Photos: AHS Project 121 Pet Telethon raises a dog-gone lot of money

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 29 at 1:57 PM

PHOENIX – You did it, Arizona! Thanks to your generosity and obvious love for animals, the Arizona Humane Society’s Project 121 Action for Animals Pet Telethon raised an incredible $421,970. When all was said and done, the 121-minute television event hosted by Tara Hitchcock, Tess Rafols and Brittney Shipp on Saturday topped last year’s effort by a whopping $100,000.

Needless to say, the AHS is thrilled with the community's response and its willingness to help animals that would otherwise die.

“On an average day, the Arizona Humane Society takes in 121 animals, many of whom are with us today,” explained Bretta Nelson of the Arizona Humane Society in the days leading up to the telethon, which was the culmination of a three-month campaign project with 3TV. “Project 121 is really to raise awareness for those animals and the life-saving programs and services that truly give them a second chance at life.”

AHS is a non-profit organization that relies completely on donations from the community. It does not receive any government funding for its trauma center, its Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ or its spay/neuter clinics.

The thousands of dollar you so generously donated will go caring for the approximately 44,000 animals that go through the AHS each year. That money will not only pay for foster care, it also will cover medical needs ranging from basic vaccinations to minor illnesses to spay/neuter surgeries to major surgical procedures.

Nelson said 85 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to the animals.

It’s not just individuals who stepped up with those much-needed donations. Scottsdale-based GoDaddy matched your donations and came through with a $150,000 check. (Click the video above to watch an excerpt from the Pet Telethon, including GoDaddy's check presentation.)

To learn more about the Arizona Humane Society, its Project 121 initiative and how you can still get involved, visit AZHumane.org.

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