner thought it was too "inhumane" to board at a kennel during a family vacation
Died August, 2003


A Cat
Owner turn in:
shed too much on the "new" carpet
Died August, 2003
8-12 million companion animals are killed each year in America because they have no homes.
 
90% of the millions of cats killed on our roads each year are unsterilized.    
80% of dogs hit by vehicles each year are un-neutered males.
 
15 dogs and 45 cats are born for every person that is born.  
1 in 9 cats and dogs born in the US will find a home--the rest will be destroyed or abandoned because nobody wants them.
 
One female cat and one male cat and their offspring can result in 420,000 kittens in 7 years.  
One female dog and one male dog and their offspring can produce 4,372 puppies in 7 years.


Six Common Excuses for Not Spaying or Neutering Pets

1.       My pet will get fat and lazy

Neutering or spaying may diminish your pet's overall activity level, natural tendency to wander, and hormonal balances, which may influence appetite. Pets that become fat and lazy after being altered usually are overfed and do not get enough exercise. 


2.       We want another pet just like Rover and Fluffy.

Breeding two purebred animals rarely results in offspring that are exactly like either of the parents. With mixed breeds, it is virtually impossible to have offspring that are exactly like one of the parents.
 

3.       My pet's personality will change.

Any change will be for the better. After being altered, your pet will be less aggressive toward other dogs or cats, have a better personality, and will be less likely to wander. Spraying (urine marking), which is often done by dogs and cats to mark their territory, diminishes or ceases after pets are altered.
 

4.       We can sell puppies or kittens and make money.

Even well-known breeders are fortunate if they break even on raising purebred litters. The cost of raising such a litter -- which includes stud fees, feeding a quality food, vaccinations and other health care costs -- consumes most of the "profit." Well-known breeders raise breeds that they like. These breeders also try to improve the standard of the breeds they raise.
 

5.       My children should witness our pet giving birth.

Pets often have their litters in the middle of the night or in a place of their own choosing. Because pets need privacy when giving birth, any unnecessary intrusion can cause the mother to become seriously upset. These intrusions can result in an unwillingness to care for the offspring or in injury to the owners or to the pet.
 

6.       I am concerned about my pet undergoing anesthesia.

Placing a pet under anesthesia is a very common concern of owners. Although there is always a slight risk involved, the anesthetics currently used by veterinarians are very safe. Many veterinarians use equipment that monitors heart and respiratory rates during surgery to ensure that their patients are doing well under anesthesia. Thus, the medical benefits of having your pet spayed or neutered far outweigh the slight risk involved with undergoing anesthesia. Consult your veterinarian if your are concerned about this aspect of the procedure.



Visit Maricopa County Animal Care And Control to see how you can help


I see little souls wearing fur,
souls who bark and souls who purr....
Born unwanted and unloved,
I see all this and more from above....
I watch them suffer, I see them cry,
I see them lost, I watch them die....
I see unwanted thousands born....
and when they die...nobody mourns....

These are castaways who will never see love or security....

A few short months they starve and roam,
Or caged in shelters--nobody takes home....
We cry, we feel, we love....
Our presence now only known from God above....
My pain and suffering came to an end,
so don't cry for me, my person, my friend....
The living ones need you now....
Please stop their abuse somehow.

PLEASE MAKE ROOM FOR AN ABUSED OR RESCUED DOG OR CAT
IN YOUR HOME AND IN YOUR HEART

In My Kitchen

In my Kitchen
There lies a bowl
Made of the finest marble
It's for a dog, ya know

Not one that's here
Or lived here before
But for the dog out there
I may never know

It's left in the kitchen
To remind us all
That somewhere there is a dog
Whose belly's not full

It lays here waiting
Just in case
That dog comes here
For love and grace

So people ask
Why keep this bowl?
The answers easy
The story I told

There is a dog
That needs this bowl
He lays in my heart
My body and soul

He fights each day
Just to survive
And the bowl
Will lay waiting
Til the end of time

Sara Haddon

In Loving Memory of Kennel 190

Siberian Husky Mix
Female, 4 years old

Died August 22, 2003
For reasons unknown to me at this time I feel I need to name her.

~ Wyakin ~
Means:  Spirit Guide

I didn't think she could change my life...........But I was wrong!
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In Loving memory of Jake

Kennel 165
Belgium Tervuren / mix
Male, Cream / Brown
Age: 1 yr. 6 mo.

Died June 13, 2003

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Now I lay me down to sleep...
I pray the Lord my soul to keep...

And if I die before I wake... feed Jake...

He's been a good dog...
My best friend right through it all...

If I die before I wake... feed Jake...
In Loving Memory of
Kennel E173

German Shepherd mix
Male, 2 years old

Died November 20, 2003
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In Loving Memory Of Koala

Valerie's baby girl,
and another of my foster favorites.

Our time together was definitely cut too short, we'll miss you Koala sister.

Died May 24, 2004
of Distemper